Myriam & Sebastien’s Coastal-Inspired Simplicity

published Mar 27, 2015
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Name: Myriam Granger & Sebastien Burns
Location: Villeray; Montreal, Canada
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Rented

I’ve known Myriam & Sebastien, owners of the Boutique Archive, since the opening of their store in Villeray three years ago. The space is truly amazing and the products are of great quality. From designer clothes to cool accessories for men and women, the boutique is a true reflection of who they are: Free-spirited, surfing lovers, cool and generous human beings who love to travel. Their apartment is in the same spirit.

They’ve chosen this home for its open space concept and atypical layout. Most apartments in the area all have the same characteristics—a long corridor, narrow rooms; not this one! Seb has a history with the neighborhood—he’s lived here for more than 14 years. But mainly they’ve chosen this apartment because the store is three doors down!

The décor shows their love of art and design, simplicity, and their passion for nature. The space is synonymous with modesty and unpretentiousness.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Nautical, coast lifestyle

Inspiration: The beach / surfing / our travels

Favorite Element: The open space apartment, the living room / the mix of artwork and plants

Biggest Challenge: We use to have wooden panel walls in the living room, it was so loud and it felt like we lived in a cottage. Convincing our landlord to paint over it was quite a mission.

What Friends Say: Cozy, well organized / well put together

Biggest Embarrassment: Our washing machine is literally in the middle of the kitchen in a really odd spot. We had to be creative at hiding it the best we could but also keeping it as a functional area of our apartment.

Proudest DIY: Framing every single art piece in the apartment. A lot of them are cut to measurement and its been quite a process.

Biggest Indulgence: The fan pipping above the oven.

Best Advice: Take your time, do it one do it right, measure twice cut once.

Dream Sources: Our travels

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Resources of Note:


  • DIY shoe shelves
  • DIY wall mounted hooks
  • Coin plate from our trip to Asia


  • Made in Quebec couch
  • Ikea table, TV unit and corner lamp
  • Antoine Tavaglione silkscreen and DIY art flag frames
  • Seb’s dad’s vintage constellation frame over the piano
  • V de V celling lamp
  • Myriam’s family rocking chair
  • Lots of plants and decorative vases from pepinière Jasmin (the best in town)
  • Ikea table & Chairs
  • Myriam’s University’s art projects
  • Lambert & Fils ceiling lamps
  • DIY cutting board on the washing machine
  • Ikea bathroom shelving display modified into wall unit
  • Ikea furniture
  • Numbered Roy Lichtenstein reproduction
  • Framed diptic from a Bangkok artist that we met while in Thailand
  • Myriam and Seb’s favorite books
  • Thank you Myriam & Seb!

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