Our Family Room! Metrie Complete Pre-painted Shiplap Ceiling


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Who loves actual popcorn? We do! Who loves popcorn ceilings? Pretty much nobody. Who loves shiplap? Pretty much everybody.

You can probably see where we are going with this. To catch you up to speed, we bought our home in 2016 with the intent of housing our offices and renovating this builder basic suburban home room by room. We barely lasted 6 months with our basement office before it became apparent that we needed to move to a commercial space. After moving into and renovating our new Canotek studio, our personal home dropped on the priority list.


Fast forward a few years and we are more than ready to finally make our house the home we always envisioned. Our plan is to move out for 3 months next year to replace all the floors, the staircase and renovate the kitchen and all baths. Until then we are tackling smaller projects and one of those is getting rid of all popcorn ceilings in the house. We already removed the stipple in our daughter’s room but it remains in all other spaces. Scraping the ceilings can be a messy job, especially when you are still living in the space so we had the idea of covering major areas with shiplap.

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Fairfax Nursery 2

When our #fairfaxnursery2 clients approached us about revamping a spare bedroom in their home into a sweet, welcoming nursery for their coming baby girl, we couldn’t say no. We had such a great experience designing her older brother’s nursery a couple years ago and loved that the clients had a basic vision but otherwise gave us complete freedom to transform the space. We ended up basing the entire space on the one selection they’d made – a modern Scandinavian crib – and went with a modern, Nordic ski themed room.
For this space, they wanted to go in a different direction. The inspiration pictures they showed us were bright, light, airy, feminine, and flowery. They knew they wanted a floral wallpaper and showed us a few pictures featuring popular papers that have made the rounds on Pinterest. We loved the overall aesthetic but were set on doing something totally unique instead of mimicking the dozens of (beautiful) white and pink nurseries already out there.

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Texas Trip – Austin


Over the years we had heard such amazing things about Austin, Texas. So when an opportunity came up to visit this past June, we couldn’t pass it up. We had been eyeing the Dallas trade market for some time and decided to pull the trigger this year, and we added a few days before the show to make time for stops in Austin and Waco.

Soon after we touched down in the Lone Star State, we visited the Central Standard Diner located in the South Congress hotel. From start to finish this place was the tops! Modern design and delicious food. Highly recommend.

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Monday Inspiration – Fireplaces

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Every Monday (or almost every Monday) each of our team members share a photo that’s inspiring them. This week we decided to focus on fireplaces!

Photo source: Desire to Inspire
Designer: Unknown (Please comment if you know!)
Sacha: The simple painted out fireplace is gorgeous but it’s really the styling that’s speaking to me. Different size and finish frames are a perfect way to accentuate this typical focal point.

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Our Favourite Paint Colours

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Picking a paint colour can be challenging to say the least. There are so many variables that can impact how a colour will look in a space, not limited to artificial and natural light, time of day, furniture, flooring, etc. While we definitely try new colours all the time, it’s nice to have a few favourites we can rely on to work in almost any space.

See our guide below and let us know what some of your favourites are in the comment section.


We’re Hiring – Social Media Manager


We are looking for a talented and tech-savvy Social Media Designer/Manager who loves being creative and can oversee our social media footprint and blog. You will be responsible for creating original and engaging text and video content, managing posts and generating followers. You will manage our company image in a cohesive way to achieve our marketing goals.

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Monday Inspiration – Exteriors

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Designer/ Architect: shmARCHITECTS
Melissa: It’s no secret that I love black and white and exteriors are no exception! There’s something timeless about this colour combo that I’m drawn to. Fun fact my childhood home was a black and white farmhouse and a place that will forever hold some of my favourite memories. Hopefully, our house will be that for our kids! This place is all kinds of amazing, with its oversized windows and beautiful modern details mixed with classic elements throughout.

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