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Easter Brunch Ideas – DIY Tabletop Flower Wreaths

It’s finally spring and I don’t know if you’re as excited as we are but Spring fever is real over here! Give me all the flowers, the tender greens, and the light! We’ve put together these little Easter brunch ideas for you. And the easiest -of all times- DIY flower wreaths. (Thanks to Atelier Carmel for the idea and the flowers!) Guys, these flower wreaths take literally ONE MINUTE to make. Scroll down to watch the little video we put together with the help of our talented homegirl Maca, she makes the cutest little videos!

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Oh! By the way, the pictures were taken at Camille’s place, she just finished renovating her kitchen and her little banquette is the cutest thing. Especially with a bunch of Boucherouite pillows on it 😉 I’m so in love with the tiles she picked for her floors, the light bounces off them like crazy.

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Our DIY Tabletop Flower Wreaths would be so cute for an Easter brunch but beyond that, how cute would they be for a Spring wedding or a summer party!! Wait until you watch the video. You’ll laugh at how easy they are to make.

SpringTable_v003 from Baba Souk on Vimeo.

Easter Brunch Ideas – DIY Tabletop Flower Wreaths

What you’ll need:
– Olive Branches
– A few flowers (these are Ranunculus and Butterflies)
– Scissors
– Clear Tape

Steps:
– Cut the olive branches the size of your plates.
– Secure both ends with clear tape.
– Add a few of your favorite flowers.

Snap! Your table is in full bloom

(Shop our pompom placemats and our Moroccan ceramics right here. These bowls make everything look so good!)

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Easter is such a great time to gather your loved ones. Get your fancy crystal glassware out of the cabinet, it’s time for rosé!

Easter Brunch Ideas floer crown DIY

This is us trying to take a decent picture (but honestly we were laughing like crazy) I rarely step in front of the camera but this time I had to, the setting was just too gorgeous. Camille and Maca totally got me with the Rosé 😉

Easter Brunch Ideas floer crown DIY

I just adore this color palette, such a great mix of peachy pinks, teals, light blue and mustard yellow! That original painting, Colombes by Zoe Bovin is a stunner too! (It’s available online in our Baba Art Gallery, right here)

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Do you like the all-white kitchen look with butcherblock countertops and gold? I think it’s the best thing because then you can add some color pops with your accessories. Accessories are way easier to change than floors and countertops! That cute Boucherouite rug might not be the most practical in a kitchen (especially if you have kids) but hey, how cute!

Easter Brunch Ideas floer crown DIY

Happy Easter to all of you! I wish you some sweet times with your family. Let me know if you try out these easy-breezy flower wreaths, I’d love to see them! –Stephanie

Pictures: Baba Souk
Video: Hey Maca
Location & Styling: Camille Picard
Flowers: Atelier Carmel

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5 Questions for The Fashion Medley

Elif, who is now living in Montreal, is the Turkish-born trendsetter behind the Insta-Famous account, The Fashion Medley. She has the coolest edgy-chic look in town. We recently had the pleasure to shoot her Beni Ourain rug in her beautiful living room and got a chance to chat a little.

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1.   How would you describe your personal style?

Ugh this is my least favorite question 🙂 

I think it’s masculine and minimal with edgy and sometimes whimsical details.

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2.   Do you have a style Icon?

I get inspiration from different people all the time, lately Instagram is my biggest inspiration source – mostly geniune people who are not bloggers or fashion professionals that have really cool Instagram pages. In terms of icons; Lauren Hutton, Caroline Bessette Kennedy, the Olsen twins and mid 2000’s Kate Moss are always my favorites. I’m loving the Hadid sisters’ looks nowadays.

3.   You recently moved into a new apartment here in Montreal. What was your inspiration in terms of home décor style?

My interior design aesthetic is a lot simpler than my fashion sense, I love mid century modern. Palm Springs homes were my biggest inspiration and names like Neutra, Breuer, Wegner, Koenig etc.

Shop this look: Beni Ourain Rug from Baba Souk, Couch from Article, Table vintage from Etsy, Plant Stand from Hudson + Oak and Hook & Stem, Ceramic vase is vintage, clear vase from Vuela, wall scone is from Urban Outfitters.

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4.   You recently finished decorating your living room and it’s so beautifully curated. How did you go about creating this flawless space?

For me the sense of space is really important, I don’t like cluttered interiors but I also don’t like super-simple and minimal homes either. So my aim was to create a space that looked like a living room/gallery that shows real people are actually living in it. For example, I wanted a leather couch but I made sure we bought the most comfortable one because it’s where we spend almost 80% of our time. I chose a daybed instead of a second couch or many other chairs because I love the architectural aspect it brings to the entire living room.

Our light fixtures and coffee table are vintage, so they actually are mid century furniture. I also have a lot of original vintage artwork. It was important to me that nothing in the living room looked so familiar, I wanted everything to look unique – which is why the Beni Ourain rug is one of my favorite pieces in the entire living room. It has imperfect lines and it brightens up the entire space. Even though it’s a bohemian rug it somehow fits my home perfectly and I think it’s what takes the room from a generic “space” to a living room.

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5.   We know you’re such a trendsetter and you have an eye for design. Would you mind sharing what you think will be the next big trend in home décor?

As I’m still following the interior design concepts of 60 years ago, I’m not the best person to ask about new trends 😉 I know terrazzo is huge right now, also Vladimir Kagan style legless, curved couches. I don’t know if it can be considered new but painted ceilings also seem to be trending well.

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6.  We know you love neutrals but what’s your take on the next HIT color?

Terra cota, camel, taupe (do these count as not-neutrals?) 😉 Peach and light pink too.

Thank you so much for sharing Elif. I’ll be dreaming of Palm Springs for a while. – Stephanie. 

 

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Artist Zoe Boivin

Zoe Boivin is an upcoming Canadian painter. We are delighted to present our collaborative collection inspired by her latest trip to Morocco. It’s a visual explosion of colours and emotions on canvas and as they often say in Morocco “It’s a pleasure for your eyes”. We also had an inspiring little chatt with her, scroll down to read our little interview.

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1- How do you approach a blank canvas? Do you already have a plan? For example, have you already worked on some sketches or have you chosen a colour palette?

I love drawing no matter where I am. I always bring a small sketchbook with me so I can draw whatever happens to catch my eye. I take pictures of shapes that inspire me, often at the most unexpected moments (graffiti on a wall, an unlikely object in a room, some strangely aligned leaves on the ground, etc.) I then use these pictures and sketches as visual references in my studio that guide me when I’m working.

1- Par où commences-tu quand tu te retrouves devant un canevas blanc ? As-tu déjà une bonne idée de ce qui va se passer ? As-tu déjà par exemple fait des croquis au préalable ou bien as-tu choisi ta palette de couleurs ?

J’aime dessiner partout où je vais. Je traine pratiquement toujours un petit calepin avec moi pour faire des esquisses de mes idées et des couleurs qui interpellent mon œil au quotidien. J’aime aussi photographier les formes qui m’inspirent, souvent à des moments totalement inattendus (une section de graffiti sur un mur, un objet inusité dans une pièce, des feuilles drôlement placées sur le sol, etc.). L’ensemble de ces photos et de mes croquis me donne une base de repères visuelles qui seront ensuite disposées sur les murs de mon studio, et qui m’aideront à travailler lors de la création.

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When I get to work on a given day, I let my feelings guide me. I take time to refocus before I actually start painting. I never set out with a specific idea. I often start with a few ink blotches that I have let dry on my canvas beforehand, this organic composition becomes the starting point in a piece. Then the dance begins, my hands guide me in the flow of the creative process. I listen to very loud music that helps me express my emotions with colour and images on canvas.

I always try to eliminate any resistance and give free reign to my intuition and emotions that guide my movements. I never choose colours or shapes beforehand; they emerge naturally in the process, and I am always surprised and even astonished at the results. Amusing fact: the process is really messy!

Au moment de se mettre au travail, je me laisse d’abord guider par ce que je ressens cette journée-là. Je prends toujours un instant pour me recentrer avant de débuter une séance de création. Je n’ai jamais une idée préétablie de ce qui va se passer sur la toile. Je débute souvent mes pièces avec des taches d’encre séchées que j’ai créées sur la toile au préalable, et c’est à partir de cette composition organique que je vais débuter mon œuvre.

Par la suite c’est une forme de danse, je suis à l’écoute de mes mains qui me guident dans le processus qui se fait dans un état de « flow ». J’écoute de la musique très fort dans mes oreilles qui m’aident à exprimer mes émotions en couleurs et en images sur le tableau – j’essaie toujours d’enlever toute résistance et de me fier seulement à mon intuition et mes émotions, qui guident mes gestes. Les couleurs ne sont pas choisies à l’avance, ni les formes ; elles émergent simplement durant le processus, qui me surprend et m’étonne à chaque fois ! Fait cocasse; c’est également un processus super salissant!

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Original painting By Zoe Boivin, 30″ x 36″ – Colombes

2- You often say that you paint your emotions and that your travels often inspire your work. This series was inspired by your trip to Morocco. Can you describe specific moments that inspired you?

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One specific day, I was really inspired. We were in a bus with a lot of other people crossing the High Atlas region on our way to the desert to spend the night in a Berber camp. It was a long journey, more or less 10 hours, but time went by really fast. I was hypnotized by the seemingly endless snow-capped mountains and huge reddish-brown sand dunes with white striations, a veritable visual delight. Along the way, I worked in my sketchbook a lot, in the company of our bus driver Mohammed who sang along with the local radio.

2- Tu dis souvent que tu peins des émotions et que tu puises ton inspiration dans tes voyages. Cette série est inspirée de ton récent voyage au Maroc, peux-tu nous décrire quelques moments qui t’ont inspirée ?

Une journée précise m’a beaucoup inspirée. Nous étions un groupe de voyageurs dans un autobus, et nous traversions la région du Haut Atlas afin de se rendre dans le désert, pour y passer la nuit dans un campement Berbère. C’était une longue route, plus ou moins 10 heures, mais le temps a filé très vite, car j’étais hypnotisé par la vue de la chaîne de montagnes à demi enneigée, celle-ci s’étalant à perte de vue. D’immenses dunes rougeâtres et brunâtres traversées de stries blanches, c’était un véritable délice pour les yeux ! J’ai travaillé beaucoup dans mon journal visuel durant la route, accompagnée par notre chauffeur Mohammed, qui chantait au son de sa musique locale.

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We would stop to eat, take a break and enjoy a cup of mint tea (yummy) and the mountain monkeys would come join us along the road.Once we arrived at our destination, we set out at sunset to cross the desert on camels to get to the camp. The colours and shapes created by the shadows and the last sun rays of the day were so carved out, it was breathtaking. It felt like I was roaming and meditating on a large abstract canvas. Then we ate a traditional tajine dinner (with our fingers), and ended the evening with Berber dances and songs, under the brightest starlit sky I had ever seen.I will never forget this day, the most emotionally and visually inspiring day I have ever experienced.

Nous nous arrêtions parfois pour manger, prendre une pause et déguster un thé à la menthe (miam), et les singes de montagne venaient nous retrouver sur le bord de la route. Arrivés à destination, nous avons traversé le désert à dos de chameau, au coucher du soleil afin de se rendre au campement. Les couleurs et les formes créées par les ombres et les derniers rayons de la journée sur les bosses de sables étaient si découpées, c’était littéralement à couper le souffle. J’avais l’impression de me promener et de méditer dans une grande toile abstraite ! Nous avons ensuite dégusté un repas traditionnel de tajines (avec les mains), et avons terminé la soirée avec une danse et des chants Berbères, avant de se coucher devant le ciel le plus étoilé et le plus brillant que je n’avais jamais vu. Je n’oublierai jamais cette journée, qui était des plus inspirantes autant au niveau émotionnel que visuel!

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Finally, every moment I spent in the souks, whether in Fes, Essaouira or Marrakech, were incredibly inspiring.It is a unique experience to meander down the narrow alleyways, filled with people, sounds, odors, colours and crafts of all kinds.Despite the frenzy that can sometimes be overwhelming, I have fond memories of moroccan life where inspiration lies around every corner.

Finalement, chaque instant passé dans les souks, que ce soit à Fès, Essaouira ou Marrakech, ont été des plus inspirants. C’est une expérience unique de déambuler dans des allées étroites, remplies de gens, de sons, d’odeurs, de couleurs et de fabriques de toutes sortes. Malgré une frénésie qui peut parfois sembler envahissante, je garde des beaux et heureux souvenirs de la vie marocaine, où l’inspiration se trouve partout.

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Original painting By Zoe Boivin, 20″x20″ – Kenza

3- When did you decide to pursue painting as a career? What triggered it? Was it a hard decision?

When I was 24 years old, I went through a life-changing period in my personal life that made me reflect on my identity as a human being and as a woman. I was looking for my voice. I had done a bit of sketching before then, but only for myself.

3- A quel âge as-tu décidé de t’investir dans ta carrière de peintre? Quel a été le déclic? Étais-ce un choix difficile?

À l’âge de 24 ans j’ai vécu des changements importants dans ma vie personnelle qui m’ont poussée à de grosses réflexions sur mon identité en tant qu’être humain, en tant que femme. Je cherchais en quelque sorte ma voix. Je dessinais un peu avant cela, mais seulement pour moi-même.

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At that moment, I was also working as a stand-in on the set of of the Xavier Dolan movie, The Life and Death of John Donavan. I found the experience very rewarding. It was very inspiring to rub shoulders every day with a young talented artist and watch him work. His drive and passion resonated within me, and I understood something very important: you cannot be afraid to do what you love and to follow your instincts.

À ce moment je travaillais aussi comme doublure lumière sur des plateaux de tournages en terminant mes études, et c’est ainsi que j’ai eu la chance de travailler sur le film de Xavier Dolan, The Life and Death of John Donovan. Cette expérience professionnelle fut très enrichissante. De côtoyer un jeune artiste talentueux et de l’observer travailler à chaque jour m’a beaucoup inspiré. Sa drive et sa passion ont résonné en moi, et j’ai compris quelque chose d’important : qu’il ne faut pas avoir peur de faire ce que l’on aime dans la vie, et de suivre son instinct.

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Original painting By Zoe Boivin, 36″x36″ – La Vacance

I then started to share my work on social medias and to reflect further on my approach, to work on my technique, to become more confident as an person and an artist,etc. I started to work hard, even while we were filming. I would use my breaks every day to work on small collages in my exercise book, and I slowly integrated watercolours, then paint, and eventually all kinds of mixed media, all of this on mounted canvases that I now paint in my studio.

J’ai alors commencé à partager mon travail artistique sur les réseaux sociaux, et à pousser ma réflexion sur mon approche, à travailler ma technique, à prendre confiance en moi et en mon art, etc. Je me suis ainsi mise à créer de manière assidue, même lorsque j’étais encore en tournage. J’allais faire des collages dans un petit cahier à chaque jour au moment de la pause, et tranquillement j’ai intégré l’aquarelle, puis la peinture, jusqu’à intégrer une multitude d’autres techniques mixed media, le tout sur des toiles montées que je peins maintenant en studio.

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Do you work as an artist full-time? What are your days like? Do you have a routine that allows you to paint regularly?

Yes, I am now a full-time artist. I work in my studio every day, and occasionally, I work on movie sets. I like to be immersed in the universe of fiction. It really inspires me in my work as a painter.

4- Es tu artiste à temps plein? De quoi on l’air tes journées? As tu une routine qui te permet de peindre régulièrement?

Oui, je suis maintenant artiste à temps plein. Je travaille en studio sur mes œuvres au quotidien, et je travaille encore à l’occasion sur les plateaux de tournages. J’aime le fait de m’immerger dans des contextes d’univers fictifs. Cela m’inspire beaucoup dans mon travail de peintre.

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Original painting By Zoe Boivin, 30″x30″ – Aria

My ideal day starts bright and early with a walk outdoors where I can calmly observe nature.Then I get ready and go to my studio for a session not having even glanced at my computer or my cellphone.That’s how I keep my creativity , my dreams and my thought-process fresh in my memory. However, I also have to maintain a balance between my artistic work and my obligations such as office work, correspondence, emails, meetings, etc.The life of an entrepreneur and an artist both require attention. It is a wonderful balance, and I feel privileged to pursue such fulfilling work.

Une journée idéale pour moi est de me réveiller très tôt et de débuter ma journée en prenant une marche à l’extérieur qui me permet d’observer la nature calmement. Ensuite je me prépare et je me rends au studio pour y passer la journée en séance de création, alors que je n’ai pas mis mon attention sur l’ordinateur ou sur mon cellulaire ; la créativité, les rêves et les pensées y sont plus frais dans ma mémoire. Je dois cependant balancer la création avec mon travail de bureau, faire mes communications, répondre aux courriels, aller à des meetings, etc. La vie d’entrepreneur et d’artiste demande que l’on consacre du temps à tous nos différents « postes ». C’est une belle balance, et je me sens choyée de faire un travail qui me comble à tous les niveaux.

Thank you so much sharing Zoe! I hope you guys will have a look at the complete collection inspired by Morocco right here.

Stephanie

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Parisian Boho Style Chez Living by Lo

We had the pleasure of being invited to Lauren MacLean’s new apartment for a shooting session and not only did she show us her new amazing Parisian boho style apartment but she was kind enough to let us style the place and take pictures. Lauren’s previous apartment has been featured in Apartment Therapy and My Domain to name a few, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do with this one. You could definitely say she’s a decor influencer.

Parisian Boho Apartment living by lo Baba Souk

(Shop this look: Beni Ourain Rug with dots, Square Pouf in Tan Leather, Painting by Zoe Boivin)

First of all, Lauren, thank you so much for having us over. Your new place is simply gorgeous and we’re so happy to chat with you about your inspiration and how you’ve managed to create such a great vibe in your home. You have such a flawless style and we’d like to ask you a few questions to inspire our readers who are home decor enthusiasts.

1. We know you recently moved into this apartment. What made you fall in love with your new flat?

My first apartment was a very special experience to me. From being so worried about living in a tiny space to turning it into a journey I was able to share and be proud of made for the perfect first apartment experience, so the decision to move didn’t come easy! But above all, I simply love designing in beautiful spaces. I had always known about this apartment across the hall, I would catch glimpses of it in passing and saw enough to know that it’s where I want to be.

The apartment was in terrible shape, but with all its charm and character (and a bit more square footage!) I saw its potential and knew it would be an amazing project to start from scratch and turn it into my home. So with A LOT of blood, sweat and tears, I created a fresh new canvas to work with which really let me connect with the space and make it feel mine.

Parisian Boho Style Apartment - Living by Lo

(Shop this look: Pink Boucherouite Rug, Moroccan ceramics, Original Painting by Zoe Boivin)

2. We remember your old decor and it was just perfect. What was the biggest challenge with creating a new decor when moving into this new place and starting over?

When I design a room I let the elements of the space itself contribute to my approach, like the room’s architecture, natural light, and layout. These aspects inspire my ideas for colour palettes, textures, furniture size and placement. So with treating each space as its own I actually made a lot of changes. With more square footage I was able to embrace some bolder colour palettes and stronger pieces better suited to this space.

Though I didn’t keep many pieces from my last apartment, I maintained the approach of living minimally. From my last studio apartment, I learned the value of living minimally and saw how therapeutic it really is. It pushed my design and creativity, but also taught me a lot about myself and how to connect with your space. You pay attention to what is around you, you love and connect with those things because you choose them wisely, and there is no room to accumulate stuff that doesn’t bring you value. A small space might force this style of living at first, but it’s certainly a lesson I am so happy to have learned and will always take with me.

Parisian Boho Style Apartment - Living by Lo

(Shop this look: Beni Ourain Rug with dots, Square Pouf in Tan Leather, Painting by Zoe Boivin, Sun Mirror, Peace & Love poster)

3. What is your process when you start decorating? Do you have a plan? Where do you start? Any tips you can share?

Most of my design remains as visuals in my mind. I am not great with translating design to paper or executing visions to mood boards because a lot of my design is influenced by feelings. I like to start with an empty space because this lets me visualize more options. When you are looking at a full space your imagination can be limited because your eyes are still set on what is already there. And I am a big believer in taking your time designing your space. Don’t fill it for the sake of being done. When you take your time it lets you find things you really love and connect with.

I also like to envision my line of sight. When I style a space I factor in what’s around it, what you also see when looking at that area. You might like an individual item, but when placed in your home it doesn’t have the same impact because you are now seeing in amongst other colours, textures, lighting, etc. Example, I might love the colour of that chair, but realistically in my space, when you look at the chair you will also see the couch and the colours together don’t have the same impact. I also consider this for furniture placement.

Some rooms may look like they have an obvious layout, but think outside the box and move things around. When I walk into a room I prefer to have my eye-catching design elements make the first impression oppose to the practical pieces like TVs and storage units.

 

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(Shop this look: Moroccan ceramics, Original Painting by Zoe Boivin, Pink Kilim Pillow)

4. How would you describe your overall decor aesthetic?

I think I have an eclectic approach to a Parisian aesthetic. The foundation of my apartment is very Paris apartment with the mouldings and herringbone floors so I let this tell the overall story of my space, but I have also always loved the juxtaposition of classic architecture against modern pieces. So I add the odd modern piece to bring a bit more character to the space. I see furniture as art so this also lets the pieces have more of a standalone impact rather than blending in.

(Shop this look: Beni Ourain Rug with dots, Square Pouf in Tan Leather, Painting by Zoe Boivin)

(Shop this look: Moroccan Pouf in Natural Leather, Pink Striped Boucherouite Rug, Boucherouite rug with diamonds, Original Painting by Zoe Boivin)

5. Where do you mostly get your inspiration for your own decor? Any resources or inspiration sources you’d like to share?

We have access to amazing inspiration today so I certainly use things like Pinterest where it’s so easy to just type in a word and have endless content to scroll through, or platforms like My Domaine and Apartment Therapy that aren’t limited to a specific style, but can show you amazing design that lets you expand your ideas.

I also like to use movies or shows to feel inspired. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am almost never paying attention because I am only focused on the design happening in the background! Design for me is mostly about a feeling, so when I am watching something that takes place in a city, or setting that I love, it’s like seeing design come to life and you can take from it more than just physical objects placed in a room. ‘The Longest week’ being a favorite movie of mine is a great example of this type of inspiration for me.

But with so much inspiration at our fingertips it can become overwhelming. I treat my space as a way to reflect who I am, a space to really connect with so I try to encourage others to do the same.

A lot of this comes to trusting your instincts on what you really love, because you love it for a reason so why wouldn’t you want to live embraced in that feeling? Trends will always come and go and help guide us through design, but finding inspiration within yourself can actually make the difference between connecting with your home and just living in a beautiful space.

(Shop this look: Boucherouite pillows, Original Painting by Zoe Boivin, Rattan Sun Mirror, Moroccan vase in Purple.)

6. Is there a home decor trend you forecast for 2018 that you are really into right now?

The upcoming trends I love and feel will make a big statement this year is ‘natural’. In furniture I see materials like chunky, solid wood and rattan making a big statement, but designed in a way that isn’t limited to a specific style. Natural elements like these mixed in amongst bold colours, metals and modern pieces helps a space look more effortless and eclectic. It can really help to balance and offset and overly styled or decorated room. This is certainly a trend I am embracing!

7. What object in your décor do you most cherish? Is there a piece you would never part with? Why?

When I moved into my new apartment I made a lot of changes to suit the new space, but there are certain things that can adapt to any space because they mean something special to you. For me this includes art. Art is so personal and is something that I choose simply based on my response to it, not how it will look in my décor. When I first moved to Montreal I met artist Lysa Jordan* who created my 2 large canvases. Having art by a local artist was important because it felt like part of my experience in a new city, a way to embrace what the city has to offer. And now I will always be left with these beautiful pieces, but mostly a super cool story of friendship and experience to share. Something I wouldn’t part with!

*Note that in these pictures the artworks you see are from our latest collab by artist Zoe Boivin, You can see the collection right here. We also love Lysa Jordan’s work which is usually showcased in Lauren’s home, find her work here.

(Shop this look: Moroccan Pouf in White Leather, Ceramic Mug in Purple, Cactus Silk Kilim Pillows, Original Artwork by Zoe Boivin)

8. In your opinion, what makes a home cozy, welcoming and inspiring? Any particular must-have items?

I like to pay attention to all the senses, looking past the physical objects in your home, as a way to create a cozy and approachable space. Lighting is a very important design element for me. It has its practical purpose, but its impact can be so much more. I always distribute table or floor lamps in all corners of a room using low wattage, soft bulbs. This brings a warm and consistent glow across the room which really sets the tone of a space. And I like to have fresh plants and flowers because they add life to your home. They aren’t just objects so they become something you really connect with. I think that creating a welcoming space is really about finding balance. Break up bold colours with softness, break up strong patterns with neutrals.

Take your time finding a scent that you love in candles, oils, etc. This is an impactful way to make your space “yours” because it’s personal to you, and I believe that all these little personal reflections are how we can make an inspiring space of our own.

Thank you so much for sharing all of this, Lauren, we’re feeling so inspired, and speaking for myself, I can’t wait to get back home and add some Parisian boho touches! -Stephanie

Location: Lauren MacLean’s
Styling: Camille Picard X Baba Souk
Pictures: Baba Souk

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5 Tips To Enjoy Life In A Small House With A Growing Family

Joanna is the mindful mom, and the very bubbly woman, behind the Lazy Mom’s Blog. She recently welcomed us into her lovely modern bohemian townhouse. She has the cutest, sweetest girls and is expecting a 3rd baby (she’s not lazy, she’s more like a superwoman) and she has a very interesting philosophy to keep things simple for a happy family life. Amen!

I know every time I read one of her blog posts, I feel a little less anxious about not being a good enough mom for my boy. I often come away with an awesome recipe to try and a few tips on how to handle my toddler’s tantrums. Pheeeww!

MODERN BOHEMIAN MANTLE

So we had a little shooting session at Joanna’s place which is full of life, good vibes and colour. We just love how she’s taking full advantage of her small 1200 square foot home and having fun decorating it. While we were visiting her home and taking pictures, she shared some amazing tips on how she makes her house work for her family.

GIRLS SHARED BEDROOM BABASOUK

This is a picture of her girls’ shared bedroom which is the cutest thing ever, if you ask me.

1.   Consider a shared bedroom if you have more than one child.

“I believe that when young children share a bedroom, they become closer.” Joanna has written an entire blog post about organizing a shared bedroom, a good read, right here.

GIRLS SHARED BEDROOM BABASOUK

Spot the Baba Souk treasures in their room: Mint Leaf Poster, Fluoro Heart Poster, Pineapple poster, Peace & Love Poster, Pompom Garland, Pink Cactus Pillow and Throw, a Baby Boucherouite Rug and a Moroccan Basket.

And of course, a shared bedroom is a space saver. She prefers keeping one room to create a playroom for her girls and that brings us to our next tip.

2. Keep all the toys in one room or one area of your home.

That sounds amazing to me. I’m probably not the only one stepping on legos every day… We chatted about that concept. As I told her, I have no space for a playroom and she suggested it could work even if you don’t have an actual playroom. A dedicated area with clear boundaries for the kids can work. This is where the third tip comes in.

MODERN BOHEMIAN LIVING ROOM

3. Create Rules and stick to them.

Here are a few rules Joanna’s family lives by:

  • Toys stay in the playroom (except for decor items and fur friends that are allowed in the girls’ bedroom).
  • Screen time is allowed in the playroom only.
  • The living room is the grown-up living space. No eating in that room. Her girls are only allowed to read books or play quiet games in the living room.

Joanna insists the best way to have her girls cooperate is making the rules very clear and NEVER derogate from them. To be honest, I think I need Joanna to come and set the rules in my home, haha!

MODERN BOHEMIAN WALL ART

Also, it’s important to reserve space for your adult decor so you enjoy it as well. There needn’t be mermaids and barbies everywhere in your house. We love her art wall, a beautiful modern bohemian style! (From Baba Souk: The Peace & Love Poster and the Mint Leaf Illustration)

I love adding neutral pieces with character to my home that I can move around and fit with my ever changing decor – like the beni rug here in the living room and my gold pouf!

MODERN BOHEMIAN KIDS FAMILY HOME

4. Have two functions for the same room.

Joanna’s girls are really into crafting. That said, she needed a decent size table for her girls to be able to craft comfortably, so she decided the dining room would also serve as a craft room. You can’t see from this angle but she has some practical storage on the other side of her dining room, all the craft supplies are in that room, easy to reach and find, and most importantly, well organized, so her girls can tidy up in a snap once they are done. (Rules guys, rules!)

How cute are our small pastel rugs in there? Perfect fit for a modern bohemian look!

MODERN BOHEMIAN OPEN SHELVES KITCHEN

5. No matter how small your house is, have fun with your decor and switch things up with seasonal inspiration.

 

Joanna is very good at this, I’ve seen her decor morph fantastically with seasons on her Instagram feed. Her house is her playground. I don’t know about you, but I know I could play around more and change things up more often. It keeps things fresh and inspiring. Joanna says she donates what she thinks she won’t be using anymore and she keeps what she treasures most.

For example, in her kitchen, she changes her window decoration regularly, she switches up what she displays on her open shelves (Can you spot our ceramic collection?) and she changes her rug regularly.

She plays with what she has and moves things around often which keeps her happy and inspired. Sounds like fun, right? -Stephanie

Location: Joanna’s Home
Styling: Camille Picard
Pictures: Baba Souk

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