Deborah Nicholson Decor+Design
Photo by Zack Goldsmith Photography


Certified Interior Decorator

Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP)

Certified Colour Consultant

Lighting Specialist (LS)


“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 + Carole 


Hi there!


I’m Deborah Nicholson.  I would be delighted to get to know you and honoured to earn your trust.

To create the perfect home for you, it’s important I get to know you.  What are your interests? What makes you laugh?  And, what makes you feel most at home?

I love to design clean, simple, function-driven spaces that are defined by your favourite possessions and a handful of carefully selected statement pieces – vintage, sophisticated, hand-crafted and modern.

Sleek lines with rustic details, textured neutrals and rich colours, elements of nature paired with modern shapes; these are the qualities of my design style.   However, your individuality will always shine through.




My Guiding Design Priniciples

Japandi takes the rustic coziness of Scandinavian design and pairs it with the timeless elegance of a Japanese aesthetic.  Both are exercises in minimalism and both emphasize the importance of creating function-driven spaces defined by a handful of statement pieces, rather than an abundance of decor.

It’s their differences between these two design styles that make Japandi especially interesting. While Japanese spaces can get overly sleek, the rustic details in Nordic design add variance. Where Scandinavian interiors have a tendency to be so neutral they can appear antiseptic, the rich color palette of Japanese design gives warmth.

Biophilic Design explores our connection with nature and natural elements, not just through the introduction of plants, trees, and natural wood. Biophilia encompasses ideas like daylighting, organic shapes, water features, and better air quality.

We all have a strong positive response to natural environments. Our heart rate slows. Anxiety levels drop. We become more creative and more productive when exposed to natural elements.

Living In Place Design is a complete approach to making all homes accessible, comfortable and safe for people of all abilities and ages, so your home always remains home.

Responsible Renovation is focused on the responsible use of materials.  So instead of needlessly throwing things away and contributing to landfill, we look for alternative uses and explore different avenues of donation before discarding. Three simple practices: use renewable materials, let mother nature lead by using biophilic design, and furnish consciously with natural and long-lasting materials and by reclaiming and repurposing vintage pieces.