Gabrielle's Bright and Charming Small Montreal Condo

Gabrielle's Bright and Charming Small Montreal Condo

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Name: Gabrielle
Location: Little Italy — Montreal, Canada
Size: 575 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months; Owned

A few months ago, Gabrielle was looking for a condo that was fairly renovated but that still left place for improvisation. She was looking for something with a lot of character and charm, and a place with a lot of natural light.

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

The location, the hardwood floors and the two balconies were big selling points for her. Her space is simple, comfortable, with clean lines. It is a home where you feel welcomed, relaxed and where Gabrielle can be amongst friends for some great eats and happy moments.

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I have a very minimalist style. I like spaces to be airy and open with a few statement items. I have a strong preference for mid-century modern furniture and I am a big fan of raw materials such as wood, marble or metal.

Inspiration: I take a lot of my inspiration from my family, actually. My dad has a great sense of style and has given me some of my favourite pieces. I’m also quite inspired by Scandinavian style (big fan of Emmas Designblogg) as well as futuristic home decor.

Favorite Element: I have not been in my home for long but the thing I like best about it is its layout. The common rooms are all on one side whereas the more intimate spaces are grouped together. It’s a very logical apartment.

Biggest Challenge: The layout may be logical but the apartment is still very small. I would say the biggest challenge sizewise is definitely the living room. The space is quite narrow and I don’t think I’ve found the ideal way to decorate it yet. I’ll get there.

What Friends Say: My friends really like my place. I always have people over for dinner or drinks and they often tell me my place is cozy, comfortable, welcoming and generally, a place where they love to spend time. That makes me happy.

Biggest Embarrassment: The apartment is slanted. A lot. In a way that makes you look bizarrely short, depending on where you stand.

Proudest DIY: I don’t have any hardcore DIY in my home (yet) but I have to say, I’m quite proud of the “library wall” I came up with. Usually these things cost a lot of money but I just bought a bunch of IKEA shelves and mounted them side by side to give the illusion of wall to wall shelving.

Biggest Indulgence: It’s not really an indulgence but I really love my marble side table.

Best Advice: If you have a small home, I find that hanging or mounted furniture really makes the place look bigger. In any case, I try to avoid pieces that are bulky and solid (such as free standing pieces) since they take up way too much space. Also, using an entire wall can really add space to a room.

Dream Sources: I regularly go to jamais assez. This store has brought me a lot of inspiration over the years.

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Resources of Note:


  • Coat rack : Eames Hang-It-All from Showroom Montreal


  • Couch : EQ3
  • Pillows : Urban Outfitters
  • Side Table : Westlem
  • Lamp : Zone
  • Rocking chair : Nuspäce
  • Wooden cases for records : EQ3
  • Record player : family piece


  • Chairs : Nuspäce
  • Teak table : Benjamin Curran


  • Highboy dresser : Showroom Montreal
  • Bed : IKEA
  • Clothes rack : IKEA


  • Shelves : IKEA
  • Wool rug : Westelm
  • Armchair : family piece
  • Pillow : Buk & Nola
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Thanks, Gabrielle!

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