This one-bedroom apartment renovation from Claire Leger proves one thing: good paint colors can go a LONG way toward transforming the feel of a space. I’ve always been kind of terrible at choosing paint colors — no matter how many test swatches I try, I always make the wrong choice, which causes me to suffer a stomach pink or snot yellow room for about three days before buying all new paint and redoing it. Claire’s paint choices are perfection, in my opinion. I could sit in that bedroom and stare at that beautiful deep eggplant for hours. The colors she’s chosen bring a huge amount of warmth and character to the rooms, and they pair wonderfully with her simple, rustic furnishings. When it’s time for a room refresh, I want you to come pick my paint colors, Claire :) — Kate
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Basic Steps: Before moving in, we used panoramic photos of the rooms to sketch ideas and make floor plans for each one. Then we created inspiration boards for each of the rooms including colours, textures, and atmosphere that could incorporate my love of clean and functional with vintage and feminine. Once we got into the space, we painted all the rooms, and Nick began construction on the living room bookcase, the kitchen workstation, the dining table, and the side tables. We both love reclaimed wood, and Nick was able to incorporate wood rescued from architectural salvage yards, connecting the pieces back to their former lives as barn boards from rural Nova Scotia farms. Then we were able to fill in the space with little vintage pieces that made the apartment cozy, soft, and warm.
We spent a lot of time in the planning process, combing through blogs and magazines for inspiration, so by the time we started painting, each room just fell into place. As we discovered, deep colours can be super happy in small spaces. Nearly everything in the apartment is custom made (the perks of having a boyfriend who makes furniture!), but also the apartment is filled with vintage pieces collected mostly from rural Nova Scotia antique shops. Every time we go for a drive somewhere, we stop along the way to look for treasures. Don’t be afraid to pick up pieces you love because you will likely find the perfect home for them somewhere. Lighting is also key to making a space feel intimate. Under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen made it a dream to cook in the evening, and the bathroom chandelier took a tiny space and made it more glamorous. — Claire
Table lamp, chandelier & butcher block countertop: IKEA
Bookcase, dining table, coffee table, side table, console table: Rude Works
Paints: Benjamin Moore in “Desert Twilight” (kitchen), “White Wisp” (living room), and “Peerage” (bedroom)
Bed: custom made