Designer Bios

Many thanks to our amazing designers and decorators from previous years. This year we hope you take advantage of our “how to” videos prepared by some of our amazing designers from 2019.  They will be showcasing their work and sharing their secrets to setting the perfect holiday dining table or making your home exterior shine.  Please follow us on Instagram or on Facebook  to watch these  “how to”  videos and get your home “Home Tour Ready”.   

Although we are not selling tickets this year, we are accepting donations.  Every donation over $30 will receive a charitable tax receipt from one of our charities!

Jennifer Fowler, Owner/Principal Designer – Signature Interiors 

Home #2 inspired by Jennifer

Working in the interior design field for over 20 years, Jennifer has acquired valuable skills that make her an asset to any design project. She possesses an innate desire to create and design interiors that exceed the client’s expectations.  Jennifer strives to design unique interiors that will have a positive impact on their client’s space. The goal of having the client feel joy and contentment in their environment.  She offers an organized, detailed mentality with focus on budget, follow-through and timelines met.  Jennifer launched Signature Interiors in 2005 and it continues to grow today.  Her work has been featured in Good Life Magazine and the Christmas Home tour since 2012.  When she is not working with clients, you can find her volunteering her time to the ABLE Network and Special Olympics programs. You can view Signature Interiors work and contact through her web site:

www.signatureinteriorsgroup.com

Kate Seaver, Owner/Principal Designer – Kate’s Garden 

Home & floral design for Home #6 inspired by Kate

Kate Seaver, M.Sc. is a Horticulturist, Floral Designer, Holiday Decorator and Garden Décor Expert. After almost twenty years as a corporate executive, Kate followed her passion for gardening and created Kate’s Garden; a Botanical Retail Studio which specializes in Perennial Gardening Services and Botanical Workshops and Events. Kate is a professionally trained speaker, a frequent television guest, charity fundraiser and magazine writer.

https://www.katesgarden.ca/

Heather Sally, Owner/Principal Designer – Heather Sally Design Group 

Home #1 inspired by Heather

Heather Sally Design Group focuses on residential and boutique commercial interiors. Whether the project is new construction, a remodel, or refreshing a decorative space, Heather delivers client centered designs which stem from her philosophy of function first. Her creative flair blend beautifully with her business acumen, allowing her to create beautiful designs across multiple styles, budgets and timelines. HSDG also provides staging and decor for events, print and media and real estate listings. Secondary to her love of design is her love of people! Client experience and relationships are key in her work and with each new project comes the opportunity to create and grow lasting friendships.

https://b-m.facebook.com/HeatherSallyDesign/

Carolyn Mauro 

Home #3 inspired by Carolyn Mauro

Carolyn Mauro has been involved in the Stouffville’s Home for Christmas House tour since it’s inception, being involved on the committee as well as decorating . Over the years she has had the pleasure of decorating many beautiful homes and adding a unique twist to the traditional Christmas decor. Carolyn has enjoyed donating her time to help raise funds for the Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation and the Able Network and looks forward to another exciting tour.

Lori Harding, Owner/Principal Designer – Lo & Behold Design 

Home # 4 inspired by Lori

With a degree and background in fine arts and graphic design from York University, Lori worked in advertising, home magazines and television before getting the bug for all things interior. Inspired after creating elegant spaces for a few large projects in Toronto, she founded Lo & Behold Design in 1998. As a consultant for an international paint and marketing company, Lori also assisted in defining global colour trends and creating harmonious colour palettes for innovative residential and industry programs. Lori has always been an artist and maker and no matter the medium, she knows it is always about successful use of colour and composition, scale, form and function. Lori is skilled at transforming ideas, sketches and wish lists into curated interiors that inspire her clients; she ensures expert space planning is the foundation of every project. Lori loves live music, old houses, travel, and audiobooks. She collects vintage typewriters, paints when she can, and relaxes with family, friends and the dogs.  Designing reimagined spaces reflective of real people, Lo & Behold Design is based in Toronto. They specialize in residential projects for the GTA and cottage country and offer various levels of service from consultations to full-scale renovations.

http://loandbeholddesign.com/

Debbie Powell & Lindsay Hawkins, Owners/Principal Designers – Birch & Bows

Home #5 inspired by Lindsay & Debbie

Debbie and Lindsay are a Mother-Daughter team who naturally came together to form Birch & Bows in the Summer of 2018. Debbie is a Realtor with a unique background in all things pertaining to home décor and staging, with extensive experience executing event décor. Lindsay is a Mom of two young boys and a Substitute Teacher, with a passion for design and décor that has inherently come from her Mom, and “best friend”. Together, they specialize in all things Christmas, and have quickly gained valuable experience assisting clients with interior design decisions and event planning. Birch & Bows recognizes that styles are constantly evolving but they always stay true to a clean and classic aesthetic with a modern touch. Debbie and Lindsay absolutely love working together to make their clients distinctive visions come to life.

Facebook & Instagram: @birchandbows

Kim Everson, Owner and Sue Moreau, Designer – Stouffville Florist

Kim and Sue inspired the floral design for Home #5

Kim Everson and top designer, Sue Moreau, are proud to be part of the Home Tour once again. Between the two of us, we have over 80 years of experience. Keeping up with new designs, styles, trends and fads has kept us diverse and open to new changes.  One big change is our new location. We are very excited about moving into 6280 Main Street. A bright new store offers a warm invitation to all our loyal as well as new customers. Proud to be in business in Stouffville since 1984, we are celebrating 35 years of business this November.  Some of our recent accomplishments include: Reader’s Choice Award for favourite Florist for numerous years running, chosen to be on the design team for the first all Canadian FTD Conference in Toronto, and Entrepreneur of the year Award, Stouffville Chamber of Commerce.

https://www.stouffvilleflorist.com/

Sue Kilburn, Designer – Branching Out Florist

Sue inspired the floral design for Home # 3 & 4

Sue Kilburn is a certified floral designer with a background in horticulture.  After spending more than 10 years in the gardening and horticulture industry, Sue decided to change tack and study floral design. She has studied at Seneca College,  The Canadian Institute of Floral Design and has recently flown to London U.K. to study with world renowned floral designer Paula Pryke OBE.  Sue is able to create custom pieces for any space or occasion. Whether it’s listening carefully to clients wishes in the shop or going on site for a first hand visual. Pieces may be created with fresh floral,  silk,  or botanicals. Decisions being made per request, adding her own personal creative style to each piece.  Sue has been with Branching Out for 10 years,  finding a home there with a wonderful group of very creative designers.  As well as challenging herself creatively,  Sue also loves to challenge herself in running all distances of road races, and finds this to be her way of recharging.  To see some of Sue’s work,  you can check out Branching Outs Facebook page or Instagram.

James Xia, Designer – Sheridan Nurseries

James and Cathy inspired the floral design for Home #1 and Latcham Hall

James love of plants and flowers stems back to his childhood and parents who taught him the beauty in nature.   James started  with Sheridan Nurseries in 2007, working in the annual and perennial department.  It quickly became obvious that his talents went far beyond caring for these plants and his creative abilities were put to use making custom pieces that could satisfy any occasion.   His passion for uniqueness is fueled partly by his love of photography where he is forever inspired by nature, its beauty and showcasing it in his own unique way.  Just one of James notable accomplishments was receiving a Landscape Ontario Award, the Award of Excellence for Kung Hei Fat Choy, Merchandising Techniques, Outstanding Promotional Event

Cathy Meanchoff, Designer – Sheridan Nurseries 

Cathy and James inspired the floral design for Home #1 and Latcham Hall

Cathy has had a passion for gardening and the great outdoors her entire life.  A stay at home mom, she raised 3 very busy boys and still managed to create beautiful home gardens and containers.  As her family matured and she could take a little more time for herself she enrolled in a stain glass class at Cullen Country Barn.  Her talents shone through and Cathy ended up heading the Stain Glass department teaching many others her new found craft.  In 2007, her boys now grown and being the proud grandmother to 10 beautiful grandchildren her love of nature led her to Sheridan Nurseries.  Being a nurturer at heart, switching from raising children to plants was an easy and welcome transition.  In Cathys words “the atmosphere at Sheridan gives me a feeling of wellness”  Cathys creativity in putting together beautiful custom arrangements through all 4 seasons is self taught and stems purely from her passion for nature.  

Floral Design for Home #2 inspired by Valleyview Gardens

 

Family owned and operated since 1970, Valleyview Gardens fulfills all of your growing and planting needs…indoors or out! Whether you’re an urban or suburban dweller, seasoned horticulturalist or first-time gardener, we have the plants and flowers you’re looking for. Our inventory encompasses close to five acres of working land, including 45,000 sq ft of covered greenhouses and is among the biggest and most varied in the GTA. After all, growing is what we do best!