Interior Design

Creative. Professional. Knowledgeable.

Our Philosophy

At Niche for design, our goal is to create spaces that are reflective of you! We aim to simplify the renovation process and we believe that creating a collaborative environment with clients and our renovation team is key. It is a bit like juggling sometimes, but it is great to be able to reduce a clients stress and make the decision making process easier.

Erika Mackay, BAA ID (Principal)

I hold a BAA in Interior Design Degree from Algonquin College in Ottawa and enjoy teaching aspiring professionals as an instructor at Conestoga College’s School of Media and Design. My New Brunswick roots tend to show themselves as my east coast accent slips into conversation from time to time. I am proud to now call Hamilton my home as I’m grateful to be part of the energy and optimism we are currently experiencing in this city. Translating a client’s personality or brand into a vision and a functional space is my area of expertise. The most exciting experience for me is seeing people benefit from improvements in their space. I also spend as much time as I can reading, doing yoga, and dreaming of my next travel adventure. On a typical weekend you will find me working on my mid century fixer upper home or out exploring one of the great neighborhoods in Hamilton!

Jessica Luu (Lead Designer)

I am a graduate of the Interior Design Diploma Program at Sheridan College. Being born and raised Hamiltonian, I am thrilled to see the transformation and prosperity of the city revitalizing once again. My three children constantly keep my hands full. If I’m not being a book worm, trying new foods or baking up a storm, I’m constantly designing ­ daydreaming about how to create or improve interior spaces and nit­picking at floor plans, trying to make better spaces.

When I am not designing interior spaces, I funnel my creativity into creating wedding invitations. In my spare time, I can be found behind the lens of my DSLR camera shooting photos, landing me the opportunity to shoot at Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week! Since I was young, I always had a certain creative flair. I was drawn to Interior design because it requires both creativity and problem solving skills.

Lisa Zaborsky (Project Coordinator)

I am proud to bring my 10 plus years of experience in administration and customer service to the company. My main goal is to continue building lasting relationships with both our clients and suppliers. A lifelong Hamiltonian, I have have a great respect for the history and architecture this city has to offer, and look forward to being a part its revitalization.

When I’m not working I am spending time with my husband and young son or following my other passion; music. A former professional musician in a past life, you may catch me still doing the occasional gig or at least listen outside my living room window as I play piano and sing…even if it is only the theme song from the latest Disney Film!

Arvee Aromin (Lead Architectural Designer)

Arvee graduated from McMaster University with a double focus on the politics of ancient architecture and the relationship between contemporary literature and the built environment. He believes that the human experience is the anchor between efficiency and elegance in design. He provides a technical background to the design process which he balances with the artistry of architectural visualization. Harboring a passion for high-quality espresso, you may find him enjoying a cup at any of the shops which bespeckle the city.

Naomh Ross (Design Associate)

Naomh attended Conestoga College’s School of Media and Design where she met her Computer Concepts and AutoCAD teacher, Erika MacKay. Naomh is a graduate of the Interior Decorating Diploma Program and is proud to be the newest member of the NICHE team. She has a passion for working with materials, finishes, colour, textiles, and space planning. With expertise in researching current trends, she excels when creating both tactile and digital presentation boards for projects. Naomh is also qualified with several social media platforms as well as photography – you will rarely see her without her Canon EOS Rebel T5i camera in hand. With her love for sunshine and the outdoors, you will commonly find her hiking, practicing yoga, and crossing travel destinations off her bucket list in her spare time. Overall, she aspires to create functional and aesthetically dynamic interior environments with quality materials and finishes, providing spaces for individuals to thrive in and generate lasting new memories.

Lisa Harbun (Design Associate)

Creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I remember.  This, coupled with an obsessive love of all things related to residential design led me to the Interior Decorating Diploma Program at Conestoga College.  I bring an absolute devotion to finding both the best layout and an authentic design for your home, one that represents all that you are and how you live.

In addition to design, I have a busy household with 3 fun loving kids and a goofy dog, all of whom keep me on my toes!  We enjoy weekends spent up north at our cottage and many hours on the slopes in the winter.

Alicia Venditti (Office Administrator)

Alicia is an adventurer at heart. She has lived in Hamilton since 2007, with a brief hiatus to work in Toronto and a 15-month backpacking trip across Europe, Africa, Australia and Thailand. Since returning to Hamilton in 2012, Alicia has played an active role in the Makers Markets of Hamilton and in early 2015 started her own handmade business. Alicia and her husband, Brian, also run a residential painting company in Hamilton. She has a background in administration, an eye for design and a broad knowledge of local makers and artists in Hamilton.

Though life seems to be constantly on the go, in her spare time you can find her hiking, working on stained glass, spending time with friends and family and, of course, hanging out with their talkative chat noir, Calvin. She loves a good book, great food and a hearty laugh