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  • LAS VEGAS MARKET 2018

    We've been heading to Las Vegas Market now every year for the last three years. It's a large tradeshow for everything decor and furniture related. We're talking about 3 buildings with over 5 floors of showrooms. All of the best suppliers and manufacturers are there to showcase their new collections and talk shop. During the three days that we spend at this giant tradeshow, we network, attend seminars, learn about new lines and products and place a few orders for product. The first year we went was a learning experience where we were able to see the decorating industry from a different point of view. During the second year, we placed a few orders for pillows and small accessories for our design clients. This year was special because it was the first year that we brought Melinda with us and it was the first time going with the goal of selecting pieces for our upcoming online shop. We've opened some exciting new accounts and we've hand-curated a good selection of products that represent our design aesthetic and our brand. We basically went shopping for all of you!

      

      

    Over the next few weeks, we'll be working on getting our products on a list, editing and eliminating and bringing the selection down to the best. Fingers crossed that we're just four short weeks away from launching Hibou Home officially.

     

     

    One highlight from the trip is that we'll be introducing a new line of rugs from Loloi.

     

     

    We also had loads of fun with Melinda this time. It was her first time in Vegas so we showed her around and traveling with her further confirmed what we already knew about her; she's a real team player and the perfect fit for our Hibou family!

     

     

     

    And of course, it couldn't be all work, we had to squeeze in some fun!

     

    Check out our highlights on Instagram!

  • MONTREAL HOME MAGAZINE, JULY 2018

    We've been published again for the third time this year in Montreal Home Magazine! Pick up your copy to check out our Canadians Condo Project. 

    It makes us so happy to be getting this much recognition for our work and it feels like it's coming all at the same time with 10 articles written about our projects in the last 12 months. Click here to see some of the other publications we were in.

     

  • CHARLEVOIX STREET PROJECT

    This project was such a breeze to work on because our clients were so simple and easy to work with. The mandate was clear, they wanted a new bathroom that was clean, fresh and functional. We gave them just that!

    Our clients were on a budget and had one must have -  a more functional shower. We started with building out the shower wall to give our clients a more spacious custom shower with built-in niche for their products. With a custom shower as a requirement, it left little room in the budget to splurge on fancy finishes so we opted for an inexpensive subway tile on the walls, a store bought vanity from Costco that came with the countertop and under-mount sink and we reused their toilet, tub, and tub filler. With basic finishes, our wow in this space was the floor tile. This is what brought the room to life and gave it that one focal point that it needed. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • HIBOU HEADQUARTERS

    It's been a long and slow process of getting our offices completed and we're so happy to share that this project is officially closed. We started renos in February of 2017 and we officially have a fully functional working space over a year later. I know it sounds crazy but it's because our client's projects have always taken priority and we always left all of the small details to the last minute for our own space. We were also so overwhelmed with our projects that our office is that one project that we kept making mistakes on. It's true when they say that it's a totally different ballgame when designing for yourself. 

     

    The good news is that it's all done and it's beautiful. We share a common open work space with five station - so the conversation is constantly flowing, and we also have a kitchenette and powder room that we've designed with Hibou in mind. The kitchenette is so on brand with its black and white palette and touch of sophisticated brass accents. The powder room (which is not photographed here) has a much more playful element with a navy vanity and bright, bold large scale floral wallpaper.

     

    Check it out and let us know what you think!

     

     

     

  • SOME OF OUR FAVE RUGS

    With some of our focus on launching Hibou Home these days, we've had to narrow down some of our favorite pieces that we'll be selling on the site and we couldn't help but see this common theme. Last year was all about the geometrics and this year we're leaning more towards this transitional, almost overdyed style with a more ornate pattern. We love seeing how our styles evolve, although we do still adore a good geo.

    You'll be able to find all of these faves on the site when it launches. Stay tuned!!

     

     

     

     

  • WHAT'S UP HIBOU?

    We've had such an insane and amazing start to our 2018 renovation season that we've been MIA. I'm actually a little shocked that we were even able to somewhat keep up with our Instagram account. May has been such a fulfilling month. We saw 20 new clients, including 5 full home major renos. We gave the official go to begin the design of our online shop. AND we have a new designer starting we us as of June first.

    Yup, we've been pretty busy! Let's break it down;

    Our number 1: The clients!

    We've been so fortunate to be acquiring more incredible projects with clients who are eager to work with us for our design aesthetic. We love, love, the projects we have coming up and we have so many great ideas and inspiration for our new contracts. This summer is going to fly by because we will be loving every single day of work! 

     

    What's this shop that we're talking about? Well, we've been talking about Hibou Home since before Hibou was a thing so we're very excited to actually get it off the ground and to officially turn an idea into a reality. And frankly, after all of the questions from all of you asking us where we've sourced things from, we figured it would take us less time to start a shop than to answer all of your questions!! Our new online store will offer all of our favorite rugs, pillows, lighting, and small accessories. You'll pretty much be able to shop our projects to easily get our look into your homes. We've had so much fun sourcing beautiful fabrics for our custom pillow line and carefully choosing a curated selection of pieces that best represent our brand. Hibou Home is in the very preliminary stages of brand and website development so we should be up and running within the next 8-12 weeks. 

     

    In order for us to maintain the same quality of service with our growth and the addition of an online shop, we decided to hire another designer to join our team. I'm sure I'll be posting another blog about Rachelle after she joins us but for now, all I can say is that she's the perfect fit for Hibou and we can't wait to make her part of the fam!

     

    So that's May in a nutshell. Cheers to June!

  • THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING IN A TEAM

    Before joining forces with my partner Korina in 2015, I had been working on my own since 2008. I knew the struggles of going through all of the ups and downs on my own, figuring out difficult concepts and layouts without having someone to bounce ideas off of. I felt the loneliness of working by myself with only my trades to count on as colleagues and the self-discipline needed to get to work without a team depending on me to show up and get the job done. All of these struggles solved themselves when we became a team of two and then a team of three when we hired Melinda. There was one advantage that I didn't predict before Hibou Design & Co was formed. It was the creativity and growth that comes with having a team - and it's the best part.

    With the creation of our design firm, our capability of taking on so many projects per year allows us to experience a greater variety of obstacles, clients, and spaces. It allows for a rapid growth as designers since the projects that we each experience individually are shared amongst the group on a day-to-day. We learn from each other's mistakes and from all of our obstacles. 

    I also feel like it has given us the opportunity to become more creative. With over a hundred clients a year, we have to think outside the box when specifying product so that not all of our projects look the same. It pushes us to stay on top of the trends and what's new and exciting within our industry. The creative energy is always flowing in our office, we're constantly exchanging inspiration photos and products. 

    This topic came up because Korina and Melinda celebrate their birthdays only one week apart this month and it got me thinking about the team we've created over the last few years. I cannot be more grateful for the efforts and commitment these women have put into Hibou and the dynamic we have between the three of us. Happy Birthday, ladies! 

  • THE TRUTH ABOUT PROJECT TIMELINES

     

    When clients first reach out to us, part of the very first communication by phone includes an overview of when they are hoping to complete their project by. Some call us well in advance, some contact us when they want their project to start and some reach out only after they've started demolition. One thing is for sure; everyone has very different presumptions about how long the process takes, and today we are going to try to set some realistic expectations.

     

    The very first step is to schedule the first consultation with us which depends on how busy our schedule is, but can be up to 4 weeks out. From the time we initially meet the client and have them confirm our estimate, it takes us about 2-3 weeks for us to develop the conceptual work. This window can also vary based on our workload. During the time allotted for us to complete our conceptual work, we're drafting plans, doing research, sourcing finishes, gathering samples, and assembling our presentation.

     

    After we present, we allow 7-14 days to finalize the details of the design and adjust any changes that need to be made as per the client's request; changes to plans, sourcing different options. It is also during this time that we receive quotes from contractors and trades.

     

    Up until this point, the process is pretty similar for both decor and construction project. So, realistically, orders only begin to be placed two months after we receive that first call. From that point, both decor and renovation projects can easily take three months to complete for different reasons.

     

    For decor projects, we have to allow up to twelve weeks to receive any custom furniture before we can schedule our Transformation Day. We're not talking about build-it-from-scratch kind of pieces (although they also take up to twelve weeks). We're referring to any item where you're given a choice of finishes or fabric, which is quite common in all of our projects. If you're on a tight timeline, you'll have to limit yourself to stock items, in which case the project can be completed in a few short weeks - but probably not at the same quality. 

     

    Twelve weeks is also a good amount of time to budget for most construction projects. (Bathroom renos usually take up to four weeks.) It's not because a team will be working all eighty-four days straight. In fact, renovations always start by progressing super quickly during the demolition phase and then we notice a huge drop in pace when the professional trades start coming in. The long part about renovations is that all of the trades can't work at the same time. They are all dependant on each other and in order for each of them to be scheduled, the previous trade has to have completed their job. When we're referring to kitchen renovations, for example, we have to wait for the walls to be up before the cabinet maker can take dimensions. From the time dimensions are taken, to the time the kitchen is installed is usually 6-8 weeks. Only once the cabinetry is installed can the countertop be measured, cut and supplied a week later. Everyone is dependant on each other and this is where hiring an experienced contractor to manage the project makes the world of a difference. 

     

    All of our projects last between 3-6 months from the very first communication to the photoshoot. If you're thinking about hiring a designer, the best advice we can give you is to determine which one is right for you and to call them early. The earlier, the better, to at the very least inform yourself about their processes and their workload and to set yourself some realistic expectations.

    Are there any other interior design / construction / decorating mysteries to you that we can answer? Let us know in the comments below!

  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

    Art is a tricky one for us. We often get asked to source artwork for our clients and although we LOVE the idea, it is very time consuming and difficult since art is so personal. We can nail every aspect of a decor project but sometimes our clients vision of good art and our own simply don't align. Our concept boards usually include some inspiration prints to set the tone for the decor, which sometimes give our clients a direction to take when choosing their artwork, but that's as far as we'll take it.

    Now that you know we aren't art pros, let's make it clear that we totally appreciate beautiful pieces and we can spend hours browsing! Here are some of our top artists and photographers. You can thank us later!

    1. Georgianna Lane

    A photographer who has a passion for flowers, travel, and paris who creates stunning pieces of art. She has a natural talent for capturing the beauty in architecture and nature. You can find her work here.


    2. Ashley Woodson Bailey

    A self taught photographer who captures the beauty in flowers. Not only does she sell art prints, but wallpaper and fabrics as well. Visit her website here.

     

    3. Lysa Jordan

    A local Montreal based artist who creates beautifully hand painted abstract art. Visit her website here.


     

    4. Gray Malin

    A popular one but oh so good! Gray Malin is well known for his aerial beach shots. We love the whimsical feel in his shots and all of saturated or muted hues. He really has a unique eye for capturing something special. You can find his work here.

     

     

     

    4. Kristi Kohut

    If you're into bold, saturated colours, this is the artist for you. Her work feels playful and fresh and it's so simple but there's just something so eye-catching about it! 

     

     

  • BASIN STREET PROJECT

    Our most recent project came to an end just in time for the holidays. We first saw the condo unit prior to the completion of the construction in mid-August, which allowed our clients to give us a clean slate to work with. Starting a design with a blank canvas is always fun because you can let your imagination carry you.

    Our clients fully trusted us with everything that was presented, making very few adjustments to our initial concept. Their only request was to have a pop of colour in their decor. After our first in-store shopping day, we were able to finalize 90% of their home.  What a success!

     

     

    The warm tones of the kitchen created a perfect backdrop for these stitched camel leather stools, that remind us of a baseball glove.

     

     

    Thin black metal details were carried throughout the open concept. Scaling back the kitchen pendants allowed the sculptural, oversized lighting in the dining room to take center stage.

     


     

    The jewel-toned teal, found in the dining chairs, was the client's choice for the pop of colour. We then carried that same palette throughout their living room by incorporating the accent colour in the throw cushions and a faux-fur throw.

     

     

    The white walls gave us contrast in order for the bold shades of teal to pop, in addition, we used a black wallpaper accent with gold metallic detail to complete the space.

    With such a modern and more masculine living space, we felt the need to let our client have a little fun in her bedroom… and what a great husband, he gave her the go for PINK!

    Soft and girly was our main objective for the bedroom. We opted for hanging pendants as opposed to traditional table lamps. The marble-topped nightstands with light oak drawers and a creamy headboard brought everything together.

     

      

    This project met completion within 3 months of our first encounter with the clients. Usually, there are back and forths with decisions on design, but they made everything so simple! Trusting our expertise, they were able to enjoy their new purchase ever so quickly. We hope they love living and entertaining in their new home! To see the full project, head over to our portfolio.