Photographer Monic Richard is used to framing views, getting the best angles and capturing her subjects in the most flattering light. She applied this same approach to designing her family’s chalet home in the Eastern Townships, and the results are picture perfect. Monic owned the lot for 20 years before finding the budget to build her dream property in 2019. She designed the chalet herself, with a strong vision of what she wanted. “I like simple houses, so I started with a barn-like shape,” says Monic, whose main residence is in Montreal.
The 1,350-square-foot space includes a large kitchen and one-bedroom mezzanine (a second bedroom is on the lower level), which allows for the lofty high ceilings. Her biggest fear was having a chalet that looked and felt totally new. The aesthetic is as modern as it is traditional, where the open plan is warmed up by texture and treasured old finds. Monic carefully selected each material, bouncing her ideas off designer Sylvie Masse of Montreal’s Zig & Zag Design along the way. “She was my guide,” says Monic. “I was looking for something homey and Scandinavian. I like that mix.”