Today’s idea, revisiting Pumpkins

Every fall I go to the Atwater market to visit the great pumpkins spread.

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The colourful pumpkins and squashes at the Montreal Atwater market are always an inspiration for indoor and outdoor home decor.

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Add a few nuts, fruits and autumn leaves to your squash or pumpkin Centre de table (Table center piece)

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The gold effect and the glamorous pumpkin

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Pumpkins au naturel.

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Be the Fairy Godmother, transform your ordinary pumpkins for your outdoor porch in the most magical way.

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Give your pumpkin a spring look in autumn, paint it green and decorate it with gold upholstery studs.

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A white and orange center piece is quite sophisticated.

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Choose your pumpkins some are more attractive than others. Pile up a few pumpkins from bigger to smaller outside your front door entrance. Add a few tea lights to enhance them.


If you feel creative, stencil your pumpkins in different fall colours.

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Go for pink pumpkins, a reminder of the terrific Marilyn Monroe in her fabulous pink dress.


Pink Marilyn in Gentlemen prefer Blondes.

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Flowers and pumpkins go together like horse and carriage.

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Using you pumpkins and squashes as flower vases will turn out into a beautiful arrangement.

Today’s idea, personalise your day to day life

Make it personal, monogram it.



Monogram your Halloween decor. For tutorial go to

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If you monogram your sheets, there will be no mistake, you will always find your own bed.


I like the tone on tone monogram on bed sheets, it is classical.


One letter monogram will suffice to identify your bed.


Week Ender monogrammed bags from Pottery Barn


Monogram your bath robe, there will be no argument,  you will always know which is which. From Pottery Barn.

DSC_0077monogrammed cocktail napkins via Enchanted home


Personally, I like my towels monogrammed tone on tone.


On the other hand I would use a contrasting monogram for my hand towels. From West Elm.


Ella’s monogram door knocker from Pottery Barn


Monogram your dogs tote bag, your dog will be grateful, dogs are like that. Pottery Barn


Give your loved one a Mr. and Mrs pillow, it will officialize your relationship. Pottery Barn


Monogram the popular Mason jars, they can become an heirloom. From Pottery Barn


Initialed napkins add a je ne sais quoi to your table setting. From Pottery barn.


Your name or your home number on your door mat will help your new visitors ring the right door bell. From Pottery Barn.



The small luxuries of fall

When fall comes my bed is my comfort.  

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My bed, my shelter.

Florida 019On a lazy Sunday, I love to snuggle with my duvet, my soft pillows and read a good book. For me reading in bed is a small luxury of life, we call them petites douceurs in French.


I used to like my sheets with lots of flowers, now I like very basic colours that I can mix and match. For instance I could use this blue bedding from Parachute Home ( as is, or mix it with the ash sheets or the navy sheets below.


Sateen sheets set Percale ash colour $89.99


Satten sheets set percale, navy $89.00

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My flowery bed then. If you like patterns and flowers, you can always use your basic sheets and mix it with your flowery duvet cover, or flowery pillows.

Happy fall, keep warm and cozy my friends.

Today’s idea, transform your Ikea Billys

I am a great fan of the Ikeas Billys, 

$69.00 per bookshelf and you can make them up to look like one thousand dollars.

Ikeas BILLY BEFORE fresh out of Ikea.


Prepping Billys with mouldings from Home Depot


I have a small apartment, and there is a natural alcove in the living room, so I chose to install my book shelves in the alcove in order to save a bit of space, don’t forget when your room is small, every inch counts.


Transforming Billys with mouldings on top, at the bottom, and on each side of shelf. I chose not to install mouldings on shelves, I wanted a lighter look.

We used pieces of 2×2 on top of the shelves to secure them to the wall.


I was thinking about adding a cornice on top of the shelves, but I soon realized I had too many books and I should use the space between the top of the shelves and the ceiling to store my books. I stacked them horizontally, this way I could fill up the gap and it is also easier to read the titles.

The lying lion is a Paper Mache sculpture by the Mexican artist Gemma Taccogna.

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The artist Gemma Taccogna

Small can be beautiful

Walking up Côte des Neiges in Montreal, I discovered a mini garden as big as a pie slice.


The striped awning, the trellis hiding the heat pomp, a statue of David nature size, potted red flowers, a beautiful iron fence and some green.

Amazing what you can do with a tiny piece of dirt in the middle of the city. Whoever you are thank you for this lovely corner.


A dalmatian in the window barking at me while I was admiring the beauty of this garden.

Moving downtown again

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

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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.

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Accessorizing with blue.



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


Suzanne and Lauren McGrath

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White and blue in a small living area.

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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.

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