“I chose Yasmin Zeitler of Marion Melbourne from among six interior decorators referred to me based on reading her website. I liked the description of her diverse background and I could see her creativity however, I was drawn mostly to her unique approach to working with clients. Her concept of helping clients find a vision they may not have been able to define themselves was exactly the practical help we needed! With busy careers, my husband and I had not coordinated a united vision. Though I often know what I like, finding the right pieces and putting them together was my challenge. Yasmin impressed me as a talented decorator who would work with us “one on one” to navigate the world of options. I made the perfect choice!
Having only met over the phone, we arranged for our first in- person meeting at a furniture store in Toronto and away we went exploring many shops with my CAD drawings, tile samples and clippings in hand. I was starting from scratch and felt overwhelmed! Yasmin was confident and just kept me going. She had a keen eye for unique understated pieces and complimentary colours. Before long, I felt we were a partnership exploring options and setting the plan to complete each area of the home. If I did not jump at an idea that she thought could be good, she would sometimes invite me to revisit it later in light of other choices made and suddenly I could see what was already in her vision. Yasmin has insight and she does not push. She just waits until you are ready. Her true talent for working with people was demonstrated again when we brought my husband into the conversation!
Being a part of the evolution was important to me. My husband wanted to see a result that appealed to him. Yasmin was able to work with both personality types. She did not come with pre-conceived agenda. She developed a custom look for us as she came to know us. She knew the best shops to find what we needed. Her great relationship with interior designers in furniture shops also benefited us. Clearly, she is respected within the industry!
Yasmin has helped us select furnishings for our entire home. She came to Ottawa to oversee the delivery and furniture placement. She selected a perfect window treatment for a unique purpose. She had pillows made and continues to scout other enhancements. She contacts me to get me refocused on our goals. It is a comfort to know she is there and we can pick up where we left off. What originally felt so overwhelming has turned into a fond memory of the journey with Yasmin to decorate our home and that gives me joy as I see what we created everyday.”
– Margie Hooper, Homeowner
It was our first time working on a ground up build. Having Yasmin by our side to guide us through the process was incredibly helpful and a huge stress relief. As newbies to the custom home building process, we were sometimes scattered with regards to our likes and dislikes from a design perspective. Yasmin was able to listen and make sense of everything to create an inviting and cohesive space. By incorporating different textures (metal walls, different types of wood, stone, woven rugs,…) and reusing the wood salvaged from our barns in the interior design (which was very important to me), Yasmin was able to bring to life our version of modern farmhouse. She’s organized and a great communicator. She effectively worked with the rest of our build team to keep things going which was a huge time saver for us. The space is everything we wanted and more and we could not be happier. Can’t wait to work on future projects with Yasmin.
– Joseph and Penny delMoral, Homeowners
“I met Yasmin through our architect when we were renovating our cottage eight years ago. I could not have been more pleased. She knew completely how to tackle the project and was able to understand what I wanted and to make it happen. When we were building our chalet a couple years after we knew to go to Yasmin for inspiration and guidance. Again Yasmin brought her expertise in design to help us build the most wonderful dwelling we could have ever dreamed of. Yasmin is professional and very organized but never pretentious. She knows all the best places to source what we wanted… furniture, art, hardware, colours. She kept me inspired and on track when things got overwhelming. I completely trust her. Can’t wait for our next project!”
– Terry Yanowski, Homeowner
“It is our pleasure to recommend Yasmin Zeitler (Marion Melbourne) as an outstanding designer/ decorator. During the past year she has helped us to furnish a very contemporary house with an appropriate combination of the old and the new and has turned it into an extremely comfortable, exciting and user-friendly new home.
During our planning and building process she was able to navigate, with equal ease, between the vision of the architect, the requirements of the builder and our needs as the clients. She listened attentively to our likes and our dislikes and has, whenever she has felt it fitting, incorporated our ideas. She has also felt confident enough to argue for a divergence from our original plans and has always been able to make a convincing argument for her admittedly more coherent vision.
Yasmin has not only a wide range of contacts in lighting, hardware, textiles and furniture but also an excellent eye for colour, colour combinations and textures.She also was aware of our budget concerns and did her level best to stay real. In conclusion, Ms. Zeitler has excellent communication and planning skills and can be relied upon to follow through on every phase of the project in a timely fashion. We could not be more pleased!”
– Margaret and Norbert Pirk, Homeowners
“I highly recommend working with Yasmin for your interior design needs! We recently worked with her on a renovation of both our kitchen and master bath and it was a very smooth process with a terrific result. She has great design ideas and style but even more important she is easy to work with and listens to her customers. Working with Yasmin was an enjoyable experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to employ her services again and to recommend her to my friends and family!”
– Cindy Brooks, Homeowner
“We first met with Yasmin when we needed someone to design our living room, dining room and kitchen. She made it easy and fun for us beause she understood our needs, was very flexible, and acted as a referee when we couldn’t come to an agreement ourselves. Later, when we needed to renovate the basement, Yasmin came back and designed the media room, office and the bathroom. We’re very proud when we show off our home and it’s the result of Yasmin’s expertise and imaginative work.”
– Christopher Paulin and Kevin Perry, Homeowners
“The best way to describe how good Yasmin is at designing your space would be in the slack jaw look new visitors have when they walk into our tiny Leslieville home. Then, followed by ‘Wow. Did you guys do this?’ Full credit to the vision of Marion Melbourne. We highly recommend.”
– Courtney and Mark, Homeowners
“I had the pleasure of working with Yasmin on several projects. She is extremely knowledgeable, has a great eye for detail, is open to feedback and very easy to work with. Yasmin is an exceptional designer with great style, and the end result has always been a tremendous success. I highly recommend her for any design project and look forward to working with her again.”
– Elena Reid, Manager, Sales & Marketing, Sundial Homes Ltd.
“Yasmin is a delight to work with. I hired her initially to help with redecorating the master bedroom. She made excellent suggestions and I am very pleased with the final outcome. I am so pleased, in fact, that she is now helping redecorate other rooms in the house. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Yasmin to anyone wanting an Interior Decorator.”
– Jane Graydon, Homeowner
“What a pleasure it was to work with Yasmin! Her confidence and style helped pull together all the elements needed to make my dining room beautiful and complete. Her aesthetic sense is refined, fun and out of the box. When you think you’re going straight, Yasmin gently leads you on an unexpected creative adventure that ultimately represents my own personal style and how I want to live. The result is not staged or trendy but distinct, beautiful and functional.”
– Denise Williams, Homeowner
“I have personally worked with, and referred business to Yasmin. Her taste is impeccable, her design eye is keen and her knowledge of where to acquire just the right pieces is vast.”
– Jen Tripp, HomeLife Realty/One Ltd.