Happy times on a lazy Sunday

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

Khalil Gibran
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


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.


Busy time at Salvatore Ferragamo.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


IMG_0662Chopard was glittering.


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.


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


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


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.


Arched windows with Christmas wreaths and flower boxes.



A Versailles box at the Pierre Hotel


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

Last minute decoration for Halloween

Hurry Hurry Halloween is almost here, I know all these decorations should have been done last week, but it is never too late to bring joy and fun to your family and friends. Go for it.

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Turn your pumpkins into a planter.


Just gather your pumpkins by your front door and add a few tree branches.

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Run, run to my Atwater market if you live in Montreal, if not you can run to your own market and get your colourful pumpkins and more.


2 of Rachel Lambert M.’s homes

Bunny Lambert Mellon who was a self-made horticulturalist she studied the techniques of Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie who designed ”Le Potager du Roi” for Louis the X1V, she later helped restore this garden at Versailles. (If your like gardening you can visit)


She was invited to create the Rose Garden at the White House by her friend Jacqueline Kennedy. 

Rachel’s Manhattan Home

Photo Via Architectural Digest


In the pink living room above the fireplace a painting of John Singer Sargent 1882 Mis Beatrice Townsend. Ms Rachel L. M. was a great art collector. If you want to know more about John Singer Sargent go to http://www.johnsingersargent.org/

Photo Via Architectural Digest


The blue dining room with the trompe l’oeil floors


Édouard Manet’s painting tout simplement in the Lapis Lazuli dining room.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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Totally country in the city, the garden entrance.

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The Manhattan garden with its small gazebos.

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You can tell that Bunny Mellon was a lover of nature, even her home in New York City has a country feeling and decor about it.

Rachel’s home in Oyster Harbors Massachusetts

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Above the dining room mantel a Raoul Dufy sailing boat painting.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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The garden at Oyster Harbors.

Photo Via Architectural Digest


A light nautical feeling about Rachel’s bedroom.

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The white and blue four poster bed

The many faces of Rachel Lambert M.

A few days ago the New York Times published an article on Sotheby’s auction house future sale of Rachel Lambert Mellon (known as Bunny) Oak Spring Farm property located in Upperville Virginia.Ms. Mellon died in March 2014 at the age of 103. The proceeds of the sale will benefit the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, the Foundation supports horticultural and educational achievements. Ms. Lambert M. was also  a horticulturist and a fine art collector

I wanted to share with you some of the different homes of Ms. Lambert M. they are so magnificent, I find it is so inspiring to look at beautiful homes.

Oak Spring Farm

Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Rachel Lambert Mellon photographed by the very famous French Photographer

Henri-Cartier Bresson, if you want to know more about H-CB go to http://www.henricartierbresson.org/hcb/home_fr.htm

Via Architectural Digest Photos  Horst P. Horst/courtesy of Condé Nast Archive


Rachel’s collection of topiaries

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


The grand pergola at Oak Spring Farm

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The entrance hallway at Oak S. F.

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The greenhouse with its Fernand Renard Trompe l’oeil armoires and ceiling.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


The library with its mezzanine is absolutely stunning.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


The  Mark Rothco painting is like the sun had install itself on the library wall.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


Look at these fences, they have great style.

Antigua Home

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives

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Love the stone trompe l’oeil floor.

Via Architectural Digest Photos from RLM’s archives


Rachel’s living room in Antigua

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Charming corners with a lemon tree.

Stay tune tomorrow I will share with you Rachel’s Manhattans home and her Oyster Harbors home in Massachusetts, have a lovely evening.

Anatomy of the Redball Project in Montreal

My cousin Ginette is visiting me from Switzerland, she is a photographer who used to  work for the New York Times travel section. She wanted to visit the World Press Photography exhibition taking place at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Montreal.

While walking in the Old Montreal, she suddenly came face to face with the humongous street art deflated Redball. She snapshot Kurt Perschke the artist while creating his Redball Project on  St. Jacques Street West right in front of the Bank of Montreal.


Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Beginning to inflate the Ball

Inflating the Redballl in front of the Bank of Montreal.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

The ball connected to air machine

Kurt and his assistant placing the Redball between the Bank of Montreal Roman Corinthian columns.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

The assistant placing the ballThe Artist’s assistant struggling with the Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

The artist Kurt Peshke

Kurt the Artist behind the almost inflated Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

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Et Voilà the magnificent inflated Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Holding the Ball

Two ladies hugging the Redball.

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

Photographing the Ball

Amazed Montrealers and tourists photographing the Redball

Photo copyright Ginette Vachon

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* If you want to visit the phantasmagoric Redball, the next exhibition is tomorrow all day at the La Fontaine Park in Montreal , it is it’s last day, don’t miss it.

Have a great week end and thank you for following decogirlmonreal.com

Picnic on a Lazy Sunday

This picnic set up is absolutely magical, I really really want to be just sitting on this beautiful tablecloth on the last day of summer and eat and be lazy and eat and be lazy again. To reproduce this charming environment, we only need a river bank a few dishes, some great food and don’t forget a straw hat a lovely pillow and of course good company.

Found on dustjacketattic.blogspot.com.au

via http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240801911297926171/


Enjoy your Lazy Sunday picnic wherever your are my friends.

Today’s idea, what you can do in your attic

Attics have numerous possibilities as long as you have some height in the middle, 7 feet would be terrific.

1- If you have an older home and the electricity has not been redone or upgraded, the first thing you have to do is contact your electrician to make sure the electrical will survive the renovation.  If you intend to add a bathroom, you should also get a plumber if your plumbing is quite old. After this is done you can start transforming your attic. 

2-As long as you are there, you might check the insulation to make sure that it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

3-Installing a fan would certainly be a plus

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An attic can be a superb home office, quiet and away from all the action.

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The attic is also ideal for a master bedroom.

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Loft Bedroom

A quaint guest bedroom in your attic.

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A quiet spa in your attic.

Via Apartment therapy


An en suite bedroom.

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A teenager bedroom in the attic.

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A skylight in your attic bedroom can make your life a lot brighter.

Gifts inspiration for mother’s day

This is how it all began, Anna Jarvis whose mother died May 9th 1905 held a Memorial service for her mom and all mothers, afterward she started a campaign throughout America to have a special official day to honor all Mothers.anna-jarvis

 If you want to know more about Miss Jarvis go to http://www.wvgenweb.org/taylor/mothersday/f

Miss Jarvis campaign was successful and mother’s day was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.

Now, if you want to buy a little something for your mom, I did a bit of window shopping for you guys, hope you will be inspired by these lovely things, they are indeed things, but sometimes things can be meaningful and bring pleasure.

24920313_927056_ED sterling heart 115.00

From http://fr.tiffany.ca/ a Mom’s sterling silver heart $115.00

038535083x indigo 23.20

From http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/ a girlie/woman book $23.20

734213617174_hiindigo 60.00

I could not resist this watch with an indigo bracelet from Indigo $60.00

882709116622 monogram necklace 10.00

A monogram charm from http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/reduced to $10.00

882709116929 indigo 16.00

For the traveling Mom, a turquoise passport case $16.00 http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/

882709116943_hi tag indigo 12.00

For your Mom’s suitcase this turquoise tag $12.00 http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/

blue-agate-bracelet-with-clover-charm-by-askew-co 14.00From http://www.opensky.com/ a turquoise agate bracelet $14.00

Today’s idea, changing your hallway closet doors

Moving from a century traditional home to a contemporary loft is always a challenge. When my clients ask me decorate and to use most of their furniture, art and antiques into a fairly new contemporary almost industrial condo, I really had to give it more than a thought.

Entrance way closet doors Before

before hall closet doors

I started by replacing the contemporary closet doors with more traditional mirrored doors, in order to create a dialogue between the contemporary architecture of the loft and my clients traditional furniture, antiques and art.

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I was inspired by the style of the original contemporary doors of the loft above and the windows of the loft below to create the entrance way closet doors so that by not introducing very traditional style doors there would be more harmony with the lofty style of the condo.

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Windows of the loft.

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I presented my clients with a plan of the mirrored doors.

Entrance way mirrored doors After

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As all mirrors do, they have to reflect something, and these mirrored doors now reflect the entire living and dining area which of course brings a feeling of spaciousness to the loft.

Mirrored doors entrance way after

We added a cornice on top of the mirrored doors which is very similar to the cornices of some of the more traditional and antique furniture pieces of my clients.