From a Ritz Girl to an Ikea Girl

Yes I admit it, I love the Ritz but I also love Ikea

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I find the new colours of Ikea very exciting,and very young even for the not so young but the young at heart.

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The Dagar turquoise faux leather sofa for $999.00 can become the focus of your room.

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You need a touch of black and yellow, the Ottil cushion cover for $12.99

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The turquoise and orange room is so joyous.

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The Orange Friheten sofa bed for $699.00 will look terrific in your small living room guest room.

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You can add a Kulladal cushion cover for $14.99 and it makes your room.

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For a softer palette go with beige on beige Himmene sofa bed $599.00.

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Add a Hermine throw for a Burberry look $19.99

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Back to vibrant clover green, after a night at the Irish pub you will never miss your sofa and end up on the floor. A touch of pink will really add a bit of fantasies and femininity, it is like the Yin and the Yang in your life.

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The Klippan love seat for $349.00 The Yin

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Klippan loveseat with the green white and pink cover. The Yang

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I know this is a lot to absorb all these bright colours, so for the weak at heart let’s go with a little break and introduce the greige, gray palette, are you feeling better now my lovelies.

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The Stocksund chaise for $639.00

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The Stocksund sofa for $799.00

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I would definitely add this gray and white cushion cover to light it up. Smanate $6.99

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OOps guess what you can have this Stocksund sofa and the chaise in other colours, with a red cover for instance.

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Stocksund chaise with blue cover.

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The real white  klippan love seat looks good with its multicoloured  Onskedrom rug

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Klippan love seat $499.00

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Onskedrom rug $49.99 ouffff When I will  be done with this article, I shall speak Swedish fluently!

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OH Oh another room this room is quite pastel and gentle with its pink wall and turquoise sofa

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Söderhamn micro fiber sofa in a Finnsta turquoise for $1210.00

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An Ottil cushion cover is a must with this turquoise sofa.  $12.999

HOpe you will enjoy your new and old Ikea my lovelies, I worked very hard to pronounce all these Swedish names and remember them.

Today’s idea, a shower with a view

The amazing experience of showering almost outside and sometimes outside.

Via Architectural Digest/photo William Waldron

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A tale of Shower and Tub for you.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Ngoc Minh Ngo

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Showering in the garden of Eden.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Nikolas Koenig

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On the other side of the bathroom window of author and photographer Kelly Klein is her shower, who can ask for anything more.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Scott Frances

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A shower window to the world of Manhattan.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Björn Wallander

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Sometimes two windows in your shower is better than one.

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Shower shower in the window, who is the prettiest of them all.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Björn Wallander

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A lapis windowed shower.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Simon Upton

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A sconce by Ralph Lauren Home is the perfect fit for this shower window.

Happy Canada day my lovelies

Even though it is already July 1st Canada day, you might think that you are too late to decorate your balcony, but you are not, it is never too late, you still can enjoy the summer and celebrate many occasions on your balcony.

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I have to admit that I was very hesitant about palm trees on an urban balcony, but I realized it creates intimacy for a small dining area and brings life and movement to a concrete space.

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I took a few pictures for you at Home Depot, they still have a good selection of palm trees and flowers, the small palm trees are $20.00 each.

 

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Add a whimsical decorative piece, this Home Sense frog is sitting on a book, I suppose it should be a worm sitting on a book, but somehow a worm would not be as much fun.

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The cedars are quite beautiful for $29.99


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You can mix your South with your North, such as palm trees with cedar and pines.

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Dollarama sells these palm tree pots for $3.00 a piece.

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Flowers left at Home depot

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If you are an asphalt flower, enjoy your summer, go out on your balcony, water your plants and flowers, it is good for your urban soul.

Small things to enhance your kitchen

Sometimes you don’t need to spend much to enhance your kitchen

Via http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/blah-clever-things-you-didnt-know-you-really-needed-in-your-kitchen-217003

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Add an insert for spices in one of your drawer

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Spice rack from Ikea Variera $4.99

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

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Add a few hooks on your kitchen cabinet doors

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

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Change your handles and knobs

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

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Paint your cabinets

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

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Make a black board

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Black board doocooler wallpaper via  https://www.amazon.ca/

Via http://www.popsugar.com/home/photo-gallery

Put-Corkboard-Your-FridgeStick a cork panel on your fridge door

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/19/inexpensive-ways-to-fix-up-kitchen_n_4833603.html photo/ Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snydertraditional-kitchen

Decorate your kitchen with pictures

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Add a small table if you don’t have room for an island

A peak at Charleston SC

Last week I went to visit a friend in Charleston South Carolina and I totally fell in love with this beautiful city. 

Photos by decogirlmontreal

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An absolute tourist taking photo of a beautiful home.

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Nathaniel Russel’s home in Charleston, Nathaniel had a passion for windows, they are quite incredible, you have to see them. https://www.historiccharleston.org/russell.aspx

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Garden ideas, brick and pebble stone.

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A peaceful arbor.

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I love this garden entrance way.

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 One of my friends is peaking again, she cannot help it.

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I love these white double verandahs, this wooden gate and its brick pillars.

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Cypresses in Charleston.

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A cute pink house with topiary on each side of its front door, it looks a bit lost in translation.

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A brick house covered with greenery.

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Dorothy’s brick road.

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A spirally lacy metal gate.

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A narrow path with a fountain.

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A wonderful stairwell with a green garland.

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A garden Plantation

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A room with a view.

Today’s idea, using trellis and arbor

When I was a little girl, I lived by the river and we had a pergola in our back yard right above the river. Somehow, I still long for this trellis pergola, it was absolutely romantic, it reminded me of all these period films that took place in the South of the USA.

Via http://www.bhg.com/

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Trellises are inviting you into a magical world.

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Being private with trellises.

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Flowers adore trellises so do I.

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A romantic corner with trellises.

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Create a meditation area with 3 trellises

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Painting your trellises to merge with nature.

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Trellis with a round face.

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Natural trellises

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Wired trellis

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Being welcomed by an arched metal arbor.

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I like the idea of installing a wooden arbor on two pillars.

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Home Depot has quite a good selection of trellises and arbors.

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An arbor is more like a tunnel passage way.

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Via https://www.lowes.ca

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New England arbor from Lowes.

My favorite quaint rooms

Sometimes in my research, I come face to face with rooms I cannot resist, they feel good at first sight,  and I would like to share them with you my lovelies.

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt via http://www.1stdibs.com/

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This Copenhagen Loft designed by Tina Seidenfaden Busck is absolutely charming with its pink chaise longue and a colourful vintage rug, I feel I could lie down and read my

Elsie de Wolfe book ”The House in good taste”

Photo by Gaelle Le Boulicaut via http://www.1stdibs.com/JBHolm-917-copy-e1458669180572This Library is located in Denmark, I really like the idea of having asymmetrical book shelves on each side of the doorway, I have to admit that I would have hesitated to do this, but Designer Barbara Bendix Becker really made it worked as yin and yang and created perfect balance in this room. Oh I love this Serge Mouille modern black floor lamp, it is totally erratic and has super lighting direction at the same time.

Photo The House Directory via http://www.1stdibs.com/

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I cannot explore Scandinavian contemporary homes without showing you the traditional Gustavian Style of the 18th century invented by King Gustav lll of Sweden.

Photo via Swedish Interiors

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Gustav lll loved Interior Design, fashion and art. Looking at his clothes, it seems that they were a great inspiration for his Interiors. The Gustavian Swedes are not afraid to mix their woods, they also like pastel colours, blue, yellow, gray and white washed.

PAINTING BY ALEXANDER ROSLIN OF KING GUSTAV III OF SWEDEN

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This is Gustav the lll, if you want to know more about this talented chap go and visit Laurel Bern’s blog, http://laurelberninteriors.com/ she has written a very interesting and fun post about Gustav and all Gustavian colours and Interiors.

Photos Matthiew Williams Via architectural Digest

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From Scandinavia via Kathleen Hacketts book to Brooklyn with love.

Photos Matthiew Williams Via architectural Digest

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This brown and white room has lots of character, Artist Stephen Antonson has created the plaster chandelier above the dining room table and the different shape plaster candlesticks by hand. Somehow I see a Scandinavian influence in his work. Mixing wood dining room table and chairs with a painted white sideboard works very well.

Photo via http://www.remodelista.com/

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Voilà Stephen at work in his atelier, for more info go to http://www.stephenantonson.com/lighting/

Photos Matthiew Williams Via architectural Digest

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This is a room of my own heart, it is entirely decorated with second-hand stuff, beautiful and very quaint, even the disemboweled armchair in the corner is charming.

Via http://www.cotemaison.fr/

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In Milan, a traditional home with a modern look, renovated by Milanese Architect Giuliano dell’Uva. I particularly like the stainless steel book shelves in the kitchen, they had to be made to measure. Don’t you find It is always a challenge to store books in a kitchen.

Photo decogirlmontreal

donald boat house

This room is very dear to my heart, it is my good friend Donald’s boat house where we have had many happy moments amongst friends.

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A room with a view on Lake Memphremagog.

Have a great evening, cheer up spring is almost here at last.

 

Sharing my balcony finds with you

Living in Montreal with the long winters, it seems that they only dream we have now is about our outdoor homes. Viva our balcony. 

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Ikea’s cute balcony red set for 2, could be quite romantic.

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Choosing a rug could determine your balcony colours and style, Ikea.

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This Ikea garden bench can be used outdoor and indoor.

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Plant shelves from Ikea could be transferred in your kitchen as open shelves storage.

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White plant holder from Ikea.

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Adorable plant holder, you can use a couple of these and turn your balcony into a real garden.

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Ladder like plant holder from Ikea.

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Colourful hanging flower boxes Ikea.

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Corner plant holder Ikea.

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Cute balcony light Ikea.

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White metal solar lantern Ikea.

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Star like light Ikea.

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Go natural with a dining set for 2 Ikea.

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Lounge chair from Pier one.

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Leafy side table outdoor indoor, PIer One.


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Round mosaic side table, can be used outdoor and indoor Pier One.

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If you have a small balcony, don’t be afraid to get a big comfy chair, set it in a corner and create an intimate space for yourself. Pier One

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Last but not least the hammock always finds its place on our balcony.

Enjoy my friends.