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My husband and I recently completed a full house reno on our 20 year old townhome as it was in desperate need of updating and modernizing. This was the first time we had done a reno and the task seemed quite daunting given all the work involved, decisions required and the fact that my husband and I are polar opposites on the design spectrum. We were very fortunate to work with Sandy as she made the entire endeavour seem easy as she shepherded us through the project from start to finish. She was able to take our disparate tastes and objectives to design around our eclectic art collection and collections from our travels to a create a wonderful haven. Sandy was very patient with us in addressing our many questions, guiding us around the design choices and coordinating with the contractor. We really loved the design boards she created for each room as it helped us visualize how everything would come together. In many instances, we took a leap of faith and deferred to Sandy’s design recommendations when were quite indecisive. We love the end result! Our home is truly a haven now, it makes so happy to look around and see the transformation. If we are ever so crazy to do another full reno, we definitely want to have Sandy as our partner! We highly recommend Sandy, she is a pleasure to work with and wonderful collaborator.Read More

Sandy is a great listener, adapts to people's preferences, and at the same time provides imaginative paths to consider. She led us through a kitchen design process that also touched other areas of our house, and made suggestions we would never have thought of. While Sandy has a great eye for coordination across rooms, her concepts are refreshing and treat each space uniquely. In addition to her design capabilities, my wife and I greatly appreciated the ease of working with Sandy. She has a very friendly manner and is responsive to the ideas preferences we expressed.Read More

Sandy was wonderful to work with from beginning of our house remodel project until the end. She was responsive to phone calls/emails/texts and always projected a calm confidence that made the whole process much easier to live through. She was professional and we could count on her showing up at our house whenever she was scheduled to. She was also flexible when I requested a couple changes to our original plan (which I asked for early enough in the process that things could still be changed out.) All in all, I would highly recommend Sandy and would be pleased to work with her again in the future.Read More

Just as the name of her company, Collaborative Interior Design, implies, Sandy worked in full partnership with me to select the perfect products and design for the whole home refresh we just completed. She has a keen eye for design and detail. I love that she just starts moving furniture and rugs when she wants to get a better idea of how something will look and work in a space. In fact just from the initial consultation, her rearrangement of the existing furniture and rug in the living room made a HUGE difference! Her team of contractors, painters, and handyman are simply the best--and of course she would not have it any other way! She, and they, sweat the small details up front and all along the way. I've added a few photos below, which only approximate the lovely design elements Sandy brought to this project. My husband and I couldn't be more pleased with the way the bathroom remodel turned out, as well as the way our house feels completely up to date through simple touches like new paint, door and cabinet hardware, lighting, mirrors, light fixtures, area rugs, and accessories. These touches all add up to an amazing space that was a joy to co-create with Sandy and team.Read More

This was my second project with Sandy, and it was just as great of an experience as the first. This one focused on a condo renovation in Southend. The entire place needed a facelift, but the main focus was a bathroom gut rehab. We went with a loft/industrial style, because the space allowed for it, and it’s also my personal preference. The end result is awesome. In terms of the experience with Sandy, the main points mirror those from my other project (Feb 2020 review). Her approach is a collaborative one, so she and I made the decisions in partnership. We had to work together to balance our ideal scenario with the budget and with the condo’s potential market value. Sandy was again helpful in weighing the costs/benefits of options, so that the selections represented good design choices AND good financial decisions. Also, I used two of Sandy’s preferred contractors for the work. They were both excellent, in price and quality. Sandy’s vendor referrals represent tangible value for me, as it saves me days of research, and I’ve yet to be disappointed with any of her people. (Many of her recommendations are folks she’s used for her own projects.) Lastly, the entire process was simply enjoyable. Even with my two projects overlapping a bit (potentially confusing and stressful), Sandy helped keep things on track and the design process was honestly fun. I hope to be done with renovations for a bit. But whenever I do tackle another project, I will definitely pull in Sandy.Read More