Raphaëlle's Foodie Paradise Apartment

Raphaëlle's Foodie Paradise Apartment

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Name: Raphaëlle
Location: Little Italy; Montreal, Canada
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years; Rented

Raphaëlle found this apartment six years ago. She instantly fell in love with its size, the amount of natural light that comes in, the location and its affordability. Located above the popular Jean-Talon food market (where her cat happily strolls everyday), the apartment is a great place for Raphaëlle, a talented cook who loves to host dinner parties.

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The décor reflects Raphaëlle's personality; her travels, passions and her affection for books, music and art. Intending to keep every book, every object, every precious little souvenir that she accumulated over the years, she rearranges them in such a way that they become an integral part of the space.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Hoarder-chic, nostalgic, comfortable

Inspiration: Everything in my apartment is organized or designed around travel souvenirs, books, music, food and plants.

Favorite Element: The kitchen; I love to cook in this very big and bright room. Even though there’s only one cabinet door closing properly, and despite the weird pink melamine counter top and the absence of a stove fan (the place can smell like beef for days).

Biggest Challenge: The apartment is really old, not very well maintained by the owner, and the building foundations were clearly built by a drunken person. Interior design is a way to hide all those flaws.

What Friends Say: It's so you.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom: no fan, no light, a little depressing. Two words for the entry: grey carpet. And I really need to change my dining set.

Proudest DIY: I’m busier with fixing things in here than building new ones. But I could go with the frames wall in my bedroom. It’s a real conversation starter.

Biggest Indulgence: Plants and prints. They’re everywhere.

Best Advice: Succulents: easy to take care of, they last forever, and they always add a little life to a room. Or flowers. I order my bouquets from Garçon Fleur, or I buy fresh gladiolas or freesia at the public market downstairs.

Dream Sources: Showroom, Du Design du Retro et du Chic, the 4,000 blogs I follow and the lighting fixtures and furniture my parents make with their little company, Murmures Ateliers.

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Resources of Note:


  • Eggshell blue
  • sky grey
  • white
  • light mint

  • Couch, EQ3
  • Coffee table, Murmures Ateliers
  • Lamp, EQ3
  • Pillow, Ikea and Buk & Nola
  • Painting, my mom’s, from Picasso’s Night fishing at Antibes

  • Butcher bloc unit, Murmures Ateliers
  • Table and chairs, Ikea
  • Besos Robados print, bought in Cuba
  • Prints, gifts, travel, Etsy, flea markets
  • Bed frame, Ikea
  • Pillows, throw and bedding, Ikea
  • (Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

    Thanks, Raphaëlle!

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