Customer Testimonials

My aging home was in desperate need of an overhaul, a prospect I found daunting to say the least in light of my inexperience with home renovations. Shiva and her team were a pleasure to work with from the initial brainstorming sessions, design, product selection, demolition/construction and finishing touches. I was traveling for much of the worst of the renovations and she had to make decisions in my absence and I found she was creative and adapted extremely well to any issues that might have cropped up along the way. I am extremely pleased with the results and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Shiva for her creativity, diligence and kindness. Thanks so much!

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All I can say is “WOW”!

I hired Shiva for a complete condo renovation and I am thrilled with the transformation and so is everyone who comes to see the finished project. This was my first time working with a designer and Shiva made the process stress-free and fun. I was travelling for work for most of the renovation and Shiva took care of everything, made me feel involved in the project and delivered on everything she said she would.

I love Shiva’s minimal modern design and meticulous attention to detail – which is why I hired her in the first place and she didn’t disappoint with my renovation, it’s stunning!

Shiva is a giving person and was always available to answer any questions I had or consult on furnishings. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Shiva and recommend her to friends and acquaintances all the time! I would hire Shiva again for any project big or small.

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We wanted a modern, upscale,edgy look and 7J design was able to point us in the right direction. Shiva and her staff quickly understood what we wanted and were able to translate our ideas successfully into the design of our home.

Shiva is talented, knowledgable and very easy to work with. She was very professional…listening to what we wanted and in helping us achieve our goals. We were very impressed with how she presented her ideas, her attention to detail and her dedication in entire process of building our new home. Our new home looks amazing! It was truly an incredible experience working with Shiva. Thanks from Lee and Jean , Ottawa , ON

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Artistic, innovative, high standards, strong focus on details, personal approach – attributes we have seen Shiva display in every project she has done for us over the last twenty years; the latest one being a complete kitchen renovation and redoing the front hall.

We are always amazed at Shiva’s ability to think ‘out of the box’ and come up with unique ideas that combine style and functionality. She has always taken into account our wants and needs and makes invaluable suggestions along the way.

Our renovation projects with Shiva have always been hassle-free and finished on time. She is on-site daily to oversee the project at hand and has a great team of cooperative and considerate trades people.

She approaches her projects in a very professional manner, portrays excellent communication and management skills, and shows great pride in her work.

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It is a pleasure to write about our experience with Shiva Gupta and her talented team who worked on the design, renovation and redecoration of our townhouse. The work included moving walls, the total renovation of the kitchen, new porcelain tile flooring and renewed hardwood flooring throughout the ground level, creation of new powder room and advising on colours and the arrangement of furniture. Renovation on this scale can be an expensive and daunting experience. Shiva took the worry out of our renovation with her strong design sense, her dedication to detail, and her willingness to work closely with us every step of the journey. From the beginning she made it clear that she was committed to realizing our vision while helping us to define and refine the project. It is a testament to her skill and experience that the project both started and finished precisely on schedule and in accordance with her estimate. We look forward to working with Shiva and her team again on the second phase of our home makeover.

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Shiva was very helpful with our home remodelling /redecorating, She helped us choose the perfect colours combination , light fixtures and deciding how to utilize the space.
She has a keen eye for detail, and she was able to capture my vision and thoughts for my house and enhanced both the flow and feel to create a contemporary look. All my friends were impressed with the look of our new home . I highly recommend Shiva for any interior redesign/decorating projects.

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We hired Shiva to renovate our 80’s kitchen. dining room, and family room area. Shiva and her crew really delivered. The area is now an open, airily efficient place that is fun both to live and work in. Shiva and her crew were always cheerful, efficient, and pleasant to work with. They kept the disruption to a minimum, cleaning up after themselves every day, and stuck to guidelines and timelines in a thoroughly professional manner. They coped with unforeseen problems that happened during construction quickly and creatively. Shiva helped facilitate this by being on site every day. Shiva discussed possible deign ideas with us and provided lots of samples while listening to our ideas. She gently guided us in directions we might not have explored and the finished project suits us perfectly. She coped with our changing demands and questions cheerfully. We are more than satisfied with the finished project and have no hesitation in recommending Shiva’s company for any design needs you might have.

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Shiva is highly professional in her approach. She listened closely to our needs and came up with a highly innovative an beautiful design. She managed the project and dealt with trades as if she was renovating her own home. She is committed to making sure her client is entirely satisfied. I would highly recommend her services and we wold certinly work with her again.

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Shiva Gupta, the engine of “7j DESIGN” recently completed a major (or should I say total) renovation of my house in Whitehaven. Shiva was involved from the beginning to the end; from helping articulate the design, to hiring professionals and trade people to carry out the renovations. The results were spectacular enough to be featured in “Our Homes” magazine.

What is unique about Shiva is that she is a talented artist – able to work with several kinds of media from canvas and oil to clay and wire mesh. Her approach to renovating a space is like working on a blank canvas. An artistic visualization of how the space will be transformed is a valuable gift she brings to her clients.

In working with Shiva, one realizes quickly that she is very sensitive to the client’s objectives, and is able to provide a variety of solutions towards the end objective. She is a big thinker and thus able to make bold suggestions. For instance, my desire was to have an open concept uncluttered look with profusion of light, however, the reality was that my main floor was very compartmentalized. Shiva’s masterful solution was to remove all the walls – I was skeptical. However, Shiva was able to confirm through engineers that this was not only feasible but was structurally sound. She was able to unify the space by eliminating sunken floors and raising the floors to a “level playing field” and covering it with reclaimed pine from the Ottawa River, stained charcoal brown. The results were amazing.

Another strength Shiva brings to the project is her ability to spot and incorporate relatively inexpensive materials into the design to make the renovations look expensively rich. This tact was applied to light fixtures, bath fixtures and kitchen cabinets and more.

Shiva ensured quality and timely workmanship, by carefully selecting the right and very reliable trades people. She was diligent in following their work and demanding correction when things were not done to her perfection.

In a nutshell, I would highly recommend Shiva Gupta’s company 7j DESIGN for any renovation project, based on my experience. You can expect an artistic designer with great personality and gentle nature to transform your architectural dream into a bold reality, at a reasonable cost.

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We have thoroughly enjoyed our working relationship with Shiva during the course of our extensive renovations. Shiva was always responsive to our suggestions, requests and she always ensured that the work performed was too the highest possible standards. Our visitors have complimented us on how spacious and brighter our kitchen/dining area have become and marvel at the new look overall. In short, the final result met and/or exceeded our most optimistic expectations.

Denise and Pierre Blais

Shiva helped me with a total condo renovation. This was a difficult project because it coincided with work that was being done by the condominium corporation to solve some water leakage problems. Her patience and ability to work around issues, not of her making, was very important to the success of the project. Her help in choosing lighting, fixtures and such was first rate. What I liked most; however, was that her ego did not play a role in the final product. She listened and, more importantly, heard what I wanted. I would recommend her work to anyone.

Peter Akers

We have worked with Shiva on several projects and have always been impressed with the quality of her work. She listens closely to her clients to come up with design ideas that are highly creative and beautiful, yet truly functional. She has an extensive network of contacts and resources. And she manages projects with great care and professionalism – as if they were in her own home. She often followed up and resolved issues with vendors or contractors even before we had identified a problem. We highly recommend working with her for any design project – big or small.

Patrick and Dwight

Our experience with 7j Design and their team was incredible. After hearing so many stories of kitchen renovations that are over time and over budget, we went into our kitchen remodeling with some trepidation. But Shiva’s warmth, professionalism, attention to detail, and hard working crew, made our kitchen renovation a truly wonderful experience. We love our kitchen!

Elaine Chatigny and Voguhn Piercey

We will never do renovating or decorating any other way. Shiva was there for us the whole way, through the design/planning to obtaining the building permits, hiring and booking the contractors and was there on a daily basis through the construction and shopped around for the best prices. She took into account our wants and needs and made invaluable suggestions along the way. Our kitchen expansion/renovation went smoothly and on time. The end result was better than we could have ever imagined. Thank you Shiva, we’ll be calling you again for our next project!

Stephanie and Wayne Stewart

Shiva is very attentive to her customer’s interests. Because of her arts background, she comes up with very unique features. I’ve been very impressed and satisfied with the work she has accomplished for me in the past 5 years. Shiva oversees the completion of the project to the end and makes sure it is completed to her very high standards. Keep up the good work Shiva!!!

Linda Scheffer-Côté, Rockland