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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

  • Siting seldom in the sea of magenta, canary yellow and black houses is this bird’s egg blue house. Located in Quebec, this home belongs to Yves Bériault and Diane Decoste.

  • “We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar, so we looked at yellows and reds,” says Bériault. “I was a bit more conservative color-wise, but Diane and Marie-Claude took over, and I know now that they were right.”

  • Decoste and architect Marie-Claude Hamelin, of Montreal firm YH2, agreed on a cerulean blue, which was inspired by the sea, sky and “child’s chalk” according to Hamelin. “The architecture on the island is rather naive, so we wanted to evoke that childlike quality in the color.”

  • The original structure was built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1915. “We didn’t know how nice the original structure was until we started to renovate,” says Hemlin. As demolition tore out a false ceiling, the structure revealed a high arched open space. Desperate to keep this newly discovered trait, the skeleton of the structure needed a little reinforcement.

  • The architects of YH2 handled the walls with care and were able to keep the pine interior, which is now painted white so to showcase Bériault and Decoste’s art collection. The pair now have a beautiful open living room and kitchen with a small suspended office.

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