This 1950s Bungalow Is an Interior Stylist’s Creative Playground

updated Apr 30, 2019

This 1950s Bungalow Is an Interior Stylist’s Creative Playground

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Karine Matte, Louis, Danick and Pablo, the Golden Doodle
Location: Vieux-Longueil, Québec
Size: 2,200 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

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Karine is an interior stylist and founder of Matte & Glossy. She is also a color junkie, a decor consultant, a blogger, and an avid traveler. She lives with her husband Danick and their son Louis in this charming 1954 bungalow in Old Longueuil. Their home is her creative playground.

Right from beginning, when Karine first saw this home, she knew it was theirs. The walls were pink and the house had this incredible energy. Plus, there was a vintage bar in the basement, an exact replica of her grandparents’ one! Karine was charmed. It’s now been nine years since they first bought their home and started adding their personality to the space with every project. A new extension was added to the home in 2015 to give the family more space, but whether it was a big renovation or just adding in new decor, they’ve always respected the house’s architectural history. The decor remains eclectic, playful, and colorful.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic with a Mexicali vibe.

Inspiration: The house is great source of inspiration! Built in 1954, it was the exact copy of my grandparents’ house… our love for retro and vintage (especially the ’60s) is reflected in the decoration of the house. We have kept as much as possible of the original architectural elements, like the bar in the basement that keeps our guests happy! I also take a lot of inspiration from our trips mostly to California (hello, Palm Springs!) and Mexico.

Favorite Element: The new extension of the house was added and built in 2015. A room without TV is relaxing. We enjoy looking at the view from its huge windows or watching Louis doing his break dance shows.

Biggest Challenge: All main rooms are on one level, so hello, proximity. The rooms have to not be messy because we can see the mess from all angles! Luckily we are a small family.

What Friends Say: ”It feels good at home,” the most beautiful compliment! The vibe wins over the look.

Biggest Embarrassment: I can not believe I’m an interior stylist and chose these materials for my bathroom! (Not shown in the pics—Thank God!). Okay it’s been nine years but still… I’m already dreaming of my next reno…

Proudest DIY: The styling using various little objects. They all have a story. Throughout the house you can find small decorative vignettes that remind me of a particular memory. I am a melancholy soul and we can see it in my decor.

Biggest Indulgence: I have a lot of difficulty answering this question because we never really did! I’ve dragged my furniture with me since my first apartment or I buy most of it second hand! Also, when we bought the house, we bought some of the vintage furniture from the previous owners. Because of my job I also had the chance to make beautiful collaborations, which allows me to receive beautiful objects from my peers.

Best Advice: Surround yourself with objects that make you happy. These must remind us of a wonderful memory… even if they are new, choose them carefully and positively.

Dream Sources: Everything from Anthropologie, Roar and Rabbit, Cathy Terepocki’s Ceramics, and Stella Ceramics Workshop, and everything from Revolucion Del Sueno.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)


Dining room — Sico New jeans 6004-63
Sico Soft harmonica 6210-21
Bedroom — Sico Northern wind 6021-73
Door in Louis’ bedroom — Sico Eternal deep 6005-83

Cushion black n white — Boutique Chez Nous Chez Vous
Carpet — IKEA
Green pillow — H&M Home
Saranela pillow — IKEA
Coussins à fleur au sol — Boutique Chez Nous Chez Vous
Fransine pillow — IKEA
Mexican Serape blanket — Cactus et Béton
Okaka coffee table — Structube
Small side table — Homesense
Table blue and white — DIY vintage
Subway signe de montréa — Vintage
Table lamp — Homesense
RANARP floor lamp — IKEA
Guirlande pompoms — Target
Support mural en bois — Boutique Chez Nous Chez Vous
Ceramic bell — La Bouticaire
Ceramic plant holder — Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Rattan sun — Warehouse wicker in wildwood crest
Macramé au mur — Vintage
Panier en tissus — Target
Stool cuisine — Vintage
Vase pieuvre — La Bouticaire
Bibliothèque — IKEA
Candle — Anthropologie
Vase — Atelier Stella Ceramics
Plate with woman’s face — Fish’s Eddy
Candle holder — Anthropologie
Lampe blanche suspendue — IKEA

Table — IKEA
Chaises — Vintage Calligaris
Tapis — Boutique Chez Nous Chez Vous
Buffet — Vintage
Hanging lamp — West Elm
Table runner — Urban Barn
Vases on the window seat — Vintage
Teak chairs — Vintage
Woman’s portrait — Souvenir from travel to république dominicaine
Round mirror — Vintage from my grandmother
Vase — Target
Plateau blue and white — Urban Barn
Lamp — Homesense
Frida Kahlo print — Souvenir from mexico
Crystal — Atelier Stella Ceramics
Candle — Anthropologie
Pom-pom plate — Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Images — Eq3
Cushion banquet — DIY

Furniture — Vintage
Duvet — West Elm artist palette duvet
Mexican hearts on the wall — Souvenir
Mirror/ macramé — Anthropologie
Lamps — Luminaire Authentik
Headboard — DIY, old door
Vases — Vintage
Annexes ’80 rugs — Boutique Chez Nous Chez Vous
Cushions — Roar and Rabbit
Print — Louis Boudreault
Dreamcatcher — Urban Outfitters
Frame — The Aestate

Biblio — DIY
Caisses de bois — Vintage
Bed — IKEA
Autocollants on the bed — Coloray Decor
Pouf under the bed — IKEA
7up box — Vintage
Rug — Homesense
Bedding — IKEA
Super héros — Pottery Barn Kids
Frame western — Frederic Remington
Bowling — Vintage
Pink chair — Vintage Kartell
Whale print — Society6
String of lights — Guirlande Lumineuse
Red plush — Monster Factory
Monkey plush — Schylling sock monkey
Mobile planète — DIY mère et fils
Elephant plush — Dwell Studio

Sofa — Rodi
Table — JYSK
Rug — Structube
Church bench — Vintage
Mexican throw — Vintage
White throw — Hudsons Bay company
Pouf — JYSK
Lamp on bar — Vintage
Vases — Vintage
Coke Poster — Vintage
Cape cod print — Vente de garage vintage
Saratoga Flag — Vintage
Mirror — Vintage
Expo 67 print — Vintage
Photo of a boy — My dad
Photo of a woman — Danick’s grandmother
Photo of a woman in black and white — My grandmother

Thanks, Karine, Louis, Danick!

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