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Top 15 de mes blogues + magazines préférés

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Je suis une consommatrice vorace de tout ce qui est blogue et magazines sur le web! Quand je ne fais pas de déco dans la “vraie vie”, j’en consomme avidement jusqu’à des heures parfois déraisonnables (selon les dires de mon chéri). Et bien, je vous dresse aujourd’hui la liste de mes 15 blogues – 16 avec le mien!! – et magazines déco préférés. La liste n’a vraiment pas été facile à faire puisque mes amours changent au gré des saisons et de mes quêtes d’inspiration, mais il y a tout de même plusieurs incontournables à ma liste de Bloglovin‘.

Québec:

On est gâté de superbes blogues entièrement québécois!

 

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Cottage par Buk & Nola: C’est le blogue d’inspiration des charmantes propriétaires de la boutique Buk & Nola de l’avenue Laurier. Ici, elles se lâchent loose et écrivent sur leurs coups de coeur, leurs rénos et leurs trouvailles. Le ton est convivial et attachant… comme Laurence & Caroline!

 

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Savvy Home: Écrit par la fabuleuse Gabrielle Savoie, Savvy Home donne envie de mer et de soleil avec son look “coastal”. Une section shopping est aussi un must à visiter.

 

deconome blogue

 

Déconome: Quand déco + économe se rencontre on obtient le blogue de Stéphanie, une française maintenant bien québécoise, qui est une source intarissable de bons plans pour réaliser des projets à petits prix. Voyez par exemple ce billet proposant 3 idées à réaliser avec du spray doré.

 

lake jane blog

 

Lake Jane: Le blogue personnel et inspirant de Marie-Ève Best, Lake Jane est un voyage au coeur de sa vie de famille, ses voyages et ses trips de bouffe. Je m’y régale à chaque fois.

 

alamode montreal

 

À la Mode Montréal: Julia a créé un blogue vraiment “lifestyle” regroupant tous les intérêts de la vie montréalaise soit: la déco, la bouffe, les restos, la mode, la beauté et les voyages. Visitez aussi sa boutique en ligne qui recèle de produits originaux et exotiques. Bon, je vais me faire une petite plug maintenant et aussi inclure mon propre blogue, celui de Damask & Dentelle, qui depuis 2008, vous fait découvrir de bonnes adresses, vous inspire et vous donne envie de bricoler. Il y a aussi les moments où je vous parle de ma maison, mais aussi de ma marmaille, dont je suis tellement fière (et un peu gaga il faut dire!)

International:

Bon ici la liste était vraiment très très longue. Je ne sais vraiment pas comment j’ai pu la limiter à seulement 7 noms. Le monde entier regorge de sources d’inspirations, selon les styles de chacun, mais disons que je vous en propose quelques uns qui me font vibrer moi.

 

design sponge blog

 

Design*Sponge: Un incontournable! Un énorme blogue d’inspiration, rempli de contenu original et unique, avec beaucoup de DIY, des conseils sur comment bloguer. Le look du blogue est éclectique, comme le sont les maisons que D*S visite. En plus, Grace Bonney, est un amour de coccinelle! J’ai eu le plaisir de la rencontrer lors d’une formation à Brooklyn l’été dernier. (Je fais ma fraiche, je sais!)

 

apartment therapy blog

 

Apartment Therapy: Ce blogue américain est une multinationale! Non sérieusement, ce qui a débuté comme étant un blogue pour aider les gens en appartement à décorer leurs petits espaces est devenu une entreprise avec plusieurs sous-blogues, des concours nationaux, des collaborations… bref de tout! Malgré tout, j’aime encore visiter ce blogue rempli de décors inspirants et tous avec une personnalité très marquée.

 

bright bazaar blog

 

Bright Bazaar: Ce blogue très British célèbre la couleur! Écrit par la plume virtuelle d’un jeune homme tout aussi coloré que son contenu on découvre des inspirations & des destinations qui nous font voir autre chose que du gris… et encore du gris! En plus vous pouvez acheter son livre!

 

the style files

 

The Style Files: Un blogue d’Amsterdam, The Style Files est pour moi un vent d’air frais en fait de déco bohémienne mais aussi très influencée par le design scandinave des années ’50 et ’60. J’aime le look épuré de celui-ci, les billets remplis d’images mais courts en texte, et la fréquence à laquelle du nouveau contenu est publié.

 

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Design Manifest: Naomi Stein est designer dans la vie et partage sur son blogue les rénovations qu’elle fait pour ses clients et sur sa propre maison.

 

domaine home

 

Domaine Home: Ici, je me perd pendant des heures à cliquer d’un billet à un autre tellement l’offre de contenu y est vaste!

 

the coveteur

 

The Coveteur: Je trippe sur ce blogue qui allie mon amour de la mode et de la déco! La beauté de ce que Stephanie, Jake & Erin ont créée est qu’ils prennent les vêtements des “tastemakers” à qui ils rendent visite et ils décorent avec! Les chaussures Louboutin dans une bibliothèque ou un sac Hermès dans le frigo, c’est le genre de truc à quoi on peut s’attendre ici. Rafraichissant!

 

Magazines web:

Une autre dépendance dont je n’arrive pas à me débarrasser (bon je n’essaie pas fort fort non plus remarquez bien), c’est celle que j’ai de lire les magazines web. Ce qui a de fantastique avec ceux-ci c’est que leur contenu est interactif nous permettant ainsi de cliquer sur une vidéo à même un article ou de magasiner les items proposés dans celui-ci en un clic de souris.

 

lonny magazine

 

Lonny: Lancé en 2009 et publié mensuellement, Lonny propose un style contemporain et actuel avec des articles couvrant tous les sujets Lifestyle qui font le palmarès des tendances.

 

rue Mag

 

Rue: J’aime beaucoup beaucoup Rue Mag! Le look est un peu plus croquant que Lonny, moins conventionnel et surtout les articles et les chroniques sont plus axées vers la vie urbaine.

 

domino mag

 

Domino: Le magazine Domino a vu le jour en 2005 pour ensuite disparaitre des tablettes en 2009 à mon plus grand désespoir! Ce magazine dit “niche” venait vraiment répondre à un segment déco du marché qui n’avait été exploité par personne d’autre: celui des décors un peu imparfaits, des apparts New Yorkais exiguës mais remplis de personnalité et de trouvailles déco originales et sorties des magasins à grandes surfaces. À la demande générale, le magazine est revenu en 2013, sous forme papier (aux trimestres) et aussi en format web. Le concept a changé, la formule est plus commerciale, mais il reste qu’une partie de l’âme du Domino original est resté et c’est quand même chouette de le retrouver.

 

Sources: Homelife | SavvyHome | Desire to Inspire | Smitten Studio | Design*Sponge | Apartment Therapy |Bright Bazaar | Apartment Therapy | Design Manifest | Ferrer | Lonny | Rue Mag | Domino

Monday Musing: 5 Golden Rules of Entrepreneurship

Monday, September 1st, 2014

 

I started my business in 2009, about a year after my blog was born and as I was starting to get the hang of it. At first Damask & Dentelle was a blog about shops I was visiting for the first time in my hometown of Montréal. It quickly took a life of its own, becoming more personal in its written content and more inspirational in its pictures. Then, I asked you how you would feel about seeing a real directory of the province’s best kept decor destinations and the reply was loud and clear: Y.E.S.!

 

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The directory was then born on October 21st of that same year, on the first birthday of my little Madison – I have a thing for meaningful dates!

Although I never regretted being my own boss, I have to say that I have had my highs and lows with the whole entrepreneur thing. As Damask & Dentelle’s 5th Anniversary is inching closer, I can’t help but muse about what has made me start up my own business and what I’ve learned from it all.

Here are the 5 things I wish I knew about entrepreneurship: 

 

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1) It takes a little crazy in you to make the jump

You know that little filter that most people have about taking the time to really think things through before they embark on any endeavour? Well, entrepreneurs simply don’t have it!

Imagine if you took the time to think about the financial investment a startup requires, the fact that you would be working “for free” for the first few months – if not years – of starting the company, the indecent numbers of hours of work you would have to put in, and the loneliness to have to do it all alone – because of course you don’t yet have the means to hire anyone to help. Well, chances are you would just decide to suck it in and keep your well paying job with its medical insurance plan and paid vacation.

 

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2) Don’t start a business if you are not completely passionate about it

Almost five years in I can see how my services are easier to sell to potential clients and how my reputation is more established in the market. Back when I started though, I pounded the pavement days on end, meeting tens of prospects, telling them about my dream and how I believed it would change the landscape of the decor industry in Québec, with little to no result to show for on most days. It takes more than dedication to make a business lift off the ground… it takes passion – serious passion almost on the verge of obsession.

 

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3) Yes you will have to sell … something

Over time I have hired people to work with me in selling my services. I tried to pass the baton to great people in order to lighten my own load a little. But each time, it came right back onto my plate and I, again, was the one making sales. You know why? Because, when you own a tiny company the size of mine, nobody can sell the vision and the passion like yourself. It’s your baby, you created it, now you have to sell it. I know it’s hard and humbling too, but it is something you have to do.

And one last thing… sales are the answer to everything! You want to hire an assistant? Increase your bottom line. You want to get a “real” office? Sell. You want to update your website? Sell some more.  You get my point…

 

5 rules of entrepreneurship_no vacation

 

4) Vacations. What vacations?

Hummm, I have to say I had not planned for that point to be an issue. I have always been able – and much enjoyed – disconnecting from my work completely when vacation time arrived. Basking in the warm sun, without a care in the world, has never been an issue for me… until D&D. The day my directory’s URL hit the web, any hope for true vacation died with it.

Having clients to care for, curating a blog, writing for other medias platforms, and managing social media platforms, are an all consuming job. The web does not do the 9 to 5 thing, and neither will you, especially when you first start. So it has become part of the fabric of our lives. We now travel as a family, Jonathan, the children, me… and my laptop, everywhere. Oh the places I have written blogposts and replied to emails: on a catamaran in Sardinia on my phone’s WiFi, in cafés – many cafés, in airports, and the worse … pause for effect … in the hospital barely 4 hours after the birth of my son whom had come 10 days early and had “jazzed” my editorial calendar. Ya, I know.

 

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5) Don’t try to be a jack of all trade

You’ll end up being a master of none. That is a fact! We all have our Achilles tendon, the one place (or 2) where we are not as competent. Have someone do it for you! If money is tight, be creative and find a way to trade some of your services in exchange for the service you need. Although being a young entrepreneur is a lonely job, you still can – and must – ask for help from time to time.

I found my solace by winning the grant from the Fondation Montréal Inc. in 2010. Sure the grant was great, but it’s the support that really saved me. Having access to advices from top-tier law and accounting firms, meeting one-on-one with business coaches to steer me in the right direction, and having a network of other crazy hopeful entrepreneurs has proved to be quintessential in my humble success.

 

Photos sources: Entrepreneur, SwellThe Preppy BlondeStyle Me Pretty, Telegraph, Marie Claire

Spotted around the web…

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Oh, the guilty pleasures of procrastination… Whether you’re looking to kill time at work or you’re already looking forward to a lazy Saturday morning in bed, you’ll need this week’s best links to keep you entertained… – Gabrielle, Savvy Home

 

Inside the Man Repeller’s new headquarters.

To try while in NYC: Bar Sardine.

10 hacks for creating a canopy bed.

You’ll fall in love with this library bookshelf.

An adorable Florida beach wedding.

 

Gabrielle | Savvy Home

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Monday Musing: 5 Reasons why Decorating is Good for You

Monday, August 25th, 2014

I don’t know if it is because I see myself (not so) slowly creeping towards the next decade, but lately, I have been caught up in reading books about eating for optimum health, exercising – those pesky love handles off – & mindfulness. And for some reason I feel like I am not alone.

Is it a generational thing or a worldwide trend fuelled by best selling authors and awareness campaigns gone viral on the web? Maybe a bit of both. Either or, it is of my little family that I think about when I educate myself on how to become healthier. It is for them that I want to do what’s good for me. 

 

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That got me thinking to what I do for a living. Decorating might seem like a “non-vital” line of work to some, filled with pretty things and consumed with such frivolities as Pinterest (not my words here folks, those of the decor detractors).

Although I agree to the non-vital side of things, may I add that a shelter over someone’s head is still one of the basic needs onto the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. How we then choose to enhance the said shelter is another subject entirely.

 

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That being said (and I promise there is a point here to my musings…) I would like to throw out there the theory that decorating is not only a mood enhancer but that it is actually good for you!

Let me explain the rudiments of my theory:

 

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1) Mood enhancer: Have you ever noticed how elated you feel after purchasing new throw pillows, or completing a decorating project that has been lingering for a while, or simply when you move your furniture around to give you the feeling of a new look?

2) Self-Affirmation: As we do with the clothes we wear, the thoughtfully chosen furnishing and accents we surround ourselves with are a reflection of who we are and how we wish to present ourselves to the world.

3) Zero Carbon Footprint: These pieces of furniture we call vintage (or antique for that matter) have been around for a long time and hence do not bare additional stress onto our fragile ecosystem with their production 0r costly international transportation.

4) Catering to our Hunter’s Instincts: Decorating is not about buying the best money can buy – although sometimes it does help. It is about the “hunt” for what you truly want, the pleasure of finding that elusive and most coveted item you’ve been looking for a long time and that you will cherish forever.

5) Quality over quantity: Finally – and this last point is very much my personal belief – I believe that decorating is a journey rather that a destination. It is not about buying all the latest gadgets or furnishing one’s home out of a catalog, it is about finding these items that speak to you and that you’ll want to pass on to your children. Like gathering treasures rather than clutter.

 

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So on that note, I leave you to some of the books that lay beside my bed right now and that might also inspire you in taking care of yourself.

Have a great week lovelies,

xoxo

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My reading list:

 

source: Style at Home

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