Piorra Maison

Piorra Maison est le fière distributeur de Chalk Paint™ une peinture décorative par Annie Sloan à Montréal, Québec.
Piorra Maison is the proud Stockist of Chalk Paint™ decorative paints by Annie Sloan in Montreal, Québec.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Romancing the bathroom (half bath horror of an awful unfinished makeover)

Romancing the bathroom is something we all try to do,  after all why not enjoy your space while doing what you gotta do! Showering, putting on makeup, long baths...etc. 

This is what I desire to have!  A tranquil space, so serene. 

I must say though, my bathroom leaves very much to be desired. It is quite an expensive renovation but one that must be done. In my case very soon. Sorry no photos.....Ok, only one!!!
Please feel free to look away, and this is the good part. So you see where I was trying to go with this, LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN. What I desire, what I got! An Awwww moment! 

The blue tiles are original to the house. No kidding Sherlock, so is the tub and the floor and the plumbing. eeeekkkk!  So On a budget I tried to cover it up. With sticky tiles. I have to say, I should finish. It even fooled the appraiser. He thought they were real. hahahahaha. Needless to say I still lost all my inspiration. Why? Because I had to take care of.........(song and dance) here I go. 2nd photo so you can really feel sorry for me! (I can't believe I am putting this out there).

 I live in a 1960's bungalow. I just spent a gazillion dollars on the stuff that is not so pretty to look at. ROOF, FURNACE, HEAT PUMP, AND ELECTRICAL PANEL.  It is really such a drag to know that my hard earned money went towards such U-G-L-Y. STUFF.  Well, I am glad to say we are dry and comfortable. With money sooo tight not much leftover for the bathroom or anything else I attempted a quickie makeover and when you attempt a quickie makeover well you get......a quickie makeover.  You think someone will see this and offer me a bathroom makeover for free or does that only happen on TV. Just putting it out there!  

Here are some wonderful bathroom makeovers I will dream of getting when some TV celebrity comes knocking on my front door. BTW :) that too is new and I love it, it is something pretty I get to look at everyday when I come through it. 

I love the rustic large tumbled marble tiles. The Aubergine claw tube is a daring surprise. 

Love the herringbone flooring. Adds warmth to the coolness of the space. Ahh just want to jump in. 

Some unusual glass jars by the tub to hold bath oils of your choice.

With grey being a popular color in home decor, why not on a claw tub. 

How delightful would this set-up be in a weekend cottage! 

To visit the source of these photos please visit this site. 


Excluding the "half bath horror of an awful unfinished makeover". Those photos are by ME!

My inspirational words for the day.

"There is no failure except
in no longer trying." 

                                   Elbert Hubbard

Your comments are my inspiration.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Classy Lady...fearless in her design (Trés trés Shabby Chic)

For most of us we are content with the outcome of our design choices in our home, we live with them for awhile. Some of us, cannot just live with what is. We have the desire to move our possessions around our homes from room to room always shaking and mixing it up. Mme Classy Lady has done just that...She has moved her Living room into her dining room and her dining room into her living room.  All this since my last blog Le Petit Bayou.

This is the Before dining room, very much the classic shabby chic design with a twist......

This is the after...very elegant and stately with the company of many lamps. Mme Classy Lady advises that you are never alone in a room when amongst lamps. They give a sense of presence and warmth.  I like that idea and it is so true. She also warms things up by painting her light bulbs with a soft pink or creamy beige paint to cozy up the room and give the same soft glow of a candle. A good design tip but please make sure you use a very low wattage for this. 

With her growing family it was getting too crowded in her "chaleureux" little dining room. Change was a necessity. 

With a little more elbow room, she was capable of leaving a few shabby chic love seats in the space

Fearless in her design, this my ladies and Gents was the pièces de résistance in this room. Three chandeliers are combined to give an impressionable display. Fine dining under this floral canopy of creamy drapery, crystal and pearls must have been the epiphany of romantic.  

But sadly the era for this display above her dining table had to end for the convenience of a growing family. It still holds its regaleness in the new living room. 
Another before.

Here is the Living room after the transition of the rooms. The abundance of pillows welcomes you to this sofa with a feeling of coziness.

Yes, fearless in her choices, she never disappoints. Some may have been apprehensive to make such a bold move but it was clear in her mind what needed to be done to accommodate her families needs without compromising her style and design. 

She never, ever looks back on any decision to change her home for the love of family. 

Notice the tapestry that was once behind the sofa is now an amazing backdrop behind her sideboard. The effect is stunning. Wall sconces do not deter  or prevent the placement of furniture, somehow she makes it all work.  

A stunning sideboard  with a rectangular mirror reflects all her beautiful finds. If you noticed, this was previously the bottom portion of the hutch from her before dining room. Wonder what was done with the top portion? 

It was cleverly placed on top of a table on an angle in the new living room for a whole new different appearance.  Imagine the effect of the candles lit reflecting out of the background mirror in the hutch. 

view from new dining room looking onto the new living room.

A loving Shabby Chic home. 
It is my understanding she has accomplished all this wonderful transformation with the  loving hands of her Handyman husband and son.
Not a simple feat. 

A floral vignette and a large mirror greets you in the foyer to her charming home. With intrigue one imagines what is yet to come. 

There is much, much more to see to this charming and loving home.  It has a soul of its own,  gifted from it's owners and days gone by.  This concludes part 3 of 3. 

Oh no... it is not the end. As I sat and composed this post today, a few very, very stunning photos were sent to my in box. Intrigued? Stay tuned for.....

Ooooo lala Le Jardin (the Garden)
Le 2ieme étage (the second floor) 

I truly believe that this is one of the most stunning homes I have ever seen. Not just for it's decor but for the love and warmth felt within the walls. We have been invited to join them for an "apero" in their lovely gardens once our Montreal weather warms up. 

Un gros Merci,  Mme Classy Lady and M. Handyman for letting me and my friends into your home. I am excited to reveal your Jardin (garden) and Le 2ieme étage.(the 2nd floor).  As I am sure myself and my readers are intrigued and excited to see more. 
Au Revoir. 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Le Petit Bayou (Trés, trés Shabby Chic)

My heart is pounding and my blood is flowing with anticipation. I was just sent an email by Mme. (Classy lady) explaining something very romantic. This is part 2 of 3 from Trés, trés Shabby Chic.   How dreamy this story is.  I was going to feature "Her" (Classy Lady)'s dinning room today but I will save that for another day. I have some inside information. Instead, I have something I really, really need to show you, But first lets have a look at her heavenly porch. You will not be disappointed. 

Yes, this is her porch......not her dinning room!  Can we even dream of such a delight. Again the creamy whites and the addition of caramel drapery is in abundance. She dares to drape fabric even on the ceiling.  Bamboo stick blinds are used to filter out the blazing afternoon sun. It is a dreamy oasis. 

Imagine having your morning coffee or evening tea amongst this delightful setting, and it gets even better.

Who would have imagined putting indoor lighting on a porch deck? She has! 
This must be stunning at night. Most of us are still adamant on putting our outdoor patio furniture on our decks. Oh how humdrum...She has thought, and is very much ahead of her time, pulling the indoors out.   

She has created the ambiance of a French villa overlooking the Alps.

I can just imagine throwing the doors open to let in the cool morning breeze. 

As I sip my coffee and flip through my favorite design magazines...oh sorry I was getting carried away, which is not hard in this setting.

But.... there seems to be something missing? I think maybe she forgot something very important.
mmmmmm.....oh well! 

 Oh but wait, not this Classy Lady!

Mais non!!!!!

See that wonderful building in the background....It looks like your typical garden shed......

Well...This typical garden shed has been brilliantly transformed into something very special Mme Classy Lady and her "handyman" husband call..... "Le Petit Bayou". 

Et voila, Le Petit Bayou

Isn't this enchanting. A storybook retreat in their own backyard. A lounge area not seen on the porch, forgotten,  a place to lay your weary head....jamais, I think not. We have our typical lawn chairs, she has Le Petit Bayou. 

A place she says they have their "apero" while the jazz music plays softly in the background. 

A little surprise. Different from the Creams and caramels of the interior. This has a fresh summer southern breezy feel.  From French Villa to the French Quarter.  This Classy Lady knows how to achieve a look and a mood through design. 
Le petit Bayou has a mix of patterns and textures typical of the creole influence with antique pieces and vintage floral fabrics.

Throw your sun bonnet on and have a walk along the Bayou Rouge. You would think the river runs by this little French Louisiana cabin. Mais non, we are in Quebec. Where we have a lot of French influence in our design choices. WE WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY, jamais.

I am also told Mr. Handyman will fulfill all her design desires with as much passion and love for their home as she has.   "We are blessed", her words today. 

That inside information I mentioned earlier,  I was told someone has gotten the bug to rearrange a few pieces of furniture in her home with the help of Mr Handyman and son. From Living room to dinning room and dinning room to living room. Do we want to view her gorgeous dinning room first or wait for the new transformation? 

Part 2 of 3 Trés, trés Shabby Chic. Le Petit Bayou
Your comments are my inspiration for the day.
and  Mme Classy Lady. She is loving your comments.
I am sure Mr. Handyman too.


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