Decorating & Design

March 26, 2018

This Gorgeous Brownstone Is Filled With Showstopping Art

As beautiful historic brownstones go, this century-old version in Quebec City was almost perfect — but the 4,500-square-foot dwelling lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. The traditional kitchen had no panache and, overall, the home seemed a bit flat for a stylish couple who collected vibrant artwork. “The homeowner felt her house was bland and uninteresting — and she loves color; she’s fearless about it,” says interior designer Richard Ouellette of Les Ensembliers.

Over six months, their brownstone was transformed. But the objective wasn’t to start from scratch. Richard repurposed many of the couple’s pieces, recovering a set of wing chairs and relocating artwork and light fixtures throughout the house. Revived with a fresh mix of pattern, texture and color, the brownstone is now in sync with its stylish owners. Click through for a look inside.

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Author: Iris Benaroia

André Rider


House & Home October 2017


Richard Ouellette, Les Ensembliers