About Suzanne Vachon

Working with my clients in creating a beautiful space that will be comfortable and comforting. ''There is no place like home''

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.

 

Thirty shades of Orange

The color orange is often associated with pumpkins, this is how I see this color, what about you?

Photos decogirlmontreal

Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, the color orange and pumpkins are a perfect match

 

The Atwater market celebrates Thanksgiving with its variety of pumpkins and squashes.

The colorful mums of fall are such a treat.

 

Mix your Pumpkins with your mums and be happy

 

Be bold and introduce the color orange in your own home.

 

The color orange can be quite vivifying. 

 

Orange background for your books.

 

A touch of squash in your bedroom.

 

A small corner with the color orange.

 

Cheer up your kitchen with a color moment

Rejuvenate your kitchen paint it you will like it!

Images via Architectural DigestYour kitchen has the Benjamin Moore blues and is totally happy.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Derry MoorePainting your kitchen black over Chinese blue can be quite dramatic.

Image Via Architectural Digest/photo Joshua McHugh

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan created this modernist kitchen, chairs fabric by Lee Jofa, the kitchen island mural is by by John-Paul Philippé, we should be so lucky to have a mural by this great artist.

 

John-Paul Philippé

If you want to know more about JP Philippé go to http://johnpaulphilippe.com/about/index.html

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Douglas Friedman

Traditional and industrial go well together in this black kitchen with a unusual gold unlacquered brass island and white subway tiles from Home Depot.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Richard PowersA white and blue kitchen in Greece, the use of a light Mediterranean  blue and a darker blue with white marble countertops is really stunning.

A triple styles mix in a rustic home

Mixing styles is a real art and not as easy as it looks to accomplish.

Via http://trendland.com/

This Danish  Rustic country home is a great example of a triple mixture of styles, Rustic, Modern and Contemporary and a slight touch of Industrial style.


We often think that Modern style is the same as Contemporary style, Modern style started in 1920 and lasted until 1950, it is known as Mid-Century Modern.

Contemporary style is in constant evolution. Contemporary is what is trendy right now, it also borrows from different eras, so we sometimes confuse it for Modern style. This Danish country homes structure is totally rustic with its old wooden beams. The furniture in the living room dining room is mainly Mid-century Modern and Contemporary.

The white rug seems to be a greek flokati rug which was very popular in Modern times and as been revived as a Contemporary style.

In the kitchen there is a mixture of rustic wood drawers and industrial backsplash tiles.

 

The floors are rustic large planks but tinted with a grayish contemporary color.

The bathroom sink is a Rustic tree like stone basin.

The shower is a mixture of industrial black soap stone with very 1920 Moroccan floor tiles. 

The balcony furniture is rather countryish and with a small Contemporary black table and a geometric black and white patterned rug.

Have a great evening my lovelies, and give a serious thought about mixing your styles, I find it quite exciting and quite a challenge. 

If you have a mixture of styles in your home, we would love to see some pictures and you can share your styles with us.