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  • ANNE'S FUN & FEMININE SMALL SPACE

    I had the pleasure of working with an old client/friend this week while styling her home for a much overdue photo shoot. This project was completed 3 or 4 years ago and I just recently got the push to have it photographed after the Montreal Gazette asked me for pictures for an article about small spaces. We worked with photographer, Telly Goumas who made this interior shine on a very foggy Sunday afternoon.

    What made this project so special was the 600 sq. ft. space and the fact that Anne and I shared similar taste in interiors. This loft in the old port featured high ceilings with exposed wood beams, original steel columns and historic floor to ceiling windows that really gave it some real Old Montreal charm. To give you a little background about the person occupying this wonderful home, Anne is a 28 year old ambitious social butterfly. Her place needed to be equally as comfortable for her living alone, as well as when entertaining. She's bubbly, friendly and full of personality but my favourite part about working with Anne was that she was not afraid to use colour - and that we did!

    Given the fact that we were working with such a small space, we incorporated several features to enhance storage and create intimacy while still providing an open area for entertaining. We tore down an existing wall in the kitchen to create a bar height counter, hid some useful storage in the banquette and used functional poufs and side tables that can double as extra seating. There's something about having a bed where you will be hosting parties that just doesn't work, which is why we opted for a murphy bed. Four years later, Anne still loves her bed and yes - it's very comfortable. 

    All of these details make Anne's cozy loft her perfect hangout, whether lounging alone or entertaining a party of 12.

    For before pictures, click here.

  • TRENDING: GRAPHIC CEMENT TILES

    This is a big trend that I admit to completely falling for. These beautiful graphic cement tiles bring in character and old school charm, yet they are very trendy and in these days. You can mix them with simple, neutral finishes and, if used correctly, can give you a beautiful timeless design.

    I've used these types of tiles for several projects and they've always made the space. They are a little more difficult to work with because they need to be sealed and given their weight, shipping costs can get a little crazy, but ultimately worth the extra effort and cost.

    My practical side needs to give you a few words of caution: Only use something like these in your space if you absolutely love them and feel that you will always love them. Because like any big trend, these will age your space in a few years when you can no longer find them in a single store. That being said, this is my personal style, so I would happily put them in my space even if I'm the only one with this look in ten years. Would I suggest that you put this tile in an investment property, or a flip? Definitely not! An accent this strong needs to be installed in a space built for you, taking into consideration that there's a big chance that the next owner will rip it out.

    Don't be discouraged! There's a way to work with this stunning tile to make it work forever. If you'd like to see this kind of accent in your space but you're not sure how to pull it off, contact us to schedule a consultation.

    Toi, Moi & Cafe on Laurier

    Love this look, but need help putting it together? Contact me to book a consultation!

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  • CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THESE IMAGES ARE NOT REAL?

    As a 3D renderer, I have a deep appreciation for these images below. I really had to look carefully before realizing that these are actually 3D computer renderings and not real spaces. Filippo Carandini is truly an artist. Based in Milan, I luckily stumbled upon his work while browsing one of my favorite international blogs, My Paradissi. Not only is he an excellent 3D artist but he offers a full branding service for local and online businesses.

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  • CUSTOM CURTAINS: TO PUDDLE OR NOT TO PUDDLE?

    When going custom for your window coverings, you will find yourself faced with many decisions. You need to choose the fabric, the style, the lining, the hardware and of course the dimensions. The length of curtains can vary drastically based on practicality as well as the look you would like to achieve. There are several different options available and it's important to know what they are.

    Curtains that float just above the floor, usually this is about 1/2" to 1/4" above the floor. This is the cleanest look available, however, I tend to steer away from it because the curtains sometimes look too short. Short curtains, for me, kind of look like that old man with short pants, where you see his socks. The reason why they look short is because floors are never really even. So by having curtains just skim the floors, it accentuates this discrepancy when part of the curtains touch and other parts don't.

    Curtains that just sit on the floors, this is usually a 2" puddle. This is by far my favorite option and the one that I use most often, probably 90% of the time. I love this option because you don't get the crooked floor look that you would get in the option above and the puddle is not long enough for it to look messy. You're also not constantly stuck placing the puddle which makes it still very functional. It even gives your wall a little more height when the curtains sit on the floor.

    Curtains that puddle 4-6". This option would be used if you like the look, have the room and are okay with placing and adjusting the puddle when you open and close your curtains. Unfortunately, they don't naturally take this beautiful shape when sitting on the floor - so it's a little more work.

    The very dramatic look of a heavy 12" puddle. This is a look I would only consider for fixed panels. Panels that only serve as decorative features to frame a window, but don't open or close to ever cover the window. It's very annoying to always have to place such a large puddle. You also need the room to be able to accommodate the puddle. You can't have anyone trip over them or have your furniture placed too close to them.

  • CHOOSING CONDO FINISHES? CONSIDER A DESIGNER

    Montreal is in the midst of a big condo boom and when buying a brand new property, there's the advantage of choosing all of the unit's finishes. Home buyers, especially first home buyers, are finding this process very long and difficult. These exciting decisions are more challenging than they initially appear and are crucial. I've been working with a lot of clients lately helping them choose the right cabinetry, flooring, countertops, handles, and paint colors. With all of the other decisions that need to be made when purchasing a new property, choosing the finishes can sometimes be the least of your concerns. Which is why out of all of the consultations I give, I feel that these are very rewarding and worth every penny. All of my projects are, of course, extremely rewarding but I feel like any consultation involving color is very educational for my client and these consultations allow them to make overall better decisions when considering the color of anything that they add to their existing palette.

    By using a designer to help guide you in making the right choices, you save a lot of time and you gain peace of mind. Some clients spend hours trying to choose the right tones amongst the dozens of small samples offered and then go back to the developer to make changes after sleepless nights doubting their decisions. A good designer will reduced these consultations down to a quarter of the time. And a good designer will explain why the colors chosen work best with each other and with the look you want to achieve. With that knowledge, you will be confident about the choices made, which will give you peace of mind.

    If you want to tackle this task on your own, have an eye for color and are a visual person that knows what they want, take these tips into consideration during your appointment with the developer.

    • Always consider the undertones of a color. A yellow brown floor will not look good against wood cabinetry with a pink undertone. Click here for why undertones are so important.
    • Think about the furniture you will be keeping and consider colors that will make your furniture look its best.
    • Anything ultra modern or trendy may not be the best option for resale. Think about how long you are planning on living at this location and whether or not your selections will please different tastes.
    • Sometimes upgrades with the developer will cost you more than having it done yourself after you move in. Ex.: countertop upgrades, electrical, plumbing fixtures. Always get a quote from your developer and shop around.
    • Don't overlook important details like the direction of the tiles in the bathroom or the placement of the lightswitches. Always ask if there's anything other than the obvious that you have the option to change, the doors, moldings, doorknobs. It's all in the details, so be specific.
    • Bring images of spaces you like. Sometimes it gets overwhelming with so many options, you may need to remind yourself what it is that you wanted when you walked in. Houzz is a great website to collect pictures that inspire you.
    • Take pictures of your final choices and color codes if available. This will be helpful when trying to match custom shelves to your bathroom vanity or when you want to choose the blinds that will look good against your window frames or floors.
    • Take your time and do it right the first time. Sometimes it's not easy to get a second appointment with the developer to change the choices already made.

    When building a new house, there is more flexibility in the design details and it's best if you schedule the appointment with your designer sooner rather than later. To read more on how you can benefit from this, click here.

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