Alison helped with all aspects of custom building, furnishing and decorating two homes that I've owned as well as offering advice at my cottage. Alison and I worked with the builders/general contractors and trades and she assisted with adding custom architectural details, choosing finishes and creating a cohesive colour palette. Alison has also assisted with furniture purchases and decor accents in my homes. Alison takes your individual wishes as well as how you and your family use a room and translates that into functional layouts and ideal rooms that truly reflect the owner(s) and how they live. With two small children, my Great Room gets a lot of use but style was not sacrificed and kid friendly surfaces like my wipe clean leather couch and distressed coffee table mean that my entire family can comfortably use the space but that after the kids' toys are put away, I can relax in a room that truly feels stylish and beautiful. Alison is able to take torn out pages from magazines, bookmarked websites and ideas you articulate about what you want and convert all of that into something better than you ever imagined. Alison makes the entire design process from start to finish an enjoyable one and I truly love the luxurious, timeless feel she was able to achieve in my homes.
We have worked with Alison for years and she has helped us to completely transform our home! We love her clean, elegant design aesthetic and we appreciate that she is able to incorporate the needs of our young family in the projects. She brings to the table fresh and innovative ideas that we never would have thought of on our own. She is professional, courteous and dependable. We love that she will source items for us locally, from Toronto or beyond when necessary. She has also designed custom pieces to be made for us when the perfect item cannot be found. She works directly with the trades people and ensures that the work is done to her and our satisfaction. As busy professionals, we appreciate that we can leave the small details to Alison!!
My husband and I have been working with Alison Habermehl for four and a half years now - from the time our house was framed. She has essentially helped us with all aspects of furnishing and decorating our home. Alison has made this process an enjoyable one and we truly love how our home has turned out.
Alison is able to source and bring pictures of items we may want to purchase or to show us items online but she is also able to shop with us - we have gone to stores in Toronto with her and this has always been time well spent as we have always found and purchased furniture and decorative items. Shopping with Alison is also a learning experience as she is able to explain why something will look good in a room or why something else may not work.
Alison is very professional and we truly enjoy working with her! We will miss meeting with her on a regular basis once our house is complete!
- Jen J.
Alison has the ability to comprehend your vision and make it happen. Her skill in decorating lies with her ability to take your ideas, visions and make it a reality in a seamless matter. All too often a decorator can have one distinctive style and use that style over and over again without showcasing what the clients really wants. A truly magnificent design is one in which you walk into the room and know instinctively it is YOURS.
- W. Leis
We are so delighted we hired Alison to oversee the addition on our Tudor style house. Alison worked conscientiously to help us plan the space, and offered some innovative and beautiful solutions to various structural dilemmas which allowed the space to be much more flexible than originally planned. We wanted the space to be timeless and light, but also livable, approachable, and warm. We could never have achieved this balance without her expertise, experience, and insights. Alison was immediately able to understand our desired 'style' and worked effectively and within our budget, to create it. She took particular care to maintain the integrity and flow with the remainder of the house. Habermehl Design Group were also critical in helping us source interesting, beautifully designed but budget-friendly options. They listened to the special needs of our family, and guided us in the most professional manner. They were a real pleasure to work with. And we love our new, gorgeous space!
- K. Yri
I got exactly what I wanted!
I am a single guy and was having a house built. I sort of knew what I liked, but I was worried that without some help I would choose things that didn't coordinate/go together, or that I would end up with a "man cave". I wanted professional, experienced help to make sure I ended up with a house that reflected my style, was within my budget, wouldn't be "dated" too quickly, and would be attractive to future buyers. Alison gave me exactly that. She listened to me, figured out my style, budget, and preferences and she helped me choose everything for my house including brick and shingles, paint and tiles, and furniture and drapes...and I love it! I got my style on my budget.
Alison guided us through every step of our renovation -- from major structural, design elements down to the final details including accessorizing and art selection. She quickly picked up on the style and feel we wanted for our home. She was equally comfortable making decisions with us and for us: we felt confident leaving decisions with her, knowing things would turn out even better than we had hoped! The whole renovation process was easier knowing that she was looking after all the details. Throughout the process, Alison was sensitive to our budget and worked well within it. Looking back, we couldn't have made a better decision than to hire Alison to help us with our renovation: she was wonderful to work with and ended up saving us time and money in the end. Thanks to Alison, the old, out-dated house that we were ready to leave, has become our dream home!
It was nice working with a company that was very much team oriented . From admin support, to designer and stylist the service was amazing. Habermehl Design Group took the time to listen and understand what I was looking for. After they had an understanding, they were very good at making sure that we stayed on track and did not stray from our original vision. The results exceeded our expectations and we are very proud to show off our rooms to friends and family. Thanks again.
- Val & Doug Millen
When we downsized from a large single-family house in the suburbs to an uptown loft condo we were extremely pleased with their exquisite eye in helping us to embrace a style concept conducive to our new lifestyle, location, and space. They understood our preferences quickly and found accessories, furniture, wall art that suited us perfectly. Both their professionalism and gracious manner provided instant rapport that helped to make all the changes and innovations a stimulating adventure.
- Erv & Marnie Derksen
Alison has created a fabulous home in the countryside with a contemporary decor that is both relaxing and live-able while being elegant and beautiful that our family will enjoy for many years. I highly recommend Alison to anyone looking for an interior designer. I believe Alison's work style and personality make her extremely easy to work with. Her eye for design and expertise will create a living space that will make you feel like you are on vacation in your own home...
- Renee Labiris
The work of Habermehl Design Group has exceeded our expectations! Alison and her team provided design consultation for the renovation of our 11,000 square foot facility. Through helpful questions and careful listening, Alison assisted us in articulating the style and look that we wanted and then she communicated with all members of our team, including staff and volunteers, listening to concerns and interpreting our ideas to come up with a design that met the needs of all parties. She listened actively to fully understand the goals of our project and the various uses for our facility. She also utilized the architectural drawings to take full advantage of the space and to suggest some additional solutions.
Designs were not only created within our time constraints, they were fabulous! Alternatives in design elements were provided for our team's consideration, and also to assist in keeping within our budget and enabling us to prioritize and enjoy various elements as upgrades for strategic impact. The design is cohesive and pleasing, and it has simplified the renovation project for staff and volunteers as well as for the architect.
Alison and her staff have been dedicated, ambitious and committed to creating a design that is forward-looking and pleasing for the wide range of people that use our facility. We loved working with Habermehl design, and we are happy to recommend their services for your design needs.
- Nel Slater
Alison and team did amazing job of creating plan for our home renovation. They were readily available to spend time understanding our need, style and cultural priorities. One of the biggest challenges was to maximize space utilization as we only have a small bungalow and they did impressively well, so much so that we didn’t change a single thing in their proposed plan.
Alison and her team are very punctual and professional. They are extremely efficient, creative and spend a lot of time researching for new ideas. Entire team is very respectful, pleasant, readily approachable, and lovely to work with and always open for feedback.
- Shrenik Parekh
Alison Habermehl of Habermehl Design Group Inc. has been a great help to us - helping us to define our style and listening to our ideas. She has a knack for turning our ideas into concrete plans and helps to see them through. She takes pride in her work and in helping us achieve the goal we want.