Pierre-Etienne’s Refurbished Mid-Century Home in Quebec

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Pierre-Etienne Pilon and his two kids
Location: Ile-Perrot, Quebec
Size: 3 bedrooms
Years lived in: 2 years; Owned

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Decorator Pierre-Etienne Pilon has decorated his entire home with secondhand furniture that he has refurbished himself. He is passionate about Mid-century Scandinavian furniture, and he loves to wander around here and there in search of beautiful pieces. “It is a bit like treasure hunting,” he says.

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

He refurbishes each piece with great care and provides an extensive choice of furniture for his clients. One of his friends made cushions, placemats, runners, and other textiles for him using high-quality fabrics, usually leather and printed textiles from Marimekko, and feather padding. In the kitchen, Pierre-Etienne chose to upholster the kitchen island stools with leather and tweed. He is extremely selective, and he likes to go with the most suitable and sustainable fabric for each project.

He also practices arts and crafts. He likes woodworking and mostly picks cedar wood for its essence, smell, and durability for his numerous wood projects, including handmade clocks and lamps. Check out his amazing work on Instagram!

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century

Inspiration: My own crushes and ideas

Favorite Element: Mid-Century refurbished pieces of furniture and deco elements

Biggest Challenge: Having enough time to complete the refurbishing work and projects

What Friends Say: WOOOOOOW!!

Biggest Embarrassment: The entryway. I find it way too small. Not very convenient, especially with two kids and in the winter time with all the coats and boots.

Proudest DIY: The painting above the bed in the master bedroom.

Biggest Indulgence: Renovating the kitchen. I tend to find all my furniture and deco stuff for a relatively good price, and we could say that I was able to decorate the whole house on a small budget. My passion is to find pieces of high value for cheap and refurbish them so they look like a million bucks. For the kitchen, I had no choice but to invest more since I wanted something high-end and durable. I redid the flooring and installed a new countertop, backsplash, and a huge island. Cooking is a big part of my life. I wanted my kitchen to be perfect.

Best Advice: There are ways to decorate your home on a low budget and finding pieces that are truly authentic and original without paying a crazy amount of money! You just need to take your time.

Dream Sources: My head and flea markets


(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)


  • White everywhere
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)


  • Teak buffet: vintage
  • Teak round coffee table: vintage
  • Sofa: vintage Sectional Togo Rosset
  • Teak chair: vintage
  • Footstool in black leather camel: vintage
  • Teak floating wall unit: vintage
  • Cushions: IKEA
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)


  • Teak table: vintage
  • White armchairs: vintage Eiffel
  • Placemats: made by Jessica
  • Runner: made by Jessica
  • Cushion on chair: made by Jessica
  • Mirror art: vintage from the Sixties
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)


  • Stools: Scandinavian, refurbished and reupholstered with leather and tweed
  • Large island with LED lighting: IKEA
  • Cedar wood backsplash: DIY
  • Floating wall unit: IKEA
  • Long red arena bench: antique
  • Bamboo vase: antique
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)


  • Queen teak bed with floating bedside table: vintage
  • Floating teak modular unit: vintage, refurbished
  • Burgundy leather lotus chair: vintage
  • Hanging lantern: Indian lampion
  • Painting: DIY
(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)


  • Wall light: vintage
  • White lamp in the corner: IKEA
  • Beds: IKEA
  • Floating wall shelf: vintage
  • Canvas wool web art: DIY
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The renovated kitchen (Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

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