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Fall 2017 // Make your home better with the help of these Oakville-Burlington-Mississauga professionals.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Oakville Burlington Mississauga, p.30. Find local businesses in our Oakville directory. 

Six local pros have what it takes to help you create your ideal home in Oakville, Burlington or Mississauga.

Specialty: Taking the ordinary and creating an extraordinary version of that is something that has always fascinated us, especially as it relates to brand; whether architecture, interior design, fashion, travel or even a favourite beverage. Luxury lifestyle, be it affordable or extravagant, is where the entrepreneurial personality thrives and these are the kinds of personalities that have found kindred spirits at Riordon Design.
What makes your studio unique? While brand is our core competency, we are a multidisciplinary design firm. Our skill in designing communications transfers to many areas, whether creating a brand for a new luxury experience, an important communications piece, signage, or even translating that to a home or workplace environment.
Why is branding important? When you start a business, you’re never completely sure where it will take you. Ultimately the relationships you make, the skills you hone and the gifts you discover, lead you to places and experiences you may never have imagined. This is what we preach to our clients, and this is what we practice in our everyday lives at Riordon.

How does Hodgins Realty work with clients? Hodgins Realty offers a one-on-one consultative approach, providing each valued client with a personalized concierge real-estate service experience.
How can clients successfully navigate the changing market? We encourage and assist our clients to become the most educated they can be with regard to successfully navigating the specific real estate decisions they are considering. In addition, we offer almost three decades of expertise to ensure the results match the client’s goals!
Advice to clients looking to purchase or sell? The best time to buy or sell is before you absolutely need to. This affords you a slightly longer term perspective that when properly exercised, can net you significant dollars and the right new home or buyer.

Specialty: We specialize in the sale and installation of hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, mosaic tile, barn board walls and distinctive feature walls. We offer free estimates. Stop by our showroom and browse our wide variety of flooring and tile options. There’s something to suit every style and budget.
What’s trending? Inspired Flooring offers a wide selection of new and trendy ideas, from hardwood floors to mosaic tiles and eye-catching feature walls.
Advice on making a flooring purchase? Making any flooring purchase can be a stressful process. At Inspired Flooring, we hope to inspire you and help make your selection as easy as possible by offering a wide variety of options. Our years of experience and in-depth product knowledge will help you make an informed decision on flooring that you’ll love for years to come.

What does Blind Advantage offer? At Blind Advantage, we take great pride in helping homeowners and businesses with complete décor solutions. We pair our comprehensive product lines with the best in design and installation services. Alongside blinds, shades, shutters and custom drapery, we also sell Trica bar stools.
What’s trending? Shutters are a classic look that never goes out of style. Decorative side panel drapery paired with quality hardware is a great look. For a softer look, shades like the Solera have been extremely popular. The Solera combines the look of a roman shade with a cellular shade. Soft tone-on-tone patterns and pastels are popular and dusty rose is making a comeback.
What should clients consider when investing in window coverings? With many options available today, we take wants, needs, budgets and style preferences into consideration when making recommendations to our customers. We ask questions like: How do they want the covering to perform? Do they need shades to filter the light? Is it for privacy? By taking all of this into consideration, our clients can be assured that they have chosen a product that will last for years to come.

Tell us about your company: Our family-owned and operated business started out with a passion for soapstone. We have a strong focus on quality and craftsmanship, and work exclusively with soapstone, which sets us apart from other stone fabricators. Located in Burlington and opening soon in Port Hope, we custom fabricate and install across all of Ontario and Quebec, and ship across Canada. Greensville Soapstone Company offers the largest inventory and soapstone slab selection.
Why are soapstone counters a great choice for any style of home? Natural and non-porous, soapstone is resistant to stains and bacteria. Its soft, honed finish gives this stone a timeless elegance and beauty unlike any other, with a unique texture that feels like a bar of soap.
Where else can soapstone be used? Soapstone countertops and sinks are an excellent choice for your kitchen, bathroom or laundry. Because soapstone does not react to temperature, it is also an excellent choice for fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.

What is your specialty? My specialty is creative thinking, combined with technical know-how. My favourite part of the interior design process is the initial design creation – sketching ideas, selecting key materials, developing the concept for each room. However, none of this matters without a strong understanding of the technical execution of these concepts during construction.
What is your process? It starts with understanding our client’s design style. My role is to get to know our client and offer ideas and selections that align with their design style and lifestyle. Our first meeting focuses on their vision. We talk about the feeling they want to create in their home, how they use their space and the colours and materials they are (and aren’t) drawn to.
Starting a project can be daunting. What should clients consider? There are hundreds of decisions to be made throughout the interior design exercise. My role is to narrow down the options and guide the decision-making, but ultimately the client needs to make the final decisions. My advice is to always trust your gut; know what you like and stay true to your vision.