Relaxing, DIY Design in Montreal

updated Dec 19, 2019
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Name: Violaine, Gaëtan Havart & Hubert

Location: Mile End; Montreal, Quebec
Size: 825 square feet
Years lived in: 4.5 years; Owned

Violaine and Gaëtan live in one of the most desired neighborhoods of Montreal, and their condo is stunning. As a Belgian architect now living in the city, Gaëtan designed the new kitchen and bathroom in his spare time. The result is unique and simply gorgeous. With the arrival of their first child, Hubert, the growing family will soon have to find a new place to live, but for now they enjoy the condo and its numerous completed DIY projects.

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Their kitchen style is Scandinavian with a Japanese twist: The decor in each room is contemporary, simple with clean lines, modern; the palette is neutral, the style in the kitchen is industrial. A mix of new and vintage elements creates a refreshing and attractive design for any curious eye.

The condo features beautiful designer pieces, vintage furniture, few found objects and great DIYs. For example, Violaine handmade the bedcover for their son. She also made the dreamcatcher in the bedroom using jewelry pieces that she assembled together around a branch picked up during one of their rural getaways. Together, they also assembled the Lindsey Adelman DIY chandelier which is installed in the dining room.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Scandinavian with a Japanese twist (kitchen), love also Italian furniture

Inspiration: Nature

Favorite Element: Metal element in the kitchen

Biggest Challenge: Capping the cabinet doors

What Friends Say: They are in love with the space

Biggest Embarrassment: In an old building, the biggest embarrassment would be trying to fit all the elements together perfectly in the kitchen

Proudest DIY: Chandelier, shelves, and the design of the kitchen and the bathroom

Best Advice: Don’t fall in love with expensive elements, spread on intelligence choices

Dream Sources: Nature


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  • Sofa from maison Corbeil
  • Photography by Robin Cerutti


  • Vintage furniture
  • Eames shell chair Herman Miller
  • Lindsey Adelman DIY chandelier
  • Pagaies Norquay Co.
  • Italian bar cart


  • Ikea AKURUM hacked
  • Portugaise marble mat
  • Kholer faucet
  • Doors and Metal open shelving (custom)
  • To do, black board Erratum design



  • Home Depot white tile
  • Kholer faucet
  • Catalano sink
  • Artemide light


  • Vitsoe system
  • Commode by West Elm
  • Wallpaper by Barneby Gates

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Thanks, Violaine, Gaëtan & Hubert!