Interior Design Consultant
Margaret has a Diploma in Interior Decoration from Algonquin College and was the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Decorator's Association (CDECA) Ambassador's Scholarship Award, for her work in support of the industry. She has a Master's Degree in Politics from Waikato University in New Zealand and an Honours Bachelor in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.
Margaret has returned to Ottawa, and launched a second career, after living and working abroad for over twenty years. The cities she has called home, including Riyadh, Paris, Tehran, Washington, D.C. and Quito, have informed her style and approach to interior decorating. She draws upon these rich cultural influences to create unique spaces for her clients.
She believes that you should live with what you love, honour your personal history, and surround yourself with positive memories and inspiration, whether from a family heirloom, a favourite painting, or an obscure collection which may only have meaning for you. She works closely with her clients to create spaces which are comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing, but which also reflect the essence of who they are.
From Sylvia Gill
“Working with Margaret Shisko had been a wonderful adventure. She opened my eyes to many possibilities on how to proceed from a small, inner kitchen to taking out a wall and utilizing the sunlight from two windows in an under-used guest room.
She patiently presented me with options that I would never have considered, discussed things and listened carefully to my own suggestions. It didn’t take long for her to convince me to have some fun and stretch my conservative decorating senses. The results are fabulous. Every morning when I go into the kitchen I smile, look at the sunrise and say to myself “I love it!”
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Margaret Shisko whenever a decorator is needed – one whose results for me have been outstanding.”
From Jeewon & Richard Emmerson:
"We are absolutely delighted with Margaret Shisko's handling of our kitchen-dining room renovation which has exceeded our expectations. Margaret guided us throughout the process from initial consultation, explaining concept sketches, providing us with alternatives and her recommendations, and even monitoring all of the contractors involved until completion. Our kitchen-dining room space has been completely transformed and elevated into an elegant, open and functional center of our home life. We would recommend Margaret to our friends as a caring, friendly and excellent interior designer."
From Lyn Wilson:
“I had Margaret come into my home in the fall of 2017 to assist with a family room make over. She was amazing. The designs, colours and accessories she suggested were right on target. It did not take her long to realize my likes and dislikes. She definitely has an eye for colour and her attention to detail is outstanding. The artwork she showed me was fantastic and so many choices. I never felt pressured or coerced into making a choice. Everything was completed in a timely manner. She is such a pleasure to work with. I will, and have, recommended Margaret without hesitation.”
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