Original title : Grand Chic
Photos : Guillaume Pelletier
Natural light and attention to detail characterize this penthouse in the Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal complex. A visit to an elegant home with a charming atmosphere and stunning panoramic views of Montréal.
The owners happened to stumble on this penthouse for sale when they were shopping for a condo for their son. “They visited it and immediately fell in love, especially with its spectacular 360-degree view and private indoor pool,” explains Annie Doucet, the project designer. The building was constructed in the 1980s, and the owners wanted to renovate while preserving some of the original elements.
The project took nearly two years as they wanted to take the time to make informed choices, without feeling rushed. They also contacted a number of designers before deciding to go with Annie Doucet. “I think they liked the fact that I was very attentive to their needs, that I didn’t want to completely redo the penthouse, and that I was not going to impose anything on them,” she says.
For example, the ceiling mouldings were kept, imbuing the space with a classic touch. The project also preserved the original travertine floors in the hallways and around the pool, with the new white oak herringbone flooring a perfect match for the stone. “Quality is crucial for my clients and every little detail was important. They wanted to create an elegant, refined, light-filled environment,” notes the designer. She therefore opted for a tone-on-tone palette with lots of off-white, warm textiles and flowing shapes, as seen in the sheers, the silk lamp, and the round rug in the living room area.
Dekton, quartz, lacquer, and brushed brass : the kitchen features a combination of flat, satin, and glossy finishes that are set off by the opalescent lighting of the globe pendants.
The ubiquitous marble, golden-brown metal accents on the elevator door, and the openwork partitions infuse the interior with energy and a transitional style.
The centrepiece of the dining room is the wine cellar showcasing great vintages. It is framed by sideboards made of walnut, leather, textured metal, marble, and glass. “Like all the furniture selected for the home, they are incredible pieces.
Even the chaise lounges by the pool are luxurious and extremely comfortable,” remarks the designer. Every room is flooded with natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and multiple doors open directly onto the terrace, offering opportunities to enjoy the view. In the evening, sumptuous lamps controlled by a home automation system illuminate this distinguished and relaxing interior.
Minotti bed and rug and Poltrona Frau night tables, Latitude Nord; ceiling fixture, Luminaire Aurora; bedding, Toile Showroom; wood floors, Barwood-Pilon;
Storage in custom walk-in closet, AC Cuisines Montréal; ceiling lights, Au Courant; Poltrona Frau ottoman, Latitude Nord