Name: Virginie Pichet and roommates Ada Kraszczynski and Mée Reed-Desjardins
Location: Villeray, Montreal
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Virgine is the editor of a popular lifestyle blog based in Montreal, Le Cahier. Her home reflects her girly, romantic and fearless personality. Passionate about fashion, she even dedicated her bedroom as a walk-in closet!
Virginie usually leans toward second-hand pieces of furniture and old-charm elements when it comes to decoration. She describes her style as being girly and romantic — with an inclination for the color pink. A hue that she decided to carry over from her bedroom to the other rooms of the house.
She chose this apartment specifically for its character and the numerous architectural details. "I love the vintage feel attached to it. Plus, it's huge. I had to find a place big enough to contain all of my clothes and fashion accessories! This one was perfect," says Virginie.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Girly and vintage
Inspiration: I spend a lot of time on Apartment Therapy (ha!) and Pinterest (not original at all but it's true)
Favorite Element: I have many favorite elements like my pineapple lamps, the chandeliers in every room, and the fact that the apartment has a lot of character and history. I love the vintage feel attached to it and the architectural details everywhere.
Biggest Challenge: : The lack of wardrobe in my bedroom (there is one but it is tiny for all the stuff I have!). I own a lot of clothes and accessories so it is a real challenge to keep the room clean-looking when everything is in sight. The double room serves as a bedroom as well as a huge walk-in closet.
What Friends Say: "This is the most beautiful apartment in Montreal" (I'm not the one saying it!) Also, the fact that our bedrooms really reflect our personalities. I'm the girly-romantic one.
Biggest Embarrassment: There is a huge bump on the living room floor. Everyone always trips on it and it makes it difficult to dance when we host parties.
Proudest DIY: Last year I built a kitchen island from old furniture pieces with my dad. Since there was not enough space for it in the kitchen, we repurposed it as a living room decoration/bookcase. And a hang out spot with the two pink stools.
Ada built the shelves in her bedroom. It took two days to make it with the help of her dad.
Biggest Indulgence: Plants and flowers, even if I find it extremely difficult to keep them alive. For Ada is the bedding.
Best Advice: Don't hesitate to re-purpose furniture and decor elements. Often, a fresh coat of paint or new knobs can totally change the look of a piece of furniture. Everybody is able to do it — it just needs some time and creativity.
Bar cart – vintage, flea market
Rug – IKEA (similar)
Beverage dispenser – Homesense
Sofas and ottoman – Vintage
Decorative paddle – Boutique Krem
Mirrors – Vintage
Repurposed kitchen island – DIY
Marble ceramic on the island – Homesense
Chairs – IKEA (painted pink)
Wine bottles display - Vintage
Palette table – DIY
Geometric vases – Diane von Furstenberg
Cream throw – DKNY (Homesense)
Beige throw – Costco
Dog cushion – Style Labo
Tablecloth – souvenir from Mexico
Table and chairs – Vintage (my grandparents got them when they got married)
Geometric fruit basket – Diane von Furstenberg
Rug — IKEA
Dresser knobs – Anthropologie
Clothing racks – IKEA
Huge mirror – IKEA
Bookcase – IKEA
Curtains – Homesense
Cushions – Homesense
Throw – Homesense
Necklaces display – Urban Outfitters
Stay awhile hook – Urban Outfitters
Golden planters – Urban Outfitters
Painting – Local artist Chloé Sabourin
Nightstands, pineapple lamp, dresser, chest, mirror and three-drawers dresser, floor lamp – all vintage
Bedding – Urban Outfitters
World map and frame – Urban Outfitters
Rug – Persian rug from Iran
Mirror – bought in Miami couple of years ago
Dresser – Vintage, bought on Kijiji
Little glass boxes – Urban Outfitters and Buk et Nola
Little jewelry plate – Noemiah
Shelves – DIY (wooden shelves, dye, golden spray, and rails: Réno-Dépot)
Vase - Buk et Nola
Flowers – Dragon flowers (Mile-End)
Plants – Plantzy
Curtain – IKEA
Frames – vintage and IKEA
Typewriter – vintage
Lamp and nightstand – Homesense
Second nightstand – vintage
Pillows – Two from Homesense and one as a souvenir travel from Brazil
Porcelain teckel – Zone
Bedding – Simons
Calendar – François Leger Savard photographe
Desk, cabinet (office) – vintage
Green pillows - Homesense