Client Comments

From Lynn and Keith L on their new kitchen

Our Stittsville home was built thirty years ago in the style of that era and those before it. Since it was not configured to our specifications, bit by bit over the past 27 years, we have had to update it to suit our evolving needs. From the start though, the kitchen was always too cramped for our growing family and our style of living. Removing the supporting wall between the kitchen and dining room – and all of its hidden plumbing – was a 25 year wish for us.

Catherine made wonderful suggestions not only with respect to the fixtures, colours, and appliances but also to added pieces (e.g. the replacement of a dated oak railing) that would make our kitchen function the way we needed it to.

She promised and delivered!

We wanted the look of our kitchen to be clean and crisp and this is exactly what was achieved.

We came home to a perfectly designed kitchen, beautiful hardwood throughout the main floor (replacing ceramic tile, carpet, and laminate), clean modern trim and the look that we had envisioned.

We left our home in capable hands without any worries about them having total access to it during our absence. Catherine and her team kept us abreast of challenges and they were prompt with solutions and delivered what they had promised.

Catherine and team, thank you for your expertise, insight, workmanship, and your professionalism and for making our 25 year dream a reality.

From Michelle Fournier on her sunroom addition

My husband and I hired Natalie to help us finalize our plans for a sunroom addition. We were impressed from the very beginning with her professionalism, her great ideas and her open-mindedness. While working with Natalie, we really felt that she understood us. She helped us validate our ideas and guided us into decision making. She was also willing to work with furniture we already had and made great suggestions to complete the look that we were going for. We have already recommended Natalie to our friends. Whether you need guidance, validation, someone to help with furniture layout or someone with great resources, Natalie and her team will impress you. We will not hesitate to call her again for future projects.

Michelle Fournier

From Brenda McLean on her new kitchen

Thanks Catherine, we’re really loving our new kitchen. I had a lot of compliments and inquries as to who picked out everything. Thank you so much for your help, you and your team are excellent at what you do!!

Thanks again,

Brenda

From Jenny Mitchell on her new bathroom

As a busy professional and mom, I was overwhelmed with the idea of choosing everything for my bathroom project. I loved the simplicity of meeting with Natalie, discussing what kind of feel I was going for in the room, and showing her my ideas. From there, Natalie was able to go away and put together a proposal that really captured my taste …and I didn’t have to set foot in Home Depot!

The best part of working with a designer is that when the reno hits a snag – and there’s always a snag! – there is someone to help navigate it for you. I am an expert in a lot of things, but faucet mounting is not one of them. It was great to have Natalie in my corner, advocating for me, and following up with the reno people.

I would (and I have!) recommended Natalie to a friend. She is a true professional. And I LOVE my bathroom!

Jenny Mitchell

Kanata Renovation Client on their kitchen and baths

We hired Natalie to update our kitchen and all three of the bathrooms in our home. Natalie made the design process easy for us by keeping us updated with the progress and going the extra mile in order to complete the projects within the time frame we were hoping for. The best part about using Decorating Den’s service was basically everything! Natalie was thorough and efficient and we love the way all the designs and colours came together to make an amazing impact on the interior of our house. We love it!!!

Kanata Renovation Client

From Lorraine Wills on her new entrance way

Hi Megan, just a note to say how proud I am of everything you have done.  The bench in the entrance is perfect.  Wait until you see the entranceway.  WOW.  Thanks for everything you have done.

Lisa Zanovello on her new bathroom

Natalie was wonderful to work with. She really takes the time to listen to you and asks the right questions. She is very knowledgeable about products, styles and what will work or not in a space. I loved her creativity and her attention to detail and would not hesistate to consult her for my next project. Thank you Natalie.

Carol Ring on her new kitchen and living room 

Catherine was an excellent listener and observer of our needs, even when we weren’t too sure ourselves. She is up to date on what is going on in home decorating and her experience brings high quality suppliers together that would have taken us months to find and organize. The project delieverd an amazing new kitchen and living room that captured exactly the feel and function that we wanted for our home.

From Marion Martell regarding Catherine’s article in the Distinctive Women Magazine

Good Morning Catherine,

I saw your picture and article in the Distinctive Women magazine, congratulations!  So very well deserved. You are a great inspiration to many women. I am so very happy for you. Something  for you, your staff  and your family to be very proud of. Wishing you all the best.

Regards,

Marion

From Meredith and Harriet Staples on their new home:

Catherine, I always knew you were good!

I’ve seen your work many times in many homes including my own; but it’s always been piecemeal – a room here, a room there, new window coverings, paint colours, etc., but I have never witnessed you pulling together a whole home all at once before, as you did for us last week.  Both Harriet and I stand in total awe of you and your capabilities.  What you have done for us is totally amazing. Every area of our new home reeks of class and sophistication and each area flows into the next so effortlessly. Truly a job that has surpassed our wildest expectations!

Our thanks go especially to you, and to all your staff who worked on putting together our dream home.

Thank you so much.

From Saye Clement:

We had a very good experience working with Natalie.  We moved into our brand new condo and had to tackle a large number of jobs all at once.  Natalie helped us to choose paint colours for our bland white walls (always keeping the personal preferences of our family members in mind), installed window coverings and helped us with furniture and art placement.  She was very understanding of emotional attachments to some of our furniture and helped us to create a cohesive and comfortable look for the condo.  Thank you very much!  We love our new condo, and now that it’s been personalized for us, it feels like home.

From Nancy and Barry Campbell on their selection of window treatments:

We engaged the Decorating Den to assist with choosing blinds for our kitchen and family room after completing a kitchen renovation.  Natalie was our consultant and she was very helpful.  She asked questions to help determine what we wanted, since we didn’t really know what options there were and what would look best.  She gave us some great suggestions based on the budget we decided on, and was extremely flexible when we called a few days later to change our budget.  She brought a great selection of fabrics and ideas for our windows, and we came in  under our budget, which was perfect!

The installation went perfectly, and Natalie continued to follow up with us through the design and installation to ensure we were happy with our choices.  I would highly recommend Natalie for any interior design selections, she really knows her stuff and went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied!

From Wanda Ross regarding her experience choosing colours:

Sometimes we try and force ourselves out of our comfort zone when really it’s not the required action. I needed somebody to either confirm my deep seeded colour choices or I needed desperate help to move me out of my comfort zone‎: Natalie was ready for challenge either way!  I appreciated the fact that Natalie listened to me and the environment I was wanting to create. In the end, she confirmed for me that if you are drawn to certain colours and they stir an emotion in you that you want to continue to embrace, then there is no need to change for the sake of change.  I love my colour palette! Thank you Natalie for circling me back to my own grounding colours!

From Deborah Robinson on her decorating experience:

We are extremely pleased with the service we received from the staff at Decorating Den. Our experience from the initial consultation to the final installation of our drapery was very positive. Natalie is a gem. She is confident, enthusiastic and resourceful.  It did not take her long to understand the vision we have for our new home and to come up with excellent decorating solutions to achieve that vision.

From Beth Charbonneau regarding her mother-in-law’s new living room:

Catherine,

I have to thank you so much!!! Nicole is over the moon and totally in love with her apartment. You have made her sooo happy.

You did such a wonderful job. Marc and I went over last evening and couldn’t get over how everything just flows together. The overall effect is warm, comfortable and soothing. Amazing what you could do with such a small space!

We look forward to the final 2 pieces, but in the meantime Nicole is already enjoying her new room 🙂

Thanks again.

From Carolyn Adams-Smith regarding her home decorating:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Natalie;

Where do I begin.  You have been amazing in transforming my house into a new oasis.  We are extremely happy with all the changes and recommendations and your professional insight from you and it’s nice to see the final product (well almost final still a few small items renos etc.).

I packed the hutch last night and almost everything (95%) of what was in the old buffet fit!!!! You were right again the hutch storage and space was great.

From Donna Barnes regarding her new kitchen and family room:

Hello Catherine, I have been meaning to send you a note to tell you how much we are enjoying our kitchen and family room, especially through this frigid winter that has kept us indoors so much.  Family and friends are totally impressed, the kitchen has been a fantastic area for entertaining.  Thank you.

From Roger and Beth Beckley about their new kitchen

Dear Catherine, It has been a month since our kitchen renovation was completed and we just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you did to make our new kitchen a reality. As you remember, our previous kitchen was relatively small and inefficient. Working in real estate, I had seen occasional kitchen renovations that addressed some of our concerns, but we could never quite come up with a solution that satisfied us. Magazines and the internet did not help much – their idea of small was something quite different from the space we were dealing with.

Procrastination won the day until I attended one of your kitchen renovation seminars. I liked your approach and our initial meeting at our home was very positive. We were keen to see how you would solve our problem and create a design that would meet our needs.

Your solution pleased us, even though we first had to wrap our heads around moving the location of our gas stove. But that small change, together with moving our doorway (now a slightly larger entrance) just a few inches, allowed you to accommodate all our concerns. At the same time you showed us everything, from cabinetry to fixtures and flooring to lighting that you had chosen to coordinate with our lifestyle and décor.

In reality, you had done all our shopping for us. You made sure that everything would work together and would please us. Your working relationship with Jim Levie (contractor) and his hands on management approach made our decision to go ahead with your plan a simple one – even though it was an initial shock to see all the costing (including tax) together in one spot.

As the project moved along – on schedule – we were always kept in the loop and our questions were answered promptly by Jim, Mark or yourself. We were happy with your choice of suppliers, not only regarding quality, but the personal interest they took in making sure that everything was installed correctly and met our expectations.

Your “one stop” approach worked for us, and we’d be happy to recommend your service to anyone looking for a professionally designed and managed kitchen renovation.

From Caren Macleod regarding her new kitchen and bathroom:

“After losing most of my house to significant water damage (ensuite toilet tank ran on while out of town), I turned to Catherine and her connections to completely renovate and upgrade my house. She was fabulous to work with, especially under such stressful circumstances. I had a dream home when it was complete and it sold within a month over Christmas for just short of asking price in a buyer’s market! Anxious to resolve family estates and current housing situation so I can work with Catherine again on what will be my permanent dream home!”

From Harriet and Meredith Staples on their home:

Our entire house is a tribute to Catherine. She has decorated/furnished our entire home over a period of approx. eight years and it is nothing less than a WOW! We are not understated people and Catherine has risen to every challenge along the way to making our home outstanding. The compliments we continue to receive are endless.

From Heather and Carl Mason regarding their decorating project:

Hi Natalie, Thanks very much for the transformation. We are very pleased. You were able to accomplish in less than a month what we couldn’t in over six years. We will certainly contact you if we need help with anything. Thanks again.

From Elsie Clement regarding her family room and sun room:

Catherine, We are very pleased with how everything looks (and feels). I have already had many complements from neighbours, family and friends on the “new look”. Everyone is especially impressed with that colourful ‘rain-forest’ fabric on the tub chair (and draperies) as they walk into the family room; it seems to really pop as they enter. The whole room is bright and sunny (even at night).

From Wendy and Barry Bell, Stittsville, regarding kitchen renovation and furniture:

Catherine did a great job for me. Kitchen renovation, furniture selection and subsequent purchase for family and living rooms. We contracted with her company to assist us with colour selections, furniture ordering and selections, and a kitchen design. All of these items were looked after thoughtfully and carefully, and we are delighted with the finished product. The company provided their services on time and on budget (except for a couple of changes that we made after the project was under way which were handled professionally and done according to my specifications). We have recommended this firm to our friends and colleagues, and would definitely use them again.

From Lynn Lefevre regarding her home project:

Dear Catherine,

I am pleased to provide you with this letter of reference for your services.

Embarking on a major renovation of my bedrooms, hallway, stairs and office was a necessary, but scary endeavor for me to undertake last year. How do I pick the colours, the flooring, the furniture and the drapery to make everything look stunning? What do I do about the awkward closet design? What materials do I use to ensure longevity and meet the needs of my animals? What if I get it wrong? The last thing I need is to have to redo any of the work.. it needed to be done right the first time.

That’s where you come into the picture. I needed expert help – someone who could understand my special needs and respond accordingly. From our first meeting I knew we could work together on achieving a result that was not only gorgeous, but also practical. I had been toying with the idea of a custom wall-to-wall wardrobe to replace the closet and before I could mention it, Catherine suggested that it would be the best solution. I also had special flooring requirements and Catherine came through with a flooring that met my exact needs. The end results speak for themselves. It’s hard to believe that I’m living in the same house!

I look forward to working with you when the time comes to renovate the main floor of my home.

From Tom and Peggy Vice regarding their home project:

Hi Catherine,
Entertaining over the holiday season was even more of a joy than usual, with our freshly redone entryway, living room and dining room impressing our guests. The icing on the cake was finding the new Benjamin Moore colour-trends flyer published during the construction phase of the project with its photo of almost an exact replica of our new entryway, right down to the wall colour. This is probably the first time we have ever been ahead of a trend.

After doing so many renovation projects on our own, one of the most pleasant aspects of using a designer was how well the various projects came together, with tradesmen arriving and finishing on time. We would never have been able to arrange that on our own. As a final stamp of approval, both our daughters love the final result, an unheard of situation for all our other projects.

From Dianne Agnew regarding her new chairs:

Hi Catherine, Just want to let you know I love the chairs!!!  Wow…. What difference it makes to my place .
Thanks for your help. You are truly talented.

Dianne.

From Heather Beamish regarding her family room:

Hi Catherine,
Our family room looks totally awesome!!!! Everything is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Wayne and I are so very pleased! Thank you!

From Jim and Debra Levie regarding their new kitchen:

Hi Catherine; I wanted to thank you for your design work for our new kitchen!! The installation is 90% complete and it is spectacular and has exceeded our expectations in every manner!! Your experience and vision were invaluable and lead us through the decisions we just could not manage ourselves. You have answered any doubts in our minds regarding the investment in your services, we would never have achieved this result without you!!

From Glenyss and Jim Willis regarding their new home interior selections:

We are absolutely THRILLED with what our new house is going to be like. Catherine Pulcine Interiors are WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD!!! I know it sounds so extravagant to have a decorator, but we have found them to be worth every penny. When you think of it, you are investing thousands of dollars in a house, so a few hundred extra for expert advice is money well spent, IF you have an excellent, practical decorator, who knows your taste and furnishings and the depth (or lack thereof) of your pockets. While Jim and I know what we like when we see it, the decorator makes sure that we are putting our money to best use and that our planning adheres to good design principles. For example, The kitchen cabinet company asked us, “What style of crown molding do you like on your cabinets?” (imagine about 20 styles on display). We had NO clue, but our decorator knew instantly which went with our style and furnishings. This is only one example of hundreds of helpful things she did for us yesterday.

From Stefanie Speranza regarding her new kitchen and bathroom

I had been thinking about taking on a renovation for some time.  Having first looked at the design-build approach,   I made the decision that me and my project would be better fit with Decorating Den’s services after my initial consultation with Catherine.

From my initial consultation through the design and selection process, Catherine and her team were able to translate my vision and dream of a new kitchen and bathroom into a reality for my 110 year old home. They helped me through the uncertainty of the whole process, put me in contact with a construction professional, dealt professionally with the expected unexpected for a project of its size and helped turn these key rooms in my home to more a liveable space I can now enjoy for many years to come.

I am extremely pleased and grateful for the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by Catherine and her team.

From Carol Moskaluk regarding her new bathrooms:

I would like to express my appreciation and belated thanks to you for your professionalism, quality design, detail and renovation work that was done on both my ensuite and main bathrooms.

Your design and colours matched my taste and my budget. I now have two updated bathrooms and I love. I have had many compliments from guests and neighbours.

I also appreciate the coordination of the supplies, and construction done. The work was completed within the estimated timeframe and agreed upon cost.

I readily recommend you and your work to anyone who is inquiring about interior design.

From Sabine Gibson regarding her kitchen and bathroom renovation:
l hired CPI team to renovate completely kitchen and bathroom in my newly purchased condo, and l can only recommend them. If you are looking for quality work and reliability, THIS IS IT. The work was done on time, almost to the exact day “forecasted”, and we stayed within the budget. We ran into a minor snag which, in the end, was solved to everyone’s satisfaction. l have and will continue to recommend Decorating Den.

Sabine Gibson

From Maria Natziuk regarding her bathroom renovation:

We recently retained the Decorating Den CPI Interiors for a custom renovation of a bathroom.

‎Not only was Megan (the designer) able to capture what we wanted in her design, but what a relief it was not to shop for tiles and counter tops and cabinets. No need to run around with paint samples trying to decide on a wall colour. No standing dumbstruck in front of a hardware display trying to pick a drawer pull from among dozens of styles. After two meetings with us, Megan brought samples to us and pulled everything together.
Selecting a contractor was also her responsibility and she couldn’t have made a better choice.

I have no hesitation is recommending Megan and the CPI Team. I already have – to numerous friends and neighbours.

Maria Natziuk

From Judy and Paul regarding their kitchen renovation:

We are so pleased with the transformation of our old workhorse of a kitchen into this modern, spacious, efficient and beautiful kitchen.

Thank you,
Judy and Paul

From Diana Smallman regarding her kitchen bathroom renovations:

We had our kitchen and two bathrooms renovated which could have been a very exhausting and stressful experience. Natalie got to know us and our taste then guided us step by step through the process. Natalie visited the site frequently and communicated with us via email/text and telephone with updates. Natalie was always a professional, easy to work with displaying flexibility, knowledge and understanding of our needs. We are very happy with our kitchen and bathrooms makeovers and would recommend her in a heartbeat.

Diane Smallman

From Dena regarding her living room:

Catherine,

Ted and I are thrilled with the choices made for our condo living room.  The area rug makes the room much larger and lifts it up and the sofa is a stunning quality.  Lamp is perfect for the room.  Thanks for providing us with just what we wanted to be able to really enjoy our space.

Dena

From Scott regarding his bathroom renovation:

Thank you so much for designing and over seeing the construction/renovation of my new bathroom. I am so happy with the colour scheme and the fixtures that you chose. Everything fits so nicely together. I have to compliment you on choosing CJ’s Construction to do the job. I was pleased with their workmanship – Daren especially, and their professionalism.

Scott

From Julia in regards to her new kitchen:

I want to thank you so much for designing and coordinating the construction of my lovely new kitchen. â?? The project went to well under your direction. I really enjoyed dealing with Dan as the contractor during the renovation. You chose well! I love the cupboards, counter, sink, faucet and flooring that you picked out for me. It all looks so nice. I will enjoy it for many years to come.

Sincerely, Julia M.

From Catherine S. regarding past projects:

I have used Catherine Pulcine’s services on several occasions now and have always been absolutely thrilled with the results!  Catherine took the time to ask important questions about our wants, likes and lifestyle.  She not only listened, she heard us and totally “got” us.  I have already recommended her to many friends and clients — and her team is top-notch!  Thank you!

Catherine S.