Conibear Design

Formerly Black Bear Design
Interior Design
Toronto ON M5V 1K1
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Dave
Dave
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Whole home design services

Alexandra was there to help us design our new home from top to bottom. We embarked on a full gut of our bungalow and added a second floor, while replacing and redesigning every feature at the same time. Alexandra met with us before the project started to get a sense of our style, and guided us through the use of photographs and mood boards to find design elements that we would love. She also designed our kitchen, both in terms of finishes and styles, but also in terms of which cabinets to put where, and where our appliances would go. She advised on which types of appliances we would want, and we are extremely happy with the result.

In addition to this, Alexandra helped us choose the finishes for 4 bathrooms, each of which has a unique character but ties in with the design of the rest of the house. She chose paint colours for the entire house, while being open to design input from our children (one of whom wanted a bright orange bedroom!). She was available by phone or text when we were shopping and would help us pick light fixtures and furniture that would work well with the rest of the features of our house.

I would not hesitate to recommend Alexandra to any of my friends or family (and have already done so). Her work has been excellent, and we couldn't be happier with the results.

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Dave,

Thank you so much for your very kind review, You and Karen put a lot of work in yourselves and the result is a truly custom home. It was great to share input and ideas, and I feel that the outcome really reflects our original vision and goals- A Modern Industrial look but very comfortable and welcoming and family-friendly. We designed some unique components (such as a custom herb box in your kitchen, a recycled stained glass transom window) and picked some beautiful finishes like polished concrete, corten copper, stained oak; Then we contrasted it with matte black for some additional drama. It is truly a special project and I hope you and your family enjoy some amazing moments in that home.

Cindylynn
Cindylynn
1 review Calgary, AB
10/10

Kitchen redesign

Thanks Alex - It was great to work with you. Our 1980's kitchen needed a complete overhaul and your design fit the bill perfectly! We felt involved in every part of the design process. We really appreciate the attention you paid to even the smallest details of the project. We felt you understood what we wanted and came through with a creative and sleek design that will work well for us. Thanks for your hard work and for pushing me to step out beyond ordinary!

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Cindy, Thank you for the great review! It was great to work together. You were very open to exploring different layout design and finish options and liked to be a part of the process which is always helpful to a designer. I think we designed a great kitchen that was right for you and your husband. I hope you enjoy the space and have some incredible dinners with your family in your new kitchen.

All the best,
Alex

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Peterborough, ON
0/10

Get ready to be ghosted

Wanted to trust and work with Alex but after telling us to wait for her she consistently missed meetings and eventually just never responded to our messages. She made promises to us that made us not find someone else and has now left us in the lurch. Hopefully she can figure her schedule out and start treating her clients with respect.

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I am very sorry to read you feel I was not timely with a response to your recent request. While I understand the nature of renovations can come with pauses and delays, in this circumstance, due to reasons not under my control, the project had various scope changes and multiple long suspensions that ended up spanning more than a year. Consequently, I progressed with other clients and commitments and was fully booked on other work. While I do my best to respond when a client wishes to restart a project, it can sometimes be challenging to coordinate that with other projects currently in motion. I do appreciate the feedback. Communication is something I strive to be best at for all clients.

leanne.luhta in Toronto
leanne.luhta in Toronto
1 review Mississauga, ON
10/10

Bathroom renovation

Alex has helped me with a few home renovations. She is an excellent communicator and makes you feel like you’re her only client. She will listen to you to make sure your personal aesthetic is realized. Alex really shines with bathroom renovations. Her knowledge and attention to detail with measurements and drawings is excellent, and she stays on top of the project during renovation with frequent home visits.

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Leanne,
Thank you so much for the kind review! It has always been such a treat to work with you. You have a great eye and passion for design yourself, so it always has been such a breeze to work with you. You know what you like and made decisions quickly and with confidence. We also have a very similar aesthetic and appreciation for local, natural materials, so it was truly a pleasure to design together with the materials we both love. The ensuite we just completed together is really something special and was a great team effort. I look forward to working with you again on future projects, and I hope the starting construction days of our current Foyer project is going well!

karolina_szulc
karolina_szulc
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Livingspace design services

Alex offers a fresh and creative approach to optimize your living space both from a functional and aesthetic perspective. She is extremely flexible and very easy to work with. It was a true pleasure partnering up with her. I highly recommend her services.

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Karolina, Thank you for the review! You were so lovely to work with and had great enthusiasm during the course of working together. You were so open to ideas and suggestions. I look forward to the opportunity to work on more future projects with you.

Alex

Oak and Tenon
Oak and Tenon
2 reviews Vaughan, ON
10/10

Custom Bathroom Millwork

We were commissioned by Alex Conibear to produce millwork for one of her projects. From the very beginning, we knew this collaboration was going to be a great one. She provided detailed and clear drawings which made the process from beginning to end, seamless. Prompt responses to our inquires and always had the answers for us. The overall outcome of the custom mirror, vanity and towel cabinet we produced was stunning as Alex has a great vision and knack for design. Working with her as been a pleasure and needless to say, we look forward to working with her once again on future projects. Thank you.

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Thank you so much for the review! It was fantastic to work with Oak and Tenon for the millwork on this ensuite project. It was a great collaboration and you really brought my designs to life with a beautiful product. I look forward to many future projects together :)

kristinstraney
kristinstraney
1 review Pickering, ON
10/10

Basement Renovation

Thank you Alex for your excellent work in designing our basement. You knew exactly what I was looking for and the renderings were beautiful and on point. Can't wait to work with you again on our next project!!

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Kristin! Thank you for the review! We have worked together on two projects now- An ensuite a couple years ago and recently your basement that we designed into a versatile and open family space, and it has always been a complete pleasure to work with you. You are clear with what you are looking for and open to my suggestions. Certainly, I look forward to working with you on your next project, and getting you that large square dining table you are dreaming of when you would like to renovate your kitchen. In the meantime, have a lovely start to the school year and all the best to your lovely family.

-Alex

gilchristk
gilchristk
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Kitchen renovation plus other projects!

I would like to thank you for taking the time to help us work through room by room in our new home. Alex was reliable and completed designs, changes, and incorporated our suggestions efficiently. Some of the projects we started with were paint colors, room decoration ideas, wall décor and art placement. Alex suggested painting the space/wall above our mantel to create the illusion of a more grand fireplace and we love it! We also purchased a large mural to go our dining room wall as suggested and guests have complimented the artwork. We then decided to take on the kitchen full gut renovation during the Christmas season. Alex was available to do home visits, answer questions despite it being a very busy time of year. Alex provided us with a number of samples and worked within the types of cabinets we were willing to purchase due to budget. The highlights of our kitchen include a custom oak rangehood, oak open shelving in our island, copper lighting and accents, a 11 foot island and many cabinets to store all of our kitchen items. We worked with Alex to choose fixtures that would work and her honest opinion left us with a glamorous kitchen design! Looking forward to moving into the other rooms to choose wall art, accent walls, and hearing Alex’s suggestions to make our home even more beautiful.

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Katie,

Thank you so much for your review! When I first came to see your newly purchased home, I was so excited about the potential it has, (as well as the amount of turquoise was in the house from the previous owners); and bit by bit we have made some great changes to fit your style and your family's lifestyle to make this home yours. The big bright kitchen we designed came together so beautifully. We both agreed it was important to pay respect to the integrity of the old home with the design, but bring a modern touch to it and I think we achieved that balance with a classic white shaker and glass door kitchen, but with a more modern layout- And those extra rich finishes (such as the copper pendants and oak paneled hoodfan) really elevates the overall design. I look forward to working with you on other projects in the home, and maybe one day we can address that hot tub that is built-in to the floor of your living room (which is also turquoise) :)

I hope you are enjoying lots of family time in your new beautiful updates spaces,

Alex

Jessewilkin  in Little Current
Jessewilkin in Little Current
1 review Little Current, ON
10/10

My Dream Kitchen

Black Bear Design was unbelievable to work with throughout my renovation. I had bought my cabinets through an auction (goes without saying that would have been a nightmare for me to put together myself seeing as the cabinets did not fit my space properly). Alex was able to work the auction cabinets in to my space perfectly, and add on extra cabinets, crown moulding, etc in to the design to customize my space. In the end, I could not be happier with my layout and design and could not have done this without her. She was quick to respond with any questions or concerns I had, and worked through any issues/concerns my contractor had seamlessly and stress-free. She's professional and an incredible designer. I recommend her and trust her expertise, without hesitation.

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Jesse,

Firstly thank you for your kind words and review, and I am so happy to have been able to design your dream kitchen with you. You were a complete joy to work with. You had ordered great cabinets at auction and it was just a matter of solving the puzzle with the layout, ordering a few extra bits and bobs to complete the kitchen, then finally the fun part- designing a few unique design elements to add your own pizzaz and personality- Which I think really shines through in the space. You hired a great contractor, who was so hardworking and was instrumental in making this kitchen come to life. I am so thrilled you and your friends and family are happy with it, and now you're ready for some summer cookin'.

-Alex

Joanna Mackie in Markdale
Joanna Mackie in Markdale
1 review Markdale, ON
10/10

Interior design of farmhouse with additions

Alex worked collaboratively with us to hear what mattered most to us in the interior design of our recently purchased century farmhouse (in need of major renovations.) She delivered well thought out, innovative design ideas for making the most of our space and creating an environment tailored to our taste and family needs.

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Joanna, Thank you so much for your note. This was such a great project to work on with you and Rob. It is always a treat to bring back to life an old farmhouse on a gorgeous property. Together we developed a design to bring a rhythm and flow to a disjointed addition -With lots of room for the dogs to play :) I very much loved this project; you and Rob were a true pleasure to work with.

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More about Conibear Design

 Interior Design Consultancy fostering a collaborative, creative and multidisciplinary approach to design, Black Bear Design's ambition is to create intrinsic and refined compositions that reflect the vitality of the life you live.
Making your home, your habitat.

Services Include:
Design Consultations
Space planning and onsite measures
Conceptual planning
Detailed design and construction drawings
Production of conceptual renderings
Product and material specifications
Contractor scopes of work to support bid packages
Furniture, fixtures and finish selection
Decorating and finalization

CATEGORIES
Interior Design
SERVICES
Design Consultations Space planning and onsite measures Conceptual planning Detailed design and construction drawings Production of conceptual renderings Product and material specifications Contractor scopes of work to support bid packages Furniture, fixtures and finish selection Decorating and finalization
BRANDS
Hansgrohe, Dornbracht, Grohe, Kohler, Miele, Subzero, Wolf, Liebherr, Bertazonni, Cartier Kitchens
STYLES
Modern, Contemporary, Traditional
SPECIALITIES
Recreational Property and Cottage Design, Log Homes, Kitchen and bathroom specialist
WEBSITE
http://www.blackbeardesign.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
1
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
-1
DIPLOMAS
BFA-Interior Architecture and Design
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