You are not a plant parent, go artificially green

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You are not too good about plant parenting, here a few nice artificial greens.

From Ikea Fejka $12.99 Cad. This glorious looking ivy can be used inside or if your veranda is covered, I would use it inside.

From Ikea Fejka $24.99 Cad

This artificial plant from Ikea is topiary style and can be used also as a pair to create some symmetry

From Pier One Faux Boxwood Topiary $169.95 https://www.pier1.com/outdoor-faux-boxwood-cone-%26-ball-48%22-topiary/3319484.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

 

From Pier One Topiary wreath $39.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-boxwood-topiary-door-decor-%26-wreath/3163585.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

Photo decogirlmontreal

I have bought this topiary and used it as a focus point above a metal console decorated with white flowers and a ceramic frog thinker.

Photo decogirlmontreal

I also used the faux Cedar Topiary mixed with real white impatience.

From Pier One Faux Cedar topiary $129.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-cedar-51%22-spiral-topiary-in-black-pot/3448937.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

I believe that a mixture of real plants, flowers and artificial plants work wonder for a garden or a balcony. Try it you will like it and you can bring your faux plants into your home after the season is over.

Let it be a tidy home

Hi my lovelies, today we will be embarking into a journey of tidying up our homes. 

A year and a half after the discovery of Marie Kondo who invented the KonMari method, my son Louis and my daughter in law Fiona are moving into a new home, so they have bought Kondo’s book about tidying up and decluttering your home. They found her philosophy very inspiring and having never read her I have to admit that she is quite a revelation.

Photo via amazon.ca

Photo via The Telegraph

Author Marie Kondo

I personally agree with most of what Kondo preaches, most of all with the artfully way of  tidying up your closets, drawers etc… but to me the portrait of a home where it feels good to live everyday is not exactly a Zen home totally denuded of personality, and she seems to be a bit minimalistic in her approach.

So this is a resume of some of the  Kondo rules that I have chosen for you. If you want to read the 6 Kondo rules go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/decluttering-expert-marie-kondo-my-6-rules-of-tidying/

1- Get rid of stuff you don’t really need, keep only those things that are necessary or bring you joy, if not, your tidying up will be an eternal merry-go-round.

2- Tidy by category not location, for instance when tidying up clothes, gather all the clothes that you have in one location so that you can see exactly how much you have, wow, I think I will have to move everything in my living room, my bedroom is definitely not big enough.

It’s very important to get an accurate grasp of how much you have in each category.

3- Follow the right order, It is:  Clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and finally sentimental items.

Once you have perfected the art of tidying clothes, books, papers and miscellany you will have almost mastered the art of Kondo’s ways and be ready to tackle the sentimental items which usually take a lot longer, Her method is designed to help you distinguish what truly sparks joy and as you know practice makes perfect.

Clothes are ideal for practising this skill, look at how rewarding it can be:

Photo via Pinterest

Tidying up clothes so that you can see them.

Via you tube

KonMari consultation with real clients.

I believe that the Konmari method brings us a greater appreciation of our homes. Try it you will like it, you may very well reach the Summer of your Content my lovelies.

If you use KonMari’s method, please tell me how it works for you.

Bigger is better in a Small apartment

Don’t be afraid to use a bigger piece of furniture like a sectional sofa or a generous couch in a small apartment.

Via http://thefullydown.com/65-smart-solution-small-apartment-living-room-decor-inspirations/72/

A very comfortable sectional couch in a tiny space.

We have a tendency to think that we have to use small furniture in a narrow and small space. You can measure your walls and your sofa could be as much as  2/3 of the length of your wall. I assure you that your space will look much better than if your used small  furniture.

Glass tables or tables with a see through base are always visually lighter than a table that is more like a block.

The grey Tone on tone wall and  sofa help make this room feel bigger.

A good size leather couch in a small space can look more comforting than a multitude of small scattered pieces of furniture.

One sectional sofa instead of a few pieces of small furniture can make your room look less cluttered 

If you must have a queen size bed, have one. In such a small space even a double bed would not make this room look bigger. You can always walk sideways like hieroglyphs.

Hieroglyphs walking!! Sideways.

Having a couple of stools can be useful for additional sitting. I always have a couple of ottomans and stools in my apartment.

Dear Lovelies be happy in your small space and make the most of it, it can be quite cocooning and soothing.

 

 

 

Feel the heat suddenly Spring and Summer

Hi my lovelies, wanted to share with you my latest finds for your home

I was very impressed by Home Sense latest home  collection that was presented to us in Montreal last March, I really felt like reinventing myself.

 

Marrakech Moderne defines me best,  As I am more of a shabby chic girl, I have a tendency of being eclectic and mixing different styles and countries. The colourful dining room rug has a total Moroccan look , the sideboard with its geometric design is a contemporary version of the ancient Arabic designs.

The gold and the black cutlery and glasses are quite elegant and will not show signs of the times.

For the bedroom, I opted for the ”Vent de fraicheur collection”  it reminds me of my trip to India as a young woman.

I like to explore natural textures, the mixture of the wood, the Sisal rug and the sculpted white wash wooden Screen bring coziness to this room, it is very inviting,  I feel like staying a while, don’t you.

If you want to visit Home Sense, you can use their store locators at https://www.homesense.ca/en/storelocator

Have a great evening, and à bientôt.

Your home, your style, your life,

Different homes different styles but only one life ”YOURS”

https://onekindesign.com/2018/02/26/modern-sustainable-living/

I find MODERN style quite relaxing and practical a bit on the Zen side but just enough. This home located in Minneapolis Minnesota was designed by SALA Architects.

Let the exterior in, great windows  and patio doors, nature is definitely part of this modern decor. .


I like the comfort of the sofa and the Eames chair with its ottoman created in 1956 by the couple Ray and Charles Eames, love the Bamboo floor which brings warmth to these rooms. Who says you need floor tiles in the kitchen, I find that in an open concept keeping the flooring consistent connects the room and creates visual spaciousness.

Via Mobilia https://mobilia.ca/en/elliot-593714495.html

You can find a very similar armchair chair at Mobilia $799.00 Cadn

Ottoman at Mobilia $349.00 Cadn

Via https://onekindesign.com/2018/03/01/contemporary-home-victorian/

This Colorado home was built by Krueger Architecture in a contemporary style for easy living.

Between you and me, I agree with Marie Kondo’s quote ”The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life” Marie Kondo. Marie is an author who writes about tidying up and lifestyle.

 Via https://onekindesign.com/

The home owner is an Interior Designer (Slifer Designs) who wanted a home for her family and their non complicated lifestyle, easy going easy living. For extra warmth and comfort,they added a Shiraz  runner.

You will find great runners and other super rugs at http://indiport.com/en/home-2/

I love the simplicity of the white metro tiles on the walls of the shower mixed with the greige square tiles on the ceiling and also on the floor of the bathroom. The natural wood  of the vanity with the dark metal hardware are in perfect harmony with the colours of the oriental rug which brings warmth and a bit of history to this contemporary bathroom.

Stockholm Mirror at Ikea $99.00 cadn

Bathroom vanity white and bamboo counter top Godmorgon/Tolken at Ikea $899.00 cadn

We have explored Modern and Contemporary Style today and a few pieces of furniture and rugs within reach. Stay tuned for next week we will be looking at Barn homes and Cottages.

A few notes for you my lovelies, Have a Happy week.

Have a Happy week 

 

 

Last minute Loving food for Valentine’s day

Sometimes I like to cook on Valentine’s day and have a few friends over for dinner.

We don’t fret too much in the kitchen, so an easy dinner could work great for everyone and most of all for the couple who will prepare it.

Photo Minh&Wass

glasses-drinks_300 passion fruit aperitifs Photo Minh&Wass

As a starter sparkling Passion fruit aperitif, my very favorite tasty fruit is Passion fruit, it is sweet and sour and delicious. The man in your life can prepare these drinks.

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/sparkling-passion-fruit-aperitifs-

Photo Con Poulos

recipes-caramelize-tart_300 Con Poulos Photo

Humm these onion tarts recipes could be made by either one of you.

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/caramelized-onion-tarts-with-apples-recipe

4000_1_296 prawn and avocado coktail

A most traditional Prawn and avocado cocktail is always appreciated.

http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/prawn-and-avocado-cocktail

7596_MEDIUM valentine in the kitchen chicken

I suppose you can never go wrong with this Goat’s cheese chicken with lentils and sweet beets is a perfect recipe, not complicated but looks sumptuous.

Via http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a51003/cheesy-lemon-angel-hair-recipe/

I have a few vegetarian friends, I find that pasta is the easiest and often the tastiest and most satisfying dish and lemon pasta somehow makes it fresher and lighter

  • 1 lb. angel hair pasta
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 c. chicken broth
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Gruyere
  • 1 1/2 c. grated pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta according to al dente package directions. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet over low heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter. When butter starts to bubble add garlic and lemons. Season with salt and pepper and cook until lemons are softened, about 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Add cheeses while constantly whisking.
  3. Add cooked angel hair and toss in sauce with parsley. Serve immediately.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7596/goats-cheese-chicken-with-warm-lentils-and-sweet-b

370205584_013d1995e6 chocolate icebox cake

The ultimate wafer cookie cake the ”Chocolate Icebox Cake” for women and for men, nobody can resist, it will be a big hit believe me.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/01/wafer-wonderland/

Have a great Valentine’s day or night and love is unlimited so make it yours

Score with your new sofa

It’s all about reasonably priced sofas and I did a bit of window shopping for you.

Via Domino/photo Urban Outfitters

Peyton Sofa Urban Outfitter $898.00 US


Yummy traditional Jackson Sofa at Kyle Schuneman $1264.80 US comes in a multitude of colours but this Pink lemonade is really my favorite.

Jackson sofa in Mountain gray if you want to go more traditional industrial.


If you want la Vie en Rose this Ikea Söderhamn love seat $499.00 US is the real thing. I wiish I spoke Swedish, it would be so much easier for me when I go to Ikea I could ask for a piece of furniture instead of pointing at it. But now I practice and I can pronounce Söderhamn.

Ikea Funkiest love seat, the PS 2017 $489.64 US

Eddy sofa from West Ellm has je ne sais quoi midcentury look about it and is on sale for  $719.00 US

From Ikea the leather full grain sofa is more expensive, but I could not resist showing it to you as similar sofa is so much more expensive elsewhere. You can have it for $2,199.00 US and it only comes in this Seglora natural colour.

Plateau armless sofa from West Elm can look great in a small room in front of a book shelf  on sale for $439.99

Good luck my lovelies with shopping your sofa, may the force be with you always.

 

Strictly window shopping in New York

Hi my Lovelies, it  has been a long time, may this new year bring you health, love, friendship, joy, happiness and window visiting and window shopping in New York during the Holidays.

All Photos/Decogirlmontreal

Who can tell a New Yorker or a Visitor during the Holidays who knows, walking New York City can be mysterious and magical during the Holiday season.

A  few days before Christmas my niece an I drove to New York, it is always such a treat to see the Bergdorf Goodman window decorations. I wanted to share with you my very favorites.  Each one has a theme:  This colourful one is the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.

The Museum of the moving images with its Cameras and its glamour.

The silvery dinosaurs are from the American Museum of Natural History.

The New York Botanical garden with its international fans. 

This window represents the New York Philharmonic.


The very white Christmas tree when you enter BG is amazing.

Evening dresses decor at BG.

We just arrived at Ralph Lauren’s window with its Polo bears, I feel like a child again.

The Ralph Lauren store on Madison and its Majestic staircase reminds me of le Château of the Beauty and the Beast.

The Ralph Lauren”s glamorous  ma cabane au Canada  with its own Chrystal chandelier.

Some side street New York House Christmas decor with a small Santa, mom, dad and little ones reindeers,

I believe it is important to look at beauty, it is like visiting a Cathedral or a Museum, it is inspiring and good for you soul. May this new year bring you beauty.

 

A pilgrimage with Frank Gehry

I would like to pay homage to the great Architect Frank Gehry, I find his work is like Origami, 

Via Architectural Digest/Photo JRC/Alamy

Frank Gehry was born in Canada in 1929, he studied at the University of Southern California and the Harvard graduate school of design. 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was opened in 2003 but it could have been built yesterday, today or even tomorrow.

Via Architectural Digest/Photo  Nemanja Radovanovic/Alamy

You have to see it to believe this building is real, it looks absolutely surreal to me.

Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof is located in the Dusseldorf Waterfront in Germany.

Via Architectural Digest /Photo: Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Cinémathèque Paris France. Used for film archives and history, built in 1994.

Via Architectural Digest /PhotoZoonar/Vladyslav Danilin

This whale like building is the Fish Pavilion at the Barcelona Olympic in Spain. It was built in 1992, how avant-gardiste (forward thinking) is Frank Gehry.  

Via Architectural Digest/Photo Izzet Keribar

Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris France is like ship with 12 glass sails. Built in 2014, Frank Gehry was 85 years young.

Via Architectural Digest/Photo Michael Pettersson/Alamy

Beekman Tower New York, this residential building  was built in 2011 and has 76 floors. I find it has a bit of a conservative look compared to his other work, except for the subtle pleats which function as bay windows.

Via Architectural Digest/Photo Richard Cummins/Robery Harding World Imagery/Corbis

EMP Museum Seattle Washington

The steel and aluminum skin of the building looks like it is flapping in the wind, it is one of my very favorite Frank Gehry’s accomplishment, so delicate, so strong and so fashion like, it looks like a cocktail dress to me.

Via Architectural Digest/Photo Aliaksandr Mazurkevich/Alamy

The Dancing house, Prague, Czech Republic, they should invite this building to dance with the Stars , they call it Fred and Ginger. I believe Mr. Gehry must be very witty. 

 (© Gehry Partners, via Guggenheim.org)
How extraordinary is this Frank Gehry’s project, the Guggenheim Museum im Abu Dhabi. It is only a project at the moment, let’s hope it will become a reality.

Hope you have enjoyed my favorite Frank Gehry’s favorite work, he is such a genius, he seems to come from another planet, if he does, he is more than welcome to earth.