When I first met interior designer Montana Labelle it was one of those instant girl crushes where you not only think she’s totally adorable but that she-like-totally-gets-you. *hair flip*
We were finishing each others sentences, laughing and instantly shared the same vision for my new office space.
I love Montana’s style and eye so much I thought I would ask her if she could share some of her top tips and tricks of the trade with the hopes that it might help some of you out there who are interested in freshening up your place or even creating an entire new one.
Montana not only trained at Parsons in New York but she also apprenticed at top design firm, Gluckstein Design. Her work has been published in numerous publications including The Globe and Mail, Fashion and Style At Home Magazine.
Here are some tricks and tips from Montana Labelle:
1. Be Resourceful
I am constantly on the hunt for exciting furniture and accessory finds. I have a serious love for vintage mid century modern pieces, and anything art deco. I perpetually scour Instagram stores such as @Vintagefineobjects, or @Charishco- both online treasure chests for vintage finds at incredible prices. When I am not perusing these stores on my phone, I am window shopping from my car, or visiting local vintage furniture stores and markets.
2. Books, Books and more Books
I am seriously in love with black and white hardcover books. Stacked, piled, in bookcases, on coffee tables, armoires, you name it… black and white books are my favourite accessory that can transform a space on a dime.
There is something about trinket boxes that I absolutely love. I probably have about 30 of them in my own home, ranging from key storage on my front table, to business card storage in my office to jewelry storage on my bedside table. They are an incredible way to keep your home looking less cluttered.
4. Personalize it.
I am a huge fan of eclectic interiors that truly reflect my clients’ lifestyles, fashion aesthetics, and personalities. I always like to incorporate some amazing pieces for clients that reflect this. An example of this is how we have incorporated Hermes blankets into the bedding scheme of a client’s home, which really gives that super luxe fashion-forward look. Another example is an incredible custom art piece we had made for a client – a neon heart sign with a Chanel bag affixed to it. These types of out-of-the-box ideas adds an incredible conversation piece to any room, and makes your space truly one-of-a-kind.
5. Invest in key pieces
Like your wardrobe – investing in an incredible pair of black Louboutin stilettos or Chanel 2.55 – your home also needs some investment items that will serve as the staples for many years to come. Some incredible investment pieces that I would recommend putting your money into include but are not limited to…
1. Montauk Sofa- you really cannot make a wrong selection- they are all incredible looking and incredibly well made
2. Serge Mouille Floor Lamp- the epitome of cool.
3. Coyote Throw- The ultimate in luxury- every sofa should be draped with one of these in my world.