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Design, Lifestyle, Montréal, Vieux-Montréal

Aza Pop-Up Home


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I’m sharing some photographs I took at the Aza Pop-Up Home two weeks ago. I learned about the pop-up on Instagram and couldn’t miss it. Located in the Old Montreal, it was a real dream for me: stylist/creative director and former model Azamit curated all the rooms with local designer products; be it furniture, art, props or clothing. A true gem! The visit was really inspiring.

The pictures speak for themselves.
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Design, Montréal, Plateau-Mont-Royal

Montauk Sofa & February’s Goals List


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The winter seems to never end. I know everybody complains about the cold weather, but strangely enough I’m ok with this. I try to enjoy it instead of dealing with it. It might have something to do about my warm coat, or that I love eating soups when it’s chilly outside. Anyways, when I walk to go to work at 6:30 am, the sun starts to rise and in the afternoon, I have more and more daylight in my room. It makes me happy. Talking about light, there was an amazing one last Friday when I visited Montauk Sofa. I fell in love with the company’s philosophy and high-end design furnitures. The sofas are locally made in Montréal, while some chairs and tables are imported from France or Denmark (ah, these great Danes!). I had a good time looking around and sitting on the puffy sofas. One thing is sure, this place is truly inspiring for any design lover. I’m dreaming of those marble tables and the light grey sofa… Now where’s my money? Hello Kickstarter? Ha! I’m kidding. It’s a shame I never made it before, but better late than never. Continue Reading…

Design, Lifestyle, Montréal, Plateau-Mont-Royal




I took these photos back in October at Artemano but never got the chance to post them until now. It’s perhaps one of my favourite design furniture stores. I wouldn’t say no to that teapot and wooden table… I love the colour wall, too. It inspires me to paint a beautiful dark grey wall in a near future.

Christmas’ spirit is in full swing and I’ve already bought most of my gifts this year, yet I still have the wrapping thing to do. I’m really into giving small customized gifts to everyone, and edible ones for most of them. Until I have the money to buy expensive furnitures like these below. Ha.

Happy Monday!

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Design, Lifestyle, Montréal, Plateau-Mont-Royal

Atelier Make


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It’s not a secret anymore that I feel drawn towards Scandinavian design, especially after my trip to Denmark and Sweden last summer. So it’s no wonder that I’ve been eyeing Atelier Make‘s work for a while. I love its aesthetic which is both minimalist and contemporary, and reminds me of Scandinavia. Yesterday, the two ladies running Atelier Make, Jaimie and Maya, kindly opened their studio to me. You can feel that both put lots of love, work and time to create beautiful, timeless and functional fine craft and share their passion with the community. It’s been a real pleasure to learn more about their working process and to discover their handmade porcelain tableware. I’ll have one of each, please. It’s just too pretty.

The studio is open every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm til Christmas and they also offer workshops, so make sure to check it out.

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Design, Lifestyle, Montréal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie




Phew. I moved out of my rented room this weekend, which obviously involved countless boxes, a bed frame, a mattress, chairs and many hands to help me get through this. I’ll be staying with my sister for two months before moving in (again!) January. Might not be the best month, but I cannot wait for a fresh new start, right in time for 2015. I just don’t want a snowstorm, please.

As I can still ride my bicycle despite the rainy days lastly, I finally visited the newly (read: a year ago) renovated Marc-Favreau library in Rosemont – La Petite Patrie. Shame on me I didn’t make it before. Ivies are growing up on the walls and the building lets a good amount of sunlight getting through the big windows. I like that. The entire library is so beautiful and bright. It feels like the perfect place to study or to linger over a good book and a cup of coffee (tea in my case) for hours. I’ll be back. Continue Reading…

Design, Lifestyle, Montréal, Plateau-Mont-Royal




I love to wander in Montréal’s Little Portugal on St. Laurent and to go into furniture stores to get inspired. Interversion emphasizes on a strong aesthetic and minimalist design, which I’m very fond of. Everything under their brand name is locally made in their workshop in Drummondville, while the store also showcases Quebec’s craftsmanships. On the day of my visit the whole store was under renovation so I’ve been asked to forgive the mess (uh, what mess..?). But I didn’t really mind, though. It was a beautiful one.

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Design, Lifestyle, Montréal, Rosemont - La Petite-Patrie

Lambert et Fils



There’s some serious good stuff on Beaubien. My jaw dropped the second I came into the shop. Influenced by industrial design and modernism, and using materials such as marble and brass, Lambert et Fils creates what might be the most beautiful minimalist lamps I’ve ever seen in my life. My dream home will probably look like this.

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Design, Lifestyle, Mile End, Montréal

Style Labo



Style Labo is such a beautiful antique store. The selection of second-hand objects and furniture is always carefully curated and most of it comes from the United States. From old vintage lamps to vintage stamps, maps and posters, one can find true gems to decorate their own space. It’s a photographer’s paradise, too. So I let the pictures talk for themselves this time.

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Design, Food, Lifestyle, Montréal, Outremont, Restaurants



Restaurant Lauréa - © Sylvie Li

I love food. I love to eat. I’m utterly obsessed with it, which is probably why I spend so much time seeking new places to try out in the city. I slowly became picky and demanding towards restaurants. To me, every detail counts: the service, the ambiance, the bread (yes), the décor, even the restrooms and of course, the food. As I have been to many incredible restaurants like Toqué!, Chez l’Épicier, Hôtel Herman and Van Horne, I set the bar high. Continue Reading…

Design, Lifestyle, Mile End, Montréal

Comme des enfants


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I stumbled across the cutest children store last weekend, Comme des enfants. Located on Bernard street in the Mile End and opened since only three months, the boutique is right up my alley: clear and pure design, flooded with sunlight and painted all white.

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