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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Today’s idea, transform your Ikea Billys

I am a great fan of the Ikeas Billys, 

$69.00 per bookshelf and you can make them up to look like one thousand dollars.

Ikeas BILLY BEFORE fresh out of Ikea.

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Prepping Billys with mouldings from Home Depot

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I have a small apartment, and there is a natural alcove in the living room, so I chose to install my book shelves in the alcove in order to save a bit of space, don’t forget when your room is small, every inch counts.


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Transforming Billys with mouldings on top, at the bottom, and on each side of shelf. I chose not to install mouldings on shelves, I wanted a lighter look.

We used pieces of 2×2 on top of the shelves to secure them to the wall.

Ikeas BILLYS AFTER 
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I was thinking about adding a cornice on top of the shelves, but I soon realized I had too many books and I should use the space between the top of the shelves and the ceiling to store my books. I stacked them horizontally, this way I could fill up the gap and it is also easier to read the titles.

The lying lion is a Paper Mache sculpture by the Mexican artist Gemma Taccogna.

Image via http://www.loveroffashion.com/2009/11/gemma-taccogna.html

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The artist Gemma Taccogna

The most expensive Easter Eggs in the world

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF YOU MY CHRISTIAN FELLOW BLOGGERS

Peter Carl Fabergé creator of these Easter eggs was one of the best jeweler and goldsmith in the world.

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Fabergé was born in Russia from French Hugenot (Protestant) paternal ancestors who fled France under Louis X1V, (if you want to know why look for the revocation of the Edict of  Nantes) he was the Tsars most famous jeweler.

Tsar Alexander lll of Russia was the first to have these indredibly beautiful and precious Easter eggs made by Fabergé for his Wife Maria Fedorovna, and the tradition went on with their son Nicholas ll until the revolution of 1917.

The Imperial third golden egg was lost for years, it was bought at an auction by a scrap dealer for the value of the gold (14,000.00) nobody knew it was an original Fabergé egg at the time until the dealer did a bit of research and discovered that this Fabergé egg was missing, it finally sold at Wartski’s auction to a private collector for 33 Million dollars in 2014.

for more info about this story go http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/world/faberge-third-imperial-egg/

Via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/95631192058428000/

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Peter Carl Fabergé

If you are interested in the work and life of Fabergé, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts had a fantastic exhibition that you can visit on their site at http://faberge.mbam.qc.ca/en/#exhibition

 

What to do with your color of the year 2015 ”Marsala”

Marsala comes from the Arabic word Mirs-llahi meaning The Port of God so Marsala is a Godly color.


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Marsala Pantone’s color of the year is really a Port in the West coast of Sicily Italy, so you can visit it, it is also a wine from the same region so you can drink it.

Via http://www.wine-searcher.com/

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Marsala wine is a fortified wine like Port,  Sherry and Madeira, you can cook with it.

http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/

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Marsala can be used on your walls, it is a very warm color a mixture of pink and terracotta, it makes your skin look luminous and hot.

Via Houzz

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You can paint one wall as an accent.

Via Architectural Digest

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In a small space like a hallway you could enveloped yourself with Marsala, walls and ceiling, it is quite dramatic.

Via Elle Decor

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You can always use a touch of Marsala with your picture frames or in your Tiramisu or your Zabaglione.

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You can sit on your Marsala

Via http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/

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You can also wear Marsala as all forms of design adopts Pantone color of the year.

May the force be with you and your Marsala what ever you do with it.

Enjoy the year of the Goat

Happy New Year to all my Chinese friends 

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The year of the Horse is over, today the year of the Wood Goat is starting.

They are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac each one is linked to one of the five elements: Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth.

Goats are creative, compassionate and have a great sense of justice.

Their lucky numbers are: 2-7

Lucky colors: Brown-Red-Purple

Lucky flowers: Carnation and Primrose

Have a great year full of love, friendship, joy and happiness .

Photos decogirlmontreal

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Last summer I visited the beautiful Chinese Garden in Montreal, if you have a chance put it in your calendar for next summer, it is a unique experience.

http://espacepourlavie.ca/en/botanical-garden

Today’s idea, breaking the rules in the decoration of your home

Expressing oneself in the decoration of your home often leads to breaking the rules by mixing different styles.

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I personally like to break the rules occasionally, but we have to remember that mixing antique and contemporary has its limitation. You have to keep the conversation going between your furniture, your objects and the architecture of your room. Like life, it is a question of balance and harmony.

In this room at Les Résidences du Ritz Carlton, I created a contemporary and young environment, on the other hand I thought that  being at the Ritz necessitated to go back in time and bring a bit of history to warm up this room. I found this reproduction of an old architectural Oeil-de-boeuf  mirror (Bull’s eye) which could very well have come from the old Ritz Carlton building, I installed it above this very slick fireplace et voilà.  I find that by adding this older looking piece you feel the ambiance of the Ritz even though you live in your own time.

A look into the past, living in the present, and make sure you don’t miss the future is my motto, well at least I try to make it my motto, it sounds good and when it works it feels good.

”Study the past if you would define the future”  Confucius

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/Lonny magazine

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A Louis the XVI chair with a reproduction of a modern Parsons desk table, this table was designed by Jean-Michel Frank, a French designer from the 1930.

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Voici  Cool Jean-Michel Frank

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Voilà  poor Louis XV1 ( A sad story) by Antoine François Callet 1786, we all know what happened 3 years later (1789)

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A living room (Mine) with a Louis XV armchair and Ikea Billy bookshelves. To cover all gaps I added small moldings to my Billy, on the side, on the front and on the back near the wall to give it a built in look, sometimes in interior decoration you have to cheat a little.

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Et voilà lucky Louis the XV who died in his bed.

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The Billy bookshelf from Ikea

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A modern chandelier, a Saarinen Tulip dining table, a Chippendale style chair and a period style console.

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Eero Saarinen Finnish designer with his tulip table 1910 to 1961

Mix it up a little, you will like it. Have a grand week end, it is snowing in Montreal, I am going to Quebec city to visit my sister Louisette. I am taking the bus and looking forward to read The most of Nora Ephron, I miss her she left us June 26, 2012.

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Voici my sister Louisette she was 5 years old then and I can’t wait to see her, it has been quite a while, we are very close and talk everyday about this and that and all things of life.

Last minute Christmas shopping ideas under 50.00

I am running for last minute Christmas shopping, and I found these great items under 50.00

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I usually go to Indigo for my last-minute purchases, http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home I found this adorable owl teapot for 26.00 my ex is a lover of tea ( no pun intended) so this will be for him.

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I cannot resist anything with caramel,sea salt and black chocolate, so this is a gift for Fiona’s Christmas stocking (my daughter in law), she is expecting a little girl, and I am over the moon. 12.00

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This shaker is for my friend Donald, he broke his the last time we had a Martini. 29.50

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hummm I think these cheese knives will be from me to me but you can buy them for anybody you love. 29.50

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Christmas is about sharing and giving, so I will resist the urge of buying these Hors-d’oeuvre plates or (dessert plates ) for myself and will offer them to my sister Louisette. 34.50

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My sister Louisette

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The luggage tag will be for my son Louis’s Christmas stocking. 12.00

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Another side of a black luggage tag.

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A corkcicle is a great gift for a host or a hostess. 25.00

Enjoy your last minute Christmas shopping and your family and friends will too.

Carte de Noël decogirlmontreal

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)

http://www.frenchgardening.com/visitez.html?pid=3086826060263443

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

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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

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The blue dining room with the trompe l’oeil floors

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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.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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The Manhattan garden with its small gazebos.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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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

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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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.

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A light nautical feeling about Rachel’s bedroom.

Photo Via Architectural Digest

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The white and blue four poster bed