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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.


                    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 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 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.


                            A Brazilian Beach House

                            Football is not the only reason why you should spend your summer in Brazil, as you can tell by this beach house. Created by designer Sig Bergamin and Murilo Lomas, this summer house located in Trancose has a fresh and unique cosmopolitan look.

                            10 Inspirational Ideas from Art Basel’s Artists

                            The international art fair ‘Art Basel’ was in Hong Kong in May. An ecstatic moment for art lovers, but also an occasion to take a fresh look at objects around us. While exploring the fair, we selected 10 creations made with everyday objects, that we could reproduce at home…

                            1. Cassettes

                            Gregor Hildebrandt
                            Romy Schneider portrait, Plastic cassettes in wooden case.

                            2. Wooden Rulers

                            Ruler – Ni Youyu
                            Old-school wooden rulers, create modernity with ancient objects.

                            3. Brass Frames

                            Modulor – Nadia Kaabi-Linke
                            Brass frames on an anthracite grey wall to create an Art Deco effect.

                            4. Lampshades

                            Rose-Marie – Andrew Miller
                            Lampshades piled up around a neon to create an original column.

                            5. Crates

                            Caixa series – Sérgio Sister
                            Well-known by decoration lovers, crates are also exposed in famous art galleries.

                            6. Neons

                            Wenhua = Ziben (Culture = Commodity) – Alfredo Jaar
                            Writing + Light + Message + Color.

                            7. Wallpaper

                            Between Red – Sea Hyun Lee
                            Like a Jouy wall covering, customized with paint.

                            8. Photographs 

                            Yee I Lann – Each picture’s caption engages the spectator into the scene.
                            Remove the decor to focus on the essence.

                            9. Polaroids

                            Yellow Sliding – Marco Maggi
                            A graphic work with colored and chiselled polaroids.

                            10. Adapters

                            Adapt Adapter 2 – Chen Sai Hua Kuan
                            Or how to take a new look at your adapters!

                            How to create different functional areas in a large room?

                            This apartment located in Saint-Petersburg was decorated by INT2. A good example for those who want to structure a large room and keep an open space while creating several different functional areas. This Scandinavian-style apartment is just perfect!

                            The Main Room: Kitchen + Dining Room + Living Room + Office + Piano

                            Scandinavian Living room ideas
                            We note:
                              Spaces delimitation: a wood loggia for the dining room, white bricks and a dark wood bar for the kitchen, a large rug around the sofa.  

                            1. Kitchen

                            Opened Kitchen
                            We love:
                            • Art on a kitchen wall;
                            • White bricks that look like tiles;
                            • Industrial-style lights;
                            • Stools stored under the bar for a much neater impression.

                            Scandinavian Kitchen and dining room
                            We note:
                              ➨ Different floorings to show different spaces.

                            2. Dining Room

                            Wood Dining room
                            We love:
                            • wood raw material;
                            • the rear shelves with beautiful tableware;
                            • the unpaired chairs. 

                            3. Living-Room

                            Scandinavian living room ideas
                            We love:
                            • the mix of different geometric patterns;
                            • the vintage style of the furniture.

                            Scandinavian and vintage living room
                            We love:
                            • the fox (an original touch in this Scandinavian design);
                            • the decentred canvas and lamp;
                            • the unpaired furniture;
                            • the orange touch (lamp + canvas).
                            graphic wallpaper scandinavian design
                            We note:
                              ➨ wallpaper on a single section of the wall;
                              ➨ the mix of geometric patterns;
                              ➨ the mix of pastel colors.

                            entrance and living room and office

                            4. The Piano

                            piano design ideas
                            piano and bookshelves
                            We note:
                              ➨ the grey wall to create a distinct space;
                              ➨ Frames just put on the Piano and decentred.

                            5. Office

                            how to create a distinct office space
                            We note :
                              ➨ The office is isolated from the rest of the room thanks to bilateral bookshelves, that also bring some additional storage space.
                            get an office in your living room


                            black bathtub
                            We note:
                              ➨ A short band of colored tiles over a white base.
                            original and scandinavian bathroom
                            We love:
                            • the black matte bathtub;
                            • the whale poster;
                            • the ladder;
                            • the two nude bulbs.
                            stylish restroom

                            how to decorate a long bathroom
                            We note:
                              ➨ just one section of the wall with blue pattern;
                              ➨ the yellow desk lamp on the wall.


                            scandinavian bedroom idea

                            modern dressing table
                            We love:
                            • blue and orange colors together, a great match of 2 complementary colors;
                            • the mirror hanged with leather belts;
                            • the two-colored wall (and the fuzzy delimitation).

                            Laundry room

                            geometric flooring

                            We love:

                            • the geometric pattern on the floor;
                            • the mix wood, white and natural fibers.

                            A Living Wall

                            From Paris to Singapore through Palm Beach, a quick tour of the most beautiful living walls around the world.

                            We could be in a jungle, @Pershing Hall, Paris

                            @Sevva, Hong Kong

                            East Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, US

                            Artistic living wall on one of Saks’ wall in Palm Beach

                            @Athenaeum Hotel in London, Made by living wall superstar, Patrick Blanc

                            Singapore’s Supertrees, and the restaurant of the same name at the top of one of these big trees.

                            Private Apartment in Paris

                            Tropical Bathroom

                            You would like to have one of these living walls at home? There are a lot of different solutions: you can make it yourself, order living wall kits, hire a specialist or even buy a stabilized plant frame (which need no water or light).
                            Or you could just opt for the junglewallpaper!

                            The 5 most Beautiful Private Clubs of Hong Kong

                            “There’ll be nothing but beauty, wealth, pleasure,
                            With all things in order and measure.”
                            Charles Baudelaire, l’invitation au voyage, (in Les Fleurs du mal)

                            Kee Club

                            Kee Club could be the exact embodiment of Charles Baudelaire’s poem from which the lines above are extracted. This club is indeed a real ‘Invitation to the Voyage’: a classical European residence with African sculptures and pieces of arts from the greatest (Pablo Picasso and Anthony Quinn to name but a few), richly decorated with precious colors and Bauhaus designed 1940’s furnishings.
                            Most beautiful interiors

                            Exquisite interior

                            Beautiful interior

                            beautiful dining room

                            Beautiful club armchairs

                            Art Déco style
                            Photo Credit: Kee Club 

                            China Club

                            China Club will make you travel at the heart of 1930’s Shanghai. Each room astonishes and enchants: the lime green staircase and its Chinese artists gallery, the art deco restaurant and its Roaring Twenties singer accompanied by a grand piano, the “Long March Bar” and its trinkets from another time, the library and its thousands of books devoted to Chinese art and culture, the terrace and its breathtaking view on the illuminated skyscrapers…
                            China Club Hong Kong

                            China Club staircase Hong Kong

                            Shanghai 30's style

                            China Club Hong Kong

                            China Club Bar Hong Kong

                            beautiful library

                            China Club rooftop Hong Kong

                            Red Chamber Cigar Divan

                            Although it is not strictly speaking a private club, the Red Chamber Cigar Divan deserves to appear in this selection. This chamber will delight cigar and brandy lovers: large Club armchairs, a refined decoration at the crossroad of Asia and Western influences, and a selection of the finest cigars and liquors.
                            Beautiful smoking room

                            Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club

                            Originally situated on an island in the middle of Victoria Bay, the Yacht Club has been progressively reattached to the coast but is still floating on the sea. The commanding view of the Bay and the Titanic-like decoration give the impression to board a prestigious cruising ship. An anchorage which brings together sailing and sea lovers from all over the globe.

                            Yacht Club Bar
                            Photo Credit: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club


                            The Foreign Correspondents’ Club is not reserved to the sole reporters and journalists anymore but it is still bustling with effervescence and the press photos covering the walls recall some of the most memorable moments of the recent past. A place steeped in history which remains full of energy.

                            Photo Credit: FCC

                            • Kee Club, 32 Wellington St, Central, (+852) 2810 9000.
                            • China Club, 12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, (+852) 2521 8888.
                            • Red Chamber Cigar Divan, Shop 405-406A, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, (+852) 2165 6630.
                            • Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2832 2817.
                            • FCC, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, (+852) 2521 1511.

                            Sleepbox: Innovation & Design for your sleep

                            The two Russian designers Alexey Goryainov and Mikhail Krymov have imagined the Sleepbox, a ‘box’ in which you can relax and rest in a calm and quiet environment, even if you’re in the middle of a bustling public place.

                            An endless connection between two flights? Few hours to spend in an abandoned train station? Sleepbox has been the dream of all travelers who would like to take a nap without missing their connection.

                            Sleepbox has everything a tired traveler could wish: comfy beds with automatic system of change of bed linen, dark blinds, a soundproof cabin, a closed and safe place to peacefully fall into the arms of Morpheus, a storage place for luggage, horizontal handle for clothing, and of course, an integrated alarm clock.

                            Unlike Capsule Hotels in Japan (cf. picture below, to be avoided at all cost if you’re claustrophobic), Sleepbox is relatively large, all built in an eco-friendly wood, and has a pure and cozy design.

                            Capsule Hotel In Tokyo

                            The first Sleepbox hotel has opened in Moscow in January 2013, where it is around 50 euros for one night. We can’t wait before they open these little sleeping boxes in airports, at an hourly cost maybe, we’ll assuredly be the first clients!

                            What about you? Would you use the Sleepbox?
                            For more information about the Sleepbox, please refer to Minimal Home website and their brochure.

                            Ideas to steal from the Maison & Objet Fair in Paris!

                            Turn a corridor into a club with flashy neon


                            Or create an abyssal decoration


                            Unpair your chairs to breathe life back into your dining table

                            @Vincent Sheppard

                            Create a luminous view in a blind room 


                             Brighten your room with a total white look


                            Mesmerize your guests

                            @JNL collection

                            Create a room divider that call to voyeurism

                            @Emanuel Ungaro

                            Seat on your canvas


                            Home Decor Shopping in Bali

                            If you’re going to Bali soon, don’t forget to stop in Seminyak for some shopping! You can find all kinds of home décor and furniture at a bargain price, and you can ship everything everywhere in the world.

                            Before moving to practical details, let’s see some examples of what you can find in Bali.

                            Home Decor & Lightings in Bali

                            Axioo* shop

                            A photographic calendar @axioo 
                            Magnetic frames

                            You can change the pics anytime

                            Bar stools covered with printed fabrics at Hobo*
                            Ligthings in fabric, wood and wicker at Purnama*

                            A lamp I bought for a little more than 10USD
                            Wicker baskets and bathroom accessories at Dini Art Store* and lightings and home decor items at Sands Bali*.

                            Furniture in Bali

                            A crush on Bagatelle* shop and its rattan chairs

                            Original creations of Bagatelle
                            You’ll find absolutely everything at Warisan* but the prices are a bit higher.

                            Balinese and colonial style furniture can be bought at Kenny Furniture* and Christy furniture*.

                            Traditional Balinese door

                            For more classic furniture you can go to Valore*, they have modern indoor and outdoor furniture.


                            Glass creations of Focus Design*.

                            Sold with the wooden base for about 50USD

                            Gigantic stainless steel sculptures of Chenergy* gallery.

                            Another sculpture made by Chen 

                            Practical details & Delivery

                            Where to go?

                            If you don’t have much time, just go to Kerokoban Street (Jalan Kerokoban) which stretches from Seminyak to Kuta. It’s 5 min away from the center of Seminyak (30.000 Rp), 10 minutes from the center of Kuta, and 20 minutes from the airport. But you’ll find home décor shops all over the place in Bali ! You can also customize and personalize your furniture for a very reasonable price.

                            Shipping furniture from Bali

                            Furniture can be shipped everywhere in the world. I asked in 2 shops and it’s around USD200 to ship 1 cubic meter to Paris and the same price for 2 cubic meters to New York, whatever the weight of your container. Don’t forget to ask about applicable taxes and/or VAT in your home country.

                            If you buy from several different shops you can hire an export agent (such as Lys Trading, Bali Export Asia ou Permata International Cargo). They’ll collect everything from the different shops and will send it for you.

                            Good to Know…

                            Balinese woods are used to humidity. When you ship them to a drier country, the wood might crack if it hasn’t been properly dried or if it’s of a poor quality. Better spend a few dollars more to avoid that kind of bad surprises.

                            When you buy brand new furniture, check the Forest Stewardship Council label to make sure it promotes a responsible management of forests.

                            And don’t forget to bargain!

                            More Home Decor in Indonesia…

                            Home Décor addicts : go to Java Island ! Furniture and delivery are cheaper than in Bali and it’s a real paradise for Home Décor and furniture. Java is also a very interesting destination for tourism : less tourists but a lot to see !


                            • Axioo, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Seminyak (+62 878 6280 1950)
                            • Bagatelle, Jl.Kunti No. 4C Seminyak Bali 80361,
                            • Chenergy, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Kuta, Bali (+62 361 721 638)
                            • Christy Furniture & Art Gallery, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No.98, Kuta (+62 361 735 502)
                            • Dini Art Shop, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 93 (+62 361 734 995)
                            • Focus Design, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Kelod Br. Tama No.1, Kuta (+62 361 847 6154)
                            • Hobo Store, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 105, Seminyak (+62 361 733 369) + Denpasar : Jl Muding Indah 13/3
                            • Kenny Furniture & Antique, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. TamanNo. 96, Kuta (+62 361 730 636)
                            • Purnama, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Kuta (+62 081 999 011 941) + Denpasar : Jl. Iman Bonjol Gg 100
                            • Valore, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 86a, Kuta, (+62 361 742 3505)

                            If you have any recommendation, please post your tips in the comments section below or send us an email (with pictures) so that we can update this article.

                            Enjoy your Holidays ! 🙂