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Loft paradise

Often created in decommissioned industrial buildings, lofts offer an immense open space to decorate, a single room whose dimensions are around 500 square metres, with ceilings of up to three metres and more.

Few doors, few walls, often nothing at all. A wave of natural light from the long vertical windows along the wall floods the central space. Added to these windows you sometimes find a windowed façade, skylights or windows on the ceiling.

Wood or steel beams, concrete, brick and metal surfaces are everywhere. And the abandoned vestiges of the building’s past: pulleys, wooden cases, platforms, giant washbasins, air conditioning conduits, steel tables, oversized chimney.

What do you do with this unrefined decor? Make it your home.


Once the cleaning work is done, the real work starts. Most owners keep traces of the building’s former vocation for decorative purposes. That’s what makes a loft a loft. That’s what separates it from a penthouse.

If partitions are needed for a certain intimacy, they should be as discreet as possible in order to maintain the continuity of the space and let the light flood in. That is why complete walls are rare. Or areas are combined, such as the living room and dining room. Or low walls, mobile screens, opaque or trans lucid panels are added.  

A loft is a paradise for colour. Owners often use colour to divide the space into areas: one dominant colour per area, or one dominant colour on the ground floor and a second on the upper floor, which is usually a mezzanine. Continue reading


Feel good offices

Who said that home offices had to be ugly? A tour of offices in large companies showed us that times have changed. Work spaces are being redesigned, colour is being added and clutter removed.

Look at your children registered for post-secondary studies. They have no qualms about decorating their offices. Increasingly limited by self-employed workers, they let their personalities shine through the decoration. By doing so, they are setting up a work space that is likely to inspire and motivate them.


Your home office is more than a workspace. It’s a refuge where the only dictatorship allows is efficiency. After all, environment is one of the key factors in work.

If you prefer a stripped-down office, or if your office is as exciting as a room in a monastery and you feel good and are efficient in your work, stay on the same path.

If not, let your imagination run wild.


The wall is the first thing to think about, since that is usually the first surface you look at outside your workstation. Continue reading

Little bathroom will become big

Salle de bain Lavabo Casarazzi renovation

This is the story of a very small bathroom that you see below. There’s not much room to move. When you’re in front of the appliances, you can’t access the vanity if the dryer door is open. You have to close it.

Above the appliances are the infamous and once popular white melamine cupboards, complete with plastic handles. No particular style. They’re plain, straight and efficient. The layout is completed with a white melamine vanity with a mirrored medicine cabinet, very popular in the 80s.

So how do you renovate this small space to make more room and have it slightly bigger? Continue reading

Doors or curtains?

Have you ever thought about it or are you like most people and you automatically install doors everywhere? There are several advantages to putting up curtains rather than doors.

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Look at this photo showing a wall of French folds curtains. Is it a window, a door or a storage space? Maybe, like Alice in Wonderland, asking what’s behind the curtain adds a touch of intrigue to the decor.

Obviously you just don’t remove any door and replace it with a curtain! Closet doors are perfect. Folding closet doors limit access to the storage space. Sometimes you have to contort yourself into weird positions to get to something at the back of your closet. Folding doors also eat up the available space in your room. It’s worse with full-sized doors. Continue reading