Tiny Canadian home

Mini homes can be adorable

Via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ and http://inhabitat.com/


Writer, aritist, photographer Rachel Ross acquired this Gypsy wagon and turned it into a retreat. It is made out of recycled material. This small abode is 160 square foot,  it is amazing what you can do in such a micro space, don’t you think so. http://rachelmross.com/


It has a fantasy land appeal about it.


 I don’t think that Jennifer Lawrence in her last year Oscar night incredible dress  could fit in this house.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow, we will share the most amazing dresses at the 2014 Academy Award. You are very welcomed to send us your own choices of best-dressed at the Oscar.

Allergy friendly home can be a stylish home

As I was walking from my office to Hotel Le Germain on Mansfield street in Montreal to meet with Colin and Justin, I kept saying to myself, ”I hope I will not be sneezing 13 times as I sometimes do in winter, this could be very embarrassing even though Colin and Justin were about to share with me some of their allergy proof tips for your home Christmas decorations, I don’t think a sneezing introduction would be de mise .”

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Colin and Justin’s hallmark as Interior Designers is to help their clients make choices for a beautiful, happy and healthy home, in their perpetual quest for this special task, they have realized that many people have indoor allergies, and they found out from Claritin that nearly two thirds of Canadians with or living with someone with indoor allergies have tried to protect their home against indoor allergy triggers.

So here are Colin and Justin’s tips for Christmas decorations.

Dust your ornaments: Christmas ornaments have been sitting in a box

all year, and may also be coated in dust or mold. If possible, unwrap them

outside to avoid spreading dust inside your home. Wipe them off with a soft

cloth before hanging. At the end of the season, wrap your ornaments in new

paper, rather than re-using old, dusty paper.

Clean your wreaths: Artificial wreaths can be vacuumed or dusted with a soft cloth. Use a vacuum with a Hepa filter, like the Dyson Animal, to remove dust, and keep it in the cleaner, rather than in the air.

Colin also told me he vacuumed their friends dog with this Hepa filter and the dog absolutely loves it, and it gets rid of all the extra floating hair.

Avoid scented candles: Scented candles can cause stuffy noses and

irritated lungs. If you crave a little atmosphere with your holiday meals, try

unscented beeswax  and soy wax candles.


You can find these beeswax and Soy wax candles made in Scotland at Homesense, Winners & Marshalls, by the way Colin and Justin are from beautiful Scotland.

You can also  visit Christmas fairs and buy from small independent makers who can tell you all about manufacture and components.

Christmas is Not To Be Sniffed At…Quote C&J

Shake it or fake it – seems to be the way for allergy sufferers to enjoy a

Christmas tree this year. Follow Colin and Justin’s  tips for reducing indoor allergens and

enjoy an allergy-friendly holiday season, where the only tears in your eyes will be from the lovely family times ahead!

Tips for Real Christmas Trees

Real trees can a haven for mold, dust, and pollen – add in allergies to tree

sap – and to some particular genus of tree – and you might be itching to find

an alternative. If you long for a real tree then:

Choose an allergy-friendly tree: avoid pine trees as the pollen can be a

major allergy trigger for some people. Fir, spruce, or cypress may be a better bet, with the Leyland Cypress – a sterile hybrid tree, the best choice as it does not produce pollen.

Give it a shake: some tree farms have a mechanical tree-shaker that will

serve to remove dead needles as well as some of the dust and mold.

Wash your tree: before you bring the tree into the house, spray it off

with water and allow to dry overnight in the garage. This will remove

some of the loose mold and pollen that is on the tree. Using a vegetable

wash like Nature Clean veggie soak http://www.naturecleanliving.com/

fruit_veggie_wash_concentrate will remove more mold and pollen than water

alone, and will also help to remove any pesticides that have been sprayed on

the tree – another major irritant.

Pop it outside: If you long for a real Christmas tree, then why not take it

outside and dress a tree in front of your main window or out in the porch for

visitors to see as they arrive. That way you can enjoy it from afar without


Choose an eco-friendly alternative tree: some are modern, some natural

but all are ideal alternatives to those who want to make a holiday statement

without creating health issues. There is a card board trees like: http://boutique.cascades.com/ca/en/catalog/christmas-trees/

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For a modern look you can use a cake holder and fill it up with Christmas balls and Christmas decorations and top it up with a lovely candle.

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For a smaller tree, you can get one of these washed newspaper trees, they have an old feeling about them but are quite modern (I like to think of myself this way). The small driftwood tree would look terrific in your country home.

The good news is that an allergy-friendly home can still be a stylish home,  Create a new tradition, a tradition of your own that will make your family and friends happy and healthy.


Yours truly with Colin and Justin.

For great tips, before and after decorating with Colin and Justin go to http://www.colinandjustin.tv/

Oops make sure you Watch those two boys renovating their log Cabin (leur Cabane au Canada) On  ‘C&J’s Cabin Pressure’  – Cottage Life TV; launches Spring 2014. They are charming and sometimes irreverent, it’s all in good spirit and fun, you will love them.


My favorite colors worn by Ms. O

I personally think that Michelle O should wear red white and blue, she looks terrific in these colors what do you think.

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Michelle O. in red and black, I also like the high waist style, it becomes her.


Fire engine red is very good.


A silver and gold sequins evening dress is quite elegant, it was a very good hair day for Michelle, she should wear this style more often.


Red dress, red shoes, white pearls, she looks sensationelle.


A touch of red.


Oops not red or blue but I also like this outfit.


Cute sunshine dress.



White red and charcoal blue.


The electric blue dress with the curly hair, I love Michelle’s curls, perfect hairstyle with this dress.

George’s courtyard in Los Cabos

I thought you might like a magical courtyard for a magical man

Via http://www.architecturaldigest.com/Photo Björn Wallander


I absolutely fell in love with George Clooney’s courtyard in Los Cabos Mexico, well I am also a bit in love with handsome George, he is so talented and charming how can we not fall for him. Can you imagine spending an evening in this room lit by a zillion twine-wrapped lanterns it would surely be magical. George’s home was created by the architect’s firm http://legorretalegorreta.com/ the armchairs are by Ralph Lauren Home.


I could not resist because George is so irresistible.

Today’s idea,the rug is a wonderful room unifier

”The importance of being a rug in your bedroom”

I find rugs are the creators of harmony, unity and warmth in a room, these are all very human qualities, hmm I suppose it is easier to talk this way  about rugs in our lives than men in our lives.

Via Elle Decor/Photo Cynthia Frank

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Ivanka Trump’s bedroom has a very subtle and elegant rug, but I cannot imagine this room without it, just thinking about its absence my feet are getting cold.

Via Elle Decor/Photo Simon Upton

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Cindy Crawford is blessed by this Berber rug, I love Berber rugs, they remind me of my youth, (well, being a woman of a certain age, I do occasionally talk about my youth) we had one in our summer home living room, they are really comfy, you could sleep on them and they live forever.

Via Elle Decor/Photo Simon Upton

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Thank heaven for this Calvin Klein rug in Hilary Swank’s bedroom, it is perfect for this bed and warms up the entire room. Boys won’t cry for sure with a rug like this.

Via Elle Decor/Photo William Waldron

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The perfect small guest room with a perfect black and white rug, so welcoming, I certainly would love to spend a night in this room.

Stay tuned, tomorrow we will discuss the importance of being a rug in your living room.

I have done it, you have done it, Martha has done it

Sometimes I like to gossip but with discretion, gossip is not an interior design subject but it could very well be if it is done in the comfort of your home.

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It’s all about leggings, definitely a bad idea for les femmes d’un certain âge, (women of a certain age) what’s happening with Martha, I hope she did not send this picture to Match.com, let’s give up the leggings unless…

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we look like lady GAGA, really.

decogirlmontreal’s favorite celebrities’ rooms


These are my very favorite celebrities’ room, hope you like them, enjoy.



Nicole Ritchie’s outdoor room

Photo Erhard Pfeiffer

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Demi Moore’s living room

Photo Roger Davies

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Ellen De generes and Portia de Rossi’s casual dining room

Photo Roger Davies


Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s bedroom

Photo Pieter Estersohn

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Nate Berkus’s black and white kitchen

Photo Durston Saylor

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Gerald Butler’s country chic style dining room

Photo William Abranowicz

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Michael J. Fox’s daughter bedroom

Photo Photo Pieter Estersohn

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Nate Berkus’s dressing room

Photo François Halar

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Via http://www.domainehome.com/category/celebrity/


Cameron Diaz girly bathroom

The Simple abundance of Richard Gere’s home

 Richard Gere’s home is on sale for 65 millions dollars, I thought you might like a home tour of his incredibly beautiful estate. I think that Richard Gere is a lucky Buddhist to live in such a superb home.

 [Sothebys via Curbed Hamptons]

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Richard Gere’s home in the Hamptons is called Strongheart Manor Estate. The house is a classical red brick building dating from 1902, it has an elegant quiet look about it.


As you may know, Richard Gere is a Buddhist, his home is located on the water, water is important in Buddhism.  ”Water symbolises purity, clarity and calmness, and reminds us to cleanse our minds and attain the state of purity” http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/meditate/water.htm


A true feeling of clarity and calmness, so Mr. Gere,s home totally reflects  his Buddhism aspirations.


Outdoor living area.


A zen sunroom with contemporary furniture has a calming effect. Each room has ceiling fans, a reminder of the past, when air conditioning was non existant.


I find that the kitchen is a mixture of Edwardian and country contemporary styles with a bit of Victorian (The ceiling shape and lights have this je ne sais quoi vintage 1902.) Queen Victoria died in January 1901 so her son Edward had a bit of time to establish his own style.


I could move in and live in the stairwell, it might not be so comfortable but it is certainly beautiful to look at.


Relaxing simplicity in abundance.


Cozy and warm bedroom.


The music room is a happy mixture of different styles furniture. They are two pink pillows on the sofa, apparently in the Buddhist religion, the pink Lotus is associated with the Buddha himself, thus the importance of the color pink. (Or was it only the decorator?)


The infinite lightness of being on the Veranda.

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Mixing your old with new in your home

Personally I love mixing old with new in the decoration of homes, and I am not talking about your husband and your lover. A few weeks ago, I just discovered the Master Mixer of old and new Lorenzo Castillo,  famous Spanish Interior Designer, antique dealer and a true inspiration.

Here’s how it happened, I was invited at a presentation of his first fabric collection at Kravet in Montreal, and I totally fell in love with him…and his fabrics.


This is Lorenzo Castillo, don’t you agree with me…back to fabrics.



This is a contemporary mixture of the green Ramon collection, on an antique Armchair with contemporary Rubik’s cubes like motif, the traditional striped Tabanera sofa, and the flowery Laidi in an entirely antique decor.



What I find fascinating about the Lorenzo Castillo collection, is that he chooses a number of colors and texture and mixes them in a multitude of patterns and creates total harmony. In this picture, the contemporary geometric and the traditional flowers.

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The contemporary Ramons Rubik’s cube in a tobacco color.

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The geometric Lolo

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Some of them are quite traditional like the Laidi pattern.

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The striped Tabanera collection.


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Even before he designed his fabric collection, Lorenzo C. used old and new  in his Decoration of homes. The plain apricot colored chairs with the black and white geometric pattern.

http://www.lorenzocastillo.org/ Via Elle Decor

Lorenzo Castillo's home

The modern Rubik’s  cube art on the wall introduced in a very traditional room.


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An old style English sofa, an antique Chinese coromendel with modern chairs and coffee table, who says we can mix antique and modern, certainly not Lorenzo Castillo.

Via Elle Decor


Contemporary art in a traditional library.



Old pine table with marble top and modern leather and chrome kitchen chairs.

Lorenzo Castillo Collection, Gastón y Daniela

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The L.C. presentation  at Kravets showroom in Montreal was made by Miguel Angel Guisado Martin from Gaston y Daniela, I took these pictures so that you can see the overlapping of the different textures, colors and styles.

 Mixture of blues and red, Ramons Rubik and next to it  the Pepa motif which seems to have been inspired by our grand mother’s

”Courte Pointe” Log Cabin Quilt.


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This is  a Log Cabin quilt via Americasantiques.biz

Photos via decogirlmontreal

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Inigo traditional motif with a plain blue Villamayor velvet fabric.

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Now the emerald green,  Pantone color of the year.

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Yellow and green more of an old mixture with Inigo, Pepa and a Sant Yago pattern (Grecian key)

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I don’t have to tell you that I am very excited by this new fabric collection, I wanted to share it with you. I find it inspiring, it might not be your decorative style, but it shows us how we can without fear mix old and new, traditional flowers and stripes and geometric contemporary patterns. For more info you can go to http://www.kravet.com/

May the force be with you.




What’s your pregnant-style signature, Kate or Kim

OK, tell me what is your pregnant style, Are you a Kate Middleton or a Kim Kardashian. Is the trend for pregnant women wearing exactly their own style  but in a bigger size, looking at Kate and Kim, it certainly looks this way.

Via http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/


Pregnant outfits for Kate and Kim.


Their own personal style in a bigger size.


Why not,  they both look terrific.


Stylish outfits with Kate and Kim.


Pregnant with high heels, why not…

Via http://hollywoodlife.com/


Kate has sunny disposition in yellow.


Pregnant basic black for Kim.


2 different styles with baby bumps.


Booties look good


Pregnant with Polkadot.