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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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

Spahaus in House and Home mag!

When we first started doing this interiors thing, we only dreamed of one day having our work featured in a publication that we constantly drew inspiration from and regarded as the staple for Canadian design. This month our Spahaus Project is featured in House and home mag!! Pick up a copy if you can, it’s a stunning issue. The project was originally featured in house and home’s sister mag Maison et Demeure last year. Hopefully first of many features!

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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! 🙂

Master Bed – Before

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Interior Photography 101

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Some people are surprised to find out that we do all our own photography ourselves (that’s right!). Taking interior photos can be tricky so we’ve put together some easy tips that anyone can use to up their interior photography game!

Clean up

This may seem obvious but take five or ten minutes to tidy your space before shooting. It’s super easy and makes a huge difference! Stash everything that isn’t furniture and decor; toys, dishes, clothing, newspapers, etc. Out of sight, out of frame, out of mind!


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