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What Can I Do For You?

I help you to make your home look beautiful. I take one room or a whole house and with your thoughts, preferences and tastes, create a whole new look.

Together we can build or renovate and refurbish your home to become everything you dreamed of.

My contacts and experience in careful design, planning and construction coordination will make any project feel painless and more importantly, exciting, every step of the way.

My First Interest in Interior Design

My story is unique and it doesn’t end in a diploma for interior design - my knowledge and skills have been accumulated over years of experience and love for the work that I do.

It starts with my father.

My father was a contractor, finishing carpenter, cabinet maker and draftsperson. Growing up, all I ever wanted was to be like him. He was my idol.

When he came home from work he smelled like fresh-cut wood and still today, that smell makes memories of him rush back. It happens frequently on construction sites when I am in the middle of a project and I revel in it.

My father taught me to respect the ways in which a building was constructed.

He showed me how the puzzle was put together and taught me how to make a useful, creative space no matter how big or small it may be.

As a child, I was always creative and detailed. I loved to help find solutions and help people - I am truly made for my job.

Family and friends at our cottage

My Experience in Interior Design

My first career was in banking, would you believe, but during that time I consistently returned to home design for myself, for friends and for family.

I even returned to school for interior design at Mount Royal University, graduating in 1990.

As a family, we moved to Ontario in 2000 and I finally went into design full time in 2002. I worked for a design firm first then at a kitchen cabinetry showroom of which I became the manager.

In many ways, that gave me the confidence I needed to start my own company in 2005 - Plan By Design, which is my own wonderful business that you see today.

My Background in BC and Alberta

I grew up in a small town called Williams Lake, in British Columbia, where we had a small hobby farm.

I had two horses which were my own responsibility - one was a colt named Westwind that I trained, even at such a young age. It’s really on the farm where I learnt about maturity and reliability. It really was a wonderful childhood.

I moved to Alberta in 1980 which is when I went to study at Mount Royal University.

While living in Calgary I went downhill skiing in the winter, hiking in the spring, summer, fall.

My Life in Ontario Now

Now, Peter and I live in Maple, Ontario in our beautiful home. Our son lives not far away with his new wife, we are so happy to have them so close by.

Our cottage which is about 2.5 hours away from Maple, is where we go each weekend (or as many as we can) to relax and to re-energize. We love to entertain with - our friends and family - all year round at the cottage.

In my spare time, I do a little gardening and my preference is flowers - they can just make a home look so beautiful, inside and out. You’ll also find me drawing - I sketch and doodle often. This helps when I am drawing out plans for you and your renovations.

You may even find me learning the guitar, which I aspire to do more of!

Family and friends at our cottage
Loretta Kukkonen - Designer
Plan By Design
10032 Keele Street
Maple, Ontario
L6A 0J6, Canada
T. +00 (647) 226-5934
Ontario & Beyond
Hours
Monday to Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
Friday 9:00 – 3:00
Saturday & Sunday Closed

All meetings by appointment only.

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