Moving downtown again

I am definitely a city girl, this is why my family named me ‘’ The Asphalt flower’’

Image via Mondev


A few months ago I was looking for condos and apartments for rent, it had to be downtown and reasonably priced.

As I was browsing on the Internet I discovered the Mondev condos, I was surprised to find out that event though their location is so closed to downtown their prices are quite affordable.

 This is their site, if you are on the market for a condo I definitely would look them up.

 ! Mondev Condos is one of the few condo development companies in the city that offer stunning condos in Montreal, at affordable prices, in every hotspot of the city

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 I finally moved, and as I did not want to be too far from where I was living before, I rented a condo a few blocks away and one street up.

 Moving can be difficult and traumatic, so you need all the help you can get. The people who work in the building are of the most importance to me, they have been incredibly useful, so make sure you are in good terms with them, it will make your life so much easier.


For instance, when I was unpacking and submerged with tons of boxes, I called the doorman and ask him what I could do with them, would you believe that a young couple was moving out and needed boxes, they came and picked them up immediately, it was such a relief.

They are certain laws in condos, so make sure you are aware of them

If your friends offer to help you unpack, say yes, it is so much more fun than doing it by yourself.


These are only some snippets of what living in a condo entails, the rest you sort of just pick up by living there, and that way you’ll be able to help one of your friends who decides to move into a condo with your own insider tips

I got the pretty blues

Summer is almost here and I can feel the blue of the sea,  just thought you might enjoy a few of my favorite blue decor.

Via Architectural Digest



Accessorizing with blue.



A Stunning blue and white living room decorated by Suzanne and Lauren McGrath.


Suzanne and Lauren McGrath

Via Better Home and Garden


White and blue in a small living area.

Better Home and Garden


A softer blue with a creamy white.  One of my favorite white is Cloud white CC40 by Benjamin Moore.


Sometimes just a touch of blue like this white and blue rug can really bring a nautical look to a room, when we say nautical we always see blue and white, which is quite calming and of course  better than seeing red.

Better Home and Garden


Blue and white striped chairs can make a room look so much like summer.

Today’s idea, your office in a closet

Small can be beautiful if it is orderly. Think out of the box, think about a closet office.


In my new apartment, I have to think about creating a new home office.


My actual office is in my bedroom window alcove. I installed the curtains just in front of it so that I could close the office at night by pulling the curtains.


Ideally I would like to build a storage area on this right inside 13 foot wall which is like an alcove facing the bed, as I have very little storage space I thought I could use this 30 inch deep alcove by 13 foot to create my office plus an additional closet. Of course it will make the bedroom smaller but as you know, the smaller the space the more important the storage.

IMG_1234This is the wall, hopefully I will be able to use 60 inches for my office, and about 96 inches for storage shelves and a clothes closet. by Max Kim-Bee


Go pink for la vie en Rose in your closet office.



I kind of like the Ikea Alex desk $159.00, I think it would be perfect for this closet office, it is 51”5/8 X 23”5/8.

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I definitely would like to have a mirror in the back of my closet office as I am facing the wall, with a mirror I will be able to see the reflection of the light in my bedroom windows. Pottery Barn


You can even installed a wall lamp in this closet office


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Unbelievable, Tonya’s office was originally a small closet.

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Her father converted this old kitchen table into a desk and shelves.

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First Tonya stencilled the back of her closet, but you could use wallpaper if you wish.

This kitchen table was cut into 3 pieces, it brings a lot of style to this tiny office.

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Tonya’s minute office is absolutely adorable.

These office ideas are really inspiring for me, I hope they are helping you too. Have great day, I have to go back to my packing, cleaning up files, clothes etc.. big job.

The true minimalist and the virtual one

I always thought that minimalism was Zen, but I suppose that Christian Grey’s virtual  home can be considered minimalistic but not Zen as New York Artistic Director Sam Shahid’s home is minimalistic and pure Zen. ”I believe minimalism is all in the eye of the beholder”

Images via Universal Studio


Christian’s living room has big empty spaces like in the minimalist Japanese tradition and with its big windows the exterior is brought into the interior, on the other hand his decorative objects are not necessarily plain and simple, but I have to admit that there is a ”Less is more” Mies Van der Rohe quality about his virtual home.


Mies Van der Rohe architect



They are some natural elements in Christian’s home, like the wood dining table and the brown marble floors, that are agreeable to the minimalistic style.


Christian’s kitchen could be called minimalistic, compare to mine it is.


Sam Shahid’s home is a great exemple of Zen minimalistic style.

The simplicity of the materials, the quietness of the space reflects the concept of Japanese Zen.

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Sam Shahid, President and Creative Director, Shahid and Company, Creative Design and Advertising Agency


Oh sometimes I wish I could obtain this serene calm look in my own home, but I do get attached to objects, I suppose I am far away from being Zen, maybe in another lifetime.


Sam Shahid’s bedroom


David Piscuskas is Sam Shahid’s architect,

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Spectacular Piscuskas’s architectural work in Sam Shahid’s home.

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The very talented Architects David Piscuskas andJuergen Riehm  ”1100 Architect PC”

My home move, your home move and packing

As far as boxes are concerned, you can buy them from a moving supplier or get a few free of charge from a Liquor store, or you grocery store, or sometimes on kijiji or Craig’s list you might find someone who wants to get rid of their moving boxes free if you pick them up.  

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Happy couple in their new home having fun – moving concept

Not all packing boxes are created alike, but you can go on different moving sites and this will help you determine what kind of boxes you need for books, dishes, lamps, crystal. The moving box suppliers can often provide you with a packing guide.

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This is an example of the cost for the moving supplies you would need for a 2 Bedroom Moving Kit at Via c


Not sure where to start…this kIt includes:

10 1.5 cube boxes,
20 2 cube boxes,
5   4 cube boxes,
2   5 cube boxes,
1   sofa cover,
1   10lb newsprint packing paper,
1   air tight bubble wrap- 3/16” roll-  12”x150,
6   rolls of tape
2   queen mattress cover,
1   marker pen



Home Depot also has a good moving guide 

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For your dishes I think buying newsprint packing paper would be a good investment, as regular newspaper might leave marks on your good china. Movers are not responsible for anything you will be packing yourself, so make sure you are doing a good job, plan, plan and plan again. Label your boxes on the side not on top.



Make a thorough analysis of your belongings, take pictures as a reminder and pack stuff you rarely use first. (don’t forget to get rid of the stuff you never use, why should you need it in your new home.) Pack things you need everyday last. Number your boxes and make a list.


Some movers might move clothing drawers and cover them so you don’t have to pack those, on the other hand, you have to empty your filing cabinet drawers and pack your files in boxes.

Pack each room separately if you can, for instance, on your list you can have: Kitchen 1 to 10 etc…

I will keep you posted now and then on my moving process and my packing progress.

May the packing force be with you 

Today’s idea, your moving, don’t move everything

Call it spring cleaning, decluttering or clearing out, but you cannot move everything.


Time to have a garage sale, sell your old phones, old electrical appliances that you have kept through the ages ”just in case”, I am definitely a just in case gal.


Go through your kitchen cupboards, make sure you only bring the dishes, pots and pans that you need, get rid of the old ones that you never use, all this stuff is costly to move and no fun to unpack.


Take pictures of your new dwelling and make a plan, you might have to part with some pieces of furniture, you can sell them online or give them to charity organisations like Value Village and the Salvation Army, they usually have a free pick up service.


You might be able to salvage your window treatments, take measurements if it works so much the better, if not sell them or give them away, some member of your family might be able to recycle them.


Clothes wonderful clothes, I have a hard time parting with books, but I also have a hell of time parting with clothes, I know I have too, and it is said that if you have not worn anything for 2 years you should say goodbye, farewell, adieu, it is tough, but it has to be done, I am trying to convince myself as I write this to you

Shoes also, yes indeed,  all these useless items are expensive to move and no fun to unpack.

I have to go now and by a few boxes, apparently, each box has a purpose.

Stay tuned next week we will discuss boxes, sort of  a guide to packing.

To tell you the truth,  this is a good exercise for me, I only hope I will remember all my good advises when time comes. Thank you for reading decogirlmontreal.

Have a good move.

Today’s idea for the big move

After 18 years in the same apartment, I have decided to move, it is a big decision I have been thinking about it for a year and a half. I have to admit that the process of finding a new home was quite laborious. But thanks to the new technologies, I did not have to visit each and every one of the apartment but only 50.

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This is where I live now.

Just wanted to share with you some of the undertakings I had and still have to do in order to prepare the big move.

After 6 months of searching I finally found a new home.


The first thing I did is try to get rid of all old papers, interior design magazines over one hundred of them, for the magazines, I knew someone who gives them to a hospital, so he was kind enough to rid me of them.

For the papers I bought some heavy garbage bags and this is just the beginning, the bags will go into the recycling bin.


I find that giving books away is always difficult, I have to look at each of them read the dust cover than decide of its faith. Most of them will go to the Salvation Army along with all the clothes that I have accumulated over the years and stuff stuff and stuff.

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After contemplating my living room it finally occurred to me that I should call a mover.

I phoned one of my niece and asked her if she could recommend a company. She was very appreciative of Anber movers from Montreal as they are a family owned company and she had used them before.

I think it is very important to have a good recommendation, moving is traumatic enough without having to deal with non professional people.

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I believe that it is safer to ask the mover to come for a visit so he can see all your belongings and provide you with an estimate of time and cost.

If you have a gas stove you might need a technician to disconnect it, so it is important that the mover knows about all these details.

Picture 014 - CopieMake sure the movers has insurance premiums.

Contact your Insurance broker so that he is or she is aware that you are moving, most insurance company provide you with a 30 day coverage in your new home.

Your movers insurance might not cover the full replacement value of your personal effects.

Anber told me that if I moved before the end of the month of July, it will be less costly, so I am moving the 29th instead of the 31st of July, I am lucky as I have access to my new apartment.

Better book your movers weeks in advance especially in the summer.

Stay tuned Saturday I will share some of my planning with you, ouff my theory of planning is pretty good, but now I have to go into a reality move.

Have a great day.