A Bohemian Montreal Loft of Two French Designers

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Bohemian Montreal Loft of Two French Designers

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Alex Riley and Laure-Anne Carré
Location: Plateau — Montreal, Canada
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

Alex and Laure-Anne are designers living and working in Montreal’s trendy and historic Plateau neighborhood. Originally from France, the pair made a move to Montreal last April to pursue new creative opportunities; they arrived in the city with nothing but suitcases of clothing. With a lot of patience, they began to build their new home from scratch. With an interest in vintage pieces from older eras, the couple began searching on weekends at local auctions and online for unique items to fill their new home with.

Alex is an art director with an knack for building things, some of which are found in the loft. Laure-Anne is a graphic designer and some of her art has made it to the walls of their home, as well. Rather than magazines or online blogs, much of their design and decor inspiration comes from places they’ve visited, like tropical countries such as Cuba and Mexico to places around France and Europe. Their main design goal was to have the place truly feel like it is a reflection of themselves and their tastes. Mission accomplished.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bohemian with a slight edge of graphic design and a touch of kitsch.

Inspiration: Joshua Tree National Park, different eras and tropical southern lands.

Favorite Element: The suspended chair in our bedroom from Cuba and all the wicker furniture.

Biggest Challenge: Moved in with no furniture, so we started from scratch refusing to buy anything new from a store!

What Friends Say: OMG, did you do this all yourselves?!

Biggest Embarrassment: When people ask if it’s only the two of us living in this big place.

Proudest DIY: Integrating our different creations and all of our plant babies that have grown up big and beautiful today.

Biggest Indulgence: Alex’s homemade furniture.

Best Advice: Be patient, really patient and precise about what you bring into your home.

Dream Sources: A Mediterranean house in Pantalegria and a tiny island between Sicilia and Tunisia.


Sofa – Kijiji Montreal
White chair – Kijiji Montreal
Plant hangers – Marché aux puces de saint Michel (Montreal)
Curtains – Plazatex Inc
Neon – Little neon shop in Mexico
Coffee table – Local auction
White table – Ikea
Bird cage Local auction
Rug – Marché aux puces de saint Michel (Montreal)
Art – Laure-Anne’s drawing (Alice Cooper); Orange painting by Florence Burt Riley (Alex’s mom is a French artist)

Light – Zone
Art – Alex’s own drawing
Wicker shelf – Local auction

Sofa – Kijiji Montreal
Flag – New orleans flag, little shop on Saint-Claude street
Coffee table – Local auction
Big light – gift from Alex’s best friend, Aurelien
Wood chair – encans quebec
Bird cage – Eco depot, Montreal

Curtains – Plazatex Inc
Animal rug – Walmart
Art – Monastiraki, Montreal
Bed base – palettes found at Marché Jean Talon.

Chairs – Meuble Jack Lux
Plant hanger – DIY by Laure-Anne

Thanks, Alex and Laure-Anne!

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