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Personal Home Tour

We are a young newly wed couple who decided to ask for cash gifts at our wedding so we could decorate our new digs. We received the keys the morning after becoming Mr & Mrs Leclair, and to this day we have yet to take a honeymoon. Both of us had a brewing passion for modern interior decorating that needed to be fulfilled. Our previous 1 bedroom apartment was a great warm up but the real challenge was ahead. We received generous gifts to get us started but after the wedding, closing costs and a few unexpected costs we were left with a fairly conservative budget to work with.

First up was painting. None of the existing loud colours in the house were really to our liking. So started the giant task of painting every single wall in the house. Oh, and throw the garage and front entrance doors in there also. Thankfully Melissa works at a paint store so we were able to receive a few free cans and some really good deals on others. Quick shout out to Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh Paints reps. After accomplishing this feat (with the help of family & friends) we decided a few walls needed some punch. A little wallpaper you say? Why not.

Next up was lighting. Most of the fixtures were out of date or not giving us the desired effects. With the help of our handy uncle Rob, we changed every single fixture in the house and out. A few have actually been changed twice. Always a learning curb, right? We splurged on a few pendants from specialized shops but most have been big box store purchases to keep us on budget. Don’t worry, when we strike it rich we’ll have Moooi pendants galore.

After the hard (wasn’t that bad) labor came time to pick furniture pieces to fill out the house. We had ordered most of the big ticket items before the move but we still needed to find the filler pieces. Had a great time driving around town and meeting local shop owners. After most of the furniture shopping was complete we had next to nothing left over for art and a lot of empty walls needed some love. Most of the art in the house are pictures we took ourselves, had printed locally and mounted in Ikea frames. We also headed down to the local art supply store and bought a few canvases on sale. Using left over house paint we created some large bold abstract pieces.

A year has now passed since we first got the keys and we’re, mostly done. Being home owners now, we also realized that we’ll never actually be done. There’s always something to improve upon. Melissa’s office hung in the balance of our undecided minds but after a recent retro chair purchase we’ve been re-inspired. That room is coming along nicely and we should have pictures up shortly. Most of what we’ve done are cosmetic changes. We still plan on upgrading the kitchen, upstairs bath and replacing the old carpets for some swanky hardwood floors. All in due time.

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merewenc wrote:
Where are the cube shelves from? - I've found myself falling in love with this simple, open storage idea since purchasing a townhome. My husband thinks my four traditional bookcases are too large and bulky for the spaces in the townhome, so I'm trying to downsize without losing too much storage, and I love this idea! I also love how you arranged them. Are they sets of two each? Do you have them anchored to each other?
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Sacha has had these since he was little actually lol.. we are not sure where they are from. They are not anchored together they are just placed there so we can move them around if needed. Yes they are sets of two.
February 11, 2013 at 7:47pm   
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janrichey wrote:
Love the coffee table! - Where did you find it? Is the raised middle a lazysusan or fixed?
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We got it at an antique shop, it's a mid century modern piece. I've seen others for sale similar to it, if you shop around online or in stores. The middle is fixed.
February 11, 2013 at 7:49pm   
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tessietalk wrote:
Yes, same question: Could you share some of the paint colors you used. They look like a beautiful suite of greys.
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Do you find that the storm is a bluish gray, a true gray, or a brown gray? I just painted a wall pewter, but it's too blue for me and put the sample of storm up. I think it's better but I'm not sure. Thanks for your help!
December 28, 2012 at 4:55pm   
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This is a cooler grey, but it doesn't have the blue undertone that some greys can have. It's more grey.
February 11, 2013 at 8:00pm   
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larajill wrote:
Please tell us! What color is the gray on the wall! Love it.
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I believe the homeowner posted at the end of the comment section on the article about this dwelling, that the color is BM Storm.
September 29, 2011 at 1:12am     
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Thanks I knew it was BM but I couldn't find where the color was.
September 29, 2011 at 4:40am   
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evelynmh wrote:
Wall colors - Could please give some info of wall colors and brand... Thanks !!!
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Vanessa Brunner added this to Houzz Tour: A Modern Romance in Ontario
As soon as they got the keys to their new home, Sacha and Melissa knew that they had to paint everything as soon as possible. "We were literally painting as we moved in because we hated the colors so much," says Melissa. They used a soothing neutral color palette as a base in the family room, with modern pops of bright white and green. Table lamp: LoblawsSectional: The Brick
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Accessorizing with nature’s bounty might be the cheapest and most temporary ways to test out bright colors. Apples placed around this space fill it with just the right bright green accents.More:Patios Look on the (Really) Bright Side With NeonGreat Color Combos: Neon and Neutral
5. Seal over VOC-containing paint. If you notice a strong chemical smell from the paint on your walls when you move in, consider getting permission to repaint them yourself. If you get the go-ahead, use a nonbreathable primer like B-I-N shellac-base primer first to cover the old paint; it will seal in the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and prevent further off-gassing. Then, follow that with a coat or two of low-VOC paint.Note that while B-I-N primer itself is not ecofriendly, it finishes off-gassing in a matter of hours, whereas traditional paint can continue emitting toxic fumes for years.

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