We asked each of the design consultants the same three questions:

1) What would you say your design style is?

2) With Saskatoon’s growth over the last 5 years, what would you say is the biggest change you have seen in interior design?

3) Favorite item in the room you designed?

Michelle Rowlett

Interior Design Consultant, Braid Flooring & Window Fashions

1. My personal design style is very classic. However, for my professional design style I like doing all types of designs: modern, contemporary, traditional, country. It really depends on what the client feels comfortable with.

2. The biggest change is local design over the last 5 years in my opinion is the willingness of clients to try new things. Through the internet and cable TV people are exposed to more unique design ideas and now they are willing to take a chance in their own homes.

3. My favorite item was the custom bedding. It really was the starting point for my design.

Tamara Bowman

Lead Designer & Creative Director, Metric Design Centre

1. Make it personal! I focus on drawing clients’ personalities into their space, and my strategy is to make their surroundings comfortable, inviting and personalized. This is achieved by layering materials with patterns, textures and colour.

2. The absolute biggest change that I have seen is that people are excited about design and are recognizing how beneficial and satisfying a well laid out and aesthetically pleasing space can be to live and work in.

3. If I had to pick I would say that my favorite piece in the room would be the handcrafted bergere chair. This piece is absolutely one of a kind. It is hand carved and imported for Guadalajara, Mexico. The combination of hides with the detailed carving and brass studding scream classic elegance. Chantelle Butterfield

Owner, Funktional Space

1) I take my inspiration from my clients; it’s not about my style. I can make any of them work as long as I have a starting or jumping off point, a picture, throw, bedspread, pillow, etc.

2) People finding out that letting a professional help them pick out finishes for their home could be, easy, fun, cheap and help them save money. When a gallon of paint is 50-75 dollars it doesn’t take many mistakes to find out that that you could have hired somebody for that and you wouldn’t have to go to all that trouble to get rid of the pink walls and painting again.

3) The wood tiles behind the bed that where hand crafted using reclaimed wood from destroyed and deteriorating barns.

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