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  • A GUIDE TO A SCANDINAVIAN DECOR

    Scandinavian interiors are known for their neutral colours, warm accents, and mid-century modern furniture. This minimalist style embraces simplicity. Want this look? Take note of our few tips on how to achieve your Scandinavian look below.

    1. Neutral Colours

    In most Scandinavian spaces, walls are kept white to keep a clean and simple look. Colours like white, grey, and blacks, are most likely to be your colour palette. However, you can bring in soft, pastel colours. Find our favourite whites here.

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    2. Light Flooring

    In order to keep your Scandinavian feel, you must have light floors. Whether it be your traditional light wood floors or white/grey tiles, this allows the space to feel bright & airy.

    3. Wood & Metal Finishes

    A minimalist design can be plain and boring, if not accomplished correctly. It's all about layering neutrals and natural textures. Bringing in wood through your furniture pieces allows your space to feel cozy - A simple way to make your room brighter without using bold colours. Adding metal finishes really ties the space together whether it be through your lighting or accent pieces.

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    4. Add plants

    Bring a little life in your home with plants. Don’t add anything too colourful, but the right amount of greenery is an important key to bringing your Scandinavian Decor to life.


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    5. Clutter Free

    This may be a hard one for many people. Without realizing, we all have a tendency to clutter. In this type of design, less is more. If you want your space to feel calm and inviting, any unnecessary items must go!

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    6. Lighting

    I’ve found that Scandinavian interior lighting is simple yet beautiful. I love the look of a wicker pendant, although the classic glass lighting fixtures compliment this design very well.

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    There is a fine line between simple and boring, but with these 6 tips on how to achieve your Scandinavian decor, you've got nothing to worry about!

  • 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!!

     

     

     

     

  • 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! 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.