Month: August 2014

Be at the restaurant and feel at home at le Pavillon des Canaux

Parisians, if you’re looking for some place to forget this August dull weather, we only have one advice: le Pavillon des Canaux. This place is not only a bar and a restaurant with an amazing decoration, but it’s also the place to meet! You can practise yoga, work in a co-working space dedicated to new technologies, or attend the shootings of Arte shows. A must-see, a must-go, a must-do: we absolutely LOVE it!
restaurant in a house paris canal ourcq

How does it work? It’s very simple, you can choose any room of the house to enjoy a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a diner with your friends. Every room has its own decoration and is a small world in itself. Our guided tour:

The Coffice

A coworking space with good coffee, a good wifi connection and something which is quite rare: a wonderful decoration!
working space decor ideas

We fall for:

  • The bright coral colour among the monochrome atmosphere;
  • The pictures scotchtaped on the walls using coloured masking tape. 

working space decor ideas

We fall for:
  • The large raw wooden table keeping a friendly and communal spirit;
  • The large customized armchair and its surprising tints and patterns. 

pavillon des canaux pictures

We fall for:
  • The graphic and coloured lamps;
  • The DIY spirit.

    The dining-room

    lime green and blue dining room

    We fall for:

    • The combination of lime green and “duck blue”;
    • The retro furniture.


    The blue living-room known as “the explorer lounge”

    modern boudoir decoration

    We fall for:
    • The motley mix of items and furniture;
    • The mix of white, blue and gold. 

      blue living room decoration
      birds wallpaper decoration blue ideas

      We fall for:
      • The birdy wallpaper;
      • The fake fur on the seat.

        light blue decoration ideas

        We fall for:
        • The wallpaper just on a small part of the wall;
        • The second-hand and retro furniture.

          The Red Lounge

          vintage living room decoration

          We fall for:
          • The old-fashioned atmosphere which contrasts with the modern fluo color on the wall.

            pavillon des canaux decor paris

            We fall for:
            • The coloured lampshade framework used as ceiling lights (Watch here a DIY tutorial in English);
            • The geometric wallpaper;
            • The combination of colours: red and green

              decoration ideas pink and green ribbons

              We keep in mind:
              • The coloured ribbons holding the shelf;
              • The same ribbons used as curtain loops.

                Ground Floor Restroom

                decoration ideas for restoom and toilets

                We fall for:
                • This punchy green giving a life to the room;
                • The checker board pattern on the floor.

                  We keep in mind:
                  • One section of the wall is kept white not to feel stifled;
                  • The yard lamp used as ceiling lights.

                    Staircase

                    geometric wallpaper decoration ideas

                    We fall for:

                    • The geometric wallpaper on the risers;
                    • The pattern repeated at the bottom of the wall and looking like cement tiles. 

                      Bathroom

                      bathroom decor ideas blue

                      We fall for:

                      • The idea of having a drink in the bathtub;
                      • The bathtub “duck blue” color.

                        The “Duck Blue” Lounge 

                        restaurant decoration

                        We fall for:

                        • The combination of red and “duck blue”; 
                        • The neo-Baroque inspiration.

                        The Pink Room

                        romantic decor ideas bedroom

                        We fall for:

                        • The romantic spirit;
                        • The two-coloured walls: powdered pink and taupe.

                          doll house decoration

                          The Guest Room

                          retro chic decor ideas
                          molding decor ideas

                          We fall for:

                          • These colors ;
                          • The fake mouldings used as wall decoration.

                          Kitchen

                          kitchen restaurant paris canal
                          old style kitchen

                          We fall for:

                          • The retro decor;
                          • The combination of geometric patterns

                            And besides this amazing decoration, I want to underline the following points: the atmosphere is great, the waiters are perfect, the menu is wonderful and the food memorable. In short… go! >> Le Pavillon des Canaux, 39 quai de Loire, 19°. (M° Stalingrad). Map. Open everyday from 10AM to midnight. Tel: 01 42 57 58 70.

                            Pictures: @awayoflooking-leblog.fr.

                            10 Small Things to Do at Home This Summer

                            You are in your holiday home or you decided to have ‘staycations’ (‘stay at home + vacations’) this summer? there is no such moment like holidays to make all this decoration handiwork you don’t have time to do during the rest of the year. Here you’ll find 10 ideas to add to your checklist of the summer! Your house will get better looking and you can start the year on the right foot. 

                            1. (Re)Paint a wall, a door or a piece of furniture

                            paint holidays
                            You have been thinking about painting your bedroom walls for months? You keep saying the dining room table needs to be modernised? Stop waiting and start painting! You have all you need: time, good weather (or almost), and you’ll be able to aerate all day long. Summer is a good time for creativity…

                            2.      Hang  your frames, ceiling lights and wall lamps which have been lying around for months

                            fabric framed
                            Bare bulbs, empty walls… Take the time to hang your frames, your wall lamps and change the position of your furniture. You’ll feel like you live in a new home.

                            3.  Let’s fix it! Replace the bulbs, level your leaning shelves

                            toolbox for kids
                            Miss DIY Kit
                            Every morning you wake up with this shelf leaning. It’s been a year now since your wardrobe is jammed? Take 5 minutes to lubricate the wheels, replace the kitchen spotlight and fix all those things which don’t work right. 

                            4.  Find a sewing machine to make cushions, curtains, household linen and more!

                            do-it-yourself cushions
                            @vintagerevivals
                            You have meters of nice fabric sleeping in the deepest shelf of your house? Find a sewing machine and make cushions or curtains to adorn your sofa or your windows. How to do it yourself? Nothing easier, you can watch this tutorial for cushions or this one for curtains

                            5. Give your furniture a new life

                            change the seat of a chair
                            Tutorial here

                            Sometimes, changing the fabric or repainting some furniture is enough to give it a new life. This old chair for example, became in a few moves a unique designer piece, so stop hesitating!


                            6. Transform or redesign a room

                            transform your ceiling

                            Your attic or your storeroom is abandoned? Take time to reorganize the space better by tidying it. Your attic might become a guest room and you might even want to turn yourcloset into an office.

                            7. Put your things into order and tidy your home

                            wooden boxes ideas
                            You don’t know where to begin? Start with the 5s methods of our Japanese friends:
                            1. SORT: Get rid of what you don’t use anymore and throw what’s useless. Donate what cannot be sold (Emmaus, Popular Assistance…) and sell what’s left (ebay, yard sales…)
                            2. STABILIZE: Tidy and organize your space, use pieces of furniture and tidy tips (see this article full of good ideas).
                            3. SHINE: Take advantage of this time to clean the room entirely
                            4. STANDARDIZE or organize your things by creating an intuitive system: e.g., keep at hand the things you use daily. Put in another room what you don’t use every day and place the rest in height or in your garage…
                            5. SUSTAIN: Keep up with it! Pile up your T-Shirts, keep your hats in your shelf and your socks in the drawer.

                            8. Look for Second-Hand & Garage Sales


                            garage sale
                            Passing by a yard sale? Go and have a look at it. You might find golden opportunity at a bargain. So-called “garage sales” are usually way more interesting in the summer than during the rest of the year.

                            9. Customize old/cheap pieces

                            stylished foldable chair
                            A customized camping chair by Mat & Jewski
                            Once you found some interesting objects, try to customize their look to give them a fresh start.

                            10. Do your major purchases (take advantage of summer sales)

                            Last but not least, take advantage of summer sales and discounts to make your major purchases of decoration before the beginning of the year.

                            summer picture seaside
                            Have a nice summer J


                            Seaside Decor Ideas

                            The sea, white sand, and water lapping at the ship hull… those are images and sensations we would like to have at home all year long. So, if you like this atmosphere, here are some tips and ideas which might help you to add a holiday touch to your interior decoration.

                            Seaside spirit

                            moodboard seaside

                            You wish to create a seaside atmosphere? Use natural colours and materials. Find some shades of blue from navy blue and blue-grey to blue-green. To adorn those blues, you can use tints of beige as well as sand, linen and whites.

                            For the materials, we use sea rush and natural fibres, string, wicker, driftwood or aged wood.
                            Striped patterns might also adorn your décor. However, be careful not to overload your room. 
                            Wallpaper Great Wave and Acquario from Cole & Son (approx. 100€ and 190€ each roll).

                            Seaside Inspiration

                            Fishing Hut bedroom (Source)


                            seaside decor
                            We like:
                            • The aged wood head-board

                            3 DIY options:
                            1. Find some aged wood and  make yourself a head-board
                            2. Buy a ready to use head-board (e.g. here)
                            3. Use a trompe l’oeil by putting wallpaper or floors imitating aged wood (here


                              straw hat decor

                              We fall for:
                              • The yard lamps used as bedside lamps
                              • The straw hat collection becoming decorative items


                                maison de plage
                                We like:
                                • The  blue-grey colours of the shelf matching the head-board;
                                • The wicker basket used as ceiling lamps.


                                  A Ship Cabin Bedroom

                                  boat cabin decor
                                  We like:
                                  • The ultra-simplified style of this bedroom where you really feel like you are in a ship cabin. Once again we can find the aged wood, the straw hat, the stripped patterns and the white colour. 


                                    The Wooden Room


                                    boat wood white decor
                                    To keep in mind:
                                    • The wooden head-board with a high shelf to save place: aesthetic and practical.

                                    Good ideas for a seaside atmosphere

                                    1. Turn a barge into a sofa

                                    boat into a sofa

                                    2. Turn a pallet into a hanging seat

                                    seaside decor ideas

                                    3. Use rope to hang your curtains

                                    ropes curtain hanging

                                    4. Create a room divider using a ship sail

                                    sail clothes room divider
                                    @727sailbags

                                    5. Use your old oars to create a head-board

                                    oars decoration

                                    6. Build shelves for shells

                                    bathroom decor ideas
                                    Check here the seaside selection of MYDECOLAB!