Throughout my career I’ve worked closely with clients having various styles and budgets. There are many decisions to make when renovating your home and part of my responsibility is to guide you through the best selections based on your needs.

My job and responsibilities as a residential designer are to guide my clients through designs that work for their home, are practical to their space and will not get outdated.  Below are some common advice I give to clients;


Stone tiles are timeless pieces in a home, a natural product, each piece different from the other. They add a luxury feel to any home, whether they be installed on the floor or the walls, they require some upkeep to maintain their beauty.

I love natural stone, however my only concern with them is the maintenance where require. Stone is very porous, meaning they stain easily. Spills of any kind, if not wiped immediately, will soak into the stone and create a stain. One way of preventing this is to use a sealant on the tile (depending on the type of stone and application, this may need to be done on a yearly basis).  

Tip: Porcelain tiles are a good alternative to natural stone. Many tile suppliers have a great variety of stone looking tiles, each with about 6 different patterns in a batch. You won’t notice the same pattern twice.

The benefits of installing porcelain is its durability. Not only are they a strong material, but they are resilient to stains. Your tiles will survive through the spilt red wine from your dinner party and your dog tracking in mud from outside.


Removing all the walls throughout the main floor creates an open concept and makes the house feel larger. Natural light flows through the entire floor and the house no longer feels divided. After removing all walls and creating one large open space, the last thing you want is to divide the space via floor materials.

Many install hardwood throughout the main floor, including the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I spill a lot when cooking!

Although it looks beautiful to avoid transitions in materials in the floor, hardwood in the kitchen is not practical.

Hardwood, solid wood and engineered wood, will expand when coming in contact with water. Unlike tile, hardwood will absorb any water spilt if not immediately wiped up. Over time, this will cause the wood planks to start separating from one another, resulting in replacement of those boards.  

Tip: An area rug highlights a living area adding both warmth and a focal point to a room. Why not do the same with tile?  Whether it be a simple or patterned tile, the area will add character to the kitchen and will be a functional piece of the floor. Centered in the kitchen is all you need!

If you have any questions about materials, design or construction, feel free to email me at I’ll do my best to answer all concerns.

Stephanie Haddad