Melissa is our design director, business manager, chief mentor, and somehow also a mom to two amazing and busy kids. She gained experience in the interiors industry managing a local paint and decor shop before taking a big risk and starting a small decorating business with her husband in 2011. Since that time, the little spare-bedroom business has grown into an internationally recognized name in the industry, with a polished but approachable signature aesthetic that draws in clients of all kinds from Ottawa and beyond. Mel now serves primarily as our managing director, overseeing all of Leclair Decor’s design projects and working closely with the team to create and deliver amazing spaces.
In her spare time, she makes it a priority to unplug and get outside with her husband and kiddos, Hugo and Evelyn. She loves supporting other local businesses, exploring the city, and hiking with her family.
Sacha was born and raised in Ottawa, working in creative fields before starting Leclair Decor with Melissa in 2011. In the beginning, when it was just the two of them, they did absolutely everything themselves, with Sacha taking a particular interest and lead role on the photography, social media, and marketing side of things. Fun fact: we’ve always done all our photography in house, and Sacha still takes about 99% of the photos you see in our feed and portfolio. Today, he continues to oversee Leclair Decor’s digital footprint while also focusing on innovation and growth for the business overall. A major focus these days is LD Shoppe, which we hope to continue to expand and refine in order to offer a curated online collection of our favourite pieces. When he’s not working, Sacha loves being a dad to Hugo and Evelyn, getting outside, travelling, hiking, skiing, and taking photos (of stuff that isn’t rooms).
Grace is the definition of creative and spirited… although that could just be the coffee!? She loves a good joke and keeps us laughing, but make no mistake: she takes her work extremely seriously and is a driving force on our team. She first came to us as an intern and we were so impressed with her natural talent and drive that we offered her a spot on our team as employee 001. Since that time, Grace has seen and been a part of much of our company’s growth. She’s blossomed professionally and is excelling as our most senior designer, leading some of our largest projects both in town and out of province.
Senior Designer (currently on maternity leave)
Marcela is a Colombian born, Vancouver educated, and Ottawa landed designer. She graduated with BA in industrial design from Emily Carr University in 2015 before making the cross country journey to the capital with her husband. Marcela is one of those people who literally everybody likes, but don’t let her sweet demeanor fool you: she is a total pro and a diehard details girl. At just over a year with our company, she has quickly risen to the role of senior designer because of her killer work ethic and passion for the job. Her other interests include sewing, product design, and exploring with her husband on weekends. Marcela is currently on maternity leave, taking some much deserved time off to snuggle her newborn daughter, Mariana.
Marilyne was born and raised in a small town called Hammond, and grew up on a hobby farm ‘with a million animals.’ She studied interior design La Cité Collegiale with a focus on commercial projects, which is evident in her knack for spatial planning and highly functional design. In an industry where new challenges come up daily, this is the kind of girl you want in your corner. She is task oriented and always on the ball, but also effortlessly calm and collected, and loves a challenging space because it calls for creativity. In her time off, Marilyne likes to relax, take it easy, and occasionally indulge in a yoga or kickboxing session.
Eve was raised in a converted four story silo home just outside of Ottawa, so naturally she’s passionate about sustainable and innovative design. She worked with us first as an intern while completing her interior decorating diploma at La Cite Collegiale, before branching out elsewhere to her first jobs in the industry. Some things are meant to be though, and now she’s back with us full time as a junior designer and quickly establishing herself as key member of our design team. Eve is a hard-working doer with a sharp eye for a relaxed modern aesthetic, which makes her, basically, the best junior designer we could ask for. When she’s off the clock, you can find her travelling the world, collecting treasures, and daydreaming about a modern barn home of her own someday.
LD Shoppe Manager