Westmount Project Progress Round 2


March is going to be a busy month as we wrap up the renovation and get this place ready for our clients to move in. They are understandably eager to get out of their tiny rental and into the house, and we can’t wait to welcome them home.

Mud Room – BeforeΒ 


This cozy little space on the side of the house will be a key space for the kids to come home to after a busy day at school. Our goal is to have it feel stylish, welcoming, and most importantly functional and organized (i.e. baskets and hooks for school bags and outdoor wear).

Breakfast Room – BeforeΒ 


Screen Shot 2018-03-06 at 4.01.38 PM.pngThis window! We fell in love with this room after seeing how much light pours through the skylight and this absolutely show-stopping library window. This room is situated off the kitchen and will be one of the most used rooms in the house, so we want it to be stunning, of course, but also family friendly and functional.

Here’s a snapshot of our initial design ideas for this space. Buffet is from LD Shoppe. Table Lamp is from LD Shoppe. Vases From LD Shoppe. Wallpaper is from Milton & King. Table is from LD Shoppe. End chairs from Serena & Lily. Dining chairs from Serena & Lily. Area Rug is from LD Shoppe.

Entryway – Before


The main entrance was encased in smoked mirror, and while I’m sure it was fabulous in its day, the look was a tad 80s for this 2018 family. It will see a new life with a dramatic black door and fun wallpaper, ready to welcome any guest passing through and set the tone for the entire house.

Powder Room – Before


The powder room is small on space (note the funky corner sink) but not on charm, and will be freshly wallpapered, accessorized, and photo ready in no time!

Living Room – Before


With its architectural charm and classic good looks, the formal living room is the cherry on top of this cake. To accentuate to its grandeur, we’re adding a fresh coat of paint, new window coverings, decorative moulding, and a centred pendant over the seating area.

Main FloorΒ Den – Before


This little gem, otherwise known as the main floor den, is nestled off the main living room and will be a more cozy, casual oasis for snowstorm snuggles and movie watching.

Dining Room – Before


The dining room will welcome you as visual dessert. We’re going for a slightly more modern feel in here but the room will be anchored by a classic trestle dining table. We can’t wait to see the oversized custom light fixture we designed for over the table!

Staircase – Before


The foyer and stairwell are literally the heart of the home in this house, but the existing setup is pretty underwhelming. It’s getting fresh statement lighting, a brand new staircase, and floor-to-ceiling wall mouldings. Transitional spaces can sometimes have the most impact and should always be given just as much love as main rooms.

Photography by Dom Rioux | Vision Board by Grace Doyle | Post by Melissa & Grace

Westmount Project Progress


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! πŸ™‚

Master Bed – Before

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Lighting up your 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!

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Painting Tile Grout

Painting Grout in your kitchen, bathroom or entrance.
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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

Personalize Your Home!

Personalize Your Home.

Does your home reflect who you are and your taste? It Should.


You don’t have to have expensive style, a well put together space can look like a million bucks to you, if it’s done properly. Nate Berkus thinks the key to design is personalization and we would have to agree with him. A room designed with the inspiration of a certain style, mood and colour, with hits of personal touches will make the all the difference to the space. If you have neat pieces you have collected over the years, you may just need to shine them in a new light to really be able to appreciate them, or buy new interesting pieces that say something about who you are.

Another key is to never buy sets of anything, especially large bulky dark furniture it may overwhelm the space. If you mix and match pieces that coordinate with the theme of the room, but aren’t matchy matchy it makes the space so much more interesting and unique. You want people to walk in and feel comfortable yet wowed by how great the space looks and how much it reflects you as individuals.

Don’t always shop at the same stores. If your buying everything from one store, your home will look like it’s straight out of the showroom. While in theory that isn’t such a bad thing, it doesn’t give the space a homey personal feel. It also doesn’t really act as a conversation starter if everyone knows where all your furniture is from. You want people to be curious and ask questions. “Oh where did you find this?!”

Check out locally owned stores, antique and vintage shops, as well as new stores you wouldn’t normally go to. You can even get your DIY on if you check out thrift stores and Kijiji for items that may need a little TLC, but have great potential!!Β  Expand your horizons and open you mind to new possibilities. There are so many options now a days for all budgets. If you are a savvy shopper there are lots of deals to be had, and great pieces to find.

You can mix old and new and you can definitely mix pricey items with inexpensive pieces. Mixing textures and colours is also key. Use white and dark pieces to contrast each other, as well add wood for warmth, and silver or gold pieces for cool contrast. Find inspiration through pictures and plan out your space. Then be on the lookout for certain pieces and in no time your space will come together !!

Obviously if you have no vision at all, we would be more than happy to help out. We can do an initial consultation to get you started and be on you way, or we can take on the project!

Just send us an email with any Questions to leclairdecor@gmail.com

You can also find inspirational pictures from us on Instagram