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Tribal Vibe

Tribal Vibe

Montreal
Montreal 2015
City Dwelling

Home base for world travelers

Decorating a rental apartment comes with its own set of challenges. When Les Ensembliers moved into a 2,500-square-foot rental apartment in Montreal for a temporary period, their landlord gave the couple carte-blanche to redecorate the interior, which resulted in a six-week project.

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The vibrant punctuation marks, graphic patterns boasting global flair, and

judicious layering provided a result that does not come across as overworked.

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"This zebra-patterned wallpaper is the perfect backdrop. I used it in many rooms in the apartment, which makes the effect more subtle. If you used it on one feature wall, it would scream at you."
— Richard Ouellette
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Within six weeks of renting the apartment, the couple had their suppliers build and reupholster new pieces for the entire place, including drapery,

carpets and a silk-covered ottoman that gives the seating area a colorful focus. A black and white diptych by Montreal artist Agnès Ménabréaz adds another dynamic layer of pattern to the mix.

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"We’re our own worst enemies, we cannot live in not pretty."
— Richard Ouellette
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While the main living areas are light and bright, the bedroom is moody and layered with textiles, art, and books from the couple’s travels. The colorful Oushak rug adds a feeling of history.

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Les Ensembliers created an intimate dressing area by closing off a doorway to the living room with an antique chest and tall mirror. Papering the walls with a graphic pattern makes a strong statement and gives the small space a cozier feel.

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