Tag Archives: House of Design

August 9, 2016


Beige. Truly, there is no better way to describe our #MountPleasant project’s “before” scenery. It was as beige as you can get – no colour, no life, no personality.

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The irony in all that is our client’s are full of character. They’re unquestionably witty mixed with a little kooky and topped off with lots of sassy.  The problem with this mix is that their home – a 1200 sq/ft luxury Toronto condo did not reflect who they were nor did it  showcase their lifestyle. Needless to say, this all changed when we walked in turned their condo around (literally and figuratively).

Naturally, my first instinct is to get a sense of how the homeowners use the space and then we pull out their personal character traits in order to solidify a preliminary design plan. Understanding the way a client uses their home is equally as important as how “pretty” it all looks. Luckily – these were the parents of one of our incredible past clients and they had seen what we had created over at #King and said – THAT, we want that. And although I never re-create the same thing twice I did use King’s project as a platform and design inspiration but with a whole new colour palette. We also stepped it up a notch and sourced some incredible vintage finds…… VOILA


To see more of this space, check it out on our Pinterest page. Stayed tuned for the progress pics and how this all came to be!


Erica Gelman Design is a full service interior design + decor firm specializing in residential design in. We would love the opportunity to meet with protect clients and discuss your specific project requirements.

Please email us at info@ericagelman.com

January 21, 2015

Design life, meet motherhood…

Design life, meet motherhood…

I’ve had our new site up for a few months now and since launch date I’ve been planning/ scheduling/hoping to get the blog up and running yet, somehow everything else just got in the way. It could been because the site launched during one of the busiest seasons HOD has had in, well ever (not complaining, just saying) or could have been the fact that life just gets busier and busier with days  turning into weeks and weeks all of a sudden turning into MONTHS. Speaking of which, about 9.5 months ago my life became a hell of a lot more rewarding & a little more challenging. March 30th 2014 my little lady-baby came into this world and graced us with her unbelievable presence – my best creation by far. Luckily she was born on a Sunday so I was still able to finish off my work week the Friday before hand – I’m half joking with that comment I did meet with clients the Friday evening before going into labour but it wasn’t planned, Sasha just knew how much I would have hatted cancelling my appointment so she thoughtfully arrived over the weekend. It was a nice 8 day “rest” and back to work I went the following Monday. YES, this is a true story no half joking there – it’s like I was one of the seven dwarfs and went hi, ho, hi, ho…..back to work I go. But you see, my “work” is just as much a part of my life as anything else that’s meaningful. And so I began my new journey of learning how to blend my new title of Mama with my existing title(s) of designer, project manager,  entrepreneur, creative director…. apparently, I wear ALOT of hats. In  there somewhere is also wife, mom to my furry baby, daughter &  friend- I don’t think I can handle anymore.

It hasn’t been easy (thank gd for THE best support system ever) but it’s definitely been worth it. We have had some amazing projects come through our doors. I’m beyond excited to share our projects on the blog along with inspiration, concepts, progress reports… anything that’s happening at House of Design I will be sharing, I may even throw in a few mom-moments here and there- just to keep it interesting.

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