GOHBA 2020 Award Winning Renovation under $100,000

This project was a main floor renovation involving removal of a load bearing wall, the addition of a new larger window to the backyard pool, and relocation of the kitchen and dining room.  This structural change dramatically altered the living space allowing the light to flood the space with better flow to the backyard BBQ and pool.  The kitchen was also increased in size to better suit the proportions of the large home.  With the new kitchen layout and the addition of an oversized island, greater functional space and storage for family living and entertaining was acheived.  Clients can also host larger gatherings with their larger dining space while still incorporating a spot for their piano and lounging chair.  Tanya Collins Design provided the concept for the renovation, permit ready drawings with lighting plan and a kitchen layout with finish selections.  

The Bohemian

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Dream Home 2020 in the Minto Mahogany community located in Manotick, Ontario is a 4700 square foot, 2.5 storey, 4 bedroom home with a screened-in porch and upper level loft space.  The interior reflects a Bohemian aesthetic; a more casual layered decorating style with lots of texture and pattern.  An earthly colour palette was chosen with finishes such as rustic wood, terracotta tiles, old world brick, heritage green interior doors, honed counters, plaster-colored walls, and warm metals such as bronze and antique gold.  To complete the design, the home was layered with oatmeal upholstery, macrame, fringe, hand embroidered wall hangings, baskets, vintage looking Persian runners, and lots of greenery.  Texture was created from decor with a more worn-in, crafted look.  Since Boho style stems from travellers, artists, or writers, touches of the exotic are plentiful.  Moorish influences as found in Spain and Morocco are reflected in the arch, diamond, and star motifs and through the patterned wallpapers and textiles like the hand embroidered Suzani in the loft.  Hand-carved Indian style wooden accent pieces are artisan-inspired and rough-hewn architectural ceiling beams reinforce the character.  This home conjures up the feelings of warmth, comfort and safety while making us feel transported to another part of the world; something we all wish to feel in our homes in such uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Queen Elizabeth

GOHBA Housing Award Finalist 2020 for Condo or Rental Apartment Suite > 676 square feet

This project at 20 The Driveway was a complete gut of the condo.  The wall seperating the small galley kitchen from the living space was opened to allow the space to be flooded with light.  The kitchen was made larger and a live edge table was integrated with the quartz clad island to create a dining area for 6.  Parquet flooring replaced the vinyl tile in the former kitchen and all parquet flooring throughout the condo was refinished for a consistent finish.  All bathrooms were cosmetically overhauled as plumbing locations could not be altered.  Decorative panel moulding was applied to the wall in the living room and wallpaper was added to the cooridor upon entry and in the principal bedroom for added texture.  

The Hampton

Greater Ottawa Home Builder's Association Award Winner 2020 for Production Home > $750,001 & Production Kitchen > 176 square feet

Ontario Housing Builder's Association Award of Distinction Finalist 2020

The CHEO Dream Home 2019 located in the Minto communtiy of Potter's Key in Stittsville, Ontario is a Net Zero, 5000 square foot, 4 bedroom home.   Features include 11 foot ceilings in the kitchen, eat in and family room, a butler's pantry off the L-shaped kitchen, a room in the basement dedicated to a bar for entertaining, and a walk-up principal bedroom on the 2nd floor with a closet that is accessible from two sides.  Aptly named "The Hampton", the home's interior reflects the crisp blue and white colour palette typically found in coastal or beach-style homes,  Wide plank bleached white oak wire brushed, hand scraped floors, cofferred ceilings with shiplap, wainscotting, decorative wall mouldings, nautical striped wallpaper, grasscloth honed marble, and beaded chandeliers are just some of the interior highlights.  It is layered with lots of texture from sisal rugs, wicker baskets, patterned Mediterranean inspired tile and original art that has a soft watery palette.  

The Creekside

GOHBA Award Winner 2019 for Production Home > $750,001, Production Kitchen > 176 sqaure feet and Production Bathroom

National Kitchen and Bath Association of Ottawa 2019 Best Contemporary Bathroom & People's Choice Best Bathroom

The CHEO Dream Home 2018 is a 5500 square foot, 4 bedroom room in the Minto community of Potter's Key located in Stittsville, Ontario.  Sophisticated yet playful, modern yet luxurious, the 2018 Minto Dream Home has a glamorous vibe reminicent of 70's Hollywood.  From vibrant colors like emerald, chartruese, turquoise, persimmon, and fushia to more subtle hues like blush pink, pale blue, and soft amethyst, the foundation elements of black, white and gold metal create balance and warmth.  Trademark features include a great room with 20 foot cathedral ceilings, an in law-suite with a kitchenette and wheelchair accessible ensuite bathroom, and a study with a 10 foot high wall of cabinetry with library ladder.  


UpperWest Penthouse


third avenue

old ottawa


Bold New Wheelchair Accessible Interior Design.  Custom-built Leeds Certified Bungalow with Exercise Room, Open Concept Kitchen, Dining and Living Room, Principal Bedroom with Ensuite Closet and Bathroom, Adjacent Nurse's Bedroom, Laundry Room, Powder Room, and 2 Bedrooms with full bathroom (for guests, roommates or live-in assistance).

Colonel By

Complete Re-decorating Project of Entire Home.  Unexpected color combinations and doses of pattern create a fashion forward, vibrant, and youthful quality to this historical home.  It is like having the elegance of Manhattan and the liveliness of Palm Beach all wrapped into one graphic urbane style. Hightlights include: Murano glass chandlier, custom-designed furnishings, original abstract art by various Canadian artists, custom-designed built-in office cabinetry, designer fabrics from Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Quadrille and Jamico,  designer wallpaper from Schumacher, Hollywood Regency-inspired entrance hall mirror, and lacquered bamboo Chinese Chippendale chairs.



The Artful Mix in New Edinburgh: Informal, Chic and Fashion Forward Decor.  Other than new decor, the principal bedroom was renovated and re-designed to include an ensuite bathroom with custom-designed vanity and dressing room with new cabinetry.


GOHBA Housing Design Finalist for Custom Kitchen 176-250 square feet

The kitchen remodel of a 1910 home in central Ottawa captures the charm of French bistro styling.  Details such as the calacutta oro rangehood, square matte white tiles laid in a brick pattern with contrast grout, unlacquered satin brass shelving, face frame cabinetry and rift-cut oak furniture style island make this a bespoke kitchen.  The original birch/ash hardwood floors were refinished to neutralize the orange and yellow tones.   



A Dramatic Gatineau Contemporary.   The clients' love for mid-century modern design was evident from the first consult.  Other than the Arco floor lamp, the Corbusier lounger, the wood antler accessory, and the harvest dining table (which I convinced them to re-use), the space was transformed with all new decor, drapery, a new paint colour and removal of the incomplete fireplace tile facade to further modernize the open concept living and dining room.  Hightlights include abstract original oils by Ottawa artist, Heidi Conrod and Number 7 Lounge Chairs by Ottawa studio furniture designer, Christopher Solar.  To see some before photos of the space for comparison, check out our blog titled New Normandie Portfolio/Modern Mid-Century Design.