A Modern Montreal Home Has the Best Black and White Tile Backsplash

A Modern Montreal Home Has the Best Black and White Tile Backsplash

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Name: Maca Atencio, husband Esteban, and kids Nico and Oli
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Size: 1,120 square feet
Years lived in: 11 months, owned

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Living in Montreal can be fun, artsy, and beautiful, and that’s completely on display in lifestyle blogger Maca Atencio’s home. She and her husband Esteban had waited a couple of years to buy the perfect house for their little family, and this one had every single detail they wanted! The wonderful eco-friendly house is located in the heart of Montreal, and it was designed in a modern multi-level layout, with ceilings over 12 feet and mezzanines.

The mastermind behind this project’s modern design direction is Marie-Jeanne Rivard, a Montreal property developer, TV host of reality show “Flip de Fille,” and owner of the first minimal, micro-room hotel, Boxotel.

Originally built in 1915, this house is a typical “shoebox” in the city: It’s a single-story home in a flat-roofed building with a veranda right across the front, considered a historic architectural piece in the city of Montreal. Following the major renovation, the design kept the original facade. And the interior was upgraded to Pinterest heaven, featuring massive tile details in the kitchen and bathroom, large windows enhancing the brightness of the entire space, a heating system on matte concrete floors, an electric car charging station, and smart home devices that make Maca’s life way easier.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A total mix of bohemian, eclectic and modern.

Inspiration: After traveling quite a bit, we were dreaming of finding a house with tons of tile work, colorful touches, and lots of natural light. After a few months searching endless options in Montreal, we found THE one.

Favorite Element: Having a small space but so well designed. For example, we have a laundry room and a huge kitchen cabinet. Also, our kids room is a two-in-one area with a 13-foot high mezzanine; so optimized!

Favorite room? Of course I have to say the kitchen. Our black and white backsplash is the heart of our house. You can see it from the patio and every room, making it so special and different.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Nothing! We would maybe add an additional level to make a playroom, for sure.

Biggest embarrassment: Well, it’s been 11 months and we still have boxes and unfinished rooms to do, oh my god.

What friends say: As soon as they come in, they just say: “This is SO Maca!”

Biggest Challenge: Trying to fit so many shoes (in my case) and so many toys (my kids) in two small closets.

Proudest DIY: So far we are planning what to do in our small backyard, so we’ll share a future DIY soon, hopefully!

Biggest Indulgence: We actually had to change all of our furniture when we moved in because everything was gigantic. So this time around, we picked select pieces that could fit the style and size of our new home.

Best Advice: If you are searching for a new home like us, just wait. I swear you’ll find the right one, sooner than later.


Sofa — Structube
Gold chair — CB2
Black chair — ZONE
Gold pouf — Babasouk
Handmade rug — Babasouk
Moroccan cushions — Babasouk
Basket tray — Babasouk
Art print — Babasouk
Peace art print — Babasouk
Large pink cable knitted throw — Etsy
Multi-color pompom basket — Babasouk

Dinette table — EQ3
Eames white and teal chairs — Vintage store in Montreal
Wire side white and black chairs — Wazo
Yellow tray table — IKEA

KitchenAid black stainless steel line
Colorful bowls — Anthropologie
Baby Pink Moroccan rug — Babasouk
Storage bowls with lid — Structube
Handmade desert baskets — Babasouk

Pastel rug — Babasouk
Pink coffee table — Bouclair
Rattan mirror — Babasouk
Moroccan pink pillows — Babasouk
Heart screenprint — Babasouk
White dresser — IKEA
Storage basket — Babasouk

Kitten bed — SourisMini
Metal storage basket — SourisMini
Colorful pompom basket — SourisMini
Black heart rug — SourisMini
Utility cart — IKEA
Colorful garland — SourisMini
Heart-shaped pillow — SourisMini

Baby handmade Moroccan rug — Babasouk
Large silver towel basket — Babasouk

Thanks, Maca!

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