Today’s episode is part one of two where we discuss the definition and difference between “decorator” and “designer”.

I chat with returning guests and Designer Besties Jessie Kelly, of Jessica Kelly Design, and Carly Nemtean of Carriage Lane Design + Build and Co-founder of the Collective Workspace to learn about how they structure their processes and services for clients.

We shared how each of us approaches design vs decorating and how we tackled some misconceptions and distinctions before diving into how things have changed over the years. Tune in next week for part two where we get into the money talk!

About Carly

Lead Designer + Co-Founder- Carriage Lane Design Build

Co-Founder/CEO- The Collective Workspace

Entrepreneurial-minded, Carly started her design career and attended and graduated from Sheridan College for Interior Design in 2006. Always knowing that interior design was her calling she pursued it passionately.

Carly has been co-owner of Carriage Lane Design Build since 2011. Her focus is on creating spaces that resonate with their clients and have that aha moment the second they walk in.

Their work has also been featured in publications such as House & Home, Canadian Interiors, Toronto Life, Style at home, The Globe and Mail, Living Luxe, and Toronto Star.

Carly’s tenacious nature has made her a force to be reckoned with and has resulted in her being hand-picked for the 30 under 30 NKBA award in 2013. This award was given at the National Kitchen and Bath Show in New Orleans. The award recognizes 30 people under the age of 30 all over North America in the design and construction industry who are forward-thinking CEOs, entrepreneurs and cutting-edge designers.


About Jessica

After spending six years in the marketing and advertising industry, Jessica moved on to the career of her dreams. Backed by her study of Interior Design at Sheridan College and her inherent understanding of colours, a keen eye and knowledge of special relationships, in 2008 Jessica Kelly Design was born and an instant success. Recognized and featured in some of Canada’s leading design publications, Jessica’s spaces are coined as contemporary with character or transitional with a twist.

Jessica carefully emphasizes light, scale, and architectural elements in all of the spaces she designs. The result is a comfortable, classic and sophisticated living environment. Jessica is particularity known for innate ability to interpret her client’s personality and pair it with the reality of their lifestyle, and thus defines her signature style.


Episode 33: Round Table Talk: No Process is one-size-fits-all with Jessica Kelly & Carly Nemtean

Episode 152: What it Means to be a Licensed Interior Designer with Maia Roffey & Sharon Portelli

Find Jessie at and on Instagram @jessicakellydesign

Find Carly at,, and on Instagram @carriagelanedesign_build