Wow Great Place

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Services Provided
Kitchen and bath design, custom window coverings, Hunter Douglas dealer, fabric and paint colour selection, upholstery services, lighting, art selection and framing, accessories selection, furniture layouts, millwork design.

Areas Served
Montreal (QC)
Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Baie d'Urfe, DDO, Pierrefonds, Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Lachine, Lasalle, Verdun, St. Henri, Laval, St. Laurent, Cote St Luc, Westmount, NDG, Vaudreuil, Hudson, St. Lazare, Pincourt, Dorion, Outremont, Griffintown, Brossard, TMR, Senneville, Ste Anne de Bellevue

Business Description
DOUBLE Best of Houzz award winner, 2013 AND 2014, for Design AND Satisfaction! We are an award winning design and decorating firm with nearly 20 years experience. We tackle everything from small projects to large scale renos. Just need some design advice? Or perhaps need more involved help for a more complex project? We can help you through it all!

In addition to our own drapery and upholstery workrooms, we are also a "Dealer Select" for Hunter Douglas blinds. We carry thousands of fabrics for your drapery or upholstery needs, and we offer installation services.

The trades we deal with will make your project a reality, from custom cabinetmakers to contractors, painters to plumbers, electricians to tile layers, our trades will make it happen.

We specialize in residential projects, and we serve clients in Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON.

Certification and Awards
FOUR kitchens featured in "Je Decore" magazine "Best Kitchens in Quebec" on newstands May 2014!
DOUBLE Best of Houzz award winner, 2 years in a row! For Design AND Satisfaction
Recipient of CDECA Gold award best bathroom renovation, 2012
Recipient of Bronze award best commercial project, 2012
Location:
Pointe-Claire, Montreal, QC CA 
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Joanne Padvaiskas 
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Joanne Padvaiskas
Pointe-Claire, Montreal, Quebec H9R 2K8
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Looking at the tile sheet as pictured on the Home Depot site, it looks like the tile setter "turned" some of the sheets, say a 1/4 turn, every once in awhile, which totally threw off the pattern. It looks like it was a quickly done install, or the tile setter was simply not paying attention. Here is the link that shows the sheet, and if every sheet is not laid out in the exact same direction, the pattern would go askew! http://t.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-Metro-Hex-Glossy-White-with-Black-Dot-10-1-4-in-x-11-3-4-in-Porcelain-Mosaic-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-8-54-sq-ft-case-FXLMHWBD/202034845
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In defense of the contractor I have gotten tile from HD that did not truly repeat. I first thought that the tile setter used a part of a sheet to go to the next row but that would not account for the error. Neither flipping the top or bottom would give this error. This does not account for the contractor missing the pattern mismatch. He should have put the bad aside and only put in the good tiles.
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Well, the floor needs to come up and get redone. I tend to stay away from small dots and patterns, since they tend to be too stressful to the eye, nonetheless, unless your tile installer was a Professional, he most likely took the tiles out of the box and installed them without regard to the pattern, which gives this tile the peculiar look. Even though the tiles most likely were 12x12, what I believe he did wrong, was to move the tiles around instead of just taking them out of the boxes and lined them up. Remember, you always get what you pay for and this is an unfortunate mistake, which I dont believe neither you nor your husband would have noticed until the job was completed.
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All day job but resolved by cutting the 15" cabinet back to 12" to equal the side cabinets. Left the cabinet height as is and recut the crown to run in front with a spacer behind. Perfect . . no, but doubt anyone will notice unless I tell them. Again thanks to all for the help.
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It is a 12x24 slate tile, in a charcoal grey, and no, it was not installed on top of the hardwood. The subfloor happened to be at the same level as the hardwood, so the client was okay with the slight height difference.
August 19, 2014 at 11:09AM        Thanked by 02453
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Bonjour Marie,
Ce lit etait deja sur place quand j'ai recontrer le client, donc je ne sais pas ou c'etait acheter!
Desoler!
August 19, 2014 at 11:04AM   
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Thanks again for the input.
August 13, 2014 at 7:38AM     
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Love it!
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doorbox ltd
Hi this door looks like it's vinyl wrapped, basically Mdf with a plastic coating, if so paint will no adhere properly.
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mszapiel
Actually, we want to do one property at a time. We are starting on the smaller one first(vacation apt) and then want to tackle our own house. I have specified this. To some contractors we have only talked about one property, since we got no answer I figured mentioning the second property could convince them we are serious people and have potential to become long term customers.

I will check this week with design firms, I had not called them in the past because I felt the first property being a 2 bedroom apt they would consider the project too small to even bother.

We do not even get to numbers because usually they will only talk to us for a few minutes and sometimes ask for a scope of work, which we email them. Then nothing, silence. Not even a quote.

We are both professional working people. We treat them with respect. I almost feel like there is a secret handshake there that I'm missing or something...lol

Any other pointers/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
August 10, 2014 at 5:09PM     
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Have you called them after sending the details by e-mail? Sometimes when things are busy, we don't even realize how much time has passed, or, they may think you went another route, if you haven't called them....just a thought!
August 10, 2014 at 7:51PM     
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Totally depends on the fireplace, as they each have different minimum clearances you must adhere to for safety, and are constructed differently, as I have seen some where despite the firebox being just 20" tall, the unit itself (hidden behind the non-combustible wall) was 42" tall, and then required a mantel that deflected heat away from the TV screen, so the lowest the TV could be was 44" off the floor.
Absolutely depends on the specifications from the manufacturer, not just a design aesthetic.
August 10, 2014 at 4:43PM   
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This is a great change! And I am glad to see you "ignored" the tall walls, as I often see people hang art way up there, though not sure why!
This looks terrific!
August 10, 2014 at 2:06PM     
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Mary V
This is exactly what your room needed! Perfect proportions with the fireplace mantle. Great job!
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Michael Lee, Inc
Fills that large wall up very nicely!!
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tjpeyton
Really neat tiles - initially I thought they were bigger , which might look cool too
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Anne, this is beautiful! Love the hit of black doors!
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cmeister419
Are they dark stained oak? If it's natural oak, the trim might look a bit orangey against the white. Opposite concept but these are my doors upstairs. I did this to transition the dark trim in the hallway to the white trim in the rooms. The stain looks light in the pic but it's darker in person, you may want consider staining you trim darker to create a better contrast
August 10, 2014 at 1:18PM   
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Are you talking about painting your passage doors, and leaving the oak trim untouched, or painting your kitchen cabinet doors and leaving the cabinet frames untouched?
August 10, 2014 at 1:28PM   
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If that's what works best for YOU, then why the heck not?
Here are some examples....
Home Sweet Home
St. Charles County
Enviable Designs Inc.
August 10, 2014 at 1:01PM        Thanked by Valerie
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Depo SD
I did it but still need to have two recessed lights put above my mirrors as bathroom is very dark without any windows.
August 10, 2014 at 1:58PM        Thanked by Valerie
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Valerie
Thank you WOW GREAT PLACE and Depo SD for the photos! I have sat here on Houzz and been unable to find any photos where just one sconce was used! I will have two recessed lights above each of the sinks on the ceiling, but will put my sconce on a separate switch with a dimmer and use as a nightlight too! Thanks for finding these photos!
August 11, 2014 at 8:23PM     
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I would suggest a 24" to 27" diameter chandelier. If you go with a rectangular chandelier, then you could go as long as 36" to 40".
August 10, 2014 at 9:22AM   
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Harriet Blank
Thank you. My table will be about 70 x 36 so the chandelier will be about 20 - 24" in diameter and the height I think about 20"?
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Height depends on your ceiling height. I typically hang fixtures about 30 to 34" above a table, so 60 to 64" off the floor. For an 8-foot ceiling, that leaves 32" to 36" for a fixture, deduct for some chain, etc etc....I think you get the idea?
Height above the table is always dependant on the design of the fixture. I just did a gorgeous Schonbek chandelier at 21" off the table, because the big crystal ball below the fixture dame to a "vee", so the rules are all conditional!
August 10, 2014 at 12:56PM   
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My guess is on your left as you enter the shower, so you can turn on the water without getting soaked. (So directly opposite the shower head wall)
August 10, 2014 at 9:38AM   
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I'd call the contractor back! Cool window though, and love the dark post reflected in the window!
August 10, 2014 at 9:29AM   
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ppf.
Looks like a simple, flat trim. A carpenter could make a new one from a rigid material.
August 10, 2014 at 9:44AM   
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I am thinking the cracks came from the plastic freeze and thaw cycles. It looks like this has happened a few times. Problem is the out side of the trim is in expansion and the inner part is compression. I would have used one solid piece of vinyl cut the oval and cut the ovals from that.
August 10, 2014 at 9:59AM   
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I feel like I want to nudge your table ever so slightly to the right, so it is more balanced under this grouping, as it feels a little "right heavy" at the moment.
Alternatively, add another smallish pic in the upper left corner, just above the guy on the red carpet, to help the balance.
Interesting arrangement! Nice conversation starter!
August 10, 2014 at 9:26AM     
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hayleydaniels
It's too spread out to go over that small table.
August 10, 2014 at 9:29AM   
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In this instance, I would choose a brushed silver grommet to coordinate with the fabric, and advise you to change the rod to an oil rubbed bronze or a silver or brushed silver finish.
I don't think the brass would work well, but perhaps if it is an aged brass or antique brass (more brown-gold tones) it would be okay.
Do you have a picture of the rod colour with this fabric?
August 10, 2014 at 9:18AM   
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Genevieve
It lookks great from here ,nothing seems to be touching the ceiling :)
August 14, 2014 at 12:38PM   
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Nancy Walton
Wow! They came out perfect, good for you!
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Select Hardwood Floor Co.
Talk about an accident waiting to happen... better make sure you're MAXED out on homeowners insurance... and you might want to install air-bags at the bottom of the staircase.

I hate to sound overly "critical", but when there's a safety issue involved, all bets are off.

If this was a DIY project, I'd almost understand the lack of good judgment... but if this was performed by someone masquerading as a "professional"... I'd strip them of their stripes, and have it done correctly by someone who specializes in more than carpet.

Although, this highlights the problems incurred when working with the "boxed goods" category of products, which is too often overlooked.
If you're doing a simple FLAT room with no bells & whistles required... it's one thing.
But when you start needing thresholds, nosings, stair parts, etc., it becomes a matter of what the "manufacturer" has to offer vs. the capabilities & creativity of the self proclaimed flooring "expert".
Not to mention... the miscellaneous add-ons are not cheap.
Obviously, we address these matters somewhat differently.
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If they are narrow, you could do 3. If they are wide, you can do 2.
Here are examples, though the triple pendant in the white kitchen was a single fixture, requiring only one junction box! (So worth picking the fixtures now, at planning stage!)
Champlain kitchen
Condo kitchen
Total kitchen makeover
August 10, 2014 at 8:09AM   
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I think if the diameter of these fixtures is not too wide, you could go with three of either of these. Center one over the island, then the other two each get spaced approx 15-18" away from center (general measurement, obviously, as the actual spacing will depend on the diameter of your final choice!)
If you can return them, buy 3 of each and play with how they look, say over your dining table, if you don't have an island of that size to work with yet. Or a big piece of cardboard....
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
A 6' island is not very large. I would do only 2 pendants with the size fixtures you are posting. IMO, 3 will be overpowering.
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I did three over my 6ft. island, they are 9" in diameter and they look great. I attached a photo even though the counters aren't in yet so you can idea of how it would look
August 10, 2014 at 3:10PM     
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How can I bring more color into my home?
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Posting some pictures of your space would be most helpful, though for starters, color can be added through art, drapes, upholstered dining chairs, accent pillows etc. Color does not have to only mean wall paint!
August 10, 2014 at 8:29AM   
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Have you checked out FLOR carpet tiles? They are easy to clean, thin enough to use under a dining room chair, and extremely versatile. http://m.flor.com/category/roomtype__kitchendining.html
August 10, 2014 at 7:54AM   
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Patricia Colwell
This would solve the problem i think it is from wayfair and would keep the room from too much clutter , just a toilet, a hook for a towel and some great wallpaper
August 10, 2014 at 6:58AM     
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tamwow
I recommend choosing what you like! Keep in mind that the different appliance brands, even though many are manufactured by the same company, will have different styling especially when it comes to handles, trim, controls panels, and options. GE is becoming more consistent across their divisions to standardize exteriors; this really helps when you want to mix and match within their brand. If you're worried about the appliances looking so different, consider custom panel fronts that match or coordinate with your cabinetry. Lastly, choose your work horse appliance(s) that are your "must haves/can't live without" and start with those as your base. So many options; so much fun!
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Saying you want to get to craftsman or farmhouse is sort of like my current goal of getting back down to 210 lbs. It's totally doable but there's a lot of work between here and there. My neighborhood was literally "where the sidewalk ended" in my small town in 1906, and there was a building boom in the 1920s. So if I shove the cat out of the window all I see are farmhouses and Craftsmans.

Anyhow, at the very least you need to recognize that it's going to be a lot of work. I'd recommend consulting with an architect and/or a design-build firm sooner rather than later, before you a) get invested in a project that won't make sense or b) undertake a couple of smaller trim/facade band-aids that will need removed later.

I worked for a company that did landscape design and full remodels so I've done facade improvements like this. A couple points that jump out at me:
- the accent stone and the siding (T111?) need to go, for either scenario
- the garage is a liability for replicating that style
- a farm house or a Craftsman would be unlikely to have that huge windowless void at the front. What's behind that wall?
- speaking of, to REALLY get the right look is going to mean moving and adding windows. That costs. Are you up for that?
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People often prefer having them separated, if there is room in the kitchen to do so, as you can then raise the wall oven higher, which makes for easier retrieval of items in the oven.
If budget is an issue, as opposed to space, then it is generally cheaper to buy a combination (all in one) unit.
August 10, 2014 at 6:44AM      Thanked by elisalinscott
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Dytecture
Usually this arrangement feels more 'upsacle'.
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Sophie Wheeler
It's more upscale because it adds between 5-10K to thre costs of a kitchen renovation. That's in the extra appliances, the extra cabinetry, and the electrical ugrades required to be able to go from a range to separate components. You also lose 30'' of counter space. Meaning that only a larger more upscale kitchen is really suitable to this choice.
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