We are still getting many requests for more styling tips and tricks and so we thought we’d tackle another common area of the home often referred to as the heart; The Kitchen.
You may know that your kitchen needs to be well lit for function sake (pot lights are an obvious and great choice for this), but what about style and adding a little wow factor. Enter pendants and ta da you have yourself a lit kitchen! I know it may seem like a 'duh!' moment to some, but you would be surprised with how often this is overlooked. The importance of the real jewel of a home. Lighting!
I was actually a little nervous about these gold pendants being too big, but the scale is perfect for this open concept space. They are able to be seen from all angles and are a nice shiny contrast to the matte black cabinets. They also add texture with their diamond leaf construction and gold chain, which you wouldn't think of as important when choosing your light, but it can be very!
Balancing out the eat it in kitchen is also something to consider. They don't need to match per say, but do need to coordinate with the overall look. The pendants over the island here were picked because of their colour as well as their industrial look. The kitchenette light was chosen for it's architecture and rustic wood make.
These Schoolhouse lights were a no brainer for this space. This company is truly innovative with its simple yet beautiful designs and quality craftsmanship.
Lead Designers - Melissa and Sacha Leclair
Photography by Sacha Leclair
Painting Grout in your kitchen, bathroom or entrance.Ottawa Interior Design
We like a lot of people have the builder style white tiles in the kitchen and entrance with the brown grout. I'm not sure who thought this looked good, but anyway. After we painted the walls in the kitchen and family room white, the grout stood out even more and was frankly driving us a little crazy. So we decided we would change the floors.... then after going through the list of other things we want to do to our home (which grows everyday). We decided to go to plan B and paint the grout!
We bought the grout paint/refresher from Home Depot I believe (about two months ago) and finally just got around to doing it. I think I knew in the back of my mind it would be a pain in the butt... it did not disappoint. First I tested a spot under the fridge just in case it looked terrible. Once I had done that small section I was under the illusion that it was going to be quick an painless, but that was obviously not the case.
The instructions on the bottle:
- Clean the surface
- Shake well before using
- Spread evenly using a toothbrush or grout applicator (I started with a toothbrush and then went to using a small art paintbrush)
- Wait 30 to 60 minutes, mist with water and let stand
- After 5 minutes scrub tile to remove excess colourant (this was a the pain in the but part, you had to scrub it off, but careful enough not to scrub the actual grout, then go around and wash down the all the tile again with soap and water to remove the residue.)
- Protect from traffic for 2 hours and from water for 24 hrs
When I went to do the entrance I used the art brush again but was more careful to not get the colourant on the tile, and when I did I wiped it up quickly with a wet paper towel. They both took about the same length in time (forever) or 4-6hrs, but it would depend on the size of your floor. You feel like Cinderella no matter which way you do it.
It was encouraging as I went along to see the progress though, so that kept me motivated. I painted in the evening (as you can see) and woke up and scrubbed the floors in the morning. Use a towel or knee pads for your knees because you will be on them for a while, I also changed positions throughout. I had a movie that I had already seen (because you can't really look up) on in the background, which helped to pass the time. You can also play music.
Ta da. Although it was pain staking and my neck was sore afterwards from staring down for so long, it was well worth it. I wish I had done it earlier, because now we comment on it every time we walk in the kitchen.
Hope this is helpful for anyone looking to do the same thing!
Leclair Decor - Ottawa Interior Design
We are in the midst of fun residential project right now and one of our challenges is a makeover of a 90's country kitchen. The rest of the house will have a very modern feel, but completely re-doing the kitchen to match wasn't in the budget. With new floors, painting the existing cabinets, replacing all lighting, building a custom bench and a new counter, we are really confident it's going to turn out great! Here are a few of inspiration shots that inspired us.