A Montreal Duplex Unit Filled with Eclectic Vintage Finds

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Montreal Duplex Unit Filled with Eclectic Vintage Finds

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Marlène Deshaies
Location: Villeray, Montreal
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, owned

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Marlène considers herself a decor magazine junkie. She lives in a 950-square-foot flat in a duplex she shares with her daughter Corine and her boyfriend Maxime, and it’s inspiring publications like Martha Stewart Living and IDEAT that helped her completely renovate the kitchen and bathroom, as well as decorate the entire space. As the co-founder of Mama Coco Vintage, she’s also filled the space with vintage finds from various eras.

A huge fan of color, European interiors, kitsch objects, and Martha Stewart, her home brilliantly reflects all of these elements. And her philosophy toward design is seen in every room: She prefers the idea of “unstyled” decor. Using a mix of different objects, her family’s home is effortlessly beautiful and comfortable.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Vintage Eclectic. I just love to be unstyled.

Inspiration: Color. French and European interiors. Everything I see when travelling. Martha Stewart. Preloved objects and pieces of furniture usually have a story to tell; I like that.

Favorite Element: My kitchen shelving with my favorite vintage kitchenware.

Biggest Challenge: Downsizing from a three-story house to a 950-square-feet unit.

What Friends Say: So cozy and bright!

Biggest Embarrassment: Don’t look at my doors; I still need to restore them…

Proudest DIY: All frames and mirrors were installed by me! You can now call me the drillmaster!

Biggest Indulgence: My Caesarstone countertop, my bathroom sink (a Philippe Stark reproduction), and my soon-to-be upholstered couch.

Best Advice: You can always give a second chance to a piece of furniture or an object, even if it’s not in good shape. Let your creativity go free and DIY!

Dream Sources: Art & Décoration magazine, Marie-Claire Idées, Martha Stewart Living, IDEAT and many more… I’m a decoration magazine junkie…I would also love to go to California to Mid-Century Mobler and buy all the furniture and objects that I dream of.


The whole apartment is painted in Chantilly Lace OC-65 from Benjamin Moore

Hexatile Ceramic tiles — La Tuilerie Cavendish
Mid-century High Dresser – Corine’s great find on Kijiji and restored by Oliviero Fontana
Pink MCM Table Lamp — Thrifted
Klimt reproduction— Ikea
Lilac Velvet chair — Kijiji
Dressmaker’s dummy — Flea market
Large and small crockpots — Flea market
Sisal carpet — Ikea

Velvet Victorian couch — Kijiji
Freida Kahlo cushion — VdeV (a gift from my daughter)
Flower cushion — Indigo
Granny blanket — Thrifted
Mid-century gold and white ceramic table lamp — Garage sale
Teak coffee table — Garage sale and restored by Atelier des pas perdus
McCoy Pineapple cookie jar — Thrifted
Faux cow carpet – Simons.ca
Mid-century brown corduroy armchair — Thrifted
Twiggy cushion — Brought back from a trip to France
Velvet footstool — HomeSense
Mid-century TV unit – Atelier des pas perdus
Gold wall fitting — Kijiji
Dame Jeanne (large wine bottle) — Garage sale
Tamara De Lempicka posters — Garage sale

Teak dining table — Atelier des pas perdus
Black mid-century dining chairs — Auctioned
Mid-century Walnut buffet — Kijiji
Mid-Century Walnut Bar — Kijiji
Vintage Round gold-gilded mirror — Gift from my parents
Brown leather and chrome bench — HomeSense
McCoy, Jadeite Fire King, Milk Glass and Fenton collections — Many years of thrifting

Kallarp and Veddinge Kitchen cabinets — Ikea
Caesarstone Kitchen countertop — Italbec
Island Butcher block — Ikea
Kitchen floor — BMR
Kitchen Stools — Auctioned and thrifted
Black and white carpet– Beija Flor (a house warming gift from my best friend Lise)
Little Tiffany lamp — Handmade by myself when I was in my 20s
Pyrex, Grindley Manitou dishes and vintage objects — Thrifted
Poster, Biscuits LU by Alphonse Mucha — Flea market
Ratan blind— Thrifted

Bed — Ikea
Black and green tropical duvet cover — H&M Home
Teal Art Déco Dressing table — Flea market 30 years ago and restored with chalk paint
White and Maple Dresser from the 60s — Kijiji and restored by Oliviero and chalk painted by myself
Mid-century chrome side tables — Auctioned
Rattan plant stand— Auctioned
Gold rectangular mirror — A vintage gift from my parents
Vintage brass light fixture – A thrifted gift from by parents when I bought my first house
Collection of vintage bracelets — Thrifted
Embroidered Iris Apfel portrait — Dionoski on Etsy
Sheepskin carpet – Costco

Bathroom pedestal sink, Philippe Stark inspired — Rona
Ringhult cabinets — Ikea
Shower and bathtub porcelain tiles, carrara marble print — Éco Dépôt Céramique
Shower curtain — The Aestate, Berverly II, Society6
Floor hexatile in grey — La Tuilerie Cavendish
Pharmacy cabinet with mirror — Custom-made by a carpenter

Thanks, Marlène!

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