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2018 is already shaping up to be our busiest year yet, and we are so excited about the the opportunities and milestones it holds. One of the special highlights this year is our Westmount project, a renovation and from-scratch decor job in a century home nestled in the one of Montreal's most scenic neighbourhoods.
The clients are a creative couple with precious twin daughters. They chose the house for it's unique character and chic charm, very well suited to the family. So while the house is grand and fairly traditional (in the best way), they really want to bring it into this century and create a space that feels current and cozy. Our aim is to brighten and modernize the entire home while staying true to its historic appeal.
Note: Grace is the lead designer on this project so you'll see her "pensive work face" throughout the photo's! :)
Master Bed - Before
The biggest overhaul will take place on the second floor where we are completely remodelling the master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in closet. Our goal is to functionally make the most of the unique layout and create hotel like escape for these busy parents. The bathroom is getting the full shebang with a new larger layout. We were able to bump out a wall to give this couple a little extra elbow room while getting ready in the mornings. With the added space we were also able to keep the separate bath (much needed after long days on your feet) which may have gotten the boot to opt for a larger shower or double vanity. Thankfully we able to squeeze everything in with room to spare!
Kids' Bedrooms - Before
Grace reviewing details with the client and contractor.
The girls bedrooms were next on the list. Though not in desperate need of an structural changes (except a secret pocket door or two), they in no way reflected their style or playful persona's. The bedrooms are a mirror image of each other, so the layouts will be quite similar, but their personalities vary and will reflect each individual girl. This fun design task is more than welcome on our 'to do' list. Kids rooms not only allow you to explore your inner child, but play with pattern and colour not typically acceptable in adult spaces. Note: We LOVE kids rooms! ha
Main Bath - Before We are also tackling the existing main bathroom to design a fresh timeless space for the little girls to love now and as they grow. The majority of the footprint is staying the same only swapping out a shower for a more functional linen closet, we just needed to breathe a little more modern girly charm into it.
Hallway - Before
This space is seeing a brand new (to code, as this was not) stair railing and wall of mouldings to spruce up its character. A fresh coat of paint and new statement light fixture will soon follow as well!
Den - Before
A cozy little space situated at the end of the hall. This room will be sought after for homework, reading, and maybe even a game or two. It will also act as the guest room so a pullout sofa was a must.Originally the entire house was to be filled with white walls to brighten it up, but we were able to convince them that this space would be perfect as a darker den and maybe a little wallpaper wouldn't hurt either. Needless to say we are pretty excited about the after photo's of this room! Yay!
We've add a little sneak peek with the moodboard to give you an idea! Paint colour is Overcoat by Benjamin Moore. Sofa is Pottery Barn. Area Rug is LD Shoppe Wallpaper is Hygge&West through LD Shoppe (Contact us). Ottoman is West Elm. Side table is LD Shoppe. Green Chair is LD Shoppe. Floor Lamp is LD Shoppe. Desk Chair is CB2. Pillows from LD Shoppe and Tonic Living.
There's a few more photo's to check out below of the second floor and we will do another post for the main floor. Too much to talk about!
Second Floor - Additional Before Photos
Photography by Dom Rioux
Living rooms can be formal for after dinner drinks or casual spaces to hang out in all day Saturday. Depending on the function and style of your space there may be pieces that are more important than others, but generally speaking these are the 5 best pieces in addition to the obvious couch, coffee table, side table(s)... 1. Area Rug
An area rug really helps to anchor the space, frame it out and add a warmth for under your toes. It can also add a pop of colour or texture. A neutral shag or a patterned wool rug are classic looks and can really help lighten a dark space, soften a space with a lot of wood, and be an essential addition to a beautiful cozy living room.
Lighting plays a huge role in every space and can be very underestimated. If you are sitting around having a quiet drink or reading a book you don't need to light up the whole room. Task lighting including reading lamps, floor lamps and table lamps can really help add functional and ambiance lighting depending on the situation.
The couch is a big part of any living space and the art that is hung above it should generally take up 2/3 - 3/4 of the size of the couch. This helps to balance it out. A small piece will make the space feel uncomfortable and incomplete. You can use one large canvas, or framed print or you can use two or three smaller ones that would take up the same amount of space on the wall.
4. Accent Pillows and Throws
These small but significant pieces can add a few different things to your living room. A pop of colour, pattern and or texture. They can help lighting a dark couch or contrast with a light couch. You can have fun with them play around with different ones depending on your mood or the season.
Accessories are essential to any living space. They add unique touches and can really personalize and complete the room. Books, bowls, vases, knick knacks you've collected over the years (or just recently) really impact the feel of the room. Don't overwhelm the space with them, but add enough to make it interesting.
Curtains are also a nice touch if the room allows for it. They can soften the space and add height to the room.