After 14 years in the same house, it was definitely time for some decor up-dates. While I had been trying to make some changes, there was not much to show for it until Norma of Norma G Designs arrived to the rescue! She pulled things to together with flair and attention to detail. Norma made the most of what we already had, using some old treasures in a fresh way so we are loving them again. Our couch and chair were very tired indeed. Norma worked with her upholsterer to transform them into contemporary and very comfortable pieces, all at a reasonable cost. I look forward to tackling new projects with Norma, who never fails to come up with great ideas and cost-effective solutions, using her network of excellent suppliers.
We want to say what a pleasure it is to have worked with Norma on our design projects. She is both attentive to our wishes while also bringing fresh new ideas to consider. Her services to us have ranged from outdoor planters to decor to furniture design and construction for both our city and country properties. The results never fail to please and are delivered in a professional and timely and cost effective way. We will be using her services again and would gladly recommend her to anyone looking for design services.
Andrew and Sue
My home had not been redone for many years when Norma came in to suggest what might be required to bring my decor up to date and suggested a number of changes to my main floor. During the time we worked together she totally re did the Den, the living room, dining room, main hallway as well as main floor powder room. The end result is a much cleaner , more modern and up to date look with a very restful den area now, a more modern and formal dining area with hardwood and beautiful throw rugs and an updated bathroom . It is like being in a new home and a pleasure to come home to.
Norma Gigone is a “life saver” … She was so instrumental with my decor for the new chalet we built this spring on Georgian Bay. Our custom sofa, chairs, king size bed, drapes, bedding are fabulous. Beautiful original designs, silk fabrics and the pricing was more than reasonable. In fact the pricing on our sofa and chairs was outstanding! Better quality than Restoration Hardware and much less expensive. Norma pulled together a modern yet rustic look that was authentic and very much reflective of the style and taste I was trying to achieve. The lighting is unique, but works and flows from room to room. The bar stools and dining room chairs are also very original. I get compliments from everyone on my dining chairs and you could sit in the bar stools all night – incredibly comfortable. Norma was able to source specific pieces that I needed throughout the house. The armoire in the bathroom was an amazing find and I couldn’t find a better unit for such a reasonable price. The bedside tables are a perfect complement to the unique custom upholstered headboard made out of reclaimed hickory barn board – a fabulous look!
No job too big or small, great selection but not so much that its confusing …Norma works with your taste and my husband and I are so happy with the final result!
“When it comes to home decor, it’s important to me to find the right pieces at the right price. Norma Gigone absolutely helped me achieve this without compromising my intended aesthetic. I was shopping about the city and found the perfect dining room chandelier. Unfortunately, the perfect chandelier came at the not so perfect price. Norma was able to steer me to a vendor that offered the same chandelier at nearly 50% less. In addition, she provided her trade discount, allowing for a total cost savings of 75%. Her resources are bountiful! No one better than Norma knows how to direct you to the right vendors to get the right price!”
Kate Fox, Toronto
After years of wrestling with the proverbial mid-life crisis – should we move or renovate/redecorate? After doing the math and taking into account that moving does involve renovating/redecorating/land transfer taxes/real estate fees and time displaced while work is being done, we decided to talk to a good friend who had started on a new career in the decorating field. It turned out to be the advice that kept us in the house and neighbourhood that we have enjoyed for 20 years.
Norma has always been known for her flair for style and decorating and good taste. She also has connections which proved invaluable for our project. Teamed up with Nick Alcaro, of Total Home Decor, who is also a general contractor/project manager, we were presented with a plan, a budget and a timeline to expect. We opted to do all those things that had been bothering us for years – a complete first floor demolition/renovation down to all the flooring and the same for the master bedroom ensuite.
This did involve us having to move out for 3 months while all this work was going on. It also involved a few surprises along the way which affected the timeline. We were prepared for these contingencies since the house was around 60 years old and had been added onto 20 years ago. Most of the setbacks were related to the poor workmanship of the previous owner. (and yes, our mistakes too) The good news was that Nick was able to work with the different trades to keep the workflow continuous while the gas/electrical issues were resolved.
The end product? We are very happy with the results. The house has been totally transformed. We were able to use a lot of our furniture after Norma arranged re-upholstering/recovering for some of it. She suggested new pieces that worked with the vision. The whole experience has left us confident and comfortable enough to work with Norma and team for a basement reno.
Paul & Lisa Kirk
We renovated our basement a few years ago. When Norma came over to help me with a chair that I wanted to be recovered she immediately started to help in other ways. She intuitively worked through any obstacles that I had around the project, which had clearly stagnated in my hands alone. As a result of Norma’s inspiration, ideas and impressions, we quickly finished the space in a timely and affordable fashion. She added gorgeous flare, accent colours and unique pieces. I now use the space as a client consultation area in addition to a recreation room. Double the duty for one room in the house. I’d like to add that when my clients see this room they have had countless compliments about Norma’s designs. Using Norma G Designs was definitely a win win for me, my family and my counselling practice. I have recommended Norma to many others and will continue to endorse her design services.
Susan Raphael, Toronto