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Mission Statement

"What is airy and uplifting to one is spartan and brutal to another; one person's cozy clutter may be someone else's visual in digestion."*

We all have very individual ideas of home. I will help you develop your elegantly stylish sanctuary. Whether you want an environment in which to entertain, a calm retreat, or a combination of both, together, we will develop a style that is unique to you.

*The Essential House Book by: Terence Conran


Luxury in the details

Karen Miller CDECA, IDS
Interior Design / President, CEO

Karen Miller

Karen began her career at the Ontario College of Art and Design studying material art and design.  Upon completing her fourth year she realized her love for color and texture did not end with textiles.  She entered the interior design program at the International Academy of Design.  She knew instantly she had made the right decision to further develop her passion.

Karen began her residential design career with Ethan Allen, while there she learnt the value of quality blended with superior design.  She then had the pleasure of working for Peggy Polson-Gillis of Rousseau’s Fine Furniture and Interior Design.  Peggy helped Karen develop a true appreciation for the finer things in life and taught her to celebrate beauty in many different aspects of living, not limited to home furnishings.  In August of 2006 Karen returned to Guelph and formed Gracious Living Interior Design, over the last three years she has worked with Garth and Craig Bigelow of Bigelow Flooring.  After forming a solid business relationship the three then decided to partner and create Modelo Interiors.   

Karen believes that “Design isn’t always about the latest trend, sometimes it’s the large down filled sofa just perfect for curling up with a good book, sometimes it’s the sleek lines of a sexy chair, but it is always the many yummy colours that fill your soul with delight. A true appreciation for the things that make life pleasurable, bestow upon design its true meaning.” 

Craig Bigelow

Craig Bigelow is an entrepreneur in all of it’s many aspects. He is energetic, enjoys taking risks and posses a burning desire to create and nourish a successful organization.

Craig was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. His father a professional businessman and his mother, a hardworking mother of five instilled in him what is takes to succeed as an honest business professional.

At the ripe age of fifteen Craig started his first business as a local handyman while completing his years of high school. As friends went on to post secondary education Craig’s business savvy persona combined with his desire to work hard lead Craig to co-open Bigelow Flooring at only nineteen years of age alongside his brother Garth.

In it’s earliest years Bigelow Flooring was ran and operated by Craig, Garth and a single employee. Now incorporated, they have several crews and employees working hard to uphold the integrity of the Bigelow Flooring name by providing quality products with quality service.

It was during the earlier years of Bigelow Flooring that both Craig and Garth met Karen Miller, it did not take much to discover that there was something especially unique and creative about this Interior Designer. Years later and as many other interior designers came passing in and out of Bigelow Flooring Karen’s unique style and creative ability remained to stand out far above the rest. As Craig and Garth’s business relationship with Karen grew the idea of Modelo Interiors flourished. What better way, they thought, then to create a “one-stop-shop” in which client’s could select the finest of paint, furniture, flooring, etc. while receiving the professional opinion of an experienced interior designer in hopes of creating that perfect space.

Craig’s stable and dedicated relationship with his business strongly reflect his personal life. He is a loving husband and wonderful father of two. Craig believes that in the recipe for success is equal amounts of honesty, quality products, quality service and an energetic and caring spirit. Craig does not know exactly what the future holds but he hope that he has the pleasure of one day doing business with you.

Garth Bigelow

Garth was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI and that's where his pursuit of the flooring industry began. At the age of 13, after being offered a job by a friend of the family to help install flooring, Garth's knowledge for installation and products began to grow. A born entrepreneur, Garth started his first business at just 16 years of age. After graduating High school, he decided to take a different route, he enrolled and graduated with a plumbing certificate, but the desire to be in the flooring industry always lingered. In 2005 Garth moved to Guelph to begin installing flooring with his brother Craig. Both hard workers and extremely particular they quickly developed a reputation of quality, efficiency, and service. In 2006, the two young men were ready to take on a new challenge; a full service flooring store. Once again their commitment & quality service paid off and the business flourished.

With Karen Miller's expertise on board, the three began looking at opportunities for a full design center. We aim to better serve our customers with a full line of products to completely redesign your space and an on site interior designer to help. As our store continues to expand, our number one goal still stands: to provide the best product & service possible so we can be your number one choice.


 Modelo Interiors - Fine Furnishings & Interior Design