Tour the Montreal factory loft of designers Alexandre Blazys and Benoit Gérard and learn how they gave it a lounge-like atmosphere. Using dark tones, rich oak panelling, smoky glass and grasscloth wallpaper, they turned a boring gypsum box into an envelope for striking art, and a moody backdrop for entertaining. See how to convert a hallway into a lounge area and office, and other smart designer tricks of the trade.
Designer Sarah Keenleyside of Qanūk Interiors makes the most of an outdated galley kitchen. Learn how tricks like removing the upper cabinets and open shelves refresh a kitchen's look and make it seem larger.
Artists Melanie Brown and Robin Schurman of Pillow Talk turn handpainted pillows into art works for the home. A mix of techniques such as freehand brushstrokes and stenciling lends a dreamy quality to artisanal patterns and soft geo prints.
Design, Alexandre Blazys and Benoit Gérard, (514) 303-0711 or visit Blazys Gérard.
Dining area: Wishbone chairs, Pink & Brown, 1-866-949-7465 or visit Pink & Brown; buffet, Montreal Moderne, (514) 293-7903; white bowl by Mud Australia, À table tout le monde, (514) 750-0311 or À table tout le monde.
Living room: Chandelier, white side table, porcelain jars, Celadon Collection, (514) 932-3306 or visit Celadon Collection; wall unit, Maison de Meuble Patrimoine, (450) 973-1669; vintage coffee table, Jack's, (514) 596-0060 or Jack’s, hallway lounge, Millwork, Parallèle Plus, (514) 591-4257 or Parallèle Plus.
Bedroom: Lamps, HomeSense, 1-800-646-9466 or homesense.ca; velour pillows, artwork, Celadon, as above.
Bathroom: Plumbing, Centre de Plomberie Jean Lépine, (450) 676-1322 or visit Centre de Plomberie Jean Lépine.
Kitchen: Millwork, doors, Mobelo, (450) 646-8978 or visit Mobelo; cabinets, Ikea, as above; marble, marble-topped island, marble tabletop, Italbec, (514) 383-0668 or Italbec.com; appliances, Jenn-Air, or visit Jenn-Air; architectural model, mesh lantern, Celadon Collection, as above; stools, Domison, (514) 563-1268 or visit Domison; orange bowls, Showroom Montreal, (514) 979-3846 or visit Showroom Montreal.