A Designer’s Rental Has a Luscious Rust Velvet Sofa and Incredible Brass Chandelier Vintage Find

published Feb 2, 2021

A Designer’s Rental Has a Luscious Rust Velvet Sofa and Incredible Brass Chandelier Vintage Find

published Feb 2, 2021
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Name: Maude Coudé, her husband, and son
Location: Verdun, Québec, Canada
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Designer Maude Coudé lives with her husband and son in a charming apartment in Verdun, Montreal. “My mother knows the landlord and when she saw the place, she immediately called me!” explains Maude. “The apartment was freshly renovated, but what really drew me towards it was its proximity to the St. Lawrence River. It’s like living both in the city and in the countryside at the same time.”

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Maude graduated from Concordia University in cinema, but her love and passion for design grew stronger. Working as an interior designer since 2015 for both commercial and residential clients, her style is recognizable: quirky, bohemian, and colorful. (Apartment Therapy has featured one of Maude’s design projects before, Isa Lora Messier’s gorgeous home.) Maude has a love for vintage furniture, so it’s not surprising that her abode is filled with gems. “I have always been a fan of thrifting, and I just go along with what I fall in love with! It’s like treasure hunting for me,” Maude says. “Not only are vintage and antiques great, but they go together with an eco-friendly lifestyle.”

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One can tell there’s a predominant color throughout her whole apartment. Her then-roommate, a fashion designer, decorated their flat with care and had a pink sofa. Since then, she’s been obsessed with this color. “It’s both fun and soothing.”

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern Vintage

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Inspiration: I have always been a fan of thrifting, and I just go along with what I fall in love with!

Favorite Element: The living room’s brass chandelier, one of my best Kijiji finds ever!

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Biggest Challenge: Creating storage space — sometimes I would like to have a more minimalist flat, but I have no choice but to use furniture to store all my craft supplies and clothes. Oh, and tons of shoes. And fancy dishes.

What Friends Say: That I am lucky to have a husband cool with all that pink! Well, it’s 2020, so pink is gender-free! My mix and match vintage plates are always a big hit at dinner parties, too.

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Biggest Embarrassment: On a day-to-day basis, I have to put a blanket on my sofa — with two dogs it would get way too dirty. It’s their favorite spot. Also, my wardrobe is a war zone.

Proudest DIY: Painting my dining room’s hutch — it took days but was soooo worth it in the end. Now it’s a fun mint and ivory combo, as opposed to a dark overstained wood.

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Biggest Indulgence: My luscious rust velvet sectional sofa.

Best Advice: Less is more. Not.

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Dream Sources: If I have to pick one, it’s Céline Hallas from Denmark. She is INCREDIBLE.


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  • Gold and Copper Planters — West Elm
  • Plants — Vertuose
  • Cactus et succulents planters — From the ceramist Marina Lespérance Lopez LLOMA
  • Sectional Sofa — Élément de Base (made a special vegan order, down free, of the Piqué model.
  • Mid-Century credenza — Kijiji, and I refurbished the top part, then painted some pink accents.
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  • Turquoise lockers — Esprit Vintage
  • Suspension — Nüspace
  • Ceramic Ice Cream Cone — Ambiance Rétro
  • Vintage — All the furniture are Kijiji Finds
  • Prints — Simon-Pierre Gérard, Pony, and Les Loleries (with some drawings from my nieces)
  • Vases — Ex Voto
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  • Vintage stove — Kijiji
  • SMEG Toaster — The Bay
  • Faucet — IKEA
  • Plate — From the ceramist Marina Lespérance Lopez LLOMA
  • Suspension / Peach Dome— Tungstène Éclairage Créatif
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  • Bed — IKEA
  • Nightstands — VdeV
  • Lamps — Ambiance Rétro Vintage
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Thanks, Maude and family!

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.