Our New Fave Pretty Picks

We’re always on the lookout for new and inspiring pieces to bring something special to each of our clients’ homes. Here are a few of our current favourite pretty pieces that we may or may not have added to our own shopping carts 😉

PrettyPicksPost1. Argyle Sconce Light 2. Brunswick Armchair 3. Audrey Cabinet 4. Burano White Leather Sling Bar Stools 5. Thornton Stripe Pearl Grey Pillow 6. Ophelia Ivory/Multi Rug 7. Oh Deer Mural Wallpaper 8. Outdoor Hanging White Chair 9. Porcelain Basketware 10. Shell Duvet

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The hand illustrated digital design of this wallpaper featuring cute deer, white bunny rabbits and floral illustrations is sure to bring whimsy and intrigue to any space. We love it for a nursery or children’s room or play space.

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Relaxing in one of these hanging chairs on my front porch (or near a sandy beach) is definitely on my bucket list!

LD Shoppe Labour Day Sale!

We are just as excited about the long weekend as you are, so we are sharing the love! We are running  20% sitewide sale until Tuesday! Simply use code LABOURDAY20 at checkout to save those big bucks! Get ready to Shoppe! Additionally, to the online sale, we are having a showroom sale with up to 50% off floor models! Come on in and visit us this Saturday from 10-4!

Here are some of our favs being used in our Constance Bay Project.

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Oh, Canada!

CanadaDayPostWe’re pretty proud of our true-north strong and free roots around the Leclair Decor offices, which just happen to be situated in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. From coast to coast, Canada is diverse in its landscape, people, cultures and traditions and we can’t help but be inspired!

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend by heading to a cottage or lounging in your backyard with a Ceasar in hand, we’ve put together our top picks from LD Shoppe and beyond to help make your indoor space all the more classically Canadian. Who wouldn’t want a little more of that modern, laid-back style we’re so well known for?

To make this long weekend even sweeter, we’re offering 20% off sitewide at LD Shoppe ALL weekend long. I think they call that killing it with Canadian kindness 😉

 

1. Gladstone Mirror 2. Kingfisher Pendant 3. Float Plane 4. Spruce + Amber Candle 5. Acadia Pizza Board 6. Peykan Gardenia/Birch Pillow 7. Canada Flag Pillow 8. Safari Armchair 9. Oliver Pendant 10. Quiet Coast Candle 11. Flock Pillow 12. 613 Pillow 13. Farmhouse Tray 14. Koda Smoked Kilim Armchair 15. Penny Ottoman in Tobacco Tan 16. Diver Graphic Print

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.

 

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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hope this is helpful for anyone looking to do the same thing!

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Kitchens we love

We are in the midst of fun residential project right now and one of our challenges is a makeover of a 90’s country kitchen. The rest of the house will have a very modern feel, but completely re-doing the kitchen to match wasn’t in the budget. With new floors, painting the existing cabinets, replacing all lighting, building a custom bench and a new counter, we are really confident it’s going to turn out great! Here are a few of inspiration shots that inspired us.