Growing up in the Gatineau Hills, I was inspired by the artists, architects and designers who lived in my creative community, Skyridge. I was constantly decorating my bedroom and later, redesigning and renovating my apartments and houses. I loved drawing, painting, sculpting and creating: I taught myself how to upholster, build simple furniture and design and sew my own clothing and home accessories.
I hold a BFA in Design, a DEC in applied arts, a DEP in graphic design and postgraduate courses in kitchen and bath design and social psychology. I have had a 25+ year career in graphic design and marketing. For the last 10 years, I decided to focus on interior design and started Design Wakefield.
My love of different cultures and history lead me to study history of architecture, history of art and design, paleography and psychology. I draw inspiration from nature, history, modern architecture and art to create designs for the present.
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If you are planning to renovate, I highly recommend Design Wakefield. Tanya Smith was ASTOUNDING! She truly listened to all of our concerns, wants and needs and provided various ideas and solutions for our renovation projects: kitchen, 3 bathrooms and a family room. She answered all of our design questions while implementing new ideas and lay outs. Thanks to her we felt confident in our choices. She made our house practical for our everyday life without sacrificing style. If anything needed to be problem-solved, she was there each step of the way ensuring the process went smoothly. Tanya truly cares about your happiness with her designs!
Jessie, Chelsea, QC
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Tanya Smith of Design Wakefield. She understood completely what we wanted to achieve and gave us a great design that captured our vision, met all our needs and facilitated our work with both the foundation and finishing contractors for our cottage expansion.
Bruce, Otter Lake QC
Tanya Smith of Design Wakefield provided me with a very thorough consultation process. She gave me helpful advice, was intuitive to my needs and came up with creative solutions for my kitchen design which made good use of the space available.
Rose, Wakefield QC
We chose Design Wakefield because they offered the initial design followed by construction expertise, but most importantly, they provided the project management of scheduling several trades, material purchases and logistics. Their design and finishing touches created a generous space with warmth and sophistication. Or in the words of our teenagers who are the ones benefiting from our new shower, "Dude, man, it's amazing!"
Christine & Frank, Chelsea QC
Ann, Chelsea QC
Tanya's calm demeanor and excellent ideas were welcome when I just couldn't figure out what to do with my 1930's bathroom. This is what professionals are for, to take charge when we can't or don't want to. Tanya Smith's passion for what she does, coupled with her reassuring and patient approach is just what I needed. It was a great experience working with her.
Juliana, Wakefield, QC