The happiest bearable move into a smaller space

The before and after of a small apartment

 Living room and doorway Before 

Via Apartment Therapy/Photo Marie-Lyne Quirion As I had this very deep entrance opening from my hallway into my living room, I draped a yellow silk curtain to create a visual separation between my narrow hallway  and my living and dining area. Rug from Indiport Montreal, Louis the XV Sideboard was given to me as a present when my son Louis was born by my cousin the owner of  La Maison Française Antiques

Los Angeles. The art  and furniture came from my family.

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This is the other side of the yellow sofa, I used an old Chinese planter as a side table, I added a glass top to it. I bought this planter in China town, they told me that this is the container they use to  ship duck eggs from China.

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I like to create a feeling of permanence in all the decoration that I do, it could be traditional or contemporary, I think it should also be intemporel, ”la mode se démode” (Coco Chanel)(fashion becomes out of fashion)

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A feeling of intimacy,  surrounded by memorabilia.

Hallway Before A Narrow hallway 

Via decogirlmontreal/Photo decogirlmontrealMy hallway is minute so I covered it entirely with this blue and white Manuel Canova wallpaper. I painted the doors basic blue Benjamin Moore CC968, best match for my air balloon multi blue wallpaper.

Dining room Before

 I change the original space for my dining room and I had to electrify the ceiling for my chandelier. My electrician Suzanne was great and fished the electricity from an electrical switch on the left wall all the way up to the top of a molding and got the wire out to a new electrical box and this without making a big mess.

Dining room before 

Now the chandelier is up and connected and like a friend said, you have to do something about this sagging wire. So I asked Valerie my handy woman to create a molding that would hide the sagging wire.

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Mission accomplished, the wire above the dining room table is completely covered with a triple molding and my chandelier can unleash its power and become luminous again.

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I designed this armoire with chicken wire which I originally used as a bookcase and now it is in my dining room to store all my good dishes. I white washed it myself, lined it with a finely striped blue and white cotton (I stapled the fabric in the back of the armoire.)

I bought this Don Quijote plate on top of the armoire when I was a student in Madrid and carried it with great care all the way back to Montreal.

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Inside my white wash armoire 

This is what friends are for, in between the before and the after, my dear friends are unpacking diligently and helping me put my home together again.

living room Before This long back wall with a 9” depth is ideal for bookshelves. Originally this space was the dining room, (you still can see a pendant light in front of the wall).

Ikea bookshelves BeforeI bought 4 regular white Billy bookshelves from Ikea and moldings from Home Depot. 

Ikea bookshelves with Home Depot moldings

Voilà Valérie is now installing the moldings on the Billys to give them a certain elegance. 

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The Ikea Billys are all dressed up now, and I have organized all my books and mixed a few of my cherished objects and souvenirs with them. These 2 French Louis the XV bergères which are now in the living area belonged to my parents and I had them recovered with blue Alcantara (Microfiber) You can see a bit of my white kitchen through the right inside wall opening.

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I love mixing books with objects.

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I got this small blue cloisonné urn as a young girl when I visited Hong Kong. The blue double beaks vase was given to me by son Louis when he was 20 years old. The pink enamel recipient with griffins on each side was given to me by my mother in law who received it as a present from a New York Beau when she was studying at Parsons in New York. I think objects have a soul, they really make me feel good.

Paintings with cows are my favorite, I got it at a Shaby Chic store that I really liked but it is now closed, I do miss it.

Kitchen Before
My kitchen was bright red, I do like red, but it was much to powerful for me.

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The walls of the kitchen are now Cloud white CC40 by Benjamin Moore. I added a piece of white melamine to hide the side of the fridge, I have something about fridges, I find them very bulky in old kitchens. My kitchen is from the 70s, it might be a little bit overly decorated but it kind of needed a little distraction here and there to take away its bleakness. I needed more light, so I got a rail with directional spots from Home Depot.


I installed 4 white plate rails from Ikea on top of the white cabinets and a watercolour picture made by my mother in law above the stove.






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