We purchased our house knowing that we had a major renovation project ahead of us, and started looking for designers and contractors right away. What struck us most with Emily Griffin Design (Emily Griffin and Stephanie Houghton, with whom we interacted throughout the project) was their genuine excitement and vision around the possibilities with the existing “bones” of the house. The renovation included a full gut of the main floor including major changes such as vaulting the ceilings, moving the location of, and full re-design of the kitchen, reconfiguration of the family room, a new lighting plan including selection of fixtures, new windows/doors, flooring, colors and painting of the entire floor.

We had never gone through major redesign or worked with a designer before and were unsure of the process. They were patient with us, really listened to our needs (current and future), and came back with an incredible design – something we could never have imagined on our own. The result is that they gave us such a beautiful place, one that we couldn’t imagine getting to on our own, but it feels 100% “ours”. They were also respectful of our budget and made the space luxurious while keeping the project costs under control, which was important to us.

We were blown away by their creativity, passion and enthusiasm at every turn. We felt that they were as emotionally invested in our home as we were.

In addition to the design, we needed help coordinating and managing the entire project. This included working with and managing the contractors, a number of in-process touchpoints and a final inspection of their work. Stephanie and Emily helped re-calibrate and fine-tune the design while the work was in progress. Their keen eye and attention to detail was much needed and appreciated.

The entire project from start (first Vision meeting) to finish (final move-in and furniture/decor consultation) took almost a year, and we were blown away by their creativity, passion and enthusiasm at every turn. We felt that they were as emotionally invested in our home as we were.

We still cannot believe the transformation and how great our house looks. We have to renovate other parts of our house and we will be sure to work with them again in the future.

Thank you Emily Griffin Design for helping create our dream home and making the process so much fun.

Deepthi & Dhruv

We hired Emily Griffin and Stephanie Houghton from EG Design to decorate the client side of our Toronto offices, as well as create a new staff lounge area in an unused section of our offices this year. The job was  a combination of decorating and renovation consulting.

We were extremely happy with both their process and the end results of their work. They captured perfectly our firm’s culture of being more understated versus flashy in the furniture they chose and in the materials they used. We also loved how they incorporated our company colours’ tastefully into the design scheme without it feeling contrived.

In terms of fit, we worked very well with EG Design’s whole team. They understood exactly what we were looking for and respected our budget throughout the process. We liked that they presented us with several options in their presentations and found even further options, when in some cases, a tightening of the budget was required.

The quality of all their work, from the ideas they generated, the craftsmanship of their trades, to the actual products that were delivered, were all amazing. The feedback from our clients, everyone in the Toronto offices and most importantly, our colleagues from head office in Calgary, have been overwhelmingly positive and we all love the new space immensely.

Our offices now feel finished and inviting and not like other offices in downtown Toronto that often feel sterile and cold. We would highly recommend them.

Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

We are two busy professionals with a young family. This is our first time working with an interior designer, and Emily has helped us with the complete interior design of our newly constructed home. If you want to stop reading now, Emily is absolutely, hands down the perfect choice for whatever your project may be. We actually found Emily on Houzz along with a number of other interior designers whom we interviewed and referenced for our project. We were searching for a professional that understood our family and our vision for our dream home. Most importantly, we were seeking someone that was honest, easy to work with and very accessible. Within minutes of speaking with Emily, we immediately knew that our search was over.

Emily is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is an extremely talented, accessible and dedicated professional. She has a honed ability to completely understand her clients no matter their style, and achieve far beyond their dreams while staying well within budget and always on schedule. She is incredibly creative, and decisive but always very flexible with her clients. You can be as involved or uninvolved as you wish (we were both at times) and Emily will get the job done with perfection. She constantly inspires confidence and provides exceptional results at every step of your project.

We wholeheartedly recommend Emily Griffin without reservation for all of your interior design requirements. She is absolutely amazing!

S Bernstein

We hired Emily Griffin to lead the renovation and design of our entire house and we could not have done it without her. As a busy working mom I needed my hand held for this enormous 9 month renovation project. She worked closely with the architects and contractors throughout each phase. She designed every detail of our beautiful kitchen and 4 bathrooms. She provided stylish options for light fixtures, paint colours, millwork and furniture while keeping within our budget. Most importantly, she made sure the design and flow of our house reflected who we are and how we use space. We found the quality of her advice, judgement and problem solving exceptional. Thanks to her our beautiful new home has greatly improved the quality of our lives and we are very grateful for Emily’s work.

E McConnell
We wholeheartedly recommend Emily Griffin without reservation for all of your interior design requirements. She is absolutely amazing!

Stephanie Houghton, who is with Emily Griffin Design, is a gifted interior designer who is passionately committed to her work and really showed up for us.

Stephanie listened to us very carefully and was able to help us develop a vision for our home and ensure it was realized. She came up with an amazing, well thought out, integrated look for our condo, that really reflects who we are and which has a lovely balance, freshness and flow to it throughout. We love our new home! We are a new couple who were just moving into together and Stephanie was very thoughtful in integrating and making use of our varied pieces, including an antique Brazilian rancher’s dining room suite, Chinese antique furniture, art and rugs.

There is no way we could have pulled together all the elements involved in this design on our own, which included: built in closets and book cases in the bedroom; taking down the wall between the kitchen and the den; building in a workspace in the den that included a custom, wall-mounted, American walnut book case and built-in desk; new kitchen which integrated Ikea with custom millwork; a transformed washroom; and hardwood floors throughout. In the washroom, she created new storage space by borrowing part of the front hall closet and knocking down a wall.

We also hired her to find the contractors who worked on the unit and to oversee the whole project, which was a godsend for us when the general contractor did not complete the reno to our expectations and Stephanie took care of it, bringing in specialist contractors who brought it up to our standards within the initial estimated cost, aside from additions we agreed to during the process that went beyond the original vision, but were well worth the investment. It is amazing having a dedicated designer and tough negotiator looking after your interests and protecting you.

It was great having Emily Griffin as added back up during this whole process not to mention her gifted eye for hanging our many, quite varied art pieces.

Bill and Sjarif

We were looking for ideas and a design Professional to refresh our cottage, which was not ancient, but needed to be refreshed. We are busy lawyers with not much spare time and we were blown away by how Emily was able to deal with our busy schedules, come in under budget and most importantly take our cottage to the highest level. We did Kitchen, all rooms and a guest house. We’ve now hired her for our home in downtown Toronto. She listens but adds values. We got to the point of deferring to her creative ideas. Very happy clients.

B Facey | J Soloway

Whether a full renovation or a small detail, Emily Griffin brings a level of creativity, professionalism and thoughtfulness that is not only inspiring but invaluable. I have worked with Emily for 8 years and she has not only created a beautiful house but a home that reflects who we are as a family. She takes into account every detail of each project. Emily is passionate, intuitive and budget conscious: a rare combination. Her personal attention to every step of the design process is outstanding; from ensuring I understand the vision, to prompt attention to any of my concerns, she has held my hand through our years together. The result continues to be my dream home!

A. Coles

Emily was recommended by a friend. She is a pleasure to work with. She is talented, creative and very professional. Emily understood my style and my needs and she turned our condo into something extraordinary. I could not have done it without her.

P. Zafiris

With great vision and sense of style, Emily guided us through so many decisions for our new country home. She is extremely organized, efficient, and respectful of a budget. She pulled together a mixture of new and old that is perfectly suited to the space and our wish to have a comfortable gathering space for friends and family. We couldn’t be happier!

M Bloemen

Our home design project was featured in House & Home! Emily and her team exceeded our expectations and now we are loving our home. Emily is a professional and handled all of the details so I did not have to worry about anything. I felt that she listened to me and appreciated my style, yet, at other times, pushed me in the right direction when I needed it. The end result was beautiful.

K. Reidel

Emily has helped us out with a few projects. Excellent updating to our home in Toronto as well as our cottage and helping out with our home in Florida. She is very efficient and organized and has some wonderful ideas. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.

L. Richardson

We started in August 2014 completely decorating our new house. Emily is a true professional and takes incredible care of her clients. She has amazing style, wonderful presentation skills (husbands) and balances the budget with a mixture of sources. She is patient and respectful but also helps move us along if we get stuck. I am so happy with everything she has done. My house is gorgeous. I can’t imagine having done this project with anyone else.

D Soloway
Her attention to detail is extraordinary and the overall look she creates is classic but bursting with personality.

Emily recently completed her second project with us, decorating most of our main floor including the living room, dining room and powder room. We are thrilled with the results and are planning for future projects with her. Emily is creative, has great contacts, and gets the job done. She listens and helps you figure out what will work with your lifestyle. She also makes the process fun and painless, we can’t wait to work with her again and have already recommended her to friends and family.

L Soares

I have worked with Emily Griffin on two of my houses and she is simply the best. Emily is incredibly creative, always budget conscious, but most importantly she creates spaces that don’t look like everyone else’s. Her attention to detail is extraordinary and the overall look she creates is classic but bursting with personality. I highly recommend her!

M Stefaniew

We worked with Emily and Stephanie on the interior design of our living room, dining room and entrance way of our new house. This was the first time we had worked with interior design professionals. Emily and Stephanie made it a fun and extremely creative experience. They were able to balance my budget and vision for the space with creative mix of “save” and “splurge” pieces. We really enjoyed our experience and everyone loves spending time in the spaces they designed. They have become our favourite rooms in the house. Highly recommended.

L Francini