Decorating & Design

December 3, 2018

This Montreal Rowhouse Takes A Minimalist Approach To Holiday Decorating 

Sandra Smirle and Ken Dobell’s renovated rowhouse in Montreal’s artsy Mile End sidesteps the usual Christmas trimmings for pared-down and heartfelt decor. Along with fresh wreaths and garlands, a few meaningful mementoes pepper the house, like velvet handmade stockings, and a cherished collection of ornaments.

It’s a simple approach that invites the circa-1910 home to be the main attraction — something Sandra and Ken appreciate after an almost year-long remodel. Working with architect Emilie Bédard and designer Maria Rosa Di Ioia of EM Architecture, they refreshed the 1,650-square-foot duplex and turned it into a single-family home. Click through to see inside the modern space that nods to its history.

Author: Reiko Milley

Maxime Desbiens


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Maria Rosa Di Ioia