Q: What is different about Yvonne from other designers ?

A: My experience and education in furniture, industrial design and architectural technology.

Since 1995 I have designed furniture and interiors alongside clients in Italy, Asia, US and Canada, providing a unique, international point-of-view.

With an industrial design and architectural technology education, I can offer you solutions on technical aspects of design [including lighting, electrical and construction details] and on ergonomics, psychology and perception.

Q: What can I expect from the in-home consultation ?

A: In that time we can focus on 1-2 rooms that have a high priority [discuss necessary updates, furniture layout and sizes, measure for anything custom, color & style suggestions, resources], or do an overview of all the projects you have in mind.

Q: I’m not sure if I’d like your help for 1 hour, or longer. How does this work with respect to the consultation ?

A1: A 1-2 hour consultation is an in-home working meeting where I listen, answer your questions and provide solutions.  During that time we work to develop a scope of work, that outlines suggestions for you to implement, in the form of a Consultation Summary. If you would like to continue working together, we can continue to work hourly, or I will draw up an Interior Design Services Proposal which sets out a fixed fee for a set amount of work. I will also send you a client questionnaire with detailed questions regarding your project, likes and dislikes, etc.

A2: If you know you’d like to work on a large project together [e.g. ensuite renovation] the consultation launches the project as mentioned above.  The Consultation Summary notes are then used to create an Interior Design Services Proposal capturing all the details of our meeting, [scope of work, design fees, budget, timelines and your style preferences] for your review and approval.

Q: How much does an interior design consultation cost ?

A: My design consulting fee is $145/hour + HST for the Ottawa area. There is a small up-charge for out-of-town clients to cover travel costs.

Q: How much does it cost for a living room design?

A: A floor plan for a living, dining or bed room, which includes new & existing furnishings and meetings, starts at $1,200 + HST.

Q: What happens if I don't like the design ?

A: My 13-step interior design process includes a detailed questionnaire to establish your design goals, wish list, budget, style and colour preferences. This, along with continuous open communications, allows me to create a design specifically suited to you.

Q: Can I read some client reviews of your work ?

A: Yes, there are several reviews on Houzz [click here] who refer to several projects within my Portfolio section.

Q: What does turnkey mean?

A: It means everything is designed and implemented by YPID.

Q: Do you offer gift certificates ?

A: Yes, simply email me with your request at

Q: What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator ?

A: Interior design is the art, technology and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building, starting with space planning. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Q: What is space planning ? Why do I need it ?

A: Space planning is a fundamental element of the interior design process. It starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used. The designer then draws up a plan that defines the zones of the space and the activities that will take place in those zones. The space plan will also define the circulation patterns that show how people will move through the space.  The plan is finished by adding details of all the furniture, finishes, fixtures, equipment and hardware placement.

Q: How do interior designers work with contractors ?

A: We work with contractors by first working with you to plan the project and to develop a set of drawings that capture all the design details, including floor plans, electrical & lighting plans and all products selected. The drawings are then used by the contractor to estimate the project and provide a detailed quote. Therefore the drawings become part of the contract between you and the contractor.  During construction I work closely with my A-team contractor to ensure the drawings are followed perfectly.

Q: Why hire an interior designer when I can get free design services at a bathroom and kitchen store ?

A: Interior designers take a holistic approach when designing a space, by looking at all adjacent rooms and the inherent architecture. Kitchen cabinet and bathroom companies focus solely on that 1 room and sometimes just the cabinets in that room. There are several other key differences which I outline here :

Q: Why hire an interior designer when I can do it myself ?

A:  You know what you like and don't like, but not sure how to achieve these preferences in your home.  Maybe you get overwhelmed with all the details and options. Interior designers are skilled in the technical aspects of architecture and home renovations, as well as editing, balance, scale and proportion. The results produce a cohesive and coherent style solution that is build-able and fits within your budget.