JUST the THING was founded in 1989 with the mission to help
individuals create their own personalized spaces with style,
flair, and sound design principles. Over the years, we have developed
a support team of craftspeople and trusted suppliers who assist
in the implementation of our vision. In 2012, JUST the THING
was selected for the Consumers' Choice Award for Best Interior
Decorator in Toronto.
The creative force behind the company is Mary Bannet. Mary
regards each decorating project as a problem in need of solution,
and our clients as partners in the process. She practices client-driven
design: understanding client insights and applying them to their
decorating projects. Clients are encouraged to build on their
cherished belongings or inspirational pieces, and to be engaged
in all aspects of their projects. Mary not only asks the right
questions, she listens to the answers. The resulting environments
are uniquely suited to the individual client's lifestyle, taste,
and aspirations -- while exceeding their expectations.
A native Montrealer, Mary earned a BSc. Honours at McGill
University, where she went on to manage a biology research lab
and co-author scientific papers. Eventually circumstances brought
her young family to Toronto. Here she decided to focus on her
creative side, graduating from Seneca College's Interior Decorating
Programme with top honours and founding JUST the THING thereafter.
While expanding JUST the THING's clientele and range of services,
Mary gained specialized experience by working as
colour consultant, flooring and wallpaper salesperson, window
treatment expert, and designer of custom cabinetry/closet organizers.
The skills and insights garnered along the way are valuable tools
that benefit JUST the THING's clients today.
Now, after 25 years in the field, the approach Mary brings
to decorating is a unique melding of her opposite halves. Approaching
design problems analytically and logically, the first step is
to prepare the foundation with a good layout -- smart,
functional, and with careful consideration of our clients' needs
and wants. Then Mary's artistic nature comes to the fore: she's
great with colour, mixes styles with flair, and imbues her interiors
with a sense of harmony. Our portfolio
here is a small representation of the wide range of looks
created to tell our clients' stories.
As a design professional, Mary has devoted considerable time
and energy to the Canadian Decorators Association (CDECA) since
its inception, serving three terms on its Board of Directors
and working on many committees. She is a firm believer in lifelong
learning, and continues to upgrade her skills and knowledge base
via seminars and webinars. As a member of CDECA, Mary is dedicated
to providing excellent, ethical, and professional service.
Contact us to learn
more about how JUST the THING can help you realize your decorating
dreams . . .