"Live your Best Life"
"Over the past 15 years Ms. Kathy Tonner of SUNDOG Design Studio LLC has helped me with 5 renovations, including furnishing and decorating a unique “Red and Black” luxury condo in Athens, Ga. My first project was completely gutting a kitchen/breakfast room in a 25 year old house. Kathy designed a state-of-the-art kitchen that connects to a beautiful sunlight filled breakfast room. This renovation was included in the 2007 Junior League of Atlanta Inc Tour of Kitchens! She helped me update a family room that now includes a stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a built-in bookshelf, complete with an old-fashioned ladder to reach the top shelves.
With her help and her group of skilled contractors and workmen, she designed a screened in back porch, taking a rotting old deck to essentially another room on my house. Finally, she helped me transition to the contemporary “master on main” concept in my traditional 3 story home. We updated a bathroom that now connects to a first floor master bedroom. The entranceway from the front door of my home was the last place I wanted to spend money, but with her affordable design, the boring foyer is now breath-taking, and makes a statement. This home is now contemporary and classy, with a warm, peaceful feel.
Kathy respects your budget, works with contractors and skilled artisans who are all insured, trust-worthy, and get this, on time! I have learned to take a “leap of faith” when working with SUNDOG Design. While I often can’t envision the end product, I trust her completely. She took time to learn about my family, our tastes, lifestyle, and what would work for us in a living area.
I have no reservations about recommending this design studio, and specifically the owner Kathy Tonner. My home is open for inspection, and please feel free to call me with referable questions."
Dr. Patricia Hudgins MD
Atlanta, GA | Athens, GA | Big Canoe, GA
Director Head and Neck Radioloty and Imaging Sciences | Emory University Hospital | Atlanta, GA
Professor Deptartment of Radioloty and Imaging Sciences | Emory University School of Medicine | Atlanta, GA
Mayo Clinic Hospital | Jacksonville, FL
"Kathy - I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the help you have provided on the projects you have done with me. I also want to thank you for the learning experience.
First the learning. I've learned how important it is to have a professional like you help in the entire process of a project. From design and construction all the way to completion. The little things make all the difference. All the specs you include such as what paint, how it is to be applied, number of coats make a huge impact on the function, aesthetics and durability. Important things like having the correct backing in place for trim, quality of materials and much more.
Then there is time savings. I know you recall the dental office design and build out, our first project. You took the plans from the dental supplier and took over. Redesigned the space to be functional and aesthetic. Managed the project from start to finish, allowing me to continue seeing my patients, uninterrupted, during the entire process. I made occasional trips to the new office just to check in. I moved out of that office 13 years later and it still looked brand new, the details and specs at work.
You've since helped with our home and the design of my new dental office. I've been told by dental reps it is the nicest office they have been in and the patients love the place.
Thank you for all the help and I would highly recommend your services and plan to continue using them myself. "
Robert D. Woods, DDS AAID
Cosmetic, Implant, Reconstructive & Family Dentistry | SmileScapes Dentistry
"I had the privilege of working with Kathy on the award winning Center for Women and Newborns at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her design leadership included great analytical skills, problem solving creativity, and extraordinary communication skills. Kathy is very talented, client oriented, operates with the utmost integrity and most importantly - is fun to work with!"
Rick Kobus FAIA FACHA
Co-Founder, Senior Principal | Tsoi Kobus & Associates Architects
"We had some very vague ideas about renovating our kitchen and living room and knew we needed professional help. Kathy asked all the right questions to understand how we wanted to live in our space and guided us to making decisions that were right for us.
The design plans she developed were absolutely incredible. The overall functionality of our space has been increased exponentially.
She also connected us with great contractors to carry out all the plans. The results are stunning and we would recommend everyone who was part of the project!"
Dr. Debra Byrd
Management Officer, NCHHSTP | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Research | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Kathy Tonner designed our basement and kitchen. We have started with the basement and have loved working with Kathy. We worked with her to select all the materials and finishes for our construction project. She was very helpful in facilitating all the decisions we needed to make in regards to flooring, plumbing, tile, paint, countertops, etc. We appreciated her efficient approach to the process and gained trust in her very early on in the process.
Kathy did a wonderful job at embracing our tastes and needs as a family. Our basement turned out better than we could have imagined with the help of Kathy! We can't wait to do the kitchen.
We would definitely recommend Kathy Tonner for anyone looking to design and furnish their home."
Sharon and Todd Cohen
"I have worked with SUNDOG on many renovations throughout the years, and SUNDOG's attention to detail, and design aesthetic, and construction knowledge make this company stand out from the competition."
Past Showroom Manager | Specialty Tile Products, Inc.
"My first association with Kathy was while she served as a faculty member in the Interior Design Program at The Art Institute of Atlanta. During the time she taught classes, her attention for detail was demonstrated thru course content, projects, and dedication to help students achieve their goals. Kathy also learned how to adjust her teaching technique to meet student's ability while still achieving the objectives of the class. Her students always were amazed on how much they could accomplish in such a short time with the right direction.
My second association was as a client. I was renovating a home and needed some expertise on how to make a boring home exterior become a show stopper on the street. She helped me with using the correct colors, and the perfect shutters to remake the exterior design. It is amazing, how a simple color selection along with advice on type of doors can change exteriors.
Kathy is a great listener and will give you more details than you really want to hear, but that is the quality that makes her the designer you want to hire."
St. Marys, GA
Retired Director | The Art Institute of Atlanta
Marketing Director | Barnett and James Luxury Properties
"Kathy helped turn my traditional 1967 ranch into the dream house I desired! Having not yet lived in the house, Kathy gave me design ideas from which to choose. We worked closely together to come up with the final design.
The closed-off kitchen was transformed into an open, gorgeous cooking space which I love! Kathy selected wonderful tile and paint colors to coordinate with the granite I had chosen for the kitchen and bathrooms.
My master bath, while still small, seems much more spacious due to the use of tile and mirror in her design. It's really quite beautiful!
Kathy is very talented, and I highly recommend her!"
"It was a pleasure to have Kathy work with me on my kitchen remodel. She listened to what I had to say, got a feel of my taste and expanded on that. She was very easy to work with and went out of her way to give me the perfect kitchen, and she did not disappoint. I am very happy with the end result and with Kathy as my design consultant.
I would definitely recommend Kathy for any home project, and I look forward to working with her again when I have another remodel."
Sandy Springs, GA
"Kathy's creative mind was exactly what I needed for my new kitchen. She listened to all of my ideas and worked closely with me to make sure I got my dream kitchen, all while creating designs I could never think of on my own. She occupied every inch of the space perfectly and knew exactly where to place everything. With Kathy's help and sweet personality I was able to get the kitchen I've always wanted."