Great renovation experience with Valerie at Tren-Des Designs and Caruana Interiors. Do you hate to have anything done on your house as you never know who will be coming in, you feel hostage in your own home? If they are doing a lousy job, do you find you are scared to say anything as you are worried they will then do an even lousier job in your house? That was us.

We wanted to do some renovations, so we decided to hire a contractor/designer and let her take care of it. We called upon Valerie Kosik-Sawyer with Tren-Des Designs and take care of it she did! Valerie came up with a great design for our small ensuite, helped pick out flooring, brought in trades to do lighting in kitchen and dining room. Stayed on top of things the whole way.

Valerie called in her crew from Caruana Interiors for the major renovations in the house and they have done a great job. They have an amazing group of guys working for them. They are conscientious, pay attention to detail, definitely know what they are doing and on top of it all, they are a great group of guys. Our renovations couldn’t have gone better. Any issues were addressed right away, and they were more than patient with us when we kept adding on to the list of things we wanted them to do.

We now feel a lot more comfortable with the renovation process and will not have a problem in bringing in Valerie with Tren-Des Designs and Caruana Interiors in to our house for any future renovations. Shout outs as well to Kevin at Payneless Electric for a great job on our kitchen and dining room lighting and to Shane at Casorso Plumbing for a job well done as usual.


Valerie is simply awesome. She has an amazing eye for colour and design.


Huge shout out to Val for helping us from afar with our new cupboards! Couldn’t be happier.


We have used Tren-Des three times. Very professional, knowledgable and honest. Our space has always turned out amazing.


Three years ago I met Valerie by chance at a major Edmonton plumbing supply store. After chatting casually for a number of minutes I became aware of her work as an Interior Design Consultant. Since my first impressions were favourable I asked for her card. This past year, while contemplating a major kitchen renovation I called her, and so began our working relationship.

During the course of the planning and actual work, my husband and I found Valerie to be friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and hard working. She is also a good listener. Our opinions and concerns were respected, and Val would do her best to address them. If one of our ideas needed “tweaking”, she was always clear and respectful in her reasoning why, and she was generally right.

All aspects of the project were handled in a timely manner. Time lines were clear for ordering materials and scheduling various trades people. The proposed schedule was met, and we were very relieved that there were no big time lags between trades. Eventually we decided to do re-flooring and trim throughout the entire main floor and considering the amount of work that was completed we were pleased with the job time frame.

The trades people and suppliers that Val works with are also very good. We are particular about the quality of work done in our home and we were impressed. Val demands a level of excellence in the people she works with and if they are not up to the mark, they are quickly gone. Likewise with the suppliers. Val enjoys a good working relationship with the contractors and companies we used, and it was interesting to hear the unsolicited compliments about Val from these people. She is respected in her field.

We were also very pleased by the particular and meticulous nature of the contractor working in our home, and we are extremely happy with the outcome of the renovation. I would recommend Val as an Interior Design Consultant without any hesitation, and would work with her gladly on any future projects.