Articles by: Tanya CollinsTanya Collins
Tanya Collins is principal of Tanya Collins Design, an interior design and decorating firm based in Ottawa. Established in 2006, Tanya has quickly developed a residential clientele who appreciates her highly personalized approach. Her flair for seeing space utilized to its full potential, for balancing colors, for playing with scale and pattern, and for mixing disparate objects is her trademark. Her interiors overall have a chic, clean-lined aesthetic that is classic and sophisticated yet playful and warm. To date, Tanya’s work has been sought by the local press notably Style Magazine and Ottawa Magazine and has been featured in several style blogs. Tanyaʼs firm offers service from concept to completion to hourly consultations to suit her clients' needs and budget.

London Calling: Classic British Style

April 9, 2014 12:49 pm
London Calling: Classic British Style

Showcased in the model suite is the London Classic, one of three European styled interior collections, a vision of Ottawa-born, lawyer-turned-developer, John Thomas. As a tribute to this building’s British roots (the international award-winning PLP Architecture company from London), the London Classic was the first interior collection to reflect a […]

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Modern SIMPLICITY: A Makeover in Alta Vista

April 7, 2014 10:42 am
Modern SIMPLICITY: A Makeover in Alta Vista

Designed originally for city privacy in the 1960s, this Alta Vista bungalow is best suited for display of an extensive art collection with its expansive walls, high ceilings, and minimal trim work. Original owners were the late Samuel and Caroline Baylin, who were a family of artists, she a painter […]

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2nd Annual Spaces Issue

April 3, 2014 12:10 pm
2nd Annual Spaces Issue

  Premier Ottawa designer Tanya Collins shows us that we can have a beautiful home even it’s filled with kids and pets. It’s all about making the  right style and function choices. Tanya shares her tricks and  her sources for beautiful fixtures and finds.   London Calling: Classic British Style […]

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At Home with Houseplants

July 25, 2013 10:55 am
At Home with Houseplants

Who doesn’t love the greenery that a living plant can bring to a space? Most people are afraid to make a grand statement but to achieve a greater impact with your decor, go for something big. If your space is lacking that certain something, try a mid-sized palm tree that […]

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Time to Refresh

June 4, 2013 11:08 am
Time to Refresh

Haven’t done your spring cleaning yet? Here are some tips to help you clean that clutter, thin out the wardrobe and stow the dry goods. ONE Trays, trays, trays are the answer. By grouping all the little stuff together, it makes things neater, tidier and visually more appealing. Colourful soap […]

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Graphic Urbane Style

April 26, 2013 11:38 am
Graphic Urbane Style

Unexpected colour combinations and doses of pattern create a happy quality to this historical home. From its chocolate walls and graphic fabrics to its Murano glass chandelier and classic furniture shapes, this house exudes fresh sophistication. Built in 1908, original architectural features abound, providing dynamic tension for the fashion-forward décor. The […]

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A Makeover That Works

April 24, 2013 12:07 pm
A Makeover That Works

A makeover that works is always one that is budget-friendly and achievable with off-the-shelf furniture and accessory items. Other than one on-line order, the transformation of this one-bedroom rental apartment was accomplished with items from many big box retail and home décor stores here in Ottawa. The fixed elements such […]

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Top Ottawa Designer Tanya Collins Redefines Glamour at Home: Bold New Accessible Design

March 20, 2013 11:45 am
Top Ottawa Designer Tanya Collins Redefines Glamour at Home: Bold New Accessible Design

Fashion-forward Tanya Collins is changing the look of Ottawa, one interior at a time. Her unpretentious designs are personal and evolved. We like to call it “effortless elegance”. Watch out though, her passion for style may be contagious. Enjoy! This is not your typical house renovation. It is the story […]

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Condo Cool

January 24, 2013 12:00 pm
Condo Cool

With the condominium craze in the Capital, there is no better time to discuss the interior details that make one and two bedroom suites livable. When space is at a premium, it doesn’t mean that quality and style need to be compromised. International real estate development company, Azure Urban Developments […]

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Homes: Light Up Your Life

November 14, 2012 10:00 am
Homes: Light Up Your Life

With the days being so much shorter now, there is no better time to discuss the impact of lighting in the home. While lighting serves to generally illuminate a room, to highlight or spotlight an area or item such as a piece of art, or to provide directed light for a […]

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Homes: The Layered Living Room

September 26, 2012 3:55 pm
Homes: The Layered Living Room

Looking to create a layered look in your living room? There’s no real science to it. It is really a form of art as to which combinations of colours, patterns or textures work best together for dramatic effect. However, there are some tips, as opposed to rules, that can help you along the way.

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Homes: British Mania

August 24, 2012 4:12 pm
Homes: British Mania

With 2012 being the banner year for all things British, what with the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June and the Olympics in July, it couldn’t be a better time to show a little love for the union jack. Have you ever considered injecting a little British flavor into your decor?

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Homes: Beam Me Up

July 25, 2012 9:00 am
Homes: Beam Me Up

Architectural beams are typically characterized by the shape of their cross section, their length and their material. In contemporary construction, beams are typically made of steel, reinforced concrete or wood.

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Homes: Bathroom Bliss

June 5, 2012 9:49 am
Homes: Bathroom Bliss

Hmmm – bathroom and bliss: an oxymoron in your home? f you are thinking of embarking on a bathroom renovation, let interior designer, Tanya Collins, give you a few key tips to start you on your way.

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Home Series: The Greatness of Great Rooms

March 26, 2012 5:20 pm
Home Series: The Greatness of Great Rooms

Take a minute to think about your idea of a fabulous room. Are you visualizing a large room, bustling with activity? If so, then you will likely think it’s great that since the 1990s, these grand rooms have become very popular, solving the problem of the “dead” living room and the split between the living and family rooms.

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Home Series: A Dresser Saves the Day

March 2, 2012 8:45 am
Home Series: A Dresser Saves the Day

January is here and thoughts may turn to ways to cut the clutter. Take a second look at how you store all of your day-to-day stuff. Perhaps the greatest, most versatile storage workhorse in your house – the dresser – can save the day.

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Chicago Style

December 9, 2011 7:34 pm
Chicago Style

Having been inspired after an annual girlfriends weekend get-a-way to Chicago this past weekend, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite spots for all things design, especially as they pertain to Chicago.

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