Interior Design or Interior Decorating?

So you’re planning on updating your home, or possibly looking to buy new, and you’re started researching ideas and options to be able to bring your vision to life.

You consider working with an interior designer, possibly a decorator, but upon further research, you find that the differences between the two services aren’t quite clear. So, are they interchangeable? And, if not, what’s the difference? How do I know which one I need?

Despite the many similarities between the two jobs, there also exist more than a few differences. Below is a brief comparison between the two that aims to eliminate the confusion, and help you best decide which one you need to work with.

Interior Design
*Requires specific schooling, and formal training, either a Diploma Program or Bachelor Degree. In addition, some provinces require that interior design professionals pass an exam and become registered with a governing council. (Be sure to research the requirements in your area first!)

*From start to finish they are comfortable with spatial planning and can design & renovate interiors (and exteriors) from drafting up the initial floor plan to adding the final decorative touch. They are capable of enhancing more than just the look of a room; they improve the function.

*Often work with architects and contractors to help you achieve the look that you desire.

Interior Decorating
*Many programs and courses are available, however, no formal or specific training is required, because an interior decorator’s main focus is aesthetics. An interior decorator is usually involved post renovations and structural planning to only enhance the surface look of the space.

*Can help choose color scheme, buy furniture, accessorize, and are great to work with when sprucing up an existing space.

*Don’t generally work with architects or contractors as they are often involved after structural work has already been completed.

Who should I hire?

If structural changes are desired I.e.) removing a wall, moving plumbing, adding new windows or doors – interior designer is the better choice. However, if you’re only looking to update colour scheme, flooring, textiles and without changing the structural layout of a room; an interior decorator would be a great fit. Ultimately; start by assessing your specific needs, and then choose the service that is best aligns with what you’re trying to achieve.

**There are many different associations that Interior Designers and Interior Decorators can be a part of, such as the NKBA, IDC, and CDECA.  All of these are great resources to find Decorators or Designers who have invested into their businesses and are required to take continuing education courses to stay up on codes.

Who is Urban Sky Developments? Meet Tom Keogh (Part 1 of 2)

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a fun behind the scenes look at the people that make up Urban Sky Developments! From the founder, business partner, legal, admin, design and marketing; it’s a great opportunity to get to know our amazing team.

This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Keogh; head of project management and founder of Urban Sky Developments. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Tell the readers a bit about yourself.
A: I originated in Toronto Ontario spent elementary school there and then the family moved to London Ontario for my high school. We have a large family (including parents there was 9 of us). We lived in both the urban and suburban areas. I’ve always been sports-minded. I was involved in lots of sports as a kid and played at a high level of hockey and football back then.
After high school, I applied to and was accepted into Royal Military College (RMC) where I completed an engineering degree. Upon graduating I was an officer in the combat engineers, and I spent a total of 15 years in the military. During that time I moved to the Special Forces and had international postings with other Special Forces.
After I left the military in about 1990, I set up an engineering and project management business in Edmonton.

Q: Describe how you first got into construction.
A: It was the army engineers, with heavy construction. I.e.) roads, infrastructure. There was one occasion where the Canadian army was reopening a previously shut down base in Ontario that had been used for tanks and artillery. We spend a full year putting new roads, and infrastructure services. What was different and challenging were the many unexploded artillery and ammunition rounds were present and we spent quite some time clearing all the unexploded ammunition during that construction period.

Q: What is your greatest achievement outside of construction?
A: It’s hard to pick just one. Both my sibling family and immediate family have a unique blend of being very capable and independent, but always go out of their way to stay connected with each other.The 25 years of successfully operating my own business, and my military service are also significant achievements.

To be continued…

A Heartfelt Thank You

And that’s a wrap!

It’s been just over 2 months since our Urban Sky Cares campaign officially kicked off, and in that time we have seen overwhelming success from YOU on social media.

What started off as an attempt to grow brand awareness while being able to give back to the community around us, turned into so much more! For this initiative we were able to partner with 2 amazing local organisations; Edmonton’s Food Bank, and Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. And, with your help, $3,820 was raised. We then matched that amount, bringing the grand total to $7,640 donated (that’s a lot of meals)!

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton shared these kind words:

We at Urban Sky Developments want to thank each and everyone one of you who donated and helped to make this campaign so successful!

Follow us on social media to learn more about our upcoming events – we can’t wait to them with you!

Urban Sky Cares About The Edmonton Food Bank

As part of our ongoing campaign, The Edmonton Food Bank is one of those fundraising opportunities that is very important to us and so we wanted to take a moment to discuss what it is they do in our city, and how you too can become involved!

With the strong mission statement; “To be stewards in the collection of surplus and donated food for the effective distribution, free of charge, to people in need in our community while seeking solutions to the causes of hunger.” the Edmonton Food Bank does some amazing work! They currently work with more than 230 agencies, churches and food depots throughout Edmonton, and serve almost 20,000 people per month through their food hamper programs! In addition, over 500,000 meals and snacks are provided monthly through their affiliated agencies!

The Edmonton Food Bank is a charitable organisation with volunteers and donations playing an important role. From now until mid-January, Urban Sky is looking to match YOUR donations made by visiting our site (up to a total of $2,500). Donations made go towards some essentials like operating costs and food purchases.

To DONATE please visit:
To learn more about the Edmonton Food Bank and how you can become further involved please visit:
Click here to learn more about Urban Sky

Urban Sky Cares – We are Pleased to Announce…

With the holiday season fast approaching, our team has been busy brainstorming ways that we can further become involved within the community and make an impact. And, Urban Sky is pleased to be partnering with 2 really great Edmonton organizations; the Edmonton Food Bank, as well as the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Through this initiative; Urban Sky will match donations (up to a total of $2,500) and would love for you to join us!
Over the coming weeks, we will be blogging and updating you on the success of the campaign. And, we will also be highlighting these 2 organizations and sharing what it is they do in our city, and ways in which you can become involved.

Please join us in donating.

To learn more about these organizations and how you can donate please visit:
Edmonton Food Bank: DONATE / find out more
Christmas Bureau of Edmonton: DONATE / find out more

To learn more about Urban Sky please visit us, and then check us out on social media to follow the campaign!

Urban Sky Cares About MS Bike

As part of our ongoing campaign, MS Bike is one of those fundraising opportunities that is very important to us and so we wanted to take a moment to discuss MS; what it is, how it impacts, and how you can join with us and help!

For starters, Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis  in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease. And, what it is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15-40, younger children and older adults are also diagnosed with the disease.

MS  is currently classified as an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. Myelin is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres. If damage to myelin is slight, nerve impulses travel with minor interruptions; however, if damage is substantial and if scar tissue replaces the myelin, nerve impulses may be completely disrupted, and the nerve fibres themselves can be damaged.

MS is unpredictable and can cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.

How can you help?

Please join with us by visiting It is through our site that we will match your donations, no strings attached!
In doing so, MS Society will be able to provide support and services to people who are:

*Living with a diagnosis of MS or an MS allied disease
*Waiting for a diagnosis with respect to MS or an MS allied disease
*Close to a person with MS or an MS allied disease, such as family and friends
*Caregivers to a person with MS or an allied MS disease
*Healthcare professionals, employers, institutions and students

To learn more about MS, please visit:
To learn more about Urban Sky Developments, please visit:
*Some of the information contained within this blog was sourced from

Urban Sky Cares

In between constructing new homes, and designing some really great spaces, Urban Sky has been also been busy as we look for ways in which we can gain exposure within the community, and beyond that; how we can give back. And, we’re excited to be launching a new campaign called “Urban Sky Cares”.

For this, we are participating in a couple really great fundraising initiatives within the Edmonton area and would love for you to join us!

The first opportunity is called “Adopt a Day”. This is a wonderful program offered through Habitat for Humanity (an organization which provides a hand up to those in need by building homes and serving families). Through the “Adopt a Day” program, funds raised would cover some of the building costs, and if successful in reaching our goal of $2500, it would allow us the opportunity to volunteer on site to help build homes for the day.

The second opportunity is through MS Bike; a fundraising initiative through the MS Society. Donations made help to fund research efforts, and provide support and services to people who are:
-Living with a diagnosis of MS or an MS allied disease
-Waiting for a diagnosis with respect to MS or an MS allied disease
-Close to a person with MS or an MS allied disease, such as family and friends
-Caregivers to a person with MS or an allied MS disease
-Healthcare professionals, employers, institutions and students

For these, Urban Sky is looking to match donations up to a total of $2500 for each organizaton and would love to have your support.

To find out more about these organizations and how you can donate, please visit:

Habitat for Humanity: DONATE / find out more
MS Bike: DONATE / find out more

To learn more about Urban Sky please visit us, and then check us out on social media to follow the campaign!

An Amazing Resource You’ll Want to Check Out


So, you’ve been thinking about moving, renovating, buying or building that perfect new space. Thinking turns to planning, and you realize there are a lot of factors to consider and when making what’s likely going to be your biggest financial purchase. And, you want to all of the details just right.

This is where a New Home Buyers Guide comes into play.

If you’re new to the process, a New Home Buyers Guide is an amazing resource that helps you plan, and covers items that you may not have considered when starting this exciting journey.

Examples of topics include:

-Choosing the perfect location
-Space and Housing Type
-Floor plan/layout
-Interior and exterior design elements
-Added Features
-Contingency plan and schedule
-Pre-moving check-list

The goal of this document was to make planning for your next home, or major renovation straight forward and hassle free, and we know it will do just that. Check it out for yourself.

Urban Sky Has a New Look and Feel

At Urban Sky, we have been planning and making exciting changes over the past year, and are pleased to introduce to you our new website.

While still offering great new home options, our web based look has evolved. In the hopes of offering a more user friendly experience we’ve created a new website that’s effortless to navigate, and provides you with more of the information that you’re looking for. Some of the great new features include:

• An interactive blog; one that brings you news and updates in real time, and allows you to respond to material that we post

• Easy to view floor plans, with images of completed housing, and available units

• Social media presence; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, allowing you to stay in the know regarding new home construction, open houses, contests and all other exciting news

We’re really excited about these changes, and hope you are too. Let us know what you think!

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