Leclair Carp was all about creating a home that felt upscale and impressive but still totally relaxed. To achieve the vibe, we focused on simple, classic finishes and statement pieces throughout. We love that this house has wow factor without feeling like there’s ‘too much’ of anything.
Today we’re getting the scoop from Grace, the designer behind the Carp project, on all the design details and how the project came together so perfectly. She’s spilling the tea on how she worked collaboratively with the clients - when she pushed a little harder for her vision and how the bright white yet warm and relaxing colour palette came to be.
Q: What was the overall style direction of this project?
A: The clients were young, childless (at the time) and building their forever home. They wanted a more modern, brighter look and feel from their current home but still wanted it to feel comfortable and cozy. They purposefully opted for a larger ‘forever home’ nestled in the woods as opposed to a smaller house and a cottage. A relaxed, outdoorsy vibe needed to be considered for the design process as well.
Q: The clients mentioned that their living room had to be a multi-functional space for guests and family time because they did not have a second more formal sitting space. What are some challenges/factors to consider when designing/decorating an open concept/multi functional room?
A: A lot of people are moving away from having a distinct living room (more formal) and family room (more casual) and instead opting for one larger living space that serves both those functions. Incorporating as much seating as possible is important, as is striking the balance between formal and polished but still relaxed and cozy enough for everyday use. You don’t want it to feel like a slump room when you’re hosting holiday company, but you also don’t want it to feel stuffy when you’re using it to wind down after dinner 99% of the time. We prioritized comfort for the larger pieces and incorporate some more polished elements in the metals, artwork, and lighting.
Q: Can you shed some light on the design process. Was this particular project more collaborative or were the clients very hands off?
A: These clients were basically our ideal clients. They had solid ideas about how they wanted the home to look and feel in general but were keen to leave the details to us. They seemed to really understand that the value of what we do lies in letting us formulate and execute our vision. They only pushed back on a few pieces, mostly for functional reasons, and were happy to yield to us on the things that felt scariest to them. They trusted us completely and I think they would say that they are really pleased with the items they wouldn’t have necessarily chosen for themselves. The clients were also really understanding about the mishaps and delays that inevitably come along with any large project, which made the process really fun and fulfilling for everyone involved.
Q: What was your favourite part of the project?
A: Bit of an easy answer, but I just love seeing projects come together. It’s such an amazing feeling to see a vision (that has previously only existed in your head) come to life in the real world. It was so exciting to find out near the end of the project that the clients were expecting a baby and we had created a space that would serve as the backdrop for so many happy memories with their little one.
Q: What was your favourite piece of furniture in the space?
A: So many amazing pieces in here but the velvet spade chairs just steal the show. I absolutely love that they are seen from the living room itself but also the front entrance. They’re the first thing you see when they walk in the house so we had to choose chairs with a beautiful back.
Q: Because we know people will ask… What is the paint colour?
A: Chantilly Lace!
Q: How did you hone in on the colour palette?
A: I knew two things up front: we wanted white walls, and we wanted a rich, warm-toned leather sofa. Because of this, accenting with cooler tones kind of just evolved naturally. Lots of people think you can’t mix blue and green but HELLO you obviously can because they work so beautifully together in this space. Gold accents throughout add warmth and a sort of simple luxurious touch.
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