Made our House a Home

When we met Katherine Joy Porath, we had been living abroad for twenty-eight years. For the most recent eighteen of those years, we had been living in furnished resort accommodations, and consequently had no furniture to bring to a new home we had purchased in Toronto. We bought the apartment in the fall, just before leaving Canada for another winter, with the hope that we could have it fully furnished and ready for occupancy when we returned in the spring. Katherine made that possible.

Furnishing a new home from scratch brings one great advantage. There are no old pieces of furniture that must be accommodated, and the decorator has complete freedom to create whatever mood the client has requested. This was an area where Katherine excelled. We told her the mood we wanted, one of peace and tranquility, with a harmony between rooms and no jarring changes from one room to another. Katherine immediately grasped our objectives, and there were no suggestions presented that didn't meet these criteria.

We didn't initially plan any significant renovations to the apartment, but Katherine, in her ever tactful way, convinced us to make some very major changes which converted our new home from a nice space into a home that positively delights us. This was not made easy by the fact that almost all of our communications throughout the project were by e-mail, which can be very time consuming, and without care can lead to serious misunderstandings. Katherine was amazingly fast in all her responses to our questions and suggestions. We weren't burdened with any problems; if an idea didn't work out, the news was accompanied with a suggestion for an alternative solution.

As the renovations and furnishing neared completion, Katherine shifted her attention to the household items we would require if we were to move direct into the apartment when we returned to Canada. We didn't expect her help in this area, but our dream couldn't have been realized without it. Obvious things, like an iron and ironing board, joined a growing list of other items such as a coffee maker and glassware and flatware and a can opener and cleaning goods, many of which we would never have thought of. We would have been seriously inconvenienced without her forethought and initiative.

Throughout the five months it took to complete this project, our confidence in Katherine's judgement and reliability and diligence continued to grow, and made the entire endeavor much easier than we had dared to hope. We could not be more pleased with her services.

Peg & Ron Massey

We recommend her highly

"Like a lot of people we assembled an eclectic collection of furniture over the years based primarily on what we both liked, but still with an eye to follow a Mission style for our dinning and living room and with a more casual/contemporary/lived-in... feel to our family room.  The only problem with this approach was putting the finishing touches on it, and tying it all together became something we just couldn't do!  That's when we decided to call Katherine, based on a friends referral, to help us pull it all together.

Katherine was up to the challenge, and in one visit quickly assessed our ideas and vision, and then enthusiastically made suggests.  With her trained eye we even had fun rearranging things and rooms to create a look and feel we are very happy with, for us the transformation creates and warm, inviting and gorgeous  look and feel.  She made key suggestions on additional accent pieces which blended in beautifully and was prompt and timely with phone calls, emails, shopping trips and tips to help us source and find some great deals on our finishing touches!  We would not have been able to get there without her!

Its true, it was a JOY to work with Katherine JOY and we recommend her highly."


Jon and Bebe

Dreams come true

“What do you say about someone who makes your dreams come true?”

From our first meeting, Katherine made us feel comfortable with the process; she listened carefully to what we wanted and took the time to get to know our style and preferences. The endless hours she spent finding furniture and appropriate material that would flow was amazing.  She made me think outside the box and pieces that I would normally have never considered brought out the exact look I was trying to achieve. She also spent many hours with us making sure what we purchased was exactly what we wanted. 

I highly recommend Katherine, to anyone looking for a first class interior designer, throughout our association, Katherine has consistently exhibited professionalism, courtesy, and a thorough knowledge of design and decorating principles. Her innovative flair for interior design, combined with her familiarity with trends and new products gave us the confidence and trust we needed as she designed and re-built our new home.   It is her insight and vision which make her so wonderful to work with! She creates an environment of both beauty and comfort for all to enjoy!

We now have a lovely home.  I love showing people how beautiful it is.  When my friends come to visit, they are amazed.    Our home is a source of pride, as well as, comfort for us-and we have you to thank for bringing it all together. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you.  Our many thanks!  Brian & Barbara