Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Qubec City via Montreal

It was a random unplanned vacation with our friends.  How lucky are we to have wonderful friends that we can laugh with and enjoy a relaxing vacation.  Even though it wasn't a planned trip, what a trip it turned out to be! 

It began with us driving to Montreal.  I have been to Montreal before a few times, mostly to visit the famous miraculous St. Joseph's church or to see friends and relatives.  We never had a chance to really relax and tour Montreal. 

You know there are places that feels like an oasis in the middle of the city.  Well that is exactly what Point Claire Village felt like, not too far from down town Montreal.  With lake Saint Louis as the backdrop we couldn't have asked for more.

As you walk along the cobble stone streets by the water, there are amazing quaint restaurants and boutiques for eye candy.  I had to restrain myself from buying.



Today's city guide is devoted to Quebec City!   We love traveling and have visited several European cities, but Quebec City deserves a special mention for the history and the hip vibe.  If you squint you would think you are in Europe.  I will let the pictures speak for itself... 


We stayed in a beautiful apartment inside the wall in old Quebec City with ceiling to floor windows. It was an enjoyable stay as we started the day off with a relaxing breakfast before a hectic day. And ended the day with after dinner drinks, laughs and conversations into the night.

Enjoyed meals at beautifully decorated Bistros...in addition in sidewalk cafes listening to local musicians playing instruments or singing.

 We had purchased some CDs from a guy playing trumpet on the street.  We drove back leisurely listening to old songs on trumpet, windows down, along the river, stopped for food and test drove our retirement life!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stage, Style & Sell

A client living in an exceptional Victorian home reached out to ask if I could help to get their house styled and ready for the market to sell.  I explained that it is important to stage, style and then sell.  Generally the staging process is to eliminate the clutter and personal belongings.  That is the normal realtor criteria.  I think in addition to staging, styling is important.

This is a beautiful home and this house features custom made stained glass windows with quality architectural and design features. 

 Here are some before and after...
Before - entry way

After - painted the walls and added lamp, table, mirror and a plant.

 Before - Living room



Before - breakfast nook

After - changed the lampshade and added some accessories.


Before - Kitchen...Mr. Pig had to go!


Before - Media room


After - moved around some furniture


Before - Bedroom suite



Before - Bedroom


 Other rooms that I styled, but don't have the before pictures!




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