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Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

Biographical Info It’s all about Metamorphosis From start to finish I can get you through your renovating or decorating project. Over the past 23 years I have managed the details of many renovation and decorating projects. Over that time, I have also developed relationships with a number of professional trades in the KW area, and supplier contacts throughout Southwestern Ontario, as well as across Canada and the US. Since graduating from Fanshawe College in 1992 with a diploma in Interior Design, I have gone on to receive my NCIDQ certificate after passing a North American wide exam in 2002. Passing that exam is a requirement of becoming a Registered Interior Designer and a member of ARIDO. I now co-facilitate study sessions for the NCIDQ exam for interns of ARIDO. In 2005, I wrote another exam and received my Building Code Identification Number for house and small buildings up to 600 square meters (6458 square feet). This registration permits me to engage in the business of providing design activities to the public subject to the Ontario Building Code and therefore will have my BCIN# on all construction drawings and blueprints being submitted for permit. As a member of ARIDO and IDC, I have twice served as president of the Grand Valley Chapter of ARIDO. I have also been Chair of the Interior Design Week committee in Kitchener in 2008 and 2009, as well as being captain of Team ARIDO in CANstruction from 2008 to 2012 and again in 2015, I was honored to be chosen as a judge for CANstruction in 2013 and 2014. As a team captain for ARIDO I have also participated in Drop Zone, benefiting Easter Seals and Run for the Cure, helping to raise over 18000.00 for the community. I also sat with the panel of esteemed judges for the ARIDO Awards of Excellence in 2007. NOTES: IDC is Interior Designers of Canada ARIDO is the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario NCIDQ is the National Council for Interior Qualification

What Services Karen Wilson Offers? Specialties: Kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations, cabinetry design, project management, new furniture, re-upholstering, draperies, flooring, lighting

Karen Wilson’s Ideal Clients. Karen enjoys working with empty nesting couples that are downsizing from a house to maybe their final residence... but wish to make it their own and aren't willing to "settle".  From small adaptations to gutting and totally re-planning the entire space, Karen can make it work for you! Plus, Karen's passion is KITCHENS!  If you enjoy your kitchen, as an integral living space in your home, then Karen can not only upgrade your dated style, but utilize space so that it best suits your families' needs.  

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Karen Wilson

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

By Jen Hill / Published by Dwell You may have heard the term LEED used to describe “green” or “sustainable” buildings.  But what exactly is LEED and why would you choose to pursue it for your new home?  We’re here to break down the mystery and clear up some questions you may have. What is […]

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Four Ways to Work Colour into Kitchen Design

by Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Paints No one’s ready to declare kitchen neutrals or stainless appliances “over” But is there any question that bolder color is more welcome in kitchen design today than it was just a few years ago? On walls, on cabinets, on appliances: our appetite for color is expanding. […]

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Penthouse Revival Renovation Project

An amazing renovation project in Kitchener.  A Penthouse condo that has been transformed from traditional to edgy.  A complete re-work of the floor plan to suit the client’s needs led the project to renew and revive every part of the space.

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How interior design can affect the health and well-being of seniors

As the eye ages and yellows, it becomes more difficult for older adults to discern certain colors. Dark blues are seen as black and can be conveyed as a void or hole in certain fabrics or floors, which can lead to the further agitation of seniors with cognitive impairments.

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Why you should hire a qualified Interior Designer

Would you hire a lawyer that didn’t graduate law school and pass the bar? Or get a check-up from a doctor who hasn’t been to medical school and failed their MCATs but just has “talent”? What about getting a root canal done by a dentist who isn’t certified by the NDEB? NO? We didn’t think […]

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Luxurious Outdoor Rooms

With warm days and cool nights come outdoor fêtes, fire pit gatherings, and poolside respites. These indoor-outdoor spaces from the AD archives, whether a screened porch or a pergola-shaded seating area, are perfect for alfresco entertaining and relaxing without exposure to the elements. Let these rooms inspire your next plein air party (amazing vistas not […]

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Interior Wisdom: Winter is Coming

INTERIOR WISDOM By: Karen Wilson August 16, 2016 “WINTER IS COMING.” Yes it is.  Perhaps in a different way for those of us in Southern Ontario than those in Game of Thrones, but it’s coming nonetheless. It’s hard to imagine right now, with the humidity that has hit us this summer.  Days are getting shorter […]