Marie-Laurence & Johan’s Montreal Home

Marie-Laurence & Johan’s Montreal Home

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Name: Marie-Laurence and Johan
Location: Plateau Mont-Royal; Montreal, Canada
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 1 1/2 years; rented

I was excited to photograph Marie-Laurence and Johan's apartment. She is an interior designer and he is a graphic designer who also has a strong interest in interiors. I knew the space would definitely be original and fun!

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

The condo is located in the middle of the well-known Plateau Mont-Royal’s neighborhood, which has been recognized for several years as one of the main cultural and artistic places of Quebec and Canada. Since the 80s, the neighborhood has grown and flourished to become a popular residence for upper middle class, young professionals, artists and students. This area is great especially because there is no need to own a car with its many metro stations and a network of useful bicycle paths. It is also the first district to implement green alleys in Montreal. The neighborhood counts two of the largest parks in Montreal: La Fontaine Park and Mount-Royal Park. It’s definitely a great place to live.

The apartment is on the second floor of a duplex and, like many flats in Montreal, his entry consists of a long staircase (useful for shoe storage!). One can’t help but notice the stunning brick walls that serve as backdrops in the dining room and living room areas.

In the dining room, the 10ft long dining table and the Hans J Wegner H55 Heart Chairs invite for many family and friends gatherings and are the main elements of the room. In the living room, we immediately notice the great Gaetano Pesce Mama Chair and Ottoman. It sets the stage for a surprising and refreshing look. A mix of found and designed objects also creates a fun and original environment where one can only enjoy its discovery of the space.

At the other end of the apartment, there's the office space with its DIY salvaged stairs computer desk and metal drawers. A broad window provides natural light and several magazines are stacked in a vintage Calvin and Hobbes red wagon. A couple of plants and a pair of paintings by Pierre Julien complete this useful space.

In the bedroom next to the bed, a toboggan brilliantly serves as a magazine rack. As expected, the apartment tour was a real treat for my curious eye.

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mix of scandinavian mid century and eclectic

Inspiration: Graphic design and friends

Favorite Element: My Computer and the Hans Wegner heart chairs

Biggest Challenge: To refurbish the Gaetano Pesce Mama Chair

What Friends Say: Hey man, do you wanna grab a beer? Hmm, I don’t know, I guess they like the personal style and the space.

Biggest Embarrassment: Crappy balcony, small kitchen space and always dust everywhere from traffic and construction.

Proudest DIY: My computer desk made of salvaged stairs.

Biggest Indulgence: A huge art nouveau brass lamp and and equally huge Louis Poulsen lamp that simply doesn’t fit our home because of their hugeness.

Best Advice: Take your time, don’t go furnish your whole new home on a Sunday afternoon with low-quality junk. It just doesn’t end well.

Dream Sources: The design museum in Copenhagen

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Resources of Note:


  • White


  • Hans J Wegner H55 Heart Chairs
  • Gaetano Pesce Mama Chair and ottoman
  • Arne Jacobsen Dot Stools
  • Harri Koskinen Block Lamp
  • Alvar Aalto Savoy vases
  • Oiva Toikka Glass Bird
  • 10ft custom Dinner table
  • Libratone, grey felt, wireless speaker


  • Marimekko Bed Covers
  • Antoine Tavaglione (TAVA) Print


  • DIY salvaged stairs computer desk with metal drawers
  • Industrial ajustrite swivel chair
  • Vintage Calvin and Hobbes red wagon
  • Hanna Whitehead Dialog ceramic storage thingy
  • Salakauppa // Matryoshka
  • Pair of paintings by Pierre Julien
  • Portrait of me and Marie by Taila Khampo
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Thanks, Marie-Laurence and Johan!

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