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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.

    Fast forward to today, and voila!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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. 

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • GREY KITCHENS: TRENDY OR TIMELESS?

    If you subscribe to any design blogs, browse Houzz or even Pinterest, you have surely noticed grey kitchens popping up everywhere, and most of them are hard not to like. As they are quickly becoming a new favorite, I start to wonder if this is just the next big trend. I'll never say that grey is timeless simply because we see it everywhere and it's really just the current replacement for beige. However, it does make for a fantastic neutral backdrop, which makes for a perfect cabinet colour. 

    Do I think that you will love your grey kitchen in 5-10 years? That all depends on if you do it right. As in a living room, or bedroom, if you decide to go grey everywhere, then the answer is no, you will not love your trendy space in 5-10 years. If, however, you use grey for it's best quality, as the perfect backdrop to other colours, than yes, your kitchen can be timeless. A grey cabinet paired with a marble countertop and a white backsplash with pretty hardware, how can you go wrong? A grey cabinet with grey walls, a grey backsplash and a gray tile is wrong. That's when you can look back to the pink and avocado bathrooms of the 60s and imagine what your kitchen will look like in 10 years.

    Here are some great examples of grey kitchens done right. You will notice that what a lot of them have in common is the use of a warm grey, beautiful upscale cabinet profiles, pretty hardware and wood flooring. They don't lack style. Even the last image of the shaker cabinet and simply hardware has a clear country theme with its panelled backsplash, wood countertop and raw floors. Don't let grey be the star of the show, and you're off to a great start.

    Grey is not an easy colour. Choosing the right grey can be tricky because of different undertones that you may not see until presented large scale in the right light. If you need help choosing the right grey, contact us to book a colour consultation.

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