I still remember the first time I flipped through the December 2010 issue and my reaction to the House & Home of the Month. Initially I thought the photos were from a period piece's set design, but they weren't. The photos were of a stunning Montreal apartment designed by Jean Turcotte and Louis Pepin of the firm Atelier de l'Opera. Eleven green crystal chandeliers, large paintings, lacquered cabinetry and patterned fabric injected doses of colour in every corner.
As seen in the issue, floor-to-ceiling yellow cabinetry fill the principal suite's dressing room, and a rich gold desk and chair fit right in. Jewel-tone blues and greens permeate through the living-dining area. While my personal style preference falls more into the new-trad look, I still appreciate the level of detail seen throughout the firm's work. Here are some other interiors designed by Atelier de l'Opera:
Soft tones accentuate mouldings in this foyer (left). Aged books cram into every nook of this dark bookcase (right). Busts nestled in between bring about an historical movie look.
A classic symmetrical bedroom layout decorated in blue and white feels regal (left). Instead of the usual white, black or beige photo matting, rich pink draws attention to these frames (right).
Fuchsia and pewter pair well in this twin bedroom. Loving the canopy beds, tailored bed sheets and graphic rug.
Even outdoors the firm crafts wonderfully palace-like spaces. You can enter this courtyard through ornate arched iron gates or equally pretty interior doors, for instance.