Why Interior Design Helps

Often when I get a call from a potential client thinking about working with an Interior Designer, the first question is “how much?” While yes an Interior Designer comes with an expense, and to some, a seemingly high cost, there is huge value. The other question I am asked is, what exactly does an interior […]

Renovate your kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart if your home, its where your feed your family, fuel your day, host meals to family and friends, and find comfort in a home cooked meal. However you use the space, whether the room you eat take out in or a space full of equipment and tools to create a […]

Renovations and COVID-19

With travel not an option during COVID lockdowns, many home owners have decided to create their own piece of paradise right at home.  This has created a boom in the construction industry. We thought it would be great to share how Simply Design and Simply Renovate are navigating this boom while maintaining safe practices to keep […]

Bring Joy into our homes!

What brings us joy? For me, if I were to choose one word I would say bubbles! I remember when my daughter was about 3 or 4 years old, she had just finished a temper tantrum and was sitting pouting. I began to blow bubbles. She tried to ignore them, only to start grabbing at […]

The Cost to Renovate, Part 3 – Deciding on a Budget.

How exciting! You are going to renovate. Whether it’s due to necessity, or just because you want to, it is an exciting process with an outcome that you should feel proud to show off once completed.  But it always comes down to the bottom line.  Two major questions I ask my clients when they are […]

The Cost to Renovate, Part 2 – How to Spend Less.

You have decided to renovate and have come to terms with the higher cost of living affecting the cost to renovate. So how can you save? Saving dollars should never be the goal, because it only puts focus on money. The focus should be about getting the best value…and spending your renovation dollars wisely. Homes […]

The Cost to Renovate, Part 1 – Now vs. Then. 

8 years ago, I bought 5000 tiny little rubber bumpers to have in stock for use as needed when installing Kitchen cabinets.  The cost of them worked out to around $0.02 each.  Today those same little bumpers cost about $0.07 each, almost quadruple what they cost 8 years ago. That kind of price increase isn’t […]

Downsizing and Design

The kids have moved out and suddenly the family home that served you for so many years seems rather empty.  You have decided to downsize. For many, this is something that can be intimidating.  Moving can be a hassle: the search for the right home to suit this new journey in your life, the work […]

My Story Part 3: Starting Over

Part 3 of 3: My Journey into Interior Design & Entrepreneurship It’s Feb 1, 2014. I am on a plane to the Dominican with my family to celebrate my daughters 16th birthday. And I am now jobless. What now?  What do I want to be when I grow up? After weeks of reflection and a […]

My Story Part 2: In Full Circle

Part 2 of 3: My Journey into Interior Design & Entrepreneurship S.K. Designs was in full force now &  I was working part-time in my dad’s shop, focusing on finding more custom clients.  A couple more regular clients were secured: CAD contracts with cabinet shops. I took up insurance underwriting, but that did not last!  […]