Going for a walk in Montreal

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I went for a walk on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal,

I wanted to share this walk with you my lovelies.

Along the way, I met this Chihuahua, it was quite an encounter, he was as excited as I was about this lovely weather and he started following me on my expedition. I could not stop him and his master was really surprised and confused, so I had to turn around so that he would follow me back to his master, then we said our goodbyes.

If this chihuahua would have stayed with me, this is what he would have seen.

Montreal is getting ready to celebrate its 375th  anniversary. So Sherbrooke street is getting enhance with beautiful sculptures. Montreal can be very attractive when it makes an effort.

Mother and child sculpture seating on a bench.

Image via http://www.breathtaking.ca/

I have to mention the marvelous glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly ( looks like a Sea Anemone) that was installed last year in front of the Musée des beaux Arts de Montreal.

Suddenly a leaping hare appears right in front of your eyes.

This elegant horse has been here for a while.

Montreal’s fashion is well known all over the world, so don’t hesitate to pay a visit to a few boutiques.

Those are quite yummy shoes, and we all know they mean business and add to color in summer time.

OOPS, so sorry just wanted to tell you that Montreal is great but not so perfect sometimes, but I had a lovely walk and I do enjoy my city.  We have numerous festival, but unfortunately we also have a unique festival of orange cones. Believe me Montreal is worth visiting my lovelies.

for more info on the 375th of Montreal go to http://www.375mtl.com/

A minute apartment with a soul

If it is small, it has to have soul

Via Architectural Digest

Chris Stevens a Manhattan Designer has created a home in a very small studio.

The living room is tiny but absolutely complete, a comfy sofa is facing a comforting armchair.

In a small living area, adding an ottoman is useful for an extra seating.

When you live in a limited square footage apartment, it is very important to have a place for each thing in order to create harmony. Chris has really succeeded in creating great harmony even though he has no tendency for minimalism, every decorative objects and pieces of furniture are totally in synch with each other.

I find that Chris decor represents his life at every corner, it has soul and perfect balance.

Chris is a real artist, he can play with patterns and colours in his small bedroom and there is a superb dialogue taking place amongst them.

Celebrate you small interiors my lovelies, don’t be afraid to decorate and make it totally personal, remember this is your home.

decogirlmontreal’s Christmas decorations at home

My choices of Christmas decor for my traditional home

Photos by your very own decogirlmontreal


A touch of gold for Christmas.

When Canadian Tire asked me if I would use their Canvas collection to decorate my home for Christmas, I asked them to send me the Canvas catalogue, as I never use products that I don’t like, let alone talk about them.

I have to admit that I fell in love with the gold Canvas collection from Canadian Tire canadiantire.ca/Canvas, as you can see I created a small gold corner of my own. When I see gold decorations I feel glamorous, I find that gold decorations really capture the magic of Christmas. Here are my golden finds that I wish to share with you.

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I started my decoration on my left wall with an Olympic Scotch wreath (151-4604).


Better view of the wreath

I added 4 gold Christmas ornaments to The Olympic Scotch wreath. I don’t know about you but I feel the more gold the merrier

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On my side board I added Two golden reindeer, a few golden Christmas ornaments, I also filled up my plate cake with gold balls, but you can use a big glass vase. Finally I framed my gold corner with a beautiful Garland.  You can also decorate a console in your living room or entrance way or make your own gold corner anywhere you wish.

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I grew up in the countryside, I love animals, I really really could not resists these 2 Golden reindeer.


My cake plate filled to the rim with the  Canvas collection ornements, just throw them in indiscriminately as long as they are gold.

Create your own magical golden corner and share it with your family and friends.


Oops I almost forgot this glass vase full of golden branches.

May your Christmas Holidays be filled with love, family, friendship and gold of course.



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

Kurt Peshke' Red Ball Bank of Montreal

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

Kurt Peshke the artistKurt Perschke the Artist photographed with his Redball.

* 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

Nike goes eco trash

The Interior of the new Nike Store in Shanghai is built with trash. I find this architecture so innovating, I hope it will go viral.

Via http://inhabitat.com/n


The Taiwanese architects have used 5,500 soda cans, 2,000 PET water bottles and 50,000 old CDs and DVDs to create the interior and fixtures of the Nike’s Shanghai store.

Read more via http://inhabitat.com/new-nike-concept-store-in-shanghai-is-made-entirely-from-trash/nike-shanghai-trash-1/

Decogirlmontreal reminiscing in Montreal

Last Thursday I was doing a few errands in NDG which is located in the West side of Montreal, suddenly my eyes wandered and I discovered a small boutique at the basement level which appeared to be a vintage boutique.


If you have been following my blog, you all know that I love vintage and second hand stores. This is what I saw when I came in, I had the impression I was going back in time as every object seemed to be from the 30’s up to the 80’s.


It surely brought me back to my youth, well I am talking about the late fifties, it is far enough.  I grew up in Ste, Marie de Beauce and this boutique looked exactly like a small general store from my village.


Even the Candies were identical.


Looking at the mixing bowls, I felt strange and excited at the same time, I could remember clearly licking the beaters filled with chocolate batter in a turquoise mixing bowl when my mother was making a cake.


When you go to JonahJames, it is like travelling in the past, and most objects are vintage and in excellent condition.

IMG_4214It is a fun place and the prices are reasonable, you can tell that owners Eliza Parkinson and Jean-François Monette love what they do.


There is a real bonus in visiting Johahjames, just in the next room, I found an absolutely charming Vintage Café so that you don’t have to go out cold turkey and you can reminisce a little longer, it is very relaxing to be transported in the past, eat comfort food and order an espresso, somehow you feel disconnected for an instant from the hussle and bustle of the present.


Spending sometimes at JonahJames Café is not killing time, it is a fascinating experience, do it you will like it.



This is not a commercial, this is my coup-de coeur, my feel good of last week.

Jonah James is situated at the corner of Sherbrooke West and Grey 5100 Sherbrooke West http://www.jonahjamescoffee.com/.  Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Today’s idea, Seek inspiration anywhere you look

Sometimes Inspiration comes in the most peculiar way, the importance is to look and see.


Is it a lamp is it a sculpture, it is indeed a sculpture/lamp

The Paris born Designer Jean-Marc Gady was inspired by the petticoat of the French Cancan dancers in the creation of this lamp.


The French Cancan lamp is spectacular, so were the dancers, inspiration is where beauty meets.

Photo via http://www.france-amerique.com/articles/2009/03/24/jean-marc-gady-un-designer-haute-couture.html


Jean-Marc Gady peeking through the French Cancan lamp.

Photo via http://www.dutempsdescerisesauxfeuillesmortes.net


French Cancan dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the famous ”Coup du chapeau” I suppose it requires a leg to hat coordination.

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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Decogirl Montreal’s son louis is getting married


Hi every one, I have not been very present lately, but I am still here and kicking.  My son Louis is getting married June 30th, it has been a bit or a roller coaster, between work and preparing the decoration of the wedding venue, something had to give and it was you guys.  Thank you so much for following decogirlmontreal, stay tuned,  Friday, we will discuss ”How to revamp your deck” I think summer is finally here.

My son Louis 1 year old

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I had to share this picture of Louis with you, I am sure you will forgive me for being such a dilettante, have a great sunny day.

Today’s idea, enlightenment in your home decor

A bit of philosophy mixed with a bit of ceiling light shopping, and I want to share both with you.


We would like to think that we are at the age of enlightenment, in our life and in our homes.  The age of reason or enlightenment  was a 17th and 18th century cultural movement, and its wish was to reform society, bring knowledge through science and oppose abuse and intolerance, therefore enlightenment equals light

Now Shopping time

17656_016_4 hampton bay moravian star 149.99

This is my very favorite, the Moravian Star $149.99, in lighting,  I found the best deals at Home Depot,  and we certainly can get the look for a less expensive price.http://www.homedepot.ca/product/moravian-star-collection-1-light-pendant/979654 This star has a beautiful history, if you want to know more about it you can visit my Pinterest site at http://pinterest.com/shermurphy/moravian-stars/

Via http://www.housebeautiful.com/


Dining with a Moravian Star over you.

16174.785247155149_4 equinoxe 210.51


light-foyer-pendant/920311 $210.51

10323.LU4019CC_4 Bazz pendant light 189.00

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/pendant-light-brushed-chrome-g9-with-glass-crystal-and-frosted-bottom-glass/918297 $189.00

When you choose a pendant light for your hallway, make sure to look under it, so that it does not show the bulb like this fixture below.


This is a lovely fixture for a small dining room or a kitchen light.

21387.105009_4 gen-lite bird cage 178.00


A real cute bird-cage for 178.00, if you check other store similar look are priced at $2395.00, of course the quality is different, but if you want to go for the look it does work.


http://www.homedepot.ca/product/stellar-pendant-clear/817789 $682.20

I am splurging a bit with this stellar light fixture, but I know this one well and it really creates a magical ambiance.

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A client of mine bought the stellar light,  and she absolutely loves it.

22672.CLI-LSHD-417316_4 illumine 5 light 176.80

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/stellar-pendant-clear/817789 $176.80

This light would look terrific above a kitchen table or in a small dining area.

07535_4 hampton bay island fixture 189.00

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/island-fixture/953311 $189.00

You could also use this light above a rectangular kitchen or dining  table, I would suggest you put it on a dimmer. I would install dimmers everywhere, we look so much better when the light is dimmed, most of all if we are women of a certain age.

16174.785247127351_PrimaryImage_4 Progress illuma-flex 113.98

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/illuma-flex-collection-brushed-nickel-1-light-pendant/996261 $113.98

You can get two or three identical illuma-flex, they would look very good above an island, or just one over a kitchen table.

21579.20096A_4 eglo tosca 169.99

For a Scandinavian look I would definitely favor this Eglo tosca fixture, looks best over a rectangular table.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/tosca-1-pendant-light-3l-antique-brown-with-cream-string-shade/934989  $169.99

23517.50086-2_4 Zuo millenia pendant light 245.00

For a modern 70s look this white light fixture has a nice texture.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/millennia-pendant-white/817803 $245.00

I can get overly excited when I find stuff I really like, it took a while but it was worth the effort, I could have spent a lot more time on this site, but it is your turn now, you can go and do your homework, some of these you can only buy online, Just make sure you look at the info.

Back to Philosophy

 Socrates knew that without light there was no color, so if you want a technicolor life make sure you get the right light for your home.

Have a great Easter long week-end, enjoy.