About Karen Sealy
Award-winning Designer Karen Sealy is equally at ease in a hardhat or heels – and her passion and deep-rooted knowledge of the two distinct sides of design set her apart in her field. Karen was lucky enough to grow up with a father in the trades, giving her first-hand experience of the more technical aspects of renovation and construction, and introducing her to a world she would come to love and pursue. Her years of unique experiences, from working side-by-side with trades on the tools, to formal education in interior design, business and psychology to an unequalled talent for space planning and a genuine love for listening and nurturing people position Sealy Design to create the most fabulous spaces for the people lucky enough to enjoy them.
Karen, owner and lead designer of Sealy Design Inc., is a regular design expert on the national TV show, Cityline and host & designer of HGTV’s "Summer Home", (s.1). Sealy Design's work has been featured in the New York Times, Elle Décor, Style at Home, and all of Canada's national newspapers. Sealy Design is the winner of the Best of Houzz 2013 Awards, for Design and Customer Satisfaction.
Karen loves to share her enthusiasm for good design – just spend a few minutes with her and you'll either hire her, or consider a career change.
The Sealy Team
Sealy Design offers a one-stop service which includes everything from one-time design consultations, preparing permit/construction drawings to choosing and ordering finishes and furnishings, or even designing your own custom furnishing or built-ins – and everything in between. Our large sample room is stocked with the latest and greatest selections to save our clients time and refine the search for quality finishes at fair prices. Many of these products are not available locally or at a retail level, allowing us to offer our clients truly special finds.
We are happy to offer any of the following services to suit your needs:
- space planning, square footage optimization
- color analysis
- theme/concept development
- professional project management
- construction and permit drawings
- engineering and architectural services
- furnishings (custom design or a wide selection of ready-made)
- budget development
- textile selection
- pre-inspection and real estate evaluation
How do we work?
Our first point of contact with all our clients is to arrange an initial consultation with one of our talented designers. This meeting can be a one-time meeting to answer all your design questions, or the ideal way to kick-start your design project with our team. You can call us at 416.694.8588 or email email@example.com for further information on rates and process, and to book your appointment.
We offer two consultation options:
The ideal solution for client’s who live in the Toronto area is to have an in-home consultation. One of our designers will visit your home for a full consultation meeting. The advantage of this option is that the designer will get a better sense of your space, your style of living and your existing furnishings. The designer will be able to walk through your home and discuss any current projects or future wish list items, which enables you to develop a long term plan for your renovation needs. This is the best way to kick-start a project with us.
We have a fabulous Design Studio located in the east end of Toronto. If it is inconvenient to meet at your house (perhaps you live out of town) you could come to our Design Studio for a consultation with one of our designers. Just bring your pictures, floor plans and inspiration pictures and we’ll be able to answer your design questions and guide you in the right direction to create your dream space.
New and coming soon! - Online 'e-design' service
We’re busy and we know you are too. This option suits clients with simple design questions, who are looking for a little help with a project, one room at a time. This option also works wonderfully for 'out of town' inquiries. Through our on-line forms send us your questions, floor plans and pictures of your current space and we’ll email back a digital package with suggested options for your space – recommended floor plan with options for furniture, lighting, rugs and fabrics.
See what our great clients have to say about the Sealy team:
John and I want to say thank you very much to you and Karen for reworking the new sketch. We really appreciate it. Both John and I think that it will work out great and are very excited. It's amazing how Option 1 of your original sketch looks even better with a little bit of tweaking that you've both done in incorporating our revised ideas. What great teamwork and team we all are, if I must say so myself!
Love the bookcases behind the sectional idea. As a matter of fact, I was just on the Sealy Website yesterday and was looking at those same pictures that were posted on the site that showed the Waverly Den with those bookcases and I said to John that I should mention to you both that I really liked the idea of those shelves above the sectional when we were to speak again and whether we could incorporate something like that in our reno. Also love the idea of the ledge at sofa table height for a place for a drink as well, (I can envision us all drinking wine together and celebrating our new basement reno as we are seated on that sectional/ledge combination) . I love some of our thinking alike, it's crazy.
If no one told you today, we're telling you both that you are both awesome!!!
Thanks to both you and Karen again. Can you tell, we're just so so excited."
"WOW!! The Summer Home program featuring my Snug was truly fantastic. Not only did it feature a great cottage make-over but it really captured the essence of my family - who we are and how we live, love and laugh together (including Simon's generosity of time and building efforts - I really think he could have a future in TV). Thank you for making the process so easy for us. I can't remember when I met a team that was so positive and enthusiastic about their work. That positivity and enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on us making the filming easy and fun. And, Karen's talent and personality was the icing on the cake.
I like to think of life as an opportunity to collect a series of "memory moments". The Summer Home experience certainly comes close to the top of my list.
On behalf of the McKenzie Clan I offer my heartfelt gratitude and praise for the very fine work you do. If you are ever in Bracebridge know there will always be a Muskoka chair waiting for you on the dock."
"Well, I just watched my episode in the conference room with my colleagues - they're all amazed with your creativity. Thank you for a wonderful job done for us, not to mention, you've included my two fur balls.
Let me know if you want to have a glass of wine or two when you are in the neighborhood - you know you have an open invitation."
"We loved the our episode and had a good laugh at ourselves. So glad that some of the filming was not made part of the episode thanks to the editors. The makeover experience was great the cottage is so absolutely perfect for us now. We would like to thank Andrew, John, Atilla, Brad, Dee-Dee, Allison, Karen, Kim, Stephan, Matt, Shannon, Marco, Alan and his crew, Pat and his crew and everyone else that we did not necessarily get to meet. Thanks to all RTR Media Folks. I was so delighted to meet each and everyone of you. You obviously all love what you do. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with us. Thank you for the encouragement and professionalism.
Many thanks to Karen Sealy and her suppliers, all products used are better than we could have imagined sourcing ourselves and are of the best quality. Thank you to Alan Heron and his contractors the workmanship is A1. Thank you to Andrew Richardson for the beautiful furniture and for letting us keep the 2 lounges – we are making good use of them). Thanks to Greenbank Nurseries everything has survived nicely. The BBQ or should we call it MANQ is great - thanks Napoleon.
I think a re-union would be in good order – more food and great music on the fabulous deck and an 'Andrew show tune'! We have been busy siding the bunkie to match the cottage – we may even attempt a mini deck and arbour just so they match. What a wonderful experience. Many many thanks."
"Working with the Sealy Design team was a fantastic experience. From early on, it was clear that they understood what we were looking for and always managed to come in with suggestions and recommendations that were innovative, exciting and within budget! The team could always be counted on to bring a high level of professionalism and energy to the experience. The end result is a perfect reflection of our style and personality - thanks to everyone at Sealy!"
"We had a great holiday in our new space. Everyone loved the design. I lived in my kitchen the entire time. It is the best kitchen I have had ever!!!!! We are still entertaining and our friends love it. Last night we had a dinner party and they loved our 'chic' but warm new space."
"Sealy Design Inc. made our dreams come true!! Karen understood our budget, interpreted our wishes into realities and gave us more than we dreamed possible."
"Thank you for all your design ideas to transform our space. We just love our main floor. It is beyond what we expected..."
"We wanted to let you know that we are extremely pleased with the way everything turned out. Now that we have been in the completed home for a couple of months, it is truly remarkable that you could design a project on paper that functions so well in a living setting. Every room has this extravagant feel to it and what a pleasure it is to show our friends and family this home."
"As far as the kitchen is concerned we are in heaven. Can't believe it has been a year already. But everyday I look around and can't believe it is my space. We all love it and the boys are learning to cook...lol... I have entertained a lot and have had up to 15 people sitting down and eating. We love it and are so glad we did not move. I get a lot of compliments from everyone and I am sure to tell them it was your design that made the difference."
"After using our main floor for nine months there is NOTHING I would change. The space is amazing and I can't believe it's all perfect."