As a seasoned interior decorator in the Toronto area, Sharyn Kastelic is an accredited visionary for functional and stylish interior design. Recognized by her peers for her ability to create timeless elegance with comfortable and sophisticated furnishings.
Her designs have won three CDECA awards; in 2015 for her Light & Airy Bathroom project; in 2012 for a Basement Bathroom renovation; and in 2009 for her Ranch Kitchen Reno project.
Kastelic started making her way into the homes of Torontonians when she formed her company, Primed By Design, in 2001. She began teaming up with real estate agents in Bloor West Village and using her newly honed skills to stage homes for resale. After making a name for herself, she assisted clients with decorating their new homes. Today, Primed By Design Inc. specializes in all facets of residential interior decorating with an emphasis on space planning.
“I like using a computer-aided design (CAD) program to draw walls and move furniture around, which is a creative method that lets me get my head into a space to see the possibilities,” she says.
Kastelic finds it very gratifying to change how a space functions for its users – not just making it more stylish but making it more organized and functional. Space planning is such an essential part of interior design, “if you don’t get this part right, then everything else is going to be off,” she assures.
Primed By Design Inc. offers space planning as a separate service. Clients who want to do their own decorating, or do it in stages, can take advantage of her services to plan the perfect space.
“All I need are photos, room dimensions and client requirements,” she says. “I can create a proper dimensioned plan that includes the sizes of all the furnishings they will need, which will take the guesswork (and mistakes) out of the equation for DIYers.”
What’s her style? It can be anything you want it to be, but in general Kastelic prefers classic design. Furnishings with clean lines and classic style, whether traditional, mid-century or contemporary, have longevity and can always be updated by refinishing, reupholstering or mixing with a few contemporary items.
Kastelic will always try to purchase the best quality furnishings that fit within her client’s budget. They last longer and it’s smart decorating which also happens to be “green”.
“If you purchase cheap items of low quality, they may look good for a while, but will quickly end up in a landfill site,” she says. “And it will likely cost you more in the long run, because you will have to purchase again and again.”