Meet The Team

Jean Bisnaire

Niche Decor’s owner, creative director and senior designer, Jean Bisnaire creates timeless spaces that provide innovative and affordable solutions to various client needs. Being in the industry for over 25 years now his portfolio shows a great range of residential to commercial projects.  Whether you are looking to build a home from the blueprint stage or take your existing space from out-dated to outstanding, Jean is who you want to connect with to get the job done right the first time. 

Jean’s design philosophy of casual living is evident in all his work as well as the product selection displayed in our two showrooms.  He has an uncanny ability to envision a space at it’s full potential and turn houses into homes.

“I believe you should love where you live by creating a space that is a reflection of who you are”

Shima Yazdan

Our VP of Operations, Shima Yazdan’s expertise and industry knowledge is instantly recognized upon meeting her.  She travels alongside Jean as a buyer to domestic and international trade shows and having been with the company for over 13 years now she’s got a pulse on what our clients want.  Her style and eye for design can be seen through our social media sites as she shares with our followers showroom products, behind the scenes of our projects coming together and of course our completed design work.

“We design spaces and select furniture with everyday life in mind creating functional and livable spaces that are timeless and classic for years to come.”

Elisse Shimonov

With an education in art fundamentals and a degree in Interior Design, Designer Elisse Shimonov brings a wealth of knowledge to the Niche Decor team. Her style is derived from her experiences – she has been involved with the design of custom homes, commercial projects and set design.  Elisse enjoys working one-on-one with clients and loves when that moment of trust is reached and everything comes together!

“When I design I consider a space in its larger context – A chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a community. As I focus on the marriage of form, function, pleasing content and personal feeling, the outcome is not just a beautiful place, it imposes a quality of living”

Kaitlyn Taylor

Junior designer, Kaitlyn Taylor’s designs are inspired by nature and executed with the utmost attention to detail. A background in landscape design and fine art results in projects that pair practicality with a creative edge – an approach her clients appreciate, and a look that they love.  Kaitlyn loves the challenges presented by each new design project, and her unique perspective allows her to surpass these challenges with creative solutions ensuring client satisfaction each and every time!

“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words” – Barry Dixon

Abbas Rizvi

With over six years in the visual merchandising and retail industry, Abbas Rizvi comes with experience and style.  He is great at putting people at ease whether it’s through the relationships he builds with them, or the spaces he creates for them.

He loves being able to follow through on a project from concept, to full realization. Finding those special pieces and designing a space to enjoy for years to come is so satisfying!

“Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.” –Massimo Vignelli

Ivana Narducci

Operations Coordinator, Ivana Narducci comes to us with a background in Advertising & Graphic Design. Her experience ensures the maintaining of vendor relations while ensuring that client expectations are not just met but exceeded.  Her strength in logistics and coordination guarantees our projects run smoothly and on-time. 

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Peter Holung

Peter Holung comes to us with over 20 years of customer service experience.  His calm demeanour and kind personality makes him the perfect addition to our team as he looks after the everyday warehouse needs in our Aurora location and ensures customer satisfaction by providing on-call product assembly, repairs, and display assistance.

“People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Mario Kareklas

Years of experience in the moving industry has made Mario Kareklas the perfect warehouse coordinator.   His organization skills and attention to detail keep our deliveries running smoothly and our showroom stock, organized. His eagerness to please make him a fan favourite with clients and colleagues alike!

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs