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Truck garage turned into unconventional apartment

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This New York City apartment had lived a previous life as a truck garage from 1932 to 1983. It was then converted into a condo. It's recently undergone another facelift to rejuvenate this cozy & interesting yet awkward space. 80's finishes are replaced by bold, crisp & modern lines. View the article from contemporist and a few before pictures here.

String art

String art is a trendy new way to create your own personalized art. Here the've used it to design a tree and add pics of birds. You could make geometric shapes, plants, animals, large or small, do what you will with it, just do it ! (To make it look like framed art paint a dark square or rectangle on the wall and use light string inside it.)

www.re-nest.com

Bold Statements

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Sometimes all a frame needs is a bold statement in a carefully chosen font. Big fan of this look. I recently reproduced a "love" poster I saw in the background of picture on houzz.com. I Retraced it in Photoshop and got it printed for a few bucks. Looks great in Melissa's office! (big reveal coming soon). Might have to do one of these for our current design project. Any suggestions?

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Coffee table score

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Well hello there steal of a coffee table. So, we're well into our first official full design project as Leclair Decor. Our good friend, Dylan has hired us to decorate his new condo. Tasks thus so far have included paint colour selecting, wall paper choosing, light fixture finding and of course furniture buying! He threw almost everything out and is starting from scratch. Even though his budget is pretty decent, we can't help but to find him great deals so he can splurge on a few big items.

This week was coffee table time. I saw this one from West Elm and thought it was perfect. We asked Melissa's father if he could possibly make one similar. Sure he said, in 6 months (He's really busy right now). No sweat. That night I made another regular stop at the local Home Sense and found this gem. Legs are slighlty different but the top has the same beautiful wood. And for $150 vs $450, you can't go wrong.

I also had some interest in getting Dylan this stump from West Elm. Something I'm learning with decorating is it can be hard convincing someone to spend $200 on a wooden stump. Can't really blame them though. My friend Kimio had mentioned to me he was working on a few for his house and might not keep all of them. Offered to buy one, but he insisted on giving us this one for free. Score! $0 vs $212 = winning.

Of course I had to try them out in our own house before taking them over there the next day. Kinda jealous to be honest. Well.. we're having a blast doing Dylan's place. Look forward to a few more previews as we attack projects along the way and the big reveal in hopefully a month (or two).

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Houzz.com feature!

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Obviously we've been a fan of houzz.com for quite some time. We were extremely excited when we uploaded our pictures and only minutes later got an e-mail asking if we would do a home tour and phone interview! Of course we would! Big thank you to Vanessa Brunner for writing such a nice article!

View the tour and interview here Houzz.com

Mjork Cottage Reno

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I had read about Mjork quickly before but after I viewed their Cottage tour on House&Home last night, I really took the time to go through their blog. Safe to say I was up until the wee hours of the morning with tons of new inspiration and ideas. We've talked about white floors on here before, but now I'm even more convinced. I love this clean look. The painted out ceiling is amazing too. We've been renting some old chalets up in Tremblant for a few years now. Whenever we run into some extra scratch we hope to buy one and give it face lift similar to this style!

View their Cottage tour video on House & Home.

View their Cottage photos on their Kitka blog.