Julien's Industrial Condo in Montreal

Julien's Industrial Condo in Montreal

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Name: Julien
Location: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Montreal, Canada
Size: 935 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; owned

Julien and André were looking for a space with a lot of natural light, large windows and high ceilings. When they discovered a factory being made into condo-lofts, they found all that plus a separate bedroom and a duplex design. Along with all these enviable features, the space had great structural qualities: brick walls, exposed beams and a ramp metal staircase. It was just ideal.

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The décor is industrial and masculine with mid century vintage elements. Julien & André like the idea that things don't need to match to be beautiful. They just followed their own sense of style and have bought the pieces they liked over the years. They've now ended up with a home that looks honest and personal. The space is a great reflection of who they are, filled with stories and memories.

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Masculine mid century vintage

Inspiration: New York Lofts and any Scandinavian décor –color tones

Favorite Element: The original elements of the factory: brick walls, exposed beams

Biggest Challenge: To make it breath-y and avoid clutter

What Friends Say: That it's really us, we cumulated love at first sight elements through our 7 years together, and people like how they stand out more now in this space

Biggest Embarrassment: The closet with washer/dryer, we didn't give it enough love yet …

Proudest DIY: The condo-loft luckily came with a turnkey design, I am happy with our job with the office under the stairs. The original owners did all the nice details (kitchen cabinets, metal shelves, the metal rail in the stairs, sliding doors etc )

Biggest Indulgence: We paid a great amount for the lamp over the dining table; a creator on St-Laurent Boulevard able to reuse an electrical insulator and added concrete to create the unique lamp

Best Advice: Don't be a bossy pants about the whole house; each of you should decide how you would like a room to look and then mix in your favorite elements. Don't copy/paste what you see, get inspired

Dream Sources: Style Labo and the Brooklyn Flea market

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Resources of Note:

  • We only repainted our bedroom and bathroom in white
  • Sofas: Ikea Kivik sofa in Tenö light gray
  • Leather chair: Showroom
  • Metal case (not offered in gray anymore): Ikea PS metal cabinet
  • Carpet: Heirloom rugs purchased at the Brooklyn Flea market
  • Industrial cage light: A&G Merch
  • Super-hero painting over the sofa: by owner Julien (I make custom made canvases and watercolors; any unique requests can be done via email for Montrealers and the area)
  • The yellow skeleton with hat: Deachete that I found on Instagram and trough there he shipped me a print of it.
  • Marble coffee table: West elm
  • Best source for art books: Renaud Bray (multiples stores) in Montreal et Librairie Le port de tête in in le plateau for rare books and quality prints of all kinds.
  • Skull cushion: Julien's mom, Denyse
  • Owl cushion: urban outfitters
  • Leather cushion and leather ottoman: structube.com
  • The "mister bossy pants" cushion: Custom made embroidery but cushion is from Society6
  • Gooseneck lamp: eBay
  • Vintage postal bag cushion: Style Labo
  • Vintage metal stools: Style Labo
  • Metal ampersand: Brooklyn flea market
  • Davy Jones pinball piece on top of the cabinets: Palpitation
  • Round teak mirror: MTL Modern
  • 2 suspensions cage lamps: Etsy
  • The numeric clock Bruno: MOMA boutique
  • The antique green Chinese chest: Asiatica on Sherbrooke West
  • Clear plastic Eames chair replica: MTL Modern
  • Mexico / NY prints: Urban outfitters
  • Lips painting: Sandra Chevrier
  • The bearded men: by owner Julien
  • The metal pharmacy: IKEA
  • Old window with mirror inside: antiques store in Ayer's cliff (they have 2 on main street)
  • Ceramic tray: west elm
  • Towel rack: Zone Maison
  • Rolling cart: ikea
  • Wood buoy: bought in old orchard
Additional Info:
  • The north part of St-Laurent Street is filled with amazing stores for décor and recycled items, high end furniture and lighting
  • The best galleries to me are: Yves Laroche and Galerie MX in Montreal
  • Amherst Street is the antiques lover's dream come true
  • East of Ste-Catherine also has super cool stores now, including: Du Design, Du Retro et du Kitsch, Showroom

(Image credit: Marie-Lyne Quirion)

Thanks, Julien & André!

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