Vives St-Laurent designs a tactile house in Montreal

Interior design studio Vives St-Laurent remodeled a family home in Montreal, Canada using a gray color palette, quartzite stone and white oak furniture to create an interior that showcases the architectural elements of the building.

Long live St-Laurent aimed to retain many existing early 20th century features, including the staircase, original plaster moldings and fireplace, while making significant alterations to improve the two-story house at Outrement, Montreal.

Vives St-Laurent opened the kitchen and living room

“We opened up the kitchen to have a better view with the other spaces like the living room and the dining room,” co-founder Lysanne St-Laurent told Dezeen.

“This intervention also creates better circulation in the house.”

White painted staircase in Canadian family home
The studio moved the entrance to the staircase area

“We also changed the entrance to the staircase that was previously in the kitchen area,” she added.

“This allowed us to save more space for the cupboards. We also enlarged the access to the terrace and changed the French windows for a sliding door.”

Rocking chair in front of the white fireplace
The interior has been designed to highlight the original features such as the fireplace

Vives St-Laurent created a simple interior that could work as a blank canvas for client accessories, which included artwork and vases.

The studio chose to work with a white and gray color palette to highlight the original elements of the house, including the staircase, moldings and white fireplace.

Dark walnut floor in Canadian house
A dark brown walnut floor has been restored

To contrast the pale colors, the studio restored the home’s dark-colored American walnut flooring to its original condition.

The dark wood of the floor is also striking against the custom white oak furniture, which includes a dining table and a large shelf that adds extra storage space to the dining area.

Quartzite kitchen with white cabinets
The kitchen has quartzite stone details

In the kitchen, the studio used Taj Mahal quartzite stone, creating an elegant credenza above workspaces clad in the same material.

“The soft gray kitchen is a bit darker than the wall finish, so it pops,” St-Laurent said. “The gray and green tones of the stone give depth but remain simple.”

“We think the project is simple without being simplistic, as we take the time to balance all the details so there is a seamless feel,” she added.

The studio worked with the architecture studio Pelletier de Fontenay to remodel the basement portion of the house and restore its rear facade.

Overview of a renovated house in Montreal
A window in the kitchen has been enlarged to give more views to a terrace

To improve the visual connection with the outdoor courtyard, he added a large sliding door and enlarged the window above the kitchen sink.

“The architect chose an anodized finish for the window so it wouldn’t be drastic like a black-framed window would be,” St-Laurent explained.

“The finish changes with natural light and creates a softer frame to capture the nature of the backyard.”

Other recent Montreal interior projects on Dezeen include a 1920s apartment with contemporary finishes and a historic house with Japandi elements.

The photography is by Alex Lesage.

Project credits:

Designate: Long live St-Laurent
Project Manager: Laurence Ouimet Vives
Collaborators: Antares / Pelletier de Fontenay
Suppliers: Ramacieri Soligo, Strong as wood, Alumilex and Gepetto

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