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  • GAUGIN STREET PROJECT

     

    It's difficult to describe a project that went off without a hitch. The memorable part about this project was our client's enthusiasm to work with us. Before our first visit, we ask our clients to prepare inspiration photos so we can really grasp their design aesthetic. Usually, we get a few Pinterest board photos or Instagram photos, but this client went all out!

    Given her profession in fashion design, she had prepared us two lovely physical boards with all her inspiration photos on it. We're talking about paper cutouts mounted on 24"x36" mat board! We were amazed. She took the time to carefully choose the perfect photos to best describe her aesthetic and it was so wonderful to see how happy she was to begin this project and the joy she had putting it all together.

     

     

    The boards presented showcased a clean and modern design. Her one request was to have a larger shower, as her current one was quite small. Sometimes we know the best option right from the start, and other times, we present several different floor plans to decide which of the options work best for our client's needs and aesthetic together. In this case, an open walk-in shower bath combo. This allowed us to provide her with a huge six-foot shower and a six-foot free-standing tub, where the tub landed on a feature wall.

     

     

    When budgets are limited, we always try to pick one focal point that will pull in all of the attention and bring in the “wow” factor. We opted for a pale, muted blue tile (surprise, surprise!) laid in a herringbone pattern. Once everything was finalized, the waiting game began.

     

     

    The right contractor for the project was booked for a few months, but the client was willing to wait. The good news is that the wait was worth it since the renovation was completed in record time. We all know and expect hiccups with any renovation project, never knowing what we can find once the walls are opened. Lucky for us, this bathroom renovation took three weeks from demo to finish with no complications, no surprises whatsoever. A dream every designer and client hopes for.

     

     

    Our client took our turnkey Design Coordination service, a service that follows the renovation process to make sure that everything is installed as per our specification. We ensure that the plans can be followed according to our design, that the tiles are placed as indicated, the grout colors are respected, that all plumbing and fixtures are received on time, etc. If we come across any complications during our Design Coordination phase, we are there to address any changes and come up with solutions so that our clients don't have to worry about tiny issues that we face on regular construction projects and to soften the blow on any big hurdles we need to overcome. It is normal to have adjustments made during the renovation process. These are all things that we handle in order to provide our clients with the best service possible. In this case, we had none! Every visit was a quick one, seamless from start to finish.

      

     

  • LABRECHE STREET PROJECT

    We've said this before and we'll say it again, a client who trusts the design process yields the best results. Sometimes it takes a few interactions to build that trust and sometimes it's immediate but as soon as the client allows us to take the lead on the project, we all feel the beginnings of something great! 

     

    The family from our Labreche St. Project proved our theory once again. They were not only a pleasure to work with but their design aesthetic jived with ours and when we suggested anything that they were unsure about, they always decided to trust our judgment and take the plunge. From a designer's standpoint, it's a great feeling because we know we have the opportunity to make our vision come to life, but it's definitely a lot more responsibility and pressure for us because we know we are ultimately entirely responsible for the outcome.  An outcome that both our team and our clients were thrilled about!

     

    The project started with some small renovation work. We changed the entrance and kitchen tile, restained the floors and staircase, ran some new electrical, painted and changed some hardware. During that time, we were busy drafting furniture plans, sourcing decor, planning, and placing orders for furniture. 

     

     

    We layered neutrals and natural textures in the family room, something we love doing! By bringing in wood, leather, concrete, and straw in the baskets, we were able to add depth to an otherwise neutral space. The rug is the only element of color in the room and what pulls all of the neutrals together.

     

     

    The existing fireplace was covered with this beautiful Compac Unique Calacatta slab that we repeated on the countertop of the bar that we added in the dining room. If you follow us on Instagram, you know what this fireplace looked like before renos and it was sad. We now made it a focal point of this open concept, while keeping it light, airy and luxurious.

     

     

    The kitchen was updated with a huge impact. I may decide to post some before and after photos of this one in a separate blog post despite the fact that I thoroughly dislike before shots. This one may actually be worth showing. We didn't change the big ticket items like the cabinetry or the countertop. Instead, we changed the floors from a beige dated tile to a beautiful dark slate. Changing the floor tile is what made the countertop work perfectly since they both have green undertones. We also changed the backsplash for a simple subway tile and the cabinet hardware and lighting to bring in a modern matte black. Pouf! An entirely new kitchen for a fraction of the price! 

     

     

    We toned down the colour in the family room to make up for a huge punch of colour in the dining room. We knew we wanted to add a built-in bar from the very start but since we weren't changing the cabinetry in the kitchen, this meant having to think outside the box. Instead of trying to match the kitchen and most likely miss, we opted to make it look like an entirely freestanding piece separate from the kitchen cabinetry. The only feature tying the two together are the cabinet pulls. The material we used for the custom bar was a painted MDF in Benjamin Moore CC-752 Miramichi, with oak shelves stained to match the flooring.

     

     

    The floating white oak shelves above the bar gave us a fun challenge during our Staging Day! This was the one hiccup we experienced with this project. When the shelves were installed, the client thought that they were too high and therefore too close to the wall sconces. We understood their concerns and went back and forth on whether or not we should have them lowered. We decided to wait until our Staging Day to see if we can pull it together and that we did! Once the accessories were placed that gave the shelves purpose, our clients were able to see our vision and we collectively decided to keep the shelves as is. We then added the wallpaper which added depth that's not too imposing.

     

     

    The last room we completed as part of this project was the front living room. A room used to entertain, take phone calls, and to provide something beautiful to look at when you first walk in. Since the living room sets the tone for the rest of the home, the same color palette used in the family room and dining room was carried through. Keeping it cohesive with natural tones, camel leather, mixed in with some brass, marble, matte black and jewel tone velvet. The rug in this room was back ordered and was the last piece we received before our shoot. We can't even express how much of a difference the rug made in the overall feel of the home, let alone the room. 

     

     

     

    Photography by Drew Hadley.

  • A FEW WALLPAPER INSPIRATIONS

    Suggesting a bold wallpaper may be easy for us to do but we know the struggle with actually pulling the trigger guys! Decisions out of our comfort zone may be frightening but usually, yield the best results.

    Our favourite rooms to wallpaper are the tiny ones, where the impact of good wallpaper can be totally appreciated and the fear of going bold can be minimized since you can usually close the door on your striking choice and not to impact the rest of your decor. Spaces like entrances and powder rooms or even accent walls are a great place to bring in that wild side of yours! We’ve had a few clients last year who asked for some vivid options so we thought it would be fun to show you a few spaces that we discovered and completely adore!

     

    By: Hibou Design & Co.

    This entrance was bland and boring until we covered the walls with this luxe navy and gold geometric pattern.

     


    Photo by Melissa Oholendt found on Domino
    Wallpaper by Caitlin McGauley’s Panthera

    If you didn’t already know, we love all white everything, but this dark wallpaper with the gold cheetas really ties in with the brass finishes chosen and adds that wow factor to this small space.

     

    Designed by Susan Simonpietri

    Photo by Architectural Digest
    Wallpaper by Hygee & West

    We simply adore this kid’s bedroom. Since most of the background is light and only a few spots of yellow accents from the birds, it still keeps this room looking very bright and fun! A lovely way to bring in your accent colour.

     

    Photo by Sophie Carpenter
    Wallpaper by Tropic wall

     

    Feeling tropical lately? Here’s a great way to feel like you're still in paradise by adding wallpaper to the back wall of your laundry room. There is something very soft and serene about this tropical wallpaper that we just love!

     

    Photo by Domino
    Designed by Jennifer Barron

    We love how designer Jennifer Barron designed this entrance. Complimenting the soft blue front door, she brought in soft blues and white to the wallpaper to add some subtleness while creating an impact that will not go unnoticed!

    Here's a shot from our most recent project featuring a subtle paper. The client loved the results of these open shelves even before we installed the paper but then agreed that this subtle tone on tone pulled together the accessories and added depth without adding too much movement.

    Need help choosing the right paper? Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our designers!

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