Read feedback from some of the many homeowners we have assisted.



Thank you for making my house look its best in advance of listing it with our realtor. The combination of 1) quality furniture, art, and furnishings that you provided 2) Design services and 3) Minimizing accessories to create more visible space was a key ingredient to selling our house. Interestingly, the buyer of our home made their decision based on photographs and virtal tours with local assistance from family member. Your work came through loud and clear on the internet.

Thank you and best regards,

G. B.   Inglewood Dr


katu design was recommended, by our realtor, to help with the sell of our empty, newly renovated historical Cabbagetown house. Luanne Kanerva has a very approachable manner and carried out the project with ease and competence. The consultation appointment, work, proposal, correspondence and staging were all completed with a very professional attitude. The end result was amazing. The house looked fabulous and had a huge Wow factor.

katu design dramatically improved the appearance and feel of the home. In just a few days of being on the market, we accepted an offer matching our list price. I am sure the speed of the sell was due to the impressive work of Luanne and her team. If asked to contract the work of katu design again on another project, the response would be a definite yes.

J.W.   Amelia St

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Just wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for everything. I'm not sure if I told you this but when I was going through the process of choosing a real estate agent to list my home for sale, I interviewed 4 different agents. Three agents advised me I should not expect to get more than $399,000 for my house based on comparables in the area. The agent I did eventually choose told me I may be able to get a little more than $399,000 because it was such a pretty house, thanks to all your assistance with preparing my home for sale. As you know I originally thought it was quite a daunting task when I saw my home for the 1st time after having tenants occupy it for the last 7 years. You helped make the process fairly easy. In fact when my husband saw the house after it was panted etc. etc. he wasn't convinced that spending the money on staging was worth it. My real estate agent felt the same way. I am so glad you convinced me to stage it! My house sold for $441,000 after being on the market for just 15 days. I am absolutely convinced that your staging of my home got me the extra money and that's a lot of money!

K. K.   Calderon Cres


I had a very positive experience with Luanne and her team. Initially, I was very cautious about using stylists to help sell our house. My concern was they would turn my  modest home into something out of a design magazine and it would be immediately obvious to potential buys that it had been staged and not look appropriate to the neighbourhood. My concerns were addressed and the work they did reflected the lifestyle of the potential buyers we wanted to attract.

The mix of new pieces, such as furniture and art work, worked well with our existing furniture. In some cases, simply moving an existing table to create a vignette gave a room charm and elegance.

After the team left we walked around the house and wondered why we were selling it. In the end we had competitive offers on our house and I am certain the lifestyle and relaxed, chic ambiance katu created helped to drive interest in our home. Without a doubt we would work them again. It was a very positive experience.

S.M.   Humber Trail


In June we put our house on the market. We felt strongly that the main entry point to the home needed a certain something to entice potential buyers. katu design did just that! For the six days that the house was on the market, there were non-stop showings and inspections. With fourteen registered offers, the house sold the same day offers were accepted for significantly over the asking price.

From the very beginning, we felt comfortable with Luanne and her team. They were respectful, professional and extremely knowledgeable about how to create a beautiful space. Luanne really listened to us and she created a living room/dining room that was exceptionally beautiful. Her style choices were crisp and current and meshed perfectly with our home.

We have never worked with a designer before and I have to say that our expectations were far exceeded! We would not hesitate to recommend katu design to anyone looking to update their decor and generate a "buzz" when listing a home for sale.

L. S.   Hillsdale Ave E


Having had my house on the market for a few months with no action I enlisted the help of katu design to help me spruce up my home. They were able to add some warmth and sophistication to all the rooms in my home. In return I was able to sell my property at a desirable price. I appreciated their ideas, resourcefulness and professionalism in making the sale of my home prompt and without stress. Thank-You katu!

J. P.   Ontario St


I just wanted to thank you again for the great job you did on my house. You made it look "WOW" so good that I wanted to buy it myself! Everything was tasteful and concise creating a warm and welcoming space in every room. I truly believe that your design was responsible for not only a quick sale but a very profitable one as well.

P. B.   Withrow Ave


I wanted to send you a quick note to say THANKS!

As I mentioned to you, I fought tooth and nail with my wife about spending the money we did to have you stage our home. I cursed you many, many times as I repainted and completed minor renovations based on the feedback you provided. I was not a fan of yours at all ...

Today I sit here with a huge smile on my face. We sold our house last night for a value well above my expectations. I truly believe that the effort you put into staging our home made the difference. The furniture you provided complimented your design recommendations so well that I said to my wife "Wow! They really tied everything together well!" Coming from me that's saying something.

This will sound corny but I now know that we did not "spend" money on your services, we "invested" in your services ... and the return was pretty darn good!

Thanks!  One of your biggest fans!

S. D.   Hillsdale Ave

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When my agent suggested staging my condo before listing, I challenged him whether it was worth the cost. I approached katu design for a quote and was pleasantly surprised at the ease of working with the company. In very little time my property showed like a designer suite! The result: 30+ showings and multiple offers after less than three weeks on the market. Thank you katu!

N. S.   Greenbriar Ave


I recently had the daunting task of selling my house. After deciding on various key details i.e. who to list with and what to list at, I was informed that to get the best results I should get in a "stager". Not knowing what this was I was curious. Luanne was introduced to me and our journey began. She kindly told me she liked my furniture and art and politely suggested I tidy a few key items away. I vacillated with doing the Staging or not and thought (bravely) that I could do the whole "fix up" myself. However I finally realised that I was not capable and hired katu design. I went off to work on the day of and when I returned my house had been transformed into a magnificent and desirable home by the katu design team. The house went to market on a Wednesday and by the following week had been sold. I am sure that without the designing fairies I would not have received the amount of interest and offers and would have sat with the house longer. Their keen eyes, hard work and gentle guidance was beneficial in the sale of my home.

L. M.   Kimbark Ave


We want to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for the amazing work which you did preparing our home for sale. You were all very kind and extremely professional. You all made the process very enjoyable and we learnt a lot from you. Everyone who came to the house loved the furniture, fittings and layout which you chose, whether they were prospective purchasers or just our friends. I lost track of the number of times that I said "Why didn't I think of that!" We also believe that the price we obtained for the house would not have been possible without your expertise.

Thank you so much for everything that you did for us.

M. B. & J. F.   Fairview Blvd