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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.

      

     

  • 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. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • ARTOIS AVE PROJECT

    Every one of our projects are so unique in their own way which keeps our work fresh and interesting every time! Like all of our projects, our Artois Ave project, was so original to the clients. When working with someone who knows what they like, it allows us to extend our portfolio and push some boundaries. The challenge with this particular space was to keep as much of the architectural integrity as possible. There are elements kept that were non-negotiable, which meant we had to work around them and ultimately make them either blend in or stand out.

    We added modern lines that contrast the older features of the home. Walnut, black accents, and bright whites carry throughout the kitchen, to the living room, and to the master en-suite. The custom lighting throughout also creates a continuity that eases you from one room to the next. 

     

     

    The two-toned kitchen was a full gut project featuring matte black Dekton countertops, a custom hood vent wrapped in a Calacatta style porcelain tile, and a buffet to store our client’s antique dinnerware and teacup collection. We opted to omit any upper cabinets which allowed for the kitchen to be flooded with natural light and to create a feature wall where the custom hood was placed.

     

       

     

    A screen that was original to the home can be found adjacent to the modern kitchen. It was painted and relocated to divide the open living room and dining room and looks like it could totally be a new design element that was added during the renovations.

     

     

     

     

     

    We added drama to an otherwise untouched powder room by painting the walls in a deep navy. The original vanity, toilet, and light fixture are pulled together simply by using the right paint colour!

     

     

      

    The master en-suite was the next project to tackle. We kept the original pharmacy, lighting, windows, and everything else is new. The same three finishes were key elements in this space as well; walnut, matte black, and white. We used matte black plumbing fixtures, tiles, and black metals to compose the frame of the shower. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Overall we must say this project definitely pushed our design boundaries, but we’re so happy they did. We were able to explore new possibilities and finishes due to our clients certainty of their design aesthetic. It was a wonderful collaboration between us and the client !

     

     

  • WINCHESTER BATHROOM RENO & DECOR PROJECT

    Every once in a while, we are blessed with an exceptionally easy client and this one is one of them. Our Winchester client was such a pleasure to work with and truly trusted our opinions which yielded some of our favourite results. The mandate started with the decor of her living room, master bedroom and her son's room and moved on to the renovation of a full bath.

    Although this old Westmount townhouse had beautiful bones, the challenge with this property was the crooked walls and working around the original plaster crown mouldings. Our trusted trades skillfully installed our designs without any hiccups.

     

     

     

    This bathroom renovation features a custom floating walnut vanity. The Carrara marble countertop is repeated on a sill in the shower and we've carried through the graphic Italian imported tile from the kitchen to this bathroom floor. We had fun playing around with a pattern for the floor tile that slopes right down to the linear drain in the shower. It took a long brainstorming session between the designer, the contractor and the tile installer to make sure our vision was feasible. The bonus in this reno was when we removed the heater cover to expose an original wall mounter water heater with beautiful detail. Our original plan was actually to remove it and replace it with a baseboard heater and a wall mounted heated towel bar. Instead, we ended up keeping the original heater exposed and slapping on a fresh coat of paint, which added to the character of this bathroom as we now see modern, clean finishes adjacent to an original element of the home. 

     

     

     

    By: Eugenia Triandos

  • ROSEMERE HOME RENO & DECOR PROJECT

    We're so happy with the results of our recently photographed project. This was one where we started with a major home renovation and ended with the decor of the main living spaces. When we first walked into this home, the kitchen was placed in the center of the house with absolutely no natural light and low ceilings. 

    The first step was to renovate. We turned a three season solarium into a home extension to accommodate the new dining room, tore down a few walls to extend the kitchen and refaced the fireplace in the living room. The result - an open common living space, flooded with natural light that carries through from the front to the back of the house. The focal point is the kitchen featuring a 14 foot island that runs through the center of the home and divides the living room and dining room. The outdoor space was impeccably designed which creates the perfect backdrop to the understated dining room with wall to wall windows. 

     

     

     



     

     

    All of the colours, fixed finishes and decor added to the overall light feeling of this home. We kept the theme going with lots of white, soft blues, warm woods and leather. The flooring is a natural walnut which was repeated with a waterfall countertop on the island and carried through to the fireplace mantle, the inside of the built in buffet and some of the furniture. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Phase two was to furnish the living room, kitchen and dining room. Our client really wanted to achieve a casual, comfortable feeling which kept the space light and airy. We opted for white slip-covered upholstery, a pale blue rug and a warm camel ottoman that can double as a coffee table with the right tray.

     

     

     

    In the dining room, we specified a stunning Ethan Allen dining table and our favourite upholstered Crate & Barrel dining chairs. The white Hudson Valley pendant over the dining table really stands out since it's surrounded by so much greenery. Our client’s existing outdoor living space became an extension of the decor since it incorporates all of the right colours; beautiful greens and blues. 

      

     

     

    The last step to any decor project is when we come in with tons of small accessories and stage the client's home to make it "photoshoot ready". Then our clients get to pick and choose the pieces they'd like to keep and we return the rest. It's the most fun in-home shopping experience and it allows us to see and photograph our interiors exactly how we envisioned them. A win/win that’s the perfect conclusion to any project. It’s always bittersweet closing a mandate of this scale - specially since we enjoyed working with these clients so much. Which is why we were thrilled when our clients told us they’d like to move on to their office and bedroom decor next and a full basement renovation next year!

     

     

    By: Eugenia Triandos

  • FLOORING FOR BEGINNERS

    Selecting new flooring can be overwhelming and although many adore hardwood floors and its timeless beauty, there are several different types of flooring that are quite comparable. We're no flooring experts but here's a bit of what we've learned from our trusted professionals along the way, that may help with you navigate your options.

     

    HARDWOOD

    Solid hardwood is milled from solid lumber.


    Pros: Easy to maintain and can be sanded down and refinished several times. Adding a sealer easily enhances the durability of the 
    wood and its resistance to water and staining without concealing the woods natural beauty. 

    Cons: Wood shrinks and warps in response to moisture, which usually makes it a bad choice for basements where humidity levels are hard to control. It also cannot be installed directly on a concrete surface so in areas where a subfloor is not possible, solid hardwood wood is an unlikely option.

     

     

    ENGINEERED

    Engineered wood is made up of a thin layer of solid hardwood on top and several wood plies (layers) that are fused together under heat and pressure at the bottom.

    Pros: Designed to reduce moisture problems that are associated with hardwood. It will not swell or warp, making it very strong and stable. Also engineered hardwood can go over concrete (great for condos). Aesthetically they are equal to solid hardwood floors, you usually can't easily tell the difference once they are installed, since the top layer is real wood.

    Cons: Veneers that are too thin will prevent sanding or refinishing. However, most engineered wood floors offer a thick enough veneer that allows you to sand and refinish 1-2 times. Engineered wood is a little more expensive than solid hardwood.

     

     

    These are the two main products that we use throughout a home. When considering solid hardwood or engineered wood flooring, you also have the option to go pre-finished, where the wood comes already coloured and varnished, ready to install. Or you can install raw wood planks and have them stained on site. Most contractors prefer the ease of pre-finished flooring. Sometimes we opt for unifinshed wood either to match an existing wood flooring that's staying in the project, or to attain a stain we were unable to find in stores. 

     

    LAMINATE

    Laminate is composed of several layers of fiberboard materials with an image of real wood printed on top with a clear protective layer.

    Pros: Inexpensive, durable, and very resistant to scratches

    Cons: Aesthetically, you can usually tell right away that a laminate is not real wood. It also doesn’t repair easily. If the flooring you choose comes in individual pieces, you may be able to replace each piece, but depending on sunlight and age it may not match entirely.

     

     

    VINYL

    Pieces of vinyl that are printed with a pattern that imitates stone or wood.

    Pros: Waterproof and very thin. Great for basements since it reduces noise levels.

    Cons: Subfloor must be perfect or imperfections show throughout. 

     

    Although what's currently available on the market has been greatly improved over the years, since laminates and and vinyls are made of a printed image, you may see the pattern repeat if covering a large surface. Another thing to look out for would be models that also have a texture where the texture doesn't line up with the printed image. These are both signs that the product is not a real wood and would determine how good of a replica you get. 

     

    Whether it's out of necessity or just for a change in look, new flooring can truly transform your home. We've really just scratched the (wood) surface in this post. You also have to consider the species, the installation technique, the stain colour and sheen. There's a lot more to learn on the hunt for your flooring product. We hope that this post answered some of your main questions and gave you some insight towards your decision!

    If you need help with the best choices for your individual needs, contact us today to shedule a consultation. 

    Blog by: Melinda Recine

  • PROGRESS POST: ARTOIS RENO

    In December of 2016, we were hired by a family to help them design and renovate their new home. Our clients were so special in the sense that they really knew what they wanted yet allowed us creative freedom to work around their style. This old home located in Saint-Lambert needed work - and a lot of it. We remember first walking in thinking wow - everything has to go, but our clients had something else in mind which resulted in a marriage of old and new. We kept the existing plumbing fixtures in the powder room, the exposed beams in the bedroom, the sliding pharmacy in the master bath and a decorative room divider that was repurposed and moved to a new location. The charm that these original fixed features bring to the overall design proves that new isn't always best. The space now has character and is a new unique version of itself.

    Here are some progress shots that we took today. We simply cannot wait for it all to come together to have it professionally photographed. For now, please don't mind our IPhone shots.

    Let's start at the heart of the home, this kitchen is a mix of warm walnut and painted white cabinetry. The hood and backaplash will eventually be wrapped in a Calacatta style tile and the counter will be dressed in a mat black Dekton surface, with a waterfall edge. 

     

    The entrance and powder room were dressed up with this fun, graphic cement tile. When working with small spaces that would otherwise be hard to decorate, it's interesting to add some drama through the fixed finishes and paint. We used Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on the walls in this tiny powder room and it really left quite the impact.

     


     

     

    Upstairs, we head to the master suite featuring custom wall sconces with a matching custom chandelier.

     

     

    The master en-suite was decked out in white tiles with black plumbing and accents. The walnut floating vanities bring warmth to the room and the playful hexagone tiles add depth. We're still waiting for countertops, a wall-to-wall mirror and the shower glass to be installed.

     

  • POIRIER PROJECT

    In May of 2016 we started working on a very unique project that was referred to us by one of our real estate agents. The clients, Eric & Jean-Francois were both living abroad when they reached out. We've offered virtual design services before but this was very different. This referral had yet to close on the sale of a property that they were interested in when they contacted us but their goal was to complete a major renovation virtually. Our clients knew what they liked and absolutely wanted to create a home fit for them (both over 6' tall), even if that meant coordinating from half way across the world. Originally from Quebec, where they met and were married, they then both moved away for work; one in Switzerland and the other all the way in Saudi Arabia. They were buying a property with plans to finally reunite and move back to Montreal after several years abroad. 

    We started by completing a walk through of their prospective home via FaceTime at which point we threw around some ideas and confirmed that what they wanted to do would be feasible. That gave them the green light to go ahead and finalize their purchase. We discussed tearing down some key walls, redoing the kitchen and all of the bathrooms, redoing the divisions in the basement, and finally the addition of a family room, full bathroom and laundry room over the existing garage. We also ended up having to redo the garage entirely for it to structural support the extension, and we had to change the majority of the exterior brick, at which point the clients decided to redo the front entrance. The flooring, interior doors, staircase, railing and all hardware was changed throughout as well. To say it was a big project would be an understatement, not one square inch of the home was left untouched. The challenge was completing this scale of a renovation without even having met the homeowners. 

    So, we got right to work. We took our measurements, drafted construction plans, electrical plans, cabinetry details. We met with the contractor to get quotes and to set up a timeline, all while keeping the client in the loop via FaceTime and getting approvals on the design through countless emails. Finally the time came where we met our clients, probably a month after we started working on their project! They were in the city for only one week, and they had a lot on their agenda. We spent a day together for the presentation of their finishes. We reviewed plumbing fixtures, tiles, cabinetry, hardware, lighting and even paint colours. Everything was finalized in one - long but productive - consultation. Happy with the design, we moved forward to placing all of the orders and waiting for demo day! 

    The major hiccups in this project were delays with city permits pushing the project's start day by several months. Once we got over that hump, it was smooth sailing for the majority of the reno. We had weekly FaceTime meetings every Tuesday where we would show Eric the progress and review details. We worked closely with the contractor, HMR Construction, and we saw the renovation through right to the end. 

    The project was just recently completed this past March, nearly a year after it was started. It's bittersweet since after having worked with these amazing clients so closely, they will definitely be missed, however we are very happy to see it come to a close. Had we not had such understanding and easy going clients who were completely comfortable trusting us with their space, this project would not have gone nearly as smoothly. Eric & Jean-Francois are now happily living in their new home and we cannot be more thrilled with the results! 

     

     

    By: Eugenia Triandos

    Photos by: Guillermo Castro

  • SENNEVILLE PROJECT

    A few months ago, we met with a client who recently purchased a new home in beautiful Senneville and needed some guidance along the way. She initially hired us for a colour consultation, where we assist in choosing the right paint colours for every room of the home. However, we clicked right away and since our client was considering several renovations for her new purchase, she decided to go ahead with our design services for her master bathroom. So exciting!

    Here are the three mood boards that we presented to her just a few weeks ago.

     

     

     

    We adored all 3 concepts, as did she, however one in particular instantly made her fall in love; Option 1.

    Our plan was to build out a wall and increase the square footage of her master bathroom, creating a larger shower with a linear drain, a custom vanity, and an overall more functional layout. However, as we all know for those who have been through the process of renovations, there can be unexpected costly repairs, which in our case resulted in having to make necessary cuts to our design.

    Here are the changes we had to make which helped bring down overall costs;

    1. Reducing the shower to accommodate a standard glass of 6 feet. A custom shower glass can start at $1000 and easily work it's way upward of $2000+. A standard store bought shower can quickly save quite a bit without drastically affecting the aesthetics of the bathroom.

    2. Keep existing plumbing placement as is. As most of us know, moving plumbing can get very expensive. What's more is that it sometimes opens the door to a snowball effect - specially in an old home. We never know what can happen when we open up walls and start shaking old pipes. 

    3. Keep existing centre drain instead of linear. Although a linear drain can be a pretty addition to any custom shower floor, it's priced at about $750 - an easy place to cut if you're not willing to sacrifice any of the other fixed elements in your bathroom.

    Although we offered her a store bought vanity to help reduce costs, our client was not willing to give up our idea of the custom vanity painted in our fave navy; Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. The key to sticking to any renovation budget is balancing the expensive with the inexpensive. To do that you must first assess your priorities to figure out what's important to you and then figure out which improvements can make a great impact on the overall design and which are worth dropping.

    Renovations are never easy, and trust us - we've seen it all. When hiring us, we're there by your side to help find solutions for problems that may occur along the way. Whether it's budget restraints, unexpected surprises found during demolition, or unforeseen family events, we stick around to see your project through to the end. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation for your next renovation project!

    By: Melinda Recine

  • LAVAL KITCHEN EXTENSION

    We're so happy to share this project. Working with these clients was such a joy and it showed through in the ease at which their project was completed.

    The demolition of this Laval kitchen was already underway when our clients realized that they needed our help. They were dealing with a large extension with no kitchen plans drawn up or any orders placed, and our mandate was to create a functional layout in record time. This open concept was exactly what our clients were looking for. The large island and oversized fridge make this kitchen a perfect space both for entertaining large parties and for lounging with the family.

    The project didn't end there.

    Once the layout was confirmed, we got to the fun part of choosing all of the finishes from the cabinetry to the knobs and finalizing new furniture for the completely transformed space. Just in time for the holidays!

     

     


     

      

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

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