2 of Rachel Lambert M.’s homes

Bunny Lambert Mellon who was a self-made horticulturalist she studied the techniques of Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie who designed ”Le Potager du Roi” for Louis the X1V, she later helped restore this garden at Versailles. (If your like gardening you can visit)


She was invited to create the Rose Garden at the White House by her friend Jacqueline Kennedy. 

Rachel’s Manhattan Home

Photo Via Architectural Digest


In the pink living room above the fireplace a painting of John Singer Sargent 1882 Mis Beatrice Townsend. Ms Rachel L. M. was a great art collector. If you want to know more about John Singer Sargent go to http://www.johnsingersargent.org/

Photo Via Architectural Digest


The blue dining room with the trompe l’oeil floors


Édouard Manet’s painting tout simplement in the Lapis Lazuli dining room.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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Totally country in the city, the garden entrance.

Photo Via Architectural Digest


The Manhattan garden with its small gazebos.

Photo Via Architectural Digest


You can tell that Bunny Mellon was a lover of nature, even her home in New York City has a country feeling and decor about it.

Rachel’s home in Oyster Harbors Massachusetts

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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Above the dining room mantel a Raoul Dufy sailing boat painting.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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The garden at Oyster Harbors.

Photo Via Architectural Digest


A light nautical feeling about Rachel’s bedroom.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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The white and blue four poster bed

The many faces of Rachel Lambert M.

A few days ago the New York Times published an article on Sotheby’s auction house future sale of Rachel Lambert Mellon (known as Bunny) Oak Spring Farm property located in Upperville Virginia.Ms. Mellon died in March 2014 at the age of 103. The proceeds of the sale will benefit the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, the Foundation supports horticultural and educational achievements. Ms. Lambert M. was also  a horticulturist and a fine art collector

I wanted to share with you some of the different homes of Ms. Lambert M. they are so magnificent, I find it is so inspiring to look at beautiful homes.

Oak Spring Farm

Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Rachel Lambert Mellon photographed by the very famous French Photographer

Henri-Cartier Bresson, if you want to know more about H-CB go to http://www.henricartierbresson.org/hcb/home_fr.htm

Via Architectural Digest Photos  Horst P. Horst/courtesy of Condé Nast Archive


Rachel’s collection of topiaries

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


The grand pergola at Oak Spring Farm

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives

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The entrance hallway at Oak S. F.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives

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The greenhouse with its Fernand Renard Trompe l’oeil armoires and ceiling.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


The library with its mezzanine is absolutely stunning.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


The  Mark Rothco painting is like the sun had install itself on the library wall.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


Look at these fences, they have great style.

Antigua Home

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives

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Love the stone trompe l’oeil floor.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


Rachel’s living room in Antigua

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives

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Charming corners with a lemon tree.

Stay tune tomorrow I will share with you Rachel’s Manhattans home and her Oyster Harbors home in Massachusetts, have a lovely evening.

Anatomy of the Redball Project in Montreal

My cousin Ginette is visiting me from Switzerland, she is a photographer who used to  work for the New York Times travel section. She wanted to visit the World Press Photography exhibition taking place at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Montreal.

While walking in the Old Montreal, she suddenly came face to face with the humongous street art deflated Redball. She snapshot Kurt Perschke the artist while creating his Redball Project on  St. Jacques Street West right in front of the Bank of Montreal.


Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Beginning to inflate the Ball

Inflating the Redballl in front of the Bank of Montreal.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

The ball connected to air machine

Kurt and his assistant placing the Redball between the Bank of Montreal Roman Corinthian columns.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

The assistant placing the ballThe Artist’s assistant struggling with the Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

The artist Kurt Peshke

Kurt the Artist behind the almost inflated Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

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Et Voilà the magnificent inflated Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Holding the Ball

Two ladies hugging the Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Photographing the Ball

Amazed Montrealers and tourists photographing the Redball

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Kurt Peshke the artistKurt Perschke the Artist photographed with his Redball.

* If you want to visit the phantasmagoric Redball, the next exhibition is tomorrow all day at the La Fontaine Park in Montreal , it is it’s last day, don’t miss it.

Have a great week end and thank you for following decogirlmontreal.com

Picnic on a Lazy Sunday

This picnic set up is absolutely magical, I really really want to be just sitting on this beautiful tablecloth on the last day of summer and eat and be lazy and eat and be lazy again. To reproduce this charming environment, we only need a river bank a few dishes, some great food and don’t forget a straw hat a lovely pillow and of course good company.

Found on dustjacketattic.blogspot.com.au

via http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240801911297926171/


Enjoy your Lazy Sunday picnic wherever your are my friends.

Today’s idea, it’s all about kitchen

A few years ago I found this great book about Kitchen renovation, today I was cleaning up my bookshelves and I just saw it, I realized I should have shared this kitchen guide with you before, but better late than never.



Believe me it is a terrific guide, Sunset has really thought this through thoroughly from: Getting started , Cabinets, Counter and Backsplashes, Sinks and Faucets, Appliances, Flooring, Storage and Display, Finishing touches, Getting it done, a complete guide to designing and renovating your dream kitchen including design software.You can also visit  http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/kitchen-design/view-all for more kitchen inspiration.

Via Sunset-Photo Lisa Romerein


A small country kitchen dressed in white.

Via Sunset-Photo Richard Leo Johnson


A white  kitchen with blue appliances, I remember the 70′s my sister had a sea blue kitchen with blue appliances, it was very unusual and I find it’s still is, don’t you think so.

Via Sunset-Photo John Granen


This kitchen has a bit of a pale Zebrano look, I like this mixture of the natural upper wooden cabinets with the white lower cabinets, it is quite fresh.

Via Sunset-Photo John Clark


I have always been an aficionado of open shelves, but we have to make sure it stays elegant and not pêle-mêle (Messy)

Via Sunset John Granen


A rather small kitchen can look bigger in an open area, I like the pots and pans rack above this island with the 4 spot lights.

May the Force be with you in renovating your kitchen, it is not an easy venture but it is absolutely rewarding.




Today’s idea, thrifty you and makeover

Once upon a time I had very thrifty dispositions, now not so much anymore,  but I have a lot of admiration for people such as Liz from http://lovegrowswild.com who can transform thrift to riches. So today I discovered Liz,  I think you should pay her a visit, she is such an inspiration, enjoy her makeover, she can resuscitate a piece of furniture in the loveliest way and yes you can too!!! 







Cutest mint green desk, for transformation instruction go to http://lovegrowswild.com/project-gallery/





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Recover your office chair with a fabric you love and follow Liz instruction at http://lovegrowswild.com/project-gallery/

Today’s ideas, a few decorating tricks for your first apartment

 I remember my first apartment, it was on Sherbrooke street West corner of Berri in Montreal, I was a student at Loyola.

 It was the Marimekko era and the vinyl style look.  I stapled a wall in my kitchen with a  black and white Marimekko oil cloth ( see below) and my apartment suddenly became more exciting, it had a life of its own.

I found a few simple tips and tricks for you, hope it inspires you to decorate your first apartment, may the Force be with you, have fun.



Voilà Marimekko.

Via buzzfeed.com and cuckoo4design.blogspot.com


Repaint your thrift store lamps and shades.

Via buzzfeed.com and salvagedior.com


Antique your rubber doormat and hang it as a wrought iron  art piece.

Via buzzfeed.com and salvagedior.com


Paint your furniture to match, could be all white, could be all black or any color your wish.

Via buzzfeed.com and freshideastudio.com


Just found out that you can paint your upholstered furniture, somehow ”I have problem in spelling upholstered, and I often invert the letters and it comes as uphosltered” well I am French you know.

Via buzzfeed.com and afarmhousereborn.com


Use Towel rods to hang your coffee mugs ”from Ikea’s Fintorp rails”

Via buzzfeed.com and houseofturquoise.com


Use a wired trash can upside down and paint it the color you want, transform it into a lovely side table.

Via buzzfeed.com and apartmenttherapy.com

Use a drum for a bedside table.

 You need a side table, find an old second-hand drum, paint it or not et voilà.
*For instructions of how to, go to the original sites above each picture.

Today’s idea, what you can do in your attic

Attics have numerous possibilities as long as you have some height in the middle, 7 feet would be terrific.

1- If you have an older home and the electricity has not been redone or upgraded, the first thing you have to do is contact your electrician to make sure the electrical will survive the renovation.  If you intend to add a bathroom, you should also get a plumber if your plumbing is quite old. After this is done you can start transforming your attic. 

2-As long as you are there, you might check the insulation to make sure that it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

3-Installing a fan would certainly be a plus

Via Huffington post & Domino


An attic can be a superb home office, quiet and away from all the action.

Via Huffington post-Photo Getty


The attic is also ideal for a master bedroom.

Via Huffington post-Photo Getty

Loft Bedroom

A quaint guest bedroom in your attic.

Via Huffington post-Photo Getty


A quiet spa in your attic.

Via Apartment therapy


An en suite bedroom.

Via Apartment therapy


A teenager bedroom in the attic.

Via Apartment therapy


A skylight in your attic bedroom can make your life a lot brighter.

Today’s idea, how to place your furniture

Sometimes Arranging or rearranging furniture seems a bit complicated, I Found an article by Better Homes and Garden that can be quite useful for you, it is worth the visit. on http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/basics/how-to-arrange-furniture/?sssdmh=dm17.748136&esrc=nwdi072414#page=12

Via Better Homes and Garden


Keep your furniture around 30 inches apart, it will create a more convivial space for your family and friends gatherings.

Via House Beautiful Designer Todd Klein


Place your coffee at 14 to 18 inches from your sofa.

Via House Beautiful Designer Pamela Contreras


When you place your coffee table, think about decorating it, Pamela Contreras did an excellent decoration job on this one.

Via Elle decor Photo Simon Upton


This is Actress Hilary Swank’s living room, the side table and the coffee table are at a good distance from the sofa, so that you don’t have to stretch your entire body to deposit your glass or plate.

Via House Beautiful Designer John Oetgen


This adorable swan coffee table is perfectly placed in front of this sofa, I fell in love with it.