A “Scandinavian Funky” Montreal Home
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Name: Florence and Julien
Location: Plateau Mt-Royal — Montreal
Size: 980 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months
Florence is the founder of Me Myself & Montreal, a blog that provides the best spots in Montreal to visit. She also organizes “discovery” events for its readers. The Montreal apartment she shares with Julien is bright and radiant and the large windows provide the best views of the city, like the Mount-Royal, the city center and the Olympic Stadium. A huge kitchen, a beautiful terrace and sun at any time of day are just a few of this home’s perks. “It is just TOO perfect,” says Florence.
The apartment’s decor has a Scandinavian touch, a Marseille touch, and a Montreal one, too. With the blog, she is constantly discovering new talents, artists, designers and has a hard time resisting, local artwork and decorative pieces have gradually invaded their home (Sylviane Robini, Lili Graffiti, Jane Heller, Rose and Woods, to name a few).
Florence and Julien love the neighborhood that their apartment is located in, as well. Mount-Royal, where they run every weekend (with its wild forest and stunning views of Montreal) is just a few strides from home. The Jean-Talon Market is three metro stations from the house, and they frequent restaurants and shops (like the rhubarb pastries and croissants from Kouign Amann, the meat from Lawrence, the bread from Guillaume,…) near their home, too.
Florence says, “The right apartment is the one where you feel good as soon as you come in, whatever the time of day. It’s one where you can immediately project yourself living there. The right apartment is a reflection of your lifestyle (what you like, what your daily life is, what you need to live near by to perform your routine tasks).”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: ” Scandinavian – Funky ” I like clean and simple thing while keeping color and addng my little favorites. Julien loves beautiful pieces that have character and are chic.
Inspiration: Pinterest! Pinterest! Pinterest! I also loooove to stroll in numerous decor boutiques in the city to find one or more objects from which a whole universe can be created. We like to mix local items from here with ones from our hometown, Marseille.
Favorite Element: Our giant bear—shelf. We were soooo lucky to find it in one of our favorite shops (that’s now closed). We adopted it on the spot. A huge deal for a real piece of design; we love it!
Biggest Challenge: Inserting my small personal silly touches that can quickly become too childish or kitsch in an adult world.
What Friends Say: An apartment in our image where it’s good and easy to live. We love having friends and family over and the apartment is perfect for large gatherings or parties.
Biggest Embarrassment: None! Hehe. No seriously, we are thinking of redoing the kitchen. It’s fine as is for now, but eventually we would like to have lighter color for the cabinets.
Proudest DIY: The hanging lighting in the stairs with multicolored wires and the wooden crate to store wood (a DIY stolen from The Little Spot).
Biggest Indulgence: This apartment is also the one my parents stay at when they come to visit us in Montreal. It is important that they also bring their touch in their bedroom. We call it “the lodge room.” We will not always agree on the choices, but this room has a cozy cabin feel to it and a lot of charm.
Best Advice: A flat where you feel good, it’s an apartment that looks like you. Where your way of life is completely apparent. Also important: the location. Basically, an apartment is mainly a lifestyle.
Dream Sources: I dream of almost the entire collection of MUUTO furniture and accessories. Of course, any crazy cool decor on Pinterest ….
PAINT & COLORS
- Sea salt of Sico
- Sofa LA BAIE
- Cushions Sylviane Robini et LA BAIE D’Hudson
- Print “Montréal” de Maxime Francout
- Bear shelf: Junior de IBRIDE
- Sofa, Interversion
- Coffee Tables ZONE
- Wooden chairs ARTEMANO
- Frame, Sylviane Robini
- Lamp, rug, storage furniture, IKEA
- Dining table, Interversion
- Chairs, Nu Space
- Lanternes Dollorama
- Frame: Jane Heller
- Bed and dresser, EQ3
- Bedding and cushions, Simons
- Rug, ZONE
- Wooden whale from St-Jovite, gift from my parents
- Print RPGed Marseille from EBoy
- Lamps: DIY with IKEA shelves and wires and bulbs from Nu Space
GUEST ROOM (THE LODGE ROOM)
- Bedding, La Baie
- Guirlande Canoe, V de V
- Bedside tables and lamps, ARTEMANO
- Rug, Toquade in Tremblant
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