About Renee-Claude Gratton

Hola! I am Renée-Claude Gratton, the founder and lead designer of Mauve Interiors, the first décor and transformation company that does work both in Canada and Costa Rica. This is my personal blog where I focus on “Personalized Decorating”. I believe having a place to call home, which also feels like your home is something everyone should have. This is possible though decorating and a little bit of transformation ;) I write on décor and colour trends, DIY projects, tips and tricks on creating that perfect place, and occasionally on fun decorating adventures and lifestyle. Once in awhile I’ll write on something that doesn’t fully fit in one of these categories and comment on some of your most pressing questions. My goal is to create content that you will not only enjoy, but that you will find helpful, be able to relate to, and of course be able to use in your own home to have that ‘wow’ space that you feel good in and that everyone else is envious of :). I typically post once a week. To make sure you don’t miss anything you can subscribe via email and write me a comment on your favorite post! To see my full biography you can visit the About page.

Products I Love: Mapiful

MAPIFUL! This start-up company gives you the ability to customize and personalize a map of your favorite place. If you’ve travelled a lot or have lived in another country for a while (or are at the moment) this is great way to bring some of your personality into your décor!! […]

By | September 27th, 2017|Décor|0 Comments

This Year’s Top Fall Decor Pins

Even though it’s still technically summer in Canada and the US fall décor already spreading like wild fire in the stores and on Pinterest! Along with Christmas it’s one of my favorite decorating times of the year so you can probably imagine my surprise and horror as I walked into one of Costa Rica’s department stores on Sunday to find Christmas décor everywhere!! Thanksgiving and Halloween don’t really get celebrated here so after the 15th of September, which is their independence day, all the Christmas items come out in the stores. I guess I won’t be decorating my home for the fall this year… :O […]

By | September 20th, 2017|Décor|0 Comments

Your Style Guide For A Modern Home

What does the home of your dreams look like? Imagine for a second how it would feel to live in your dream home and what kind of furniture, décor or architecture it would have. Which would be your favorite room, and why? Would it be filled with cozy, feel-good items, and furniture? Or would it be stylish and showcase your good taste? […]

By | September 13th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

The Best Ways To Incorporate Your Existing Furniture In A New Place

I’ve yet to meet someone who truly likes moving… the thought of moving is fun, and the prospects of a new place, a new home, or a new city is exciting. But packing and trying to see what comes and what stays? I have yet to meet someone. I myself have moved a few times, from Winnipeg to Toronto, to Calgary, to Costa Rica. I’ve learned to dread packing! I’ve learned to downsize and see what is important to me and I’ve learned a few helpful tips along the way. Here are a couple of those tips so you’ll know exactly what to bring, what to leave behind and how to arrange your furniture in your new home. Say goodbye to the headache of moving and get excited again! […]

By | September 6th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

How To Match Elements In Your Home Without Making It Boring

Having a vision of what you want your place to look like and actually getting it done can be a challenge, especially with sooo many options out there to choose from. One of the biggest challenges when decorating a home is having everything match together but also having enough contrast to give some interest and not be boring or bland. But don’t worry, there are shortcuts and little juicy tips that can make that a whole lot easier! […]

By | August 30th, 2017|Tips and tricks|2 Comments

How To Get Your Projects Done

Re-decorating or trying to put together your home is usually like everything else in life…you have a wonderful idea but it can take forever to get it done. Seems like life is just soo busy! It doesn’t have to be that way though. You can re-decorate or design your dream home in no time with a couple of project management tips. Plus, a little secret… these 8 steps can also apply to other areas of your life. […]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Tips and tricks|0 Comments

3 Tips to help you decide if you should tackle a DIY project

To DIY or not to DIY is the question! With DIY projects everywhere (hello Pinterest) it’s kind of hard not to want to try your hand at one. But is is really worth it? What if yours doesn’t end up looking as good as the picture on Pinterest? Here are 3 tips to help you decide if you should tackle a DIY project. […]

By | August 16th, 2017|DIY Projects|0 Comments

The Best Paint Colors For Your Home

No need to go on an endless search the next time you want to paint your home! I’ve put together a list for you of my favorite paint colors per room. The paints not only make your furniture look great but they are also timeless, so you’ll save time and money at the paint store because you’ll only need to paint once! […]

By | August 9th, 2017|Colour trends|0 Comments

Decorating With A Gray Color Scheme That Isn’t Boring

Is too much of a good thing a bad thing? In décor it can surely happen! Especially when trends take hold, you have to know when too much is too much – too much DIY, too much shiplap, and too much greige everywhere! The result, if not applied properly, can be a hodgepodge of things in a bland gray room that lacks interest. Not the look you were going for I assume… No worries, I’ll show you just how to avoid falling into the trap of bland when decorating with gray, greige and neutrals! […]

By | August 2nd, 2017|Colour trends|0 Comments

How To Decorate With Wine Glasses

Summer is the perfect time to host or get together with your favourite girlfriends for a wine night! The next time you have company over impress them with some simple yet classy décor that will have them praising your décor skills ;). Here are some of my favourite wine glass décor ideas from Pinterest that [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Décor|0 Comments