What’s inspiring us Vol. 6

livingspaceHope all you readers have been great since our last post! We’ve been working hard on our model home project and can’t wait to show you the finished product soon. If you are in the Ottawa area, we will be hosting a reveal party in May. Stay tuned for the details! In the meantime, here are some recent photos from our favorite inspiration blogs. Happy Decorating! image2 47 O'Grady Street Albert Park 1898243_10152009770343806_1650371321_n ec_100314_11-940x1410 MasseyKHR10518medium_large 1795594_10151942089792344_94485614_n travelers_tale-9 small-apartment-21 7ab2167c03c9270f7f55d60fea32c2cb 00rbrantdesign lukasmachnik13 555569_600074866717303_1176284538_n Theas-Landing-DGM SetWidth2560-MardiDoherty18 2_xx_2_1 (1) bh_210214_05-940x618 sa_170214_05-630x883 paulraeside021410 hillb-04 Gluckstein-PM-LR Gluckstein-PM-FR tidgmanulife04revised magdalenakeckupper_west_side_apartment_04_dining_area_2 stephanechamard-doevrcourt18 wkehwkhehweh 9b7dae8527b60d7292dcf8130651af4b 36d61bd64de69d8b1d23f2de973b3bae

Riverside South

As some of you may of have heard through our facebook page, we’ve been working hard on a new Model home contract for local builder Richcraft in Riverside south. We are decorating 4 beautiful single homes and 5 townhouses! We’re still a couple weeks away from completing this huge project but here’s a sneak peak of the shots along the way. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram ( @leclairdecor ) for daily updates!c78d78b8679111e3a478123a40d9842e_8 2c398a767bc011e3b969129a442661d0_8 f6a90fd87c0711e3891b12c6359a3671_8 c1583b1c7d8611e3a84f12dfa62606e4_8 79ded31e7fba11e3895d0ed1495dc6f0_8 f75712ec837111e395531298994147dc_8 de5d7282843311e3b3c00e911c26a798_8 ed0d7840855f11e3ad331242803bf807_8 83a4767486a411e3870e0efcc5f6d7df_8 2f0d7416887611e3bb1912e37358b744_8 898c897c887611e3bee912f9f55f67dd_8 5c4d9b62890811e39e350ecbac9c2ada_8 05de1f36894e11e3bb44125da3cb3f33_8 f75f58ec896811e3a4ae12619af51d38_8 a5c09fd28afd11e3a343120758c0a81e_8 343a8b528c7e11e38c010e55c8a04db3_8 562493148cf311e3bc39120ce0231231_8 7e4d8ca68edd11e3825f0ec2c64041cb_8 6f657cd08f9b11e3b4800e12fd739921_8 7d2c34c8920a11e3be80129f677308a4_8

Manhattan Apartment

sarasapp_nyc_2New project alert! We recently finished our latest and first out of town project in NYC. Our friend & client from Ottawa recently moved to the big apple and wanted our help to style her new Hells Kitchen walk up.

After a few months of looking, our client finally found this beautiful apartment merely blocks from Times Square. During our first trip down we were actually the first to get the keys from the broker. We spent the first few days receiving shipments from CB2 and Ikea and scouring the city for accents. We were hoping to get the apartment done in 1 trip but we soon realized that wasn’t going to be realistic. Getting things, receiving things, bringing things up 5 flights of stairs and finding places to park proved to be much more difficult than in Ottawa (duh, obviously) but it was a great learning experience.

For our second trip down we came better prepared and a tad bit more Manhattan savvy. Most of the main furniture was in place by then but we brought down stools, lamps, art and more accents and were able to finish the look we were aiming for.

Due to the client only staying a year in New York and moving back to Canada afterwards, we worked on a very tight budget and kept re-purposing the furniture in mind for the future. In the end, we are ecstatic how this place turned out!

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Orleans Bungalow

IMG_5230The initial consultation for this project was a gift from the clients’ son for their wedding anniversary. It was also in other ways an encouragement to refresh their home.

During the first consultation many of our suggestions were met with a heavy hesitation. For a lot of people change can be scary, but once you take the first few steps it can actually be quite exciting.
As the curtains came down and the new paint went up, they became eager to start changing more. All of a sudden wallpaper was being ordered, the new fireplace was going up and new furniture pieces were being sourced. Out with the old, in with the new and smiles all around. We held on to a few pieces that were near and dear to the clients. The dining table and chairs were recovered to have them fit into the new decor and look fantastic. The coffee table, which we love was also kept and adds a great deal of character to the space. We also painted out the large china cabinet and ecstatic how it came out. The key to design is to mix it up. If all your pieces are dark wood your space can feel very heavy and too matchy. You need old and new to create charm, personality and most importantly, contrast.
Scroll to bottom for the before shots!
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Guest bedroom before and after

Here’s a quick before and after of a guest bedroom project we recently finished. This was one of our quickest turnarounds yet. Working on a tight budget, we painted the room a calming off white, re-used and painted old oak side tables and added new lighting, sheets, pillows, custom art and full length curtains. These are just iphone shots, stay tuned for the pro shots soon!Image

Painting Tile Grout

Painting Grout in your kitchen, bathroom or entrance.
Ottawa Interior Design

Grout 1

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