Name: Sophie, Guillaume and baby Simone
Location: Heart of the Plateau — Montreal
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned
Avid travelers and a creative couple, Sophie and Guillaume live in their warm renovated flat in the heart of the Plateau with their young daughter Simone. The flat's architecture is at once rich and minimal, and the couple loves to merge old, timeless design pieces with newly acquired ones. The result is a home filled with character and touches of bold and saturated colors.
Sophie is a former art graduate student and Guillaume is a Creative Content Specialist who moved to Montreal from France 10 years ago. They are both passionate about interior design and decoration, which is on display in their century-old home on the Plateau. But while they love saturated colors and playing with scale and minimalism, the most important thing is surrounding themselves with pieces they love. The things that mean something to them are the things that hold beautiful memories.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Clean lines. A little Scandinavian. A little vintage. With touches of color, always! New pieces yes, but mixed with old ones. The space is decorated with small objects made by local creators. And plants here and there, because plants bring joy and color to any space.
Inspiration: Mainly Pinterest since its appearance. We also find inspiration on Instagram and via the decoration sections of French brands like La Redoute and Cyrillus. We also love these two European magazines: HOME and 91 Magazine. Scandinavian and vintage French decoration.
Favorite Element: Our vintage radio (a birthday present for Guillaume). It is beautiful and the sound is incredible. This is our most beautiful find! We also have special affection for the objects we brought back from various travels. Also, objects inherited from our families. They hold beautiful memories. In fact, the things we love most are the ones that mean something to us.
Biggest Challenge: The fake brick wall in our room. Not easy to install, but everyone thinks it's a real one, so it must be a successful addition!
What Friends Say: "It's such a beautiful home!" Everyone who comes visit for the first time is speechless. Probably due to the open area, the wood and the brick. We also renovated the kitchen and the bathroom. It's such a beautiful space filled with character and warm architectural details. It was so easy and fun to decorate!
Biggest Embarrassment: The crooked floors! It is a century old house and the floors are very crooked. It took a bit of creativity and cheating here and there for the furniture to look straight.
Proudest DIY: The coffee table in the living room. We found the hairpin legs on Kijiji and built the table using a piece of Russian birchwood purchased at a popular hardware store.
Biggest Indulgence: Our vintage radio by Robert's. It was definitely a splurge but we don't regret it since we use it every day. We are very attached.
Best Advice: Follow your heart and be patient (I know sometimes it can be difficult!). I am very slow in decoration (Sophie). It can take me months, even years to complete the decor of a room. When I'm looking for specific pieces and decor objects, I never compromise until I find exactly what I want. It can take me a while before finding what I have in mind, but the pleasure is even greater when I finally find it!
Dream Sources: Europe! Being able to buy furniture and decorative objects from there would be a dream. There are so many beautiful things over there, but the crazy costs of shipping and the currency exchange rate make it impossible!
Sofa – IKEA Karlstad isunda gris (not available anymore)
Yellow cushion – sew by myself with textiles from IKEA
White and black triangle cushion – Ferm Living (bought in Europe)
Table – DIY
Radio vintage – Found in a garage sale
TV stand – IKEA
Chair – IKEA
Black and white cushion – Buk & Nola
Rug – EQ3
Rattan mirror vintage – Boutique Les Fleurs (6 rue Trousseau, Paris)
Table — Handmade. The previous owners sold it with the flat (it's quite huge so when we move to another space we doubt that it will follow us).
Chairs — Found at Antiquités Jean-Guy Gélineau (247ch. de Granby à Bromont) Huge barn filled with incredible vintage pieces. It is worth the travel to go there. We painted them ourselves.
Hanging lamp — IKEA
Frame with "Le Petit Parisien" — Journal found at Guillaume's grandma's house in France. It means a lot to us.
Kitchen island — IKEA
Stools — IKEA (not available anymore)
Radio — Roberts Radio
Small ceramic white house — boutique in a small store during a trip to La Rochelle in France
Fanion "bon appétit" — Buk & Nola
Cutting board — Handmade by Sophie's dad.
Coffee bowls — Anthropologie
Turquoise plate — Flea market for 50 cents!
Spotted Plate — Buk & Nola
Candles — Boutique VdeV
Turquoise metal box — from the blog "Merci Ginette". I searched hours and hours on the internet and I finally found one on Ebay but I forgot the name...
Bouteille Évian — Found on Kijiji
Step stool — IKEA
Black DIY word banner — Made by OMM Design and sold on the Internet.
Purple throw blancket — Found in a cute little store Baobab in La Rochelle.
Nightstand — Gift from a friend
Lamp — Rona (not available)
Hibou — Urban Outfitters (not available)
Suitcase — From Sophie's grandma (hold precious memories)
Cute little wooden house — Etsy
Rabbit — Boutique Les Fleurs 6 Passage Josset, in Paris
Lettre "S" cardboard — artisant store and decorated with Liberty textile.
Frame — Vintage, Gift from Sophie's sister
Dresser — IKEA
Yellow lamp — Walmart (not available)
Green cabinet — Found in a Flea market and painted by us
Red suitcase — Bought at Antoine et Lili, in Paris
Globe — Found in a garage sale
Garland — Boutique Ciconia
Bed — IKEA
Rocking chair — Inherited from Sophie's family and refurbished by us
Fox — Bought on Etsy
Bookshelves — IKEA
Rug — Home depot