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.

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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:

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Tidying up clothes so that you can see them.

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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.

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 

 

 

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 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.

 

A hit of purple in your home

Being touched by purple could be quite exciting in small doses.

Via Pantone http://www.pantone.com

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The way it was, Pantone’s color of year 2014 was Radiant Orchid, It seems that the colour purple is here to stay for a while, we are in 2017 and it is still going strong, I think it is growing on us.

I would go for a touch of purple

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June Mcleod the author of ”Colours of the soul”  has this to say about the colour purple or violet.” Violet helps us to be innovative, it depicts purpose, focus, integrity and dedication. It generates feelings of self-worth, and boosts self respect.”

http://www.coloursofthesoul.com/june-mcleod/info_10.html

I would say definitely go for a touch of purple.

It is surely a good colour for the Millennials.

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Lea Michele from Glee in a purple dress by Emanuel Ungaro at the 2017 Golden Globe.

Via http://www.roche-bobois.com/

roche-bobois-mah-jong-modular-sofas_2Mah Jong sofa has a touch of purple.

Via http://www.graciepi.com/

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Purple dining room chairs are a bit daring but not as much as an entire purple room.

Via http://homesdir.net/

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Well, this shabby chic purple room is quite interesting, the mixture of 50 different shades of purple can be quite inspiring.

Via http://www.interiordesign-world.com/

purple-bedroom-ideasBefore painting your entire room purple, I would do a quick research and look at a few purple rooms, for instance I found this site http://www.interiordesign-world.com/ 24 purple bedroom concepts, and I suppose I could live a few days with this one, but I have to admit as much as I like purple I could only use a touch of it, I could not be surrounded by it, but if you like it, may purple be with you and happiness ever after.

Today’s idea, a shower with a view

The amazing experience of showering almost outside and sometimes outside.

Via Architectural Digest/photo William Waldron

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A tale of Shower and Tub for you.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Ngoc Minh Ngo

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Showering in the garden of Eden.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Nikolas Koenig

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On the other side of the bathroom window of author and photographer Kelly Klein is her shower, who can ask for anything more.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Scott Frances

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A shower window to the world of Manhattan.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Björn Wallander

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Sometimes two windows in your shower is better than one.

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Shower shower in the window, who is the prettiest of them all.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Björn Wallander

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A lapis windowed shower.

Via Architectural Digest/photo Simon Upton

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A sconce by Ralph Lauren Home is the perfect fit for this shower window.

Sharing my balcony finds with you

Living in Montreal with the long winters, it seems that they only dream we have now is about our outdoor homes. Viva our balcony. 

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Ikea’s cute balcony red set for 2, could be quite romantic.

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Choosing a rug could determine your balcony colours and style, Ikea.

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This Ikea garden bench can be used outdoor and indoor.

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Plant shelves from Ikea could be transferred in your kitchen as open shelves storage.

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White plant holder from Ikea.

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Adorable plant holder, you can use a couple of these and turn your balcony into a real garden.

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Ladder like plant holder from Ikea.

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Colourful hanging flower boxes Ikea.

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Corner plant holder Ikea.

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Cute balcony light Ikea.

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White metal solar lantern Ikea.

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Star like light Ikea.

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Go natural with a dining set for 2 Ikea.

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Lounge chair from Pier one.

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Leafy side table outdoor indoor, PIer One.


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Round mosaic side table, can be used outdoor and indoor Pier One.

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If you have a small balcony, don’t be afraid to get a big comfy chair, set it in a corner and create an intimate space for yourself. Pier One

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Last but not least the hammock always finds its place on our balcony.

Enjoy my friends.

Reforming Ikea’s basic system in your kitchen

http://www.reformcph.com/Via http://trendland.com/

Reform works with the best Architects and Designers such as internationally known Big Bjarke Ingels Group  to create contemporary kitchen cabinets using the Ikea’s basic system and replacing the doors with custom-made fronts.

 

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Using the Ikea’s cabinets and designing new fronts is a Great idea and saves a lot of time.

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Beautiful modern sideboard with handles made out of seatbelt material.

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