Browsing Category

HOME decor

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

My Tips for a Spacious and Luxurious Bathroom for Montréal en Santé Magazine

bathroom design tips :: montreal en sante spring 2013

If you are thinking about renovating or redecorating a bathroom, I invite you to read my tips on how to give your bathroom a boast in space and style on the Spring 2013 issue of Montréal en Santé. I talked about family bathrooms with a dual faucet sink, a communal shower, stylish light fixtures up to how to achieve better circulation and an airy feeling. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Things that Work: The Drum Pouf Series by Softline

drum pouf coffee table in bedroom

For its space saving versatility, I have a thing for the pouf and coffee table combination. It adds comfort and function to a reading nook, a living room and a bedroom.

Even since I replaced my coffee table with a large storage ottoman with a tray, I want more. I might have found its companion with the Drum Pouf by Softline Design Team from Denmark.

drum pouf coffee table
photo credits: Drum Pouf by Softline Design Team

I think that a Drum pouf would make an ideal side table in top of providing additional seating, when needed. As a bonus when living with a young child, two cats or for after a party, the Drum’s cover is removable for cleaning. This pouf with a removable tray definitely meets the requirements of my busy lifestyle. It also has the clean yet comfortable look that I want for my interior. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Current Love: Colored Lacquers on Wood Furniture

flat table peeled

Sharing similarities to the paint-dipped mini-trend, I noticed more wood furniture that exhibit strong color accents. I love it! It feels fun yet sophisticated. This makes these pieces easy to live with which means that you can justify the investment. I highlight some of my favorite pieces. I would welcome any of these in my interior.

For Your Dining Room

flat table
photo credits: Flat Table by Jo Nagasaka for Schemata Architecture Office

My ultimate favorite is the tables by Japanese designer Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architecture Office. Which girl could resist that fluorescent pink epoxy finish? I can’t! Jo Nagasaka started to apply the epoxy coats to smooth and regulate the table tops of antique tables. I find that the effect is stunning. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

My Home: The New Red Vases for My Living Room

new red vases in my living room

When I went to Zone last Friday for buying the small red gourde vase that I, initially, planned for my entryway, I realized that the vase would be too large for the IKEA shoe cabinet. But I didn’t waste my time since I noticed that it was the same orange red than my Eames rocking chair. Since the vases were at 50% off, I bought it and its tall companion. I was right! The color matches perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.

The next step is to get rid of the bulky media center computer, the stereo style component under the red vases. I asked my husband to explore ways that we could do this. He is in charge of everything that is technological at home. Stay tuned for our progress.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

New Uses for Picture Rails

spools of thread stored on picture rail

Picture rails are way more versatile than its name would suggest. Let’s explore ways that you could use them. Beware that reading this post may trigger a desire to install picture rails in every room of your home.

In a Craft Room or Design Studio

One idea to steal from crafter, knitter and designer Brett Bara’s studio tour is her use of a picture frame ledge to hold spools of thread. I love the burst of colors and the practical application. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Eight Bar Cabinets: From Small Sideboards to Single Towers

Maxine Bar Cabinet :: crate and barrel

If you entertain guests often at home, you certainly appreciate the virtues of a well-designed bar cabinet. It saves you time since you don’t have to set up the bar each time that you throw a party. Living in a small spaces can be challenging when it comes to finding the right furniture. I found eight bar cabinets that would fit in any small space apartment or condo.

A small sideboard is my preferred choice due to its versatile use.  You could even consider buying two small sideboards, instead of a double sideboard. Having two small sideboards provides more flexibility if you change often your furniture placement. When the sideboards are tightly side by side, most people will not notice that you have two. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

I Love This: A Modern Wine Credenza for the Dining Room

modern wine cellar furniture

It’s no secret that I enjoy a glass of wine at dinner. But, as a city dweller, I can’t justify the real estate to keep wine for years and decades before I drink it. I am more a wine fridge and wine rack person. I prefer to keep my wine supply next to my dining room.

modern wine credenza

Although Vancouver-based Vin de Garde specializes in high-end custom wine cellars, the reason why they caught my eye are for their mid-century inspired wine credenza. I am a fan of a sideboard in the dining room because it is so helpful for serving food and drinks. Vin de Garde can integrate their wine wall series into the drawers and design wine glass storage into their sideboards. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

I’m Redecorating my Entryway

mood board for my entryway

My entryway is already functional. I have a basic landing strip. I already have a doormat and an umbrella holder outside. Inside, a nice mirror with a matching catch-all drawer adds style to the room. What I’m looking to upgrade are our hooks, plus the storage for shoes, hats, scarves and gloves.

Like for many urban dwellers, my entryway is a tight space. My space is even harder to decorate since it is a 4 feet wide L-shaped corridor. To keep the room airy, I ruled out a bench. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Selecting an Art Piece to Frame for The January Cure

art framing project hallway for january cure

In case that you don’t follow Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, yesterday assignment was to choose and frame an art piece. I was ahead of that project since I had the frames and the posters. I used this opportunity to hang them on the wall. I had to stop the project a few months ago because I broke the frame glass while putting in the first poster in. I still have to replace the glass but, with my husband’s help, the posters are framed. I’m so happy that the posters are now on the wall and to have been able to cross an item from my project list. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Craving for a Romantic Bedroom

catalina quilt

Since our last renovation to make rooms in our house for our toddler, I didn’t pay attention to my master bedroom. Frankly, it lack style. I use the excuse that it is too small and that we don’t spend a lot of time there. Now that my son is almost 2 years old, I would like to take the time and redecorate our master bedroom. So I started to look at new bedding.

Although the Catalina quilt at Anthropologie will not suit my needs — we have two cats who enjoy sleeping on our quilt, this classical bedroom is lovely. It makes me think that I’m staying at a nice bed and breakfast hotel in the European countryside.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Living in the Dark: Black, Grey and Brown Rooms

rugged chalet bedroom

It seems that black is back. So many black or charcoal grey wall caught my eye in UK home decor magazines over the last two months that it can not be a coincidence. Frankly, I felt in love with this amalgame of rustic, dramatic and character pieces.

If you examine them carefully, you could spot that these rooms share common design elements. For one thing, they all play on several shades of black. Browns, tans and beiges have a supporting role. Finally, they all mix lustre finishes with matte finishes. This is for the theory. Let’s have a look at successful black rooms.

Family Living Room in a Dutch Country House

Black panelling, whether it is applied vertically or horizontally, is popular. It looks right in this inviting country house. Have you noticed the double-sided sofa?

black and tan living room
photo credits: Renée Frinking for Living etc, December 2012

Rugged Chalet

This impressive one in the kind four-storey ski chalet in Val d’Isère is built from 100-year-old wood and reclaimed stone. But when you look at it, you don’t imagine that it is a new construction. The ski chalet is decorated in a simple, monochromatic scheme. The result is far from boring. It has a soothing effect that is comforting. And it must be gorgeous against the snow landscape.

rugged chalet dining room
photo credits: Wichmann + Bendtsen for Elle Decoration UK, December 2012

The white sofa brightens and brings contrast to the living room  but it doesn’t break the color palette.

rugged chalet kitchen and living room

rugged chalet bedroom

You can see that a lot of efforts have been put to decorate this house in a cohesive way. This is a case where uniformity was a good call.

Dining Room with Japanese Panelling

This dining room represents a mix of Scandinavian style with modern Japanese design. When we visited Japan in 2010, the Scandinavian influence was clear on furniture. I adored it then, and I still do.

japanese style panelling dining room
photo credits: House and Home, January 2013

Glamour Meets Industrial in a Dark Apartment

The next rooms are from the apartment of a guy. The floor plan has been reinvented to fit the owner’s lifestyle. The living room is impressive and make honour to the arched windows.

glamourous black living room
photo credits: Helenio Barbetta/Photofoyer for Elle Decoration UK, December 2012 

industrial chic black bedroom

As you can see there are many ways to invite the blacks, greys and browns into your decor. After seeing that it can be applied to any style, what do you think about these rooms? More importantly, would you dare to live in black?