tanya collins

Tanya's lifelong passion for style and design clearly manifests itself in her work! As the creative force behind Ottawa interior design studio, Tanya Collins Design Inc., Tanya has developed a reputation for her vision in maximizing function, flow, and light and her flair for blending classic sophistication with modern simplicity. Whether designing a home's interior layout and architecture, creating dramatic focal points, clean sight lines, bespoke millwork and interior and exterior color palettes, or juxtaposing materials, textures, shapes, and furniture styles, her detailed eye sets her apart!  

From a large scale project to an hourly design consultation, Tanya enjoys the challenge each new client brings and applies the same level of enthusiasm and energy, offering as many tips and sources, no matter the budget.  She is fortunate to have an extensive residential portfolio that includes some of Ottawa's most prominent families and is the designer of the Minto Grand Prize Dream Home for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.  Guided by collaboration and intuition, Tanya's work does not conform to one specific style or to what is trendy rather is tailored to a client's preferences and lifestyle while respecting the home's architecture and location. This approach ensures a more evolved, luxurious, and personalized interior, making the process and end result rewarding and spectacular!

Her maternal grandfather has had a major influence on her design career.  Jaroslav Hasek embraced modernism, commissioning functionalist architect, Heinrich Lauterbach to design the first flat roofed dwelling in the Czech Republic, the Hasek villa, in 1931 after being captivated by the exposition in Breslau in 1929.  Tanya has a similar penchant for making a bold and dramatic statement, often preferring to break the rules and set the trends, when given the liberty by her clients.

Tanya is frequently seen on live television, in print, on the web, and at industry shows and events as an Ottawa design expert and tastemaker.  Highlights include contributing to CTV Ottawa Morning Live, being the Homes Editor for Ottawa Life Magazine and appearing on the cover twice most notably for their 1st Spaces Issue as "Ottawa's Top Designer".  She is a multi-award winning designer through the Greater Ottawa Home Builder's Association and the National Kitchen and Bath Association of Ottawa.

Tanya continues to be inspired by the beauty all around her, whether in nature or in art as seen in the details - color, light, form and texture. She is thankful for all of her clients, especially those in which friendships have developed.  By sharing her expertise, she hopes her clients enjoy a greater quality of life within their interiors.