About Us

Lex Parker Design Consultants Ltd. is a team of creative and professional interior design consultants and architectural designers dedicated to providing a complete design service. Their design office is based in St. Catharines and they have worked extensively throughout the Niagara Region and beyond for forty years. This is an accomplishment they are proud to promote!

The firm’s philosophy echoes the old saying “less is more”. They believe in creating a good design with clean, simple lines. Design should suit the way people live, work and play while taking into consideration elements such as floor plans, furniture, finishes and lighting.

A graduate of Ryerson University, Lex A. Parker began his own practice in Hamilton, ON, eventually moving the design firm to St. Catharines, ON where it has operated since 1985. Lex A. Parker was a member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) for forty years and received a President’s Citation.

Lex Parker Design Consultants Ltd. is owned and operated by Lex and Susan Parker, wife, business partner and former teacher. Susan Parker joined the design firm in 1975 and currently manages the financial and marketing aspects of the business. When Lex and Susan aren’t in the design office, you can probably find Lex working on his model railroad while Susan is playing a round of golf.

Do you want to hire an interior designer or a decorator… are they the same?

It’s time to start that decorating project, office renovation or custom-built home and you want to hire a professional to help you. Where do you start? Is there a difference between an interior decorator and a designer? Yes. Interior designers and interior decorators each perform important jobs – but it’s important not to confuse the two.   

An interior decorator has been trained to handle projects requiring decorative finishes such as room planning, colour and furniture selection, window coverings, and other decorative features.  (Some decorators may have no training at all.)

Interior designers receive much more training than decorators and their training is also directed to the actual building structure. It enables them to assist home and business owners with larger scale projects such as, new retail or hospitality, custom built homes and additions …plans requiring moving walls, adding on to an existing space and building code issues. They are able to prepare design drawings (blueprints) for contractors.

The scope of your project will determine which of these professionals will best meet your needs. The investment you make in hiring the right professional will reap tremendous returns.  Decoration, although an undoubtedly key element of an interior, is not solely concerned with human interaction or human behaviour. That is primarily the realm of the interior designer. And while both an interior designer and interior decorator provide input on aesthetics, the interior designer typically goes beyond that to provide further input on the functionality, efficiency, and safety of a space.

Ashley Groves, B.I.D

Ashley Groves holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Humber College (2013). She has been loyally working for Lex Parker Design Consultants Ltd. for five years and enjoys working on the commercial side of the firm. One of her favourite projects to date would be developing the design concept and construction drawings for a local library.  In Ashley’s spare time she enjoying trying new recipes and executing them (and hoping they work out) or developing concepts for her future fixer-upper on Pinterest.

Kelly Nuell, B.I.D.

Kelly Nuell graduated from Sheridan College in 2014 and holds a Bachelor degree in Interior Design. She has been actively involved in the Interior Design field since 2012 focusing primarily on commercial design. She has a passion for all aspects of design and loves to see projects through to a successful completion. Kelly loves reading, attending car shows, animals (of all sorts), the ocean and travelling.

No vision is too small or too big for Lex Parker Design Consultants Ltd. They pride themselves on being able to make your visions come true, whether it’s a large scale corporate office or a custom home. They are confident that their designs and attention to detail will reassure you that you’ve hired the right interior designer for the job.
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