ABOUT

The concept of what makes a house a home is highly personal. No matter your aesthetic, budget or starting point, I can help you create a space that feels like you, suits your lifestyle – and that you can’t wait to come home to.

I’m Vanessa Ferro, a designer serving York Region and the broader Greater Toronto Area. Though I can create beautiful spaces in virtually any style, my specialty is transitional design which balances both traditional and contemporary elements to achieve a timeless appeal. (See below for descriptions of each of these design styles.)

I believe strongly in using items you have to infuse a space with interest and meaning – which is why I always look for ways to incorporate personal collections, family heirlooms and antiques – along with carefully curated new elements, of course.

For me, inspiration is everywhere. I find it through extensive research, travel and in old world interiors that have withstood the test of time. Whether you live in a countryside estate, a rustic beach cottage or an urban townhouse, I’d be delighted to help you create a space you can’t wait to come home to (whatever that means for you).

I will add unique personality to the look of your home by incorporating whimsical touches – from one-of-a-kind finds to unexpected art or wallpaper to a surprising fabric on a chair or throw pillow. These touches of whimsy require a bit of courage and confidence but are a great way to create a home that doesn’t look like anyone else’s.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for colour recommendations or full design support for a major renovation, the process starts with an in-home design consult. From there, I can provide as much or as little support you need for a flat hourly fee. 

“The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.”

- David Hicks

From a very young age, I’ve had an interest in interior design – and honed my skills every chance I could by decorating my own spaces and those of close friends and family.

In 2012, with several large-scale interior design projects under my belt, I left my career in the financial services industry to pursue my passion full-time.

In terms of what it’s like to work with me, clients have described me as extremely creative, service-oriented and thorough. I do my best to make the process easy (and fun!) so you don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated – all while creating a beautiful end result. For a peek at a small handful of my past projects, please click here.

When I’m not working with clients, you’ll find me spending time with my ‘guys’: husband Domenic and two sons Christian and Alexander – both in and around York Region and on the pink sand beaches of the Bahamas every chance I can get. I also take on pro-bono design projects in support of local schools and other community organizations whenever possible.

For more information on my design services, click here. If you’d like to discuss what’s possible for your space – and how I can help you create it – I’d be delighted to chat. Please feel free to contact me with your questions or to book an in-home consultation.

3 Key Interior Design Styles Explained

Traditional design is rooted in European sensibilities and typically features ornate architectural elements, symmetry and rich colour palates. Sumptuous fabrics are used in a variety of patterns and textures. Furniture pieces are elaborately detailed, with curved lines.

Contemporary design – which is not the same as modern design! – is all about the here and now. Though it is constantly evolving, as it is based on trends, this style currently favours clean lines, neutral colours, textured and natural fabrics, metals and glass.

 

Transitional design (a.k.a. my specialty) bridges traditional and contemporary design. It offers an updated look with a nod to the past, which provides a sense of balance that’s both appealing and unexpected.

 

“There are two things that make a room timeless,
a sense of history and a piece of the future.”

- CHarlotte Moss

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