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.

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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.


Who lives here, your home style

Your style says a lot about your personality, it reflects you totally.

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I want to share these with you, I got them from Homesense, I thought that they were super interesting to help you define your own style. I myself am a mixture of Modern romantic and Modern bohemian, ”I like to browse in vintage and second hand stores”and would you believe, I am also a bit of Daredevil in my choices of colour.

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I also wear a lot of black, I guess I have an eclectic personality.


Send us photos of your home, share your style with us at [email protected]

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Have fun in analyzing your style.

Shopping for a condo in the most delightful way

The launching of Tower Trip Magazine is quite exciting, it provides you with the possibility of shopping your future home online, find a new commercial venture or an exciting commercial space.


These are my favorite finds at Tower Trip M., a small green condo project.



An incredible property located behind Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal, built in 1725.


The estate belongs to the Artist sculptor, painter Gaëtan Trottier




Can you imagine that ”In 1775 during the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin had meetings in this house. He also left here a paper press used to print out propaganda flyers.”


La Maison du Calvet is a home and a hostellerie, it is one of these amazing discovery of the Old Montreal,  now on sale for 9.5 M$.


Coming back to the 21st century a condo in the Plateau Mont-Royal for 1M$, I love this luminous and airy space.


And now this 268 SQ/FT at Lowney is the smallest condo for sale in Montreal.



Shopify office in Montreal is my ideal office, I always wanted an office where you can lie around, dream and have a nap, and work of course. I find that an environment as such is really conductive to creativity.


Cynthia Savard Saucier, a UX designer at Shopify joins the discussion ”we have created an environment where you work from where you feel most comfortable.”



I was very excited to find Tower Trip Magazine, if you are interested in the new new thing, I would recommend to pay a visit as they explore Real Estate in the most delightful and imaginative ways, it is a fun thing to do on a lazy Sunday.

Get ready for summer under $50.00

A little while ago I discovered a great Canadian online store Brown and Neville where you can find great products and decorative objects that will bring joy to your outdoor entertainment and to your friends and family. These are my favorite, hope you enjoy them.



$29.95 A milk can for all seasons.


Unrestrainedly bunch your summer flowers in your milk can, they will love it.


Fall flowers and milk can.


What about a small Christmas tree in your milk can.


A special gift for your man, a  decorative wall mounted bottle opener $26.00,


Swivel cheese board and cheese knives set $36.50


Acacia salad bowl set 44.99, they will keep forever.


Lantern $24.99 perfect for outdoor evenings.


For your white wine a chilling decanter 29.99 just add some ice in a separate compartment.


Elegant reusable skewers set of 2 $14.00,


Magnetic BBQ light $9.99 This is such a great gadget, read what it does:

”Its strong stay-put magnet attaches to barbecue tools or the hood to illuminate while grilling. The light swivels for full range of motion. It contains 3 LED bulbs for maximum illumination and batteries are included.”

Have a terrific summer you deserve it.

The most expensive Easter Eggs in the world


Peter Carl Fabergé creator of these Easter eggs was one of the best jeweler and goldsmith in the world.

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Fabergé was born in Russia from French Hugenot (Protestant) paternal ancestors who fled France under Louis X1V, (if you want to know why look for the revocation of the Edict of  Nantes) he was the Tsars most famous jeweler.

Tsar Alexander lll of Russia was the first to have these indredibly beautiful and precious Easter eggs made by Fabergé for his Wife Maria Fedorovna, and the tradition went on with their son Nicholas ll until the revolution of 1917.

The Imperial third golden egg was lost for years, it was bought at an auction by a scrap dealer for the value of the gold (14,000.00) nobody knew it was an original Fabergé egg at the time until the dealer did a bit of research and discovered that this Fabergé egg was missing, it finally sold at Wartski’s auction to a private collector for 33 Million dollars in 2014.

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If you are interested in the work and life of Fabergé, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts had a fantastic exhibition that you can visit on their site at


What to do with your color of the year 2015 ”Marsala”

Marsala comes from the Arabic word Mirs-llahi meaning The Port of God so Marsala is a Godly color.


Marsala Pantone’s color of the year is really a Port in the West coast of Sicily Italy, so you can visit it, it is also a wine from the same region so you can drink it.



Marsala wine is a fortified wine like Port,  Sherry and Madeira, you can cook with it.


Marsala can be used on your walls, it is a very warm color a mixture of pink and terracotta, it makes your skin look luminous and hot.

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You can paint one wall as an accent.

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In a small space like a hallway you could enveloped yourself with Marsala, walls and ceiling, it is quite dramatic.

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You can always use a touch of Marsala with your picture frames or in your Tiramisu or your Zabaglione.


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You can also wear Marsala as all forms of design adopts Pantone color of the year.

May the force be with you and your Marsala what ever you do with it.