A Minimal, Scandinavian-Inspired Studio Is Especially Serene

updated Oct 25, 2019

A Minimal, Scandinavian-Inspired Studio Is Especially Serene

updated Oct 25, 2019
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Name: Émilie and Brook
Location: Saint-Lambert, QC, Canada
Size: 700 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting

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In 2015, Émilie, a Montreal native, sold (almost) all of her belongings to travel and work overseas. After graduating in interior decor and visual merchandising, the call for adventure and discovery of foreign design brought her to Australia. After what seemed like a quick eight months of visiting and working at the most breathtaking places, it was time for Émilie to pack up her bags once again and return home to give birth to her daughter, Brook.

In 2016, Émilie moved to Saint-Lambert, a suburb close to Montreal but remote enough not to feel the constant buzz. After only a few months in her previous apartment she stumbled upon this place. Originally constructed in the early 1900s, she saw the apartment’s potential and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rent it. This new project allowed Émilie to put her training into action and to build her portfolio as an interior stylist. Her goal with this home project was to create a cozy nest for her daughter and self while making it functional (and of course pleasing for the eyes!).

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Scandinavian / Vintage/ Beach shack.

Inspiration: Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, old farmhouses, and of course Instagram/Pinterest.

Favorite Element: The windows and the clawfoot tub.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping it tidy. Without doors it’s hard limiting a 2-year-old to what they can and can’t play with. It’s basically a giant playground.

What Friends Say: “Is there a closed room? Oh… You are brave.”

Biggest Embarrassment: The constant pile of dishes. Not having a dishwasher.

Proudest DIY: Both the hairpin legs console and bench. I always get asked where I bought them. I guess it’s a good sign.

Biggest Indulgence: Natural wood, it kind of became an obsession. Scandinavian objects.

Best Advice: Take your time. It took me a year to finally be happy and feel at home. When you aren’t sure about a piece of furniture don’t buy it if it’s not the one. If it feels off, it is.

Dream Sources: All the independent brick and mortar decor stores around Montréal, Muji, HAY, Ferm Living, Urban Outfitters, and so many more!


Art — The Poster Club
Chaise — IKEA
Chaise cover — Comfort Works
Rattan bench — IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017
Pendant lamp — Prunelle
Marble board — Structube

Desk — Structube
Calendar — Crate and Barrel
Leather straps shelf —La Compagnie Robinson
Hay Hand — Average
Amber glass apothecary jar — KUISHI
Paper kraft roller — George and Willy
Black stone essential oil diffuser — VITRUVI
Chair — EQ3
Storage system — IKEA
Phrenology head — Home Sense

Table — Vintage
Chairs — EQ3
Pendant — IKEA
Storage unit — IKEA
Lamp — IKEA
Star map poster — Strellas
Illustration Baby — The Birth Poster
Letterboard — Letterfolk
Planter — Plantwares
Circular candle holder — CNCV
Seagrass basket — CNCV

Kitchen island — IKEA
Toaster — The Bay
White stone essential oil diffuser — VITRUVI
Pendant lamp — EQ3

Bed frame — Discontinued item from IKEA
Duvet cover — Tekla linen- Average
Wool pillows black pompom — Loloi
Pendant lamp — Prunelle
Chair — Structube
Hairpin bench and console are D.I.Y — Plantwares
Mirror — IKEA
Marble plate — EQ3
Striped rug — CNCV
Room divider — IKEA HJÄRTELIG
Paper lamp — Lumio

Pont de bain/shelves — D.I.Y
Towel — Maison Pomone
Bath brush — CVCV
Mirror — Home Sense

Bed — Gauthier Studio
Blanket — House of Jude
Pillow — Sun and Stars co
Storage unit —
Mirror — Antique
Wooden rainbow toy — NEST
Play kitchen — IKEA
Berber washable rug — Lorena Canals
Natural flatwoven rug — IKEA
“Strong women” poster — The Bee And The Fox
“Good things grow here” banner — The Bee And The Fox
Wood peg rail — Home Hardware
Chalkboard — D.I.Y

Acapulco chairs — Prunelle
Table — IKEA
Wood peg rail — Home Hardware
Broom — Mûr Lifestyle

Thanks, Émilie and Brook!

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