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:

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…

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).

Silent zone: 10 tips to fight the noise

Fed up with all the noise coming from the outside (traffic/neighbors)? Before engaging any costly judicial proceedings, let's check how we could first improve your home. Our blog collected 10 tips to help you fight the noise.

Home decor, an aesthetic solution!

1. Carpets and rugs

Not only does the carpet decorate, protect and isolate the floor, but it can also soundproof it. Rugs can fulfill the same tasks, although they were first used to hang on walls and to cover couches. They will absorb part of the noises from downstairs and cushion your own furniture. And you will be able to wear high-heels without disturbing your neighbors… You can have a look at our selection of rugs here >>

2. Curtains on windows and doors

A poorly isolated window or shutter roller box will give you some sleepless nights. Besides sealing their joints with silicon, you can first hang thick curtains on them. Curtains on a door will also deaden the noise from one room to another.

3. Furniture

Avoid echoing empty spaces. A massive wardrobe against the wall will be useful in case of loud doorstep neighbors. If you have little room, you can replace furniture by paintings, mirrors, tapestries, etc.

4. The bathroom

You can hear your neighbor’s TV while taking a bath? I definitely can relate! Pipes and bathtubs are among the main sound conductors. Fill the gap under your bathtub with glass wool. As for the pipes and taps, their acoustic performance is always increasing.

5. Look after your balcony

Use your balcony against the street unquietness. No need for a large one, even a small thuja hedge can make the difference. If you do have a green thumb, why not build your own green wall? Check our article on this topic.

6. If (lucky) you have a terrace, a pergola would be another option. You can get one in wrought iron for €150.

Start renovation works

7. Doors

Change doors: soundproof doors rely on a series of layers in different materials (wood, metal). As it is still expensive, it will be most useful in place of your main door.

8. Windows

New generation windows: forget about double glazing, time has come for triple! Well, it’s still a bit expensive… And double glazing will be enough to stop the noise from inside. By the way, make sure it fits your building's style. If your ceiling is decorated with moldings, you might have to sacrifice them...

9. A fake ceiling

A double ceiling will isolate you from your upper neighbor. The plasterboard that make it up are covered with glass wool. But... the real ceiling has to be high enough, and it still costs some €500 for 10 square meters.

10. Bring calmness around you...

The agitation you feel also stems from your environment. Try to 'zenify' your home and put it in order. So you will be less sensitive to the surrounding earsores.

By Lorène Gaudin.

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.

Classic vs. Modern - Let's mix everything!

Like in Art or in Literature, Modern and Classic each have their supporter in Decoration. But unless the other arts, with decoration you can match both of them in one same room. Surprising results guaranteed...

Classic Interior and Modern Decor

‘Le Mobile’ by Xavier Veilhan, Château de Versailles, motorized painted steel mobile.

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

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.  

A Living Wall

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

Pots and Plants for an Interior Garden

With spring coming we would like to see more nature and greenery in our homes… Here is an original selection of plants and pots that you can buy or do yourself.

10 Original Ways to Paint your Home

1. Paint the baseboards or the stairs (or both)

Grafic black & grey baseboards
with a yellow touch to energize the whole

Inside… Víctor Goikoetxea’s universe

Trained as a painter, Victor Goikoetxea has specialized in the art of trompe l'oeil. He invited us to visit his duplex and gallery both located in Hernani, Basque village on the French border. Discover a world where art and decoration coexist...

Industrial style wall with a rusty effect, made in trompe l'oeil for a private customer

A desk in the closet

It is not easy to have an office space of your own when you are living in a small space. The solution : put your desk in a closet!

A desk in the closet


7 Ideas to Hide your TV set

After discussing movie decors last week, we move on to the other side of the screen to deal with a very popular object which is also very unaesthetic: TV set. A TV in a room is like the black element in Space Odyssey: it’s huge, it’s black, it’s useless, it takes pride of place and it spoils the décor… So how to make your TV set disappear?

Black Element in Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

Decors and colors in Wes Anderson’s movies

With his last movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson not only confirms that he’s a brilliant director but also reveals that he could have been a great interior designer! Colors, furniture, lights, disposition, all reveals that décor is important for esthetic reasons but also has a meaning of its own.

Books, Storage and Decoration

You are a compulsive buyer of books, you devour and pile them up until you don’t know what to do with them anymore. I know how you feel… Some ad hoc solutions for books addicts.

Space-saving solution

Bibliochaise by Nobody&Co
Make a table out of your books

Invisible bookshelves

Created by NotTom
By  Umbra

By TeeBooks.

When books become part of your home décor

At Sal Curioso Restaurant created by Substance Agency
At the Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong 

Books with a twist

Hook Book by Rose Bunker

Clock Book By Karlsson


You can still use a traditional library, an idea stolen from Ralph Lauren Home: hang your paintings and photographs on your bookcases.

© Ralph Lauren


If you like books and decoration and you happen to be in Paris this week, don’t miss Philippe Starck book signing at the Salon du Livre. All you need to know about this event here, and if you just want to buy it you can find it here.