Early this year, we were approached by a local start-up company to transform a tired, long empty house into a modern, moody workspace for a small group of employees. We’re not sure exactly when the house was built, but it’s safe to say it was closer to the beginning of the last century than the beginning of this one. It was also obvious that the space had been renovated a few times before – most recently in the mid 90s, according to some of the relics left behind.
As the owner of a relatively young company, the client wasn’t certain that this will be the forever-home for his business, so we were faced with the unique challenge of transforming the space without sinking tons of money into a lengthy, permit-heavy renovation. Instead of attempting to disguise the building’s beginnings as a home, we tried to pay homage to its roots by using each space (almost) as it was intended. Where can we put a board room, we wondered. How about the room built for intimate gatherings around a large table?! That being said – the space did get a face lift from top to bottom. We refinished the (original!) floors in a beautiful, warm walnut stain and the walls were repaired and repainted from top to bottom, along with the doors and windows. The bathrooms were gutted; jazzy new floors, lighting, vanities, toilets, the works.
The client wanted the space to feel comfortable and cool in a way, let’s face it, most insurance agencies do not. The aim was to create a space that felt less water-cooler-talk and more craft-beer banter. For inspiration, we looked to the past (Mad Men era ultra-masculine patterns and textures), but also within the innovative present (Brooklyn-esque, moustache-filled communal workspaces).
Stay tuned as we’ll reveal the waiting room, upstairs powder room and main office next!
- Vladimir Pendant by LD Shoppe
- Black Jack by Benjamin Moore
- Abstract Triangle Curtains by West Elm
- Dylan Dining Table by CB2
- Mira Sconce by Cedar and Moss
- Mosaic Tile by Euro Tile & Stone
- Powder room print by ManMade Art
Summer weather has us dreaming about days at the beach. Sophisticated nautical accents can make you feel like you’re already there! Turn your home into a Hampton’s Beach House by combining rustic wood pieces with airy neutral tones and splashes of blue. This beachy elegant style will have you wanting to curl up with your best beach read and some chilled sauvignon blanc. Shop this look on our online shoppe!
- Lagertha Table Lamp $199
- Into The Deep Framed Print $420
- Boat Bow Framed Print $399
- Phillum Chandelier $1,100
- Yaletown Raw Rustic Coffee Table $1,069
- Carica Floor Lamp $319
- Kendra Mirror $549
- Lamb Dining Chair $599
- Mesa Rug $429
Introducing our new pillow collection – designed by us at Leclair Decor HQ! The collection features seven contemporary designs and one very special Ottawa-inspired pillow. The “613” pillow features the Ottawa area code superimposed over a vintage map of our city. Shop local and celebrate the capital – Just in time for Canada Day! All eight pillows now available atwww.leclairdecor.ca