Simplify everything so you can focus on the important things. 

Interior Decor + Design

in Halifax, Annapolis Valley + South Shore, Nova Scotia

Are you concerned about making the best choices to add value to your investment and enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your home?

Let me be
your guide

With my Simple Steps to Beautiful Spaces process you’ll have creative design ideas you hadn’t imagined, a clearly defined plan, open communication, and a guiding hand from start to finish. Together, we’ll transform your ideas and goals into workable, beautiful solutions.

Although individual style preferences vary, everyone wants a home that’s calming, friendly, and beautiful – a respite from the hectic, modern world. 

My dream is that every home, no matter how elaborate or simple, is designed to nurture and function for all abilities and ages, so your home always remains home.

I’ll guide you from your initial desire for a better home to that moment when you sit back and smile.  You’ll know the journey has been an exciting one and the results have added value to your investment and enhanced your enjoyment of your beautiful home.

Simple Steps to Beautiful Spaces

Whether you have a small design dilemma or an entirely new home to plan and build, as an award winning certified design professional with 20+ years of industry experience, I’ll guide you with creative solutions and sound advice every step of the way.

Your design goals may be simple and few, so we’ll breeze through our 15 step process. Or, yours may be complex and extensive.  In which case, we’ll dig deeper into each phase.

We’re spending ​a crazy amount of time in our homes. This may be the ideal time​​ for a pleasant diversion – something positive to focus your mind on during these unusual times.

An amazing amount of planning, designing, and decision-making can be accomplished through Video Design from the comfort of your home.    

Video Design Work Session    $380

Deborah Nicholson Custom Design

Design Work Session    $380

Whatever the size and scope of your design project, this is where we begin.

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This is a real roll-up-your-sleeves work session. You’ll have solutions, gain clarity, learn about resources, and finish up with an Action Plan to lead you towards your design goals.  This may be all you need, or it may be our first step together…

Deborah Nicholson Initial Consultation

If your project is larger… 

…we’ll use our Design Work Session to dig deep into identifying and sorting out your design goals and how they relate to your home, design tastes, budget, expectations, and lifestyle.  You’ll learn about my 15 Simple Steps to YOUR Beautiful Spaces, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Our next step will be a Trades Day in your home so my trusted A-Team can learn the scope of your project, take their measurements, and gather the details they’ll need to produce accurate quotes for your project.

Then, I’ll begin the design process, turning your ideas and dreams into creative, beautiful, outside-the-box design solutions so you can live your best life in your home.

Deborah Nicholson Design Implementation

Design Concept + Development

This is the most design-intensive phase of your project, in which all design elements are developed, including layouts, wall, window, floor, and ceiling treatments, furnishings, fixtures, millwork, colour, hardware, and lighting.


You’ll have your entire project laid out beautifully before you and you’ll feel confident that 20 plus years of knowledge, experience, and creativity have been poured into designing the perfect spaces for you.



Paper Plane Dreams

Project Implementation

Now, for the exciting construction and installation phase!  All the details of your design project will be available to you and the trades in the form of LAYOUT PLANS, CONSTRUCTION PLANS, SCHEDULES, LIGHTING PLAN, and PRODUCT and MATERIALS SPECIFICATIONS.

With clear direction and access to your project details at their fingertips, your general contractor and trades team will be able to do their best work for you.

During this phase, my role is to provide clarification to you and our A-Team and regularly visit your project to ensure that the everything is being done according to the design plan and your wishes.

As your design project is nearing completion, I’ll ensure every detail is as it should be and your project is photo-ready.  Then, as you sit back and relax, you’ll look around you and know you’ve made all the best choices.

For projects beyond the scope of a Design Work Session, a flat rate Design Development Fee that reflects the Scope of Work will be quoted at the end of our session.  Project Implementation is carried out at an hourly rate of $80 (admin services) and $125 (design services).
Prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD)

“Deborah listens. And, without pressuring us in any way, challenges us to consider some bolder and more creative options.  She sees the whole picture while understanding how all the elements will complement one another.

A talented and knowledgeable professional, Deborah is an invaluable consultant, a clear and diplomatic communicator. She’s efficient and organized and, has undoubtedly, saved us many dollars and many costly mistakes!”

– Bonnie Y and Carole V