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.
The vibrant punctuation marks, graphic patterns boasting global flair, and
judicious layering provided a result that does not come across as overworked.
"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."
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.
"We’re our own worst enemies, we cannot live in not pretty."
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.
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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