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JUST the THING is highlighted as one of the Top 15 Design Firms in Canada!
JUST the THING is named as one of the Top 25 Interior Designers From Toronto you should know about!

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.

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