Location: Montreal-West, Quebec, Canada
Just over two years ago, we moved out of our hip 1,000 square foot downtown Montreal loft and into our three-bedroom house in Montreal-West (a suburb just outside of the city) in order to start a family. Not working with a gigantic budget, we really expected to have to compromise in order to upgrade in size. To our surprise, we happened upon an incredibly unique house with an interesting history that we instantly fell in love with.
Built in 1892, this traditional colonial house was purchased and subsequently renovated by architect Thomas Blood around 1969 (most notable for his contribution of two pavilions at Expo 67). The remodeling added a mid-century modern touch to the existing colonial elements resulting in a post-modern mix of exposed brick, antique colonial moldings, modern skylights, teak wood paneling and dramatic use of space.
However ahead of its time, the place still needed a superficial refresh as it had been left pretty much intact for the last four decades. Working with a very limited decor budget, we went bargain hunting, DIY, called-in personal favors, used lots of elbow grease, and were able to fully furnish the house, change all of the light fixtures, generously hang art on the walls and add touches of personalized details throughout. The result is something that is both eclectic and classic. We just love living and entertaining here.
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