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Wondering where your desk is? We’ve got it.

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by Alison Hodd

According to the CBC, business travellers are furious The Marriott is ditching desks to meet the needs of millennials. Rooms are not equipped with desks as so many travellers use iPads and iPhones.


Guestroom in Calgary’s Marriott

If guests are wondering where the desks went. We have them.

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Desks from Hotel Liquidator Painted white for Interior Design work at Catherine Alison Interiors






Here’s more of the story .

When travelling for business what would you prefer – a desk or a couch?

Beige in Interior Design: Is it boring or beautiful?

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Alison Hodd

Since the grey trend arrived, beige in interior design has been maligned. Interior Designers and homeowners are worried about furniture or walls looking too “beige”. As such, beige has become synonymous with outdated, boring and banal. Recently I wrote in HomeDigest for Metroland News about beige and how it can be used successfully in interiors. What do you think about beige? To see the original article go here:

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Presenting Catherine Alison Interiors “Graduates”

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Alison Hodd

We are lucky to report exciting changes happening this fall at Catherine Alison Interiors! Today we would like to focus on saying thank you and farewell to our Catherine Alison Interiors “Graduates”. Extremely fortunate is putting it mildly when I think about the two amazing Bachelor of Design students working with us during their summer break. As part of our team, Dalia Elkhatib and Megan Dougherty shared their ideas, enthusiasm and talents with us.  We have benefitted so much from their passion and we miss them every day! Creating a culture that embraces challenge, fosters fresh ideas, and is involved in supporting our interior design community is in our blood. So while we are already missing seeing Megan and Dalia’s smiling faces in our studio, we are so excited to see what heights these talented young designers reach in the future. Their passion has contributed to our success, and for that we thank them and say “well done”! Read on to meet these amazing young women as they describe  in their own words their experience working with the CAI team.

Megan Dougherty

Megan Dougherty

“Upon completion of the Interior Decorating program at Sheridan College, I was fortunate to be approached by Catherine Alison Interiors to join their team in 2012. I could not have asked for a better experience and opportunity that what I have had during the three summers that I was employed by the firm. The openness, teamwork and collaboration are elements that I strongly admire within Catherine Alison Interiors and will take with me to reflect upon in my future. The experience and confidence I attained from working for this firm is something that cannot be taught in any college, but only through great opportunities such as this. I always felt that my opinion and passion was heard, and even pushed me to better myself as a designer. I grew strongly in independence and problem solving skills, by the variation of projects and as per the needs required for each. I truly got a taste of multiple different scenarios such as residential living and dining rooms, kitchens and baths, and also designs for commercial spaces. I have now returned to Sheridan College to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. I am constantly reflecting back during my schooling, on principles I experienced while in the field and the vast knowledge I gained from Catherine Alison Interiors.”


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Dalia Elkhatib

“Every day at Catherine Alison Interiors was filled with excitement! I enjoy designing residential and retail spaces, and while working at CAI I was able to work on many varied residential projects. During my internship at CAI, I learned what school does not teach you by having a complete, hands on experience and being able to put what I had learned into practice. I was glad to have the opportunity to attend and participate in planning meetings, to be able to apply my strengths to projects, but mostly to feel a part of the CAI team! I am now completing my Bachelor of Interior Design at Humber College, and I look forward to what the future holds for me.”


Stay tuned for my next post when I’ll introduce our newest team members.


6 Benefits to Adding a Wall in a Bathroom

Posted on: July 19th, 2015 by Alison Hodd

Let’s face it – bathrooms can often feel cramped. There is often not enough floor space for a couple to get ready at the same time. So the last thing you may be thinking when designing a washroom is adding a wall. We are conditioned to believe that walls will make our spaces feel smaller and more cramped. But the judicious use of walls – full, pony, and partial – can help make your washroom feel larger and work better. Here’s how:

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1)  A wall provides privacy for the toilet area when a full water closet (W/C) isn’t possible.

Toilet privacy can make the difference between being a couple tending to their ablutions in their shared washroom at the same time or not. And more importantly, it improves the sightlines. Most of us don’t want to be in bed and look at a toilet when the washroom door is left open. Taking care to tuck toilets away is a sign of a well designed washroom.

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2) A wall can create a natural nook for a tub

Placing the tub between two walls can provide a more intimate spot for a bathtub. It allows towels to be within easy reach and can improve the balance and symmetry of the space.


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3) When a sink vanity is tucked in a corner, adding a wall provides a spot for lighting, electrical outlets, and/or hand towels.

The advantage of this wall is that a built-in vanity will look more symmetrical and it alleviates congestion on the mirror wall. Without an extra side wall, lighting, electrical outlets and towels must be on the mirror wall. This wall can get cluttered-looking easily.


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4) Creates an in-wall medicine cabinet

A built-in medicine cabinet allows the user to be able to have the cabinet ajar while they are using products from the cabinet, aiding in a clutter-free countertop. Also, a large mirror on a double-vanity wall helps to bounce available light around a small room.


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5) Connects a tub and a shower

A half-wall made of sheetrock and clad with stone and upper glass creates a pleasing bridge between a tub and a shower. Many times a tub and a shower won’t fit in a small bathroom and joining them this way maximizes the available light.


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6) Allows for niches when room for a true linen closet is lacking

Walls allow for attactive niches for display and towels. Many homes have small linen closets full of bed linen so the washroom’s job is to store the clean towels. As you can see here shelves hold folded towels and decorative items. This type of shelving can be a good investment as framing is generally more economical than custom millwork.


Don’t let your designer’s mention of a wall scare you. It can be a great way to get a custom look without breaking the bank.

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Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Alison Hodd

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