Monday Inspiration 03.19.18

Eve: Canopy beds are making a comeback and I’m not mad about it. It especially works well in a large bedroom with high ceilings like this one because it helps fill the vertical space and adds an architectural detail to the design.


the details in this bathroom renovation are second to none and really caught my eye, especially the gold legs on the vanity. Perfection!


Design:  Bonadies Architect 

Grace: I can’t get enough of modern farmhouse exteriors these days and this one is particularly gorgeous with its dark tones and perfect modern-meets-traditional lines.  The sleek windows with the earthy stone chimneys and breezeway is flawless.

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Designer Picks – Area Rug Edition


Rugs are a staple of main living spaces. Living rooms, bedrooms (including those with wall-to-wall carpet) and yes, even dining rooms, can all benefit from these textured beauties. They add colour, texture, pattern, warmth and coziness to any space and are especially useful to delineate separate areas in open concept homes. We asked our staff about their favourite LD Shoppe rugs and why they love them:

Grace: Infinite Navy Rug – I have this rug in my own home and love how it catches the light and has a slight sheen. It’s also super soft underfoot, and you can’t beat the price.


Sacha: I love the Zuri Zola Rug because it can work with almost any style!

Eve: Trinity Sand/Blue Rug – I love the pattern and unexpected colour combination.

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Monday Inspiration 03.12.18


Design by: Falken Reynolds

Grace: I am obsessed with this shot from an amazing project by Falken Reynolds. They’ve stayed fairly monochromatic with the wood tones in here but the space still feels totally layered and engaging. Monochromatic doesn’t have to mean boring! Also, that railing. COME ON.



Source: Artist Karina Eibatova (working in a collaboration together with Stefan Grüner an art director of Lambs & Lions design agency), architect Vana Pernariv, interior designer Annabell Kutucu, and photography Georg Roske.

Marilyne: I’ve been working on commercial projects lately and came across this reception area. Karina Eibatova, artist from Austria, was asked to create a large scale drawing for the tile in this hotel in Grece. I’m loving the tropical vibe lately, I must be excited for summer!


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Design: Sarah Davidson

Eve: Australian designer Sarah Davidson strikes the perfect balance of old and new with this relaxed modern dining room. My favourite elements in this space have to be those caned dining chairs which mix medium tone wood with my current design crush – cane webbing – on the seat and back. We’re seeing a lot of natural materials like cane, wicker and rattan in furniture lately and I just love the warmth and texture it brings to a design.


Design and build: M House Development 

That hood range just stopped me in my tracks! The sliding windows are really interesting as well!

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Monday Inspiration 03.05.18


Design: Brook Wagner Design    Architect: Brandon Architects 

Sacha: I’m loving this simple and timeless railing design. When we redo our staircase I think we’ll be going in this direction!



Design: Jesse Parris-Lamb

Marilyne: I’m inspired by the coziness of the wood, the nude coloured curtains and those bright indigo chairs. Everything seems so calm and balanced.



Grace: I wandered into Current Collective during my recent travels to San Diego and could’ve stayed all day. The shop itself is bright, airy, and perfectly boho without feeling chaotic or overdone. The concrete floors and painted rafters give it a real beach house feel and the treasures to be found were endless. Cafe/juice bar at the back is the icing on the cake.


bathroomDesigner: CM Natural Designs                               Designer: Barrett Oswold Designs 

Natalie: I used to think wallpaper was the tackiest thing ever and would swear I would never use it in my home. That is until recently, when I discovered all the amazing patterns and looks you can achieve by using wallpaper as accents in a room! I love big, abstract florals, so when I stumbled upon these two images, I couldn’t decide which one to choose!

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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 – Before 


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 – Before 


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 Floor 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