About Yvonne.

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While I typically work in a contemporary, mid - century modern style; I'll often add subtle Industrial, Hollywood Regency or Art Deco style details. Each project style depends on your preferences, the inherent architecture, adjacent rooms & items in your home. I bring careful attention to all details especially the flow of color, scale, rhythm and balance within your home.

The approach I take to every project is solutions oriented, rooted in history, technology, and a team effort.

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Y Design Studio Furniture Designer and Interior Design Consultant

Newbridge Networks/ Alcatel Corporate Identity, Environmental and Industrial Designer

Fratelli Motta Italy Furniture Designer

City of Edmonton Planning & Development Department Architectural Technologist

Design Education.

Bachelor of Industrial Design, Carleton University, 1996.

Architectural Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1988.


Q: What is different about Yvonne from other designers ?

A: My experience in furniture and industrial design in Italy, Asia and North America allows me to offer you expertise via custom design furniture, built-in cabinets and partitions. My design education affords me to offer you solutions on more technical aspects of design including lighting, electrical and electronics.

Q: What can I expect from the initial consultation ?

A1: Only a consultation ? This is a 1-2 hour in-home working meeting where I listen, answer your questions and provide solutions.  During that time we work to develop a scope of work, that outlines suggestions for you to implement, in the form of a Consultation Summary.

A2: A consultation to launch a full turnkey project ? Every project begins with a 1-2 hour in-home working meeting as mentioned above.  The Consultation Summary notes are then used to create an Interior Design Services Proposal capturing all the details of our meeting, including scope of work, design fees, budget, timelines and your style preferences for your review and approval.

Q: How much does an interior design consultation cost ?

A: My design consulting fee is $145/hour + HST for the Ottawa area. There is a small up-charge for out-of-town clients to cover travel costs.

Q: Do you offer gift certificates ?

A: Yes, simply email me with your request at yvonne@yvonnepotter.com

Q: What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator ?

A: Interior design is the art, technology and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building, starting with space planning. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Q: What is space planning ? Why do I need it ?

A: Space planning is a fundamental element of the interior design process. It starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used. The designer then draws up a plan that defines the zones of the space and the activities that will take place in those zones. The space plan will also define the circulation patterns that show how people will move through the space.  The plan is finished by adding details of all the furniture, finishes, fixtures, equipment and hardware placement.

Q: How do interior designers work with contractors ?

A: We work with contractors by first working with you to plan the project and to develop a set of drawings that capture all the design details, including floor plans, electrical & lighting plans and all products selected. The drawings are then used by the contractor to estimate the project and provide a detailed quote. Therefore the drawings become part of the contract between you and the contractor.  During construction I work closely with my A-team contractor to ensure the drawings are followed perfectly.

Q: What happens if I don't like the design ?

A: My 15-step interior design process includes a detailed questionnaire to establish your design goals, wish list, budget, style and colour preferences. This, along with step-by-step open communications, allows me to create a design specifically suited to you.

Q: Why hire an interior designer when I can get free design services at a bathroom and kitchen store ?

A: Interior designers take a holistic approach when designing a space, by looking at all adjacent rooms and the inherent architecture. Kitchen cabinet and bathroom companies focus solely on that 1 room and sometimes just the cabinets in that room. There are several other key differences which I outline here : http://yvonnepotter.blogspot.ca/2016/06/y-design-loop.html

Q: Why hire an interior designer when I can do it myself ?

A:  You know what you like and don't like, but not sure how to achieve these preferences in your home.  Maybe you get overwhelmed with all the details and options. Interior designers are skilled in the technical aspects of architecture and home renovations, as well as editing, balance, scale and proportion. The results produce a cohesive and coherent style solution that is build-able and fits within your budget. 

For more reasons check out my blog -   http://yvonnepotter.blogspot.ca/