5 Best Living Room Layers

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.

2. Lighting

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.

3. Art

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.

5. Accessories

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.


New kids room we did this past weekend!

LeticiaAn existing client of ours asked us to redo their 2 and a half year’s old room. It was time to put the crib away and get a big girl bed. We painted the room a clean off-white, changed the main lighting fixture to a beautiful rope chandelier, furnished it and outfitted it with accents. All withing a week while the clients were away. One of our fastest turn around projects so far.Leticia2 before: beforeL

Sacha Leclair Art for sale!

In the past year we’ve produced many art pieces for our interior design projects. In 2013 we are planning to start making the art prints available for everyone to purchase. This “Cali Blend” is the first of many more to come! Limited edition of 5 with 2 remaining. E-mail us if interested!


White Walls

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White walls are no longer just for art galleries, they are seen in a lot of very modern and contemporary homes, usually paired with warm wood tones and grey, with subtle or loud pops of colour. There is a trick to it however, you can’t just paint any old room white and expect it to appear in House & Home Magazine. Having a lack of colour on your walls leaves your eyes free to wander around the room and pick up on things that may have been overlooked before. The furniture, floors, décor may now contrast drastically with the wall.

Your floors are the second largest area other than the walls so rest assured they will be noticed, make sure they are something you want guest to see. Layering is the key to bring a room together and making it feel cozy and complete. In a living room for example there are many different pieces that come together to help complete the space. An area rug, accent pillows, curtains, vases, books, lighting and accessories are all key things. So layering the white in the space is essential.


Living room update!

After having our living room set up for around 2 years now we felt it time for a little change. We used our original “red mountains” pictures in a project and ended up selling them to the client so we had to make new art. The red and orange colour scheme was great but we decided to go even more neutral with a bold “L” to represent you know what and a fun art edit on the right using pictures we recently took of our trip to Yosemite, California. The new large Ikea FJÄLLSTA frames are great. Over the past while we also collected the vintage phone (we don’t even have a land line), the white geometric bowl and switched out one of the lamps for a vintage gold piece we found on Queen st in Toronto. We switched out our old bamboo sticks for real birch branches for more texture. Overall a more collected look. The chair is most likely on the outs but we haven’t found the right replacement yet so for now it stays!

What’s inspiring us Vol. 3

As you might notice, we still love the bold black and white contrasts accompanied with soft neutrals and natural materials.This is really the look and feel we are truly into!

We recently sold our “red mountain” prints to a client and our living room wall has been vacant ever since. We’re currently drafting up some new art and taking some inspiration for the shot above! Stay tuned for some updated shots of our own living room!