When Christiane Germain bought her loft in 2008 in Montreal’s Old Port neighborhood, it was totally en vogue, right down to the exposed ductwork and concrete pillars. “When I saw the loft, I made an offer on the spot,” she says. “The 12-foot-high ceilings give such a sensation of space.” Over time, however, the loft — overwhelmingly brown, from the kitchen cabinets to the walls — felt too sober for Christiane, co-founder and co-president of the Quebec-based Le Germain Hotels. She owns 18 properties in seven provinces (read: she travels a lot) and, with her busy schedule, she yearned to make her home more of a fresh, airy haven. Designer Jane Charron tackled the renovation of the 1,700-square-foot space and, here, they share their thoughts on the stunning transformation. Scroll down!