About Allegro Interiors
Since I founded Allegro Interiors in 2007, my firm has become celebrated for its elegant designs, creativity, personal touch, and commitment to listening and capturing each client’s unique personality. I am based in Toronto and work with clients in the GTA as well as throughout Canada and the U.S.
Whether it’s a new-build home, full-scale renovation or single room transformation, my approach is the same: to listen first (the all-important story) and then explore the creative possibilities inspired by each client. Also essential to the story is the home itself – its style, features, setting.
The spaces I design are as distinct and individual as the people who live in them, but they are all grounded in classic design principals and share the hallmarks of comfort, elegance, and a personal touch.
Take a look at my design stories to see how personal details become design features.
Just as all clients have their own unique stories, so too do designers: here is my story.
In addition to formal design certification and years of experience, my design vision and approach has been informed by my own life experiences. To each project I bring:
A sincere interest in people’s lives and stories, initiated by a lifelong love of reading and, later, nurtured by advanced degrees in French Literature;
A profound love of art and culture, inspired by my travels:
The ability to listen and translate words into creative and meaningful results, a skill honed in a first career as an educational book publisher;
A love of form, shape, line and movement enhanced by my passion for dance, ballet in particular.
Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (formerly CDECA) Awards
- 2017 Midtown Modernization
- 2016 Paris in the Suburbs
- 2015 Urban Oasis
- 2014 Bayside Kitchen
- 2014 Penthouse by the Bay
- 2014 Retreat in the Sky
- 2013 Cafeteria/Lounge
- 2013 First Home Living and Dining Rooms
- 2013 Lakeside Condo Kitchen
- 2012 Victorian Transformation Principal Bedroom
- 2012 Victorian Transformation Bathroom and Dressing Room
- 2011 Global Chic Living and Dining Rooms
- 2010 Country Cabin Kitchen
In the Press
Canadian House & Home – April 2020
This Narrow Galley Kitchen Makes the Most of Every Square Inch
The Star - June 9, 2018
This downtown Toronto bachelor pad is small but has big decor
The Star - January 13, 2018
Home reno makes room at the table, and in the kitchen, for everyone
The Star - June 17, 2016
What do you do in your downtime?
The Star - Februrary 27, 2015
When a downsize becomes a re-size
The Star - December 7, 2014
Fireplace can be a focal point year round
National Post - July 16, 2012
The young and the retro: New homeowners call in the pros
The Star - May 13, 2011
Living Style: Small space chic
The Star - March 31, 2011
Embrace spring style
Here is what my clients have to say:
“The word ‘allegro’ in Baroque music means ‘lively and with joy; ‘ that sums up my design experience with MaryLynne. We decided on ‘dramatic’ for my new penthouse design, which included me at every step, together with MaryLynne's positive energy and creative imagination. First-time visitors to my new place comment on how perfectly the decor suits the space and its surroundings. Those are my thoughts every time I step into the glittering foyer- ‘This is me-I'm really home!’” Kathryn
“We were thrilled to have you work with us turning our second floor into a “master retreat.” We appreciated the fact that you took the time to understand exactly what we were looking for in our space. You went beyond our expectations to give us a space we truly love. We found you professional, efficient, open-minded, and creative, with a great sense of style. Thanks to you we now have a space with functionality along with that extra “glam’ added on. Our friends can’t believe you turned our second floor into something so beautiful. We got everything we wished for and more.” Kevin & Sara
“I love what you have done in my home and enjoy working with you so much- you have given me exactly what I wanted. Thanks for everything.” Avis
“Your sensitive, professional approach has made changing this space from a condo to a home one of the most pleasurable I can recall. I recommend you to anyone looking for professionalism, talent, attention to detail, respect, creativity, and so much more.”
"I am a big fan of MaryLynne. We have been working with her for six years now. What I like most about her is that she is a very good listener and she "gets" us. What I mean by that is she's not trying to impose her style but is working with "our" style. Another strong point is that her designs age well. We have been very pleased with everything she has done for us and like everything as much now as the first day we got them. We have also been pleased with all the people that she works with- they were all very professional and excellent at their respective crafts." Chantal
“I am enjoying my ‘refreshed’ home very much. The flow of the colours and their balance work so well- enough warmth and cosiness, enough energy and movement, and just enough variation and texture. And all in harmony, as I’ve said I wanted. I so appreciate your wonderful ability to listen, to see the possibilities beyond what I could see and then translate it all into a pleasing whole that reflects our unique family personality.” Melinda
"My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with MaryLynne Meschino of Allegro Interiors over the past eighteen months as we have designed, renovated, and decorated our first home. Since we wanted to be involved in all aspects of the project, we were looking to work collaboratively with someone who understood our taste and preferences, and could translate our ideas into realities. MaryLynne is particularly skilled at adopting her clients’ unique sense of style, rather than imposing her own taste or replicating trends from one client to the next. With careful consideration, MaryLynne has incorporated the use of many colours, a variety of printed fabrics and wallpapers, and textured materials such as exposed brick and a tin ceiling into our home. Although our home contains many unique elements, MaryLynne has prevented the overall look from becoming too busy, and was attuned to important design elements such as balance and harmony throughout the process. Finally, we have been most impressed with MaryLynne’s interpersonal style. She is warm, energetic, and fun to work with. She has excellent relationships with all the tradespeople in her network. When things have not gone as planned, MaryLynne has advocated for us and helped us resolve issues in a timely and efficient manner. I would highly recommend hiring MaryLynne to help you with a creative project of any size!" Meredith