Going out to a restaurant isn’t solely about good food and good service. Of course, this is important, but it’s also the ambiance, atmosphere, and social experience that keeps guests returning. Many design elements come into play and considerably influence your overall dining experience.
“It was important to us to give back and to create an environment that is enriching to both customers and staff. It’s cliché, but that’s what really sets us apart. We wanted to create a culture of care. That’s exactly what I see every time I’m in one of our restaurants.” -Stephanie Howarth
When he isn't kayaking Ottawa's white waters or making the team gin & tonics on Fridays, Justin is hard at work behind the scenes at West of Main. Justin is a pillar of the interior design company, he sets the bar high for his staff, and is a team motivator (aka he keeps us in line).
“I design for people and believe that the foundation of great design is successful communication and involvement with the client. I believe spaces that foster either intimate conversation or the sense of belonging to a bigger experience are the most magical and memorable spaces.”
Who ever said interior design had to stay indoors? We are so excited the sun is finally out and summer entertaining season is officially open! We want to take our home decor ideas outside and help you create a luxurious and inviting outdoor space to share with friends and family.
At West of Main, we take pride in our interior design knowledge and expertise. We like to educate ourselves about what’s new and trending. Last Tuesday afternoon we were fortunate enough to participate in Euro Tile & Stone’s Large Format Thin Slab training.
E-design is an emerging design method available for clients who want to connect remotely, with designers they can trust. West of Main is an Ottawa-based design company but we are proud to offer our clients around the world this exceptional service. With our specialized E-design boards, we can easily showcase the style of a room and offer our clients a shopping list to source all of the products they will need.
Interior designers are loving the vibrant and fun spring colours that are popping up in many home decor ideas. At West of Main, we are forecasting that you will see the colour Greenery in many interior design schemes this Spring and Summer. Pantone was on point when they named the 2017 colour of the year Greenery 15-0343.
The kitchen Bistro is a classic looking home design idea, that we believe can help make our interior design more enjoyable. In today’s world, our busy schedules require us to put in more effort when it comes to getting together with our loved ones. Those evening dinners that once were a familiar occurrence, are now becoming a rare commodity. How can these moments where we sit down together and savour a new-found recipe become more frequent?
Hi, I’m Sascha, West of Main’s co-founder, and I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing our new website with you. Based in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, but serving clients worldwide, West of Main specializes in custom interior design projects including high-end kitchen and living room designs, bathrooms, new builds, renovations and more. I hope you can take a few minutes to browse our services and get acquainted.
Hello, readers! Recently our principal interior designer Sascha had the opportunity to visit fellow designer Kirsten who is completing her co-op in New York City! New York is an incredibly vibrant and energetic place that really feels like the "place to be" when it comes to design. From restaurants that appear to be straight out of an interior design magazine to the architecture, the city inspires us to create every time we visit.
Hello! Last night West of Main co-founder Sascha and another #MainBabe Selena enjoyed the grand opening of Ottawa's own Anthropologie store! We are more than excited to be able to shop this store in person for the home decor needs of our clients, and maybe a little bit for ourselves. Keep reading for some photos of this beautifully designed retail space, accessories, bedroom ideas and some of our favorite finds.
At West of Main we have a huge appreciation for the art of graphic design. Great graphic design makes its way into every document we create for our clients, our newsletters and our design projects themselves. Graphic wallpaper is a trend that we have been spotting everywhere lately. From small bedroom ideas to restaurant feature walls these beautiful and rich wall coverings are a great way to make a statement and incorporate art over the wall.
We recently posted on social media about our love of patterned tiles. It seems like everywhere we look we see these amazing mosaics of mismatched yet perfectly coordinated tiles. Today we are here to show you some of our favorites and show you where to use them. We will also give a shout out to our suppliers that we consult to help you achieve this eclectic look in your space. From room design to home decor we have you covered.
Clients will often come to us with tales of design disasters and renovation nightmares. We have seen everything from mismeasuring to rushed jobs, to under-ordering supplies. When the proper steps are not taken, a home design or renovation can become a stressful experience; but, at West of Main, we take care in our craft and offer our clients interior design solutions that can be trusted. Keep reading to pick up our hot tips on how to avoid disaster.