An amazing cement castle

From a cement factory to a contemporary Camelot.

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The home of Architect Ricardo Bofill is an old cement factory purchased outside of Barcelona Spain in 1973 and has been renovated with his team, he certainly infused a soul into this very cold industrial building.

via http://www.livescience.com/28992-camelot.html

The legendary Camelot of King Arthur

The cement factory towers are now totally covered with greens which gives them a magical feeling of Merlin revisited.

The cement factory “”La Fabrica”” is now transformed into an oasis and a private home.

La Fabrica working place is engulfed with light.

Arches and luminosity.

The Master bedroom with its roman windows reminds us of Guinevere’s bedroom.

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Queen Guinevere by Henry Justice Ford 1910 artist and illustrator.

The roof of each building is covered with greenery.

The cement factory dining room is quite intimate considering the height of the ceiling.

I absolutely adore this living area with its bookshelves and its immense white Philippe Stark like drapes.

A cathedral ceiling and a cozy room.

Looking down La Fabrica.

Walking down to La Fabrica.

A terrace view of la Fabrica.


A small Zen office in a castle is possible.

A place for a grand piano.



Hope you have enjoy this magical home in Barcelona created by the very talented Ricardo Bofill. http://www.ricardobofill.com/

Bringing your outdoor indoor with color of the year

”Being in touch with nature is Pantone’s color of 2017”

Via http://www.fabricsandpapers.com/

Greenery certainly brings nature into your home.

Glorious green leafy proposition, matching fabric and wallpaper from fabricsandpapers.com

A slash of green on a white background is absolutely refreshing.

Oh a green Ikat fabric can make your sunroom dance with joy.

White trees on a green background, a wallpaper that can turn your nature around.

Love these 2 Louis the 16th chairs with mix and match fabrics, it makes them look a few centuries younger.

Introduce pink and orange flowers in your greenery, it will make you happy.

All fabric and wallpaper from fabricsandpapers.com

Have a beautiful spring day in the middle of winter my lovelies

A touch of gold in your home

Anything goes with Gold, even Ikea likes it.

Via Dream Green DIY

Two Ikea desks side by side with spray painted gold legs brings a very chic look to your office.

Via Apartment Therapy and Dream a little bigger

Give a glimpse of gold to your lamp, she will brighten up and thank you for it.

Via Kristi Murphy

The golden look of an Ikea coffee table.

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This black Ikea office chair is looking quite sophisticated with its spray painted golden legs.

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The black Ikea Vittsjö shelf

The Ikea Vittsjö shelf was magically  transformed into a very Newyorkish golden shelf.

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You can change your dressers handles and turn them into gold.

Anyone that can turn anything into gold is called an alchemist, but King Midas also had the golden touch and so do you my lovelies.

It’s beginning to look like Christmas

Run run it is never too late, let’s decorate and celebrate.

Photo Via decogirlmontreal

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The more Gold the Merrier. Decor Suzanne Vachon

Via Paint me Pink

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Au Natural with pinecone wreaths and pinecones all over.

Via Shades of Blue

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Sleeping with a Christmas tree in your bedroom can be magical.

Via Yellow Bliss road

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Red and gold Christmas tree decorations are eternal.

Via Cherished Bliss

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Yes you can do it on the piano. Make your Christmas decor musical.

HAVE THE MERRIEST OF CHRISTMAS MY LOVELIES

A pavilion for your pool

I have fallen in love with a great architectural firm Douglas VanderHorn, just wanted to share with you some of their gorgeous pool pavilions, they are such an inspiration.

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Photos via Douglas VanderHorn architects

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A colonial pool house

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An English cottage pool house

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An English Tudor pool house

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French country pool house

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER

A peak at Charleston SC

Last week I went to visit a friend in Charleston South Carolina and I totally fell in love with this beautiful city. 

Photos by decogirlmontreal

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An absolute tourist taking photo of a beautiful home.

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Nathaniel Russel’s home in Charleston, Nathaniel had a passion for windows, they are quite incredible, you have to see them. https://www.historiccharleston.org/russell.aspx

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Garden ideas, brick and pebble stone.

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A peaceful arbor.

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I love this garden entrance way.

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 One of my friends is peaking again, she cannot help it.

IMG_2611A true Charleston home with palm trees, white pillars, verandah and a fountain.

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I love these white double verandahs, this wooden gate and its brick pillars.

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Cypresses in Charleston.

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A cute pink house with topiary on each side of its front door, it looks a bit lost in translation.

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A brick house covered with greenery.

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Dorothy’s brick road.

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A spirally lacy metal gate.

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A narrow path with a fountain.

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A wonderful stairwell with a green garland.

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A garden Plantation

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A room with a view.

My favorite quaint rooms

Sometimes in my research, I come face to face with rooms I cannot resist, they feel good at first sight,  and I would like to share them with you my lovelies.

Photo by Heidi Lerkenfeldt via http://www.1stdibs.com/

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This Copenhagen Loft designed by Tina Seidenfaden Busck is absolutely charming with its pink chaise longue and a colourful vintage rug, I feel I could lie down and read my

Elsie de Wolfe book ”The House in good taste”

Photo by Gaelle Le Boulicaut via http://www.1stdibs.com/JBHolm-917-copy-e1458669180572This Library is located in Denmark, I really like the idea of having asymmetrical book shelves on each side of the doorway, I have to admit that I would have hesitated to do this, but Designer Barbara Bendix Becker really made it worked as yin and yang and created perfect balance in this room. Oh I love this Serge Mouille modern black floor lamp, it is totally erratic and has super lighting direction at the same time.

Photo The House Directory via http://www.1stdibs.com/

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I cannot explore Scandinavian contemporary homes without showing you the traditional Gustavian Style of the 18th century invented by King Gustav lll of Sweden.

Photo via Swedish Interiors

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Gustav lll loved Interior Design, fashion and art. Looking at his clothes, it seems that they were a great inspiration for his Interiors. The Gustavian Swedes are not afraid to mix their woods, they also like pastel colours, blue, yellow, gray and white washed.

PAINTING BY ALEXANDER ROSLIN OF KING GUSTAV III OF SWEDEN

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This is Gustav the lll, if you want to know more about this talented chap go and visit Laurel Bern’s blog, http://laurelberninteriors.com/ she has written a very interesting and fun post about Gustav and all Gustavian colours and Interiors.

Photos Matthiew Williams Via architectural Digest

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From Scandinavia via Kathleen Hacketts book to Brooklyn with love.

Photos Matthiew Williams Via architectural Digest

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This brown and white room has lots of character, Artist Stephen Antonson has created the plaster chandelier above the dining room table and the different shape plaster candlesticks by hand. Somehow I see a Scandinavian influence in his work. Mixing wood dining room table and chairs with a painted white sideboard works very well.

Photo via http://www.remodelista.com/

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Voilà Stephen at work in his atelier, for more info go to http://www.stephenantonson.com/lighting/

Photos Matthiew Williams Via architectural Digest

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This is a room of my own heart, it is entirely decorated with second-hand stuff, beautiful and very quaint, even the disemboweled armchair in the corner is charming.

Via http://www.cotemaison.fr/

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In Milan, a traditional home with a modern look, renovated by Milanese Architect Giuliano dell’Uva. I particularly like the stainless steel book shelves in the kitchen, they had to be made to measure. Don’t you find It is always a challenge to store books in a kitchen.

Photo decogirlmontreal

donald boat house

This room is very dear to my heart, it is my good friend Donald’s boat house where we have had many happy moments amongst friends.

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A room with a view on Lake Memphremagog.

Have a great evening, cheer up spring is almost here at last.

 

Today’s idea, your office in a closet

Small can be beautiful if it is orderly. Think out of the box, think about a closet office.

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In my new apartment, I have to think about creating a new home office.

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My actual office is in my bedroom window alcove. I installed the curtains just in front of it so that I could close the office at night by pulling the curtains.

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Ideally I would like to build a storage area on this right inside 13 foot wall which is like an alcove facing the bed, as I have very little storage space I thought I could use this 30 inch deep alcove by 13 foot to create my office plus an additional closet. Of course it will make the bedroom smaller but as you know, the smaller the space the more important the storage.

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http://domino.com/apartment-decorating-ideas-for-the-home-office/image/53d770b39ac35f2a28c516f7/Photo by Max Kim-Bee

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Go pink for la vie en Rose in your closet office.

http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/offices-desks-workspaces-ideas

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I kind of like the Ikea Alex desk $159.00, I think it would be perfect for this closet office, it is 51”5/8 X 23”5/8.

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I definitely would like to have a mirror in the back of my closet office as I am facing the wall, with a mirror I will be able to see the reflection of the light in my bedroom windows.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/389561436494871043/Via Pottery Barn

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You can even installed a wall lamp in this closet office

Via http://loveoffamilyandhome.net/2011/01/my-closet-turned-home-office-reveal.html

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Unbelievable, Tonya’s office was originally a small closet.

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Her father converted this old kitchen table into a desk and shelves.

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First Tonya stencilled the back of her closet, but you could use wallpaper if you wish.

This kitchen table was cut into 3 pieces, it brings a lot of style to this tiny office.

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Tonya’s minute office is absolutely adorable.

These office ideas are really inspiring for me, I hope they are helping you too. Have great day, I have to go back to my packing, cleaning up files, clothes etc.. big job.

Happy times on a lazy Sunday

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.

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A dear friend just sent me a Thinking of you note  from Florida with a photograph of his very special Martini looking at the sunset over the canal. It reminded me of the good times we had together on a Lazy Sunday.

A peek at buildings and homes during the Holidays in Manhattan

From New York with love.

Photos decogirlmontreal

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It was a beautiful festive day in New York, I was happy that we could walk everywhere, this way I could  share with you the magic of Christmas in New York starting with Rockefeller Center. The angels were having a great time playing their trumpet, Saks Fifth Avenue is just across the street with its golden garland.

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Busy time at Salvatore Ferragamo.

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The Peninsula Hotel is also quite attractive with its red decorations.

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Harry Winston Jewelry store is decorated with diamonds of all shapes. Santa was just passing by.

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The magnificent St. Patrick Cathedral is decorated all year round.

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The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is of course the bell of the ball.


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If you go to New York during the winter Holidays, make sure you try the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, it is an unforgettable experience.

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Barney’s was luxurious as usual but the window decors tended to be a bit too mechanically inclined to my own taste.

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I am back to my hotel for a short rest before I choose the New York homes of my dreams. This is the view from my room backing these gorgeous classical Manhattan homes.

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I certainly could live in this home with the lovely Christmas wreaths.

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Remember this elegant home for your next Christmas decoration. The stairwell is totally decorated with very light  garlands.

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The Northeners are very much in fashion, I did a little research and found out that these Christmas garlands are effectively made out of Swedish pine.

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Arched windows with Christmas wreaths and flower boxes.


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A Versailles box at the Pierre Hotel

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The decorations of the Versailles box

IMG_0690I could not walk anymore, so I am on my way back to my Hotel, hope you have enjoyed the visit..
If you like New York as much as I do, come back and visit me for more of my NY  I certainly could not get enough of it.

Have a great evening