Nouvelle France Manor
Heritage brownstone in the heart of Vieux Quebec
This century-old brownstone 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.
Over six months, the brownstone was transformed. But the objective wasn’t to start from scratch. Les Ensembliers 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.
"The homeowner felt her house was bland and uninteresting - and she loves color; she’s fearless about it."
The homeowners wanted a streamlined look with personality - a hand-worked patina gives the metal on the waterfall island and vent hood an artisanal quality. Special occasion dishes and glassware are stored in a freestanding armoire.
Soft tones of barely-there purple and putty grey have a lulling quality in the luxe principal bedroom, which features an upholstered bed and matte-lacquered nightstands,
both designed by Les Ensembliers. The Chinoiserie-print linen drapes energize the soothing palette, while a Venetian chandelier adds opulence.
“I love the deconstructed look of these tables. It would be an obvious choice to put in a traditional coffee table.” - Richard Ouellette