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6.06.2022

How to create the custom terrazzo table of your dreams

During the end of my pregnancy last year, we entered a major nesting phase and decided we wanted to redecorate most of our appartement. We've always had a rectangular dining room table but to be honest, it always ended up being a catch all table and I was really done with that. I said ''I want the table of my dreams'', let's make it happen. My dining room table dreams consisted of terrazzo and I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted to create something with a local company, I did some research and fell in love with everything Béton Multi Surfaces had created.

Béton Multi Surfaces is a Quebec company that has been around since 2007 and they are specialized in Terrazzo, my dream. They create amazing pieces from dining room tables, to sinks, to countertops, to vanities, basically everything your heart desires. I had a vision and I knew they could make it happen.
The process of creating your own piece at Béton Multi surfaces is very easy, here is how it goes:

1. You select your model and dimensions according to your needs

2. You select the choice of material for the top of the table, you can select from 14 shades of concrete and more than 50 mixes of terrazzo.

3. You select your base model and material, if you want wood or steel.

4. You select your base finish in steel colour or wood.

If you are having a hard time deciding, you can always order for 50$ a sample kit that comes directly to you and helps you make the selection. What is amazing is the sample of the terrazzo options can then be used as coasters. Nothing goes to waste!

Every piece is created in 8 weeks and installed and delivered at your house.

During those 8 weeks, the team at Béton Multi surfaces is working hard on creating your custom piece. Here is a little inside on their process.
Molding: a mold is made for each piece in anticipation of pouring each concrete or terrazzo mix.

Casting: a recipe made from high quality raw material is made for each concrete or terrazzo. Then pour everything into the mould. Let everything dry in a water cure for a minimum of 7 days.

Polishing: we unmold everything and then send it to several stages of polishing with water by hand. The porosities are filled with a glaze to have smooth and non-porous surfaces.

Sealant: after all the polishing steps, a high-performance sealant is applied which protects each part for a very long time.

8 weeks later, the table is at your door and the team comes and installs it for you.
We are beyond happy with the result, we opted for a round table as we wanted something smaller but also because I've always dreamed of a round terrazzo table and now my dream came true. We opted for the Maurelle terrazzo with natural oiled maple wood and we are so happy. It will easily live in our next place and this table from Béton Multi surfaces is a timeless piece that we will keep for years and years. Their service was impeccable and the team is such a dream to work with as they really listened to us and guided us to create the table of our dreams!

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Lors de la fin de ma grossesse l'année dernière, nous sommes entrés dans une phase et avons décidé de redécorer la majeure partie de notre appartement. Nous avons toujours eu une table de salle à manger rectangulaire, mais pour être honnête, cela a toujours fini par être une table fourre-tout et je voulais changer cela. J'ai dit ''je veux la table de mes rêves'', faisons en sorte qu'elle se réalise. Mes rêves de table de salle à manger ont toujours consisté en le matériel de terrazzo et je savais exactement ce que je voulais. Je voulais créer une pièce avec une entreprise locale, j'ai fait des recherches et je suis tombée amoureuse de tout ce que Béton Multi surfaces avait créé.


Béton Multi surfaces est une entreprise québécoise qui existe depuis 2007 et ils sont spécialisés dans le terrazzo, mon rêve. Ils créent des pièces absolument magnifiques allant des tables de salle à manger, aux éviers, aux comptoirs, aux vanités, essentiellement tout ce que votre cœur désire. J'avais une vision et je savais qu'ils pouvaient la réaliser.

Le processus de création de votre propre pièce chez Béton Multi surfaces est très simple, voici comment ça se passe :

1. Vous sélectionnez votre modèle et vos dimensions selon vos besoins.

2. Vous sélectionnez le choix du matériau pour le dessus de la table, vous pouvez choisir parmi 14 couleurs de béton et plus de 50 mélanges de terrazzo.

3. Vous sélectionnez votre modèle de base et votre matériel de piétinement, si vous voulez du bois ou de l'acier.

4. Vous sélectionnez votre finition de base pour le piétinement en couleur acier ou essence de bois.

Si vous avez de la difficulté à prendre votre décision, vous pouvez toujours commander pour 50$ une trousse d'échantillons qui vient directement chez vous et vous aide à faire votre choix. Ce qui est super, c'est que ces échantillons des différentes options de terrazzo peuvent ensuite être utilisé comme sous-verres. Rien ne se perd !

Chaque pièce est créée en 8 semaines et installée et livrée chez vous.

Pendant ces 8 semaines, l'équipe de Béton Multi surfaces travaille d'arrache-pied à la création de votre pièce sur mesure. Voici un petit aperçu de leur processus.

Moulage : un moule est fabriqué pour chaque pièce en prévision d’y couler chaque mélange de béton ou de terrazzo.

Coulage : une recette fait à partir de matière première de grande qualité est faite pour chaque béton ou terrazzo. On coule alors le tout dans le moule. On laisse le tout sécher dans une cure à l’eau durant 7 jours minimum.

Polissage : on démoule le tout pour ensuite l’envoyer à plusieurs étapes de polissage à l’eau à la main. On remplit les porosités avec un glaisage pour avoir des surfaces lisses et non poreuse.

Scellant : après toutes les étapes de polissage, on applique un scellant très performant qui protège chaque pièce très longtemps.

8 semaines plus tard, la table est à votre porte et l'équipe vient l'installer pour vous.


Nous sommes plus que satisfaits du résultat, nous avons opté pour une table ronde, car nous voulions quelque chose de plus petit, mais aussi parce que j'ai toujours rêvé d'une table ronde en terrazzo et maintenant mon rêve est devenu une réalité. Nous avons opté pour une table ronde avec le terrazzo Maurelle et le bois érable huilé naturelle, un choix magnifique. Elle habitera facilement dans notre prochaine demeure et cette table de chez Béton Multi surfaces est une pièce intemporelle que l'on gardera pendant des années. Le service de Béton Multi surfaces était impeccable et l'équipe nous ont vraiment écoutés et nous ont guidés pour créer la table de nos rêves !
8.25.2021

The must-have travel stroller: Babyzen YOYO2 from Agatha Boutique

Finding the perfect stroller for your lifestyle can get a tad overwhelming, especially when you are pregnant. All you want is to find the safest gear for your baby and you obviously want to make sure the stroller fits exactly with your needs. Whether it's day to day activities, long walks, travelling, leisurely strolls around a city, you want the best and easiest stroller. 

On our end, we started by making a list of requirements, which were the following: 

  • light and easy
  • does not take too much space in the car
  • follows the baby from newborn to toddler age
  • perfect for travel
I've had the pleasure of working with the Agatha Boutique team since I found out we were pregnant. Agatha Boutique has an amazing inventory of brands and so many options to choose from, so we shared with them all of requirements and they presented to us the must-have travel stroller: the Babyzen YOYO2.
The Agatha Boutique team is so well versed and we trusted them to guide us towards the right choice for our lifestyle and needs and they aced it!!!

Perfect for travel
Before writing this article, I really wanted to us to use the Babyzen YOYO2 stroller for many different activities, including travel. Unfortunately, we have not yet travelled by plane (for obvious reasons) but the Babyzen YOYO2 fits in the overhead compartment on an airplane, which was the selling feature for us! Can you imagine pushing the stroller super easily through the airport all the way to your gate and boom, quickly folding it and bringing it with you on the plane, what a dream. We cannot wait to be able to travel again to test out this feature but we've heard amazing reviews from our friends who purchase the Babyzen YOYO2 after seeing us use it around town. 


Last weekend, we did have a little roadtrip up to Ottawa and we packed the Babyzen YOYO2 in our car, which took barely any room. The Babyzen YOYO2 stroller exceeded our expectations during our stay in Ottawa. It was super easy to manoever around town, small streets, very lightweight to carry up some stairs, we are so happy with our choice.

One of the things we really wanted to do with Mélina, our baby, during our Ottawa trip was to do as many restaurants as we can, so she could get used to it. Let me tell you, the Babyzen YOYO2 was an absolute dream because it takes barely any room in the restaurant and fits absolutely everywhere. One little trick, that we absolutely adore is the fact that it's super easy to change a diaper in the stroller with the 0+ pack, which sounds crazy but very convenient when your baby is crying and you are out and about, not near a bathroom. 


Last but not least, getting the Babyzen YOYO2 0+ pack as well as the 6+ pack was a game changer for us, because we wanted to make sure we got a stroller that would be convenient for the newborn stage and would follow our baby to the toddler stage. We are obviously planning on travelling a lot with Mélina and we cannot wait to put the Babyzen YOYO2 to the test and get back to you about that. 

If you have any questions regarding the Babyzen YOYO2, do not hesitate to reach out to the Agatha Boutique team, they are amazing and can help you with anything! 


4.14.2021

Lapiz of Luxury x Horace jewelry inclusive collection

If you've been a very long time reader of mine, you would know that in August 2016, I launched my first ever jewelry collection with my friends Horace Jewelry. It was absolute amazing and now, 5 years later, we decided to join forces once again to launch a second jewelry collection focused on inclusivity. You can shop it HERE now! 

Being a curvy girl, I always had a hard time finding good quality jewelry, especially necklaces, that were fit for my shape. I started Lapiz of Luxury to inspire women of all sizes to be courageous and confident in their fashion choices and to never back down when it comes to style. Launching this 2nd collection with Horace, it was very important for us to be inclusive and cater to everyone. 

This collection was inspired by my grandmother as she was the biggest influence in my life with the strength and confidence she always projected through her amazing fashion sense. I designed this collection around the Mélina earrings, which is inspired by her wedding band my grandfather gave her. 


The collection consists of 2 necklaces (the Yasmine and the Ani) that are 18 to 22 inches long and 3 earrings (The Mimi, the Mélina and the Coco) from a dainty one to a nice detailed hoop. 18k gold plated or .925 sterling silver plated, there is something for everyone.




Today, as I am bringing a little girl into this world, it is very important for me to teach her that EVERY woman deserves options and no limits. 

Shop the complete collection HERE

Enjoy xxx
10.18.2020

How to create the perfect date night with Le Creuset

Every week, Ever and I try to organize a little something special to add some spice into the pandemic life. It hasn't been easy but I truly think that putting a bit of effort into setting a nice table, getting dressed up and cooking amazing food can really change your mood and you can enjoy such a good evening. 

This month, we celebrated 4 years of living together and Ever organized the perfect fall date outside, so we can still enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. He surprised me with this romantic setup with a very cozy menu including one of my faves, onion soup. Last year, we got the Le Creuset Flame minimalist 16-piece dinnerware set and it has become our everyday set ever since. The Le Creuset dinnerware sets that are made of stoneware are super sturdy, very durable and so classy that it makes it the perfect daily dinnerware but also the ideal set to host friends and family for brunches and dinners (when it's safe again). 

The Le Creuset minimalist 16-piece dinnerware set is perfect for 4 people and consists of dinner plates, smaller Plates that can be used for salads or desserts, pasta bowls and mugs. We decided on getting the colour Flame because we wanted something that was vibrant and fun but I love the most is that all the available colours are season-less and can be used all year round. Also, most importantly this dinnerware set is dishwasher and microwave safe and comes with a 10 year warranty, an amazing investment in my opinion. You can also spot on our romantic dinner setup, the Le Creuset minimalist pitcher that can be used for 2 purposes, as a pitcher or as a beautiful vase. 


Then, we decided to use our Le Creuset mini-cocottes that are made of enamelled cast iron as a perfect serving bowl for olives and dips but they are perfect to bake the most amazing apple crumbles or souflés. Finally, we recently added the Le Creuset minimalist serving bowl to our collection because we eat salads pretty much everyday and we wanted a sleek but durable bowl. 


Investing in your dinnerware and cookware is a very adulting thing to do but in my opinion, it's a game changer because you are investing in quality and durability and that is what Le Creuset is all about! 


*This article is in partnership with Le Creuset, however all opinions are mine.

* Cet article a été créé en partenariat avec Le Creuset. Mes propos reflètent mes propres opinions.


10.07.2020

How linen sheets changed my life

I've always been a lover of a nice bedroom decor, a nice cozy feeling because at the end of the day, you just want to snuggle in a warm setting that makes you feel good and one of the most important factors are sheets. Yes, you can find sheets anywhere and for a very long time, I settled for the sheets that I could find and didn't bother too much with quality. Sheets have to also be of super good quality, breathable, easy to wash and comfy. Our bed life changed when linen sheets entered our lives. We got the opportunity to try the linen sheets from Magic Linen and wow does it make a difference to have high quality sheets on your bed. We decided to go for a different colour to add some freshness to our bedroom and opted for the Duvet Cover sheets in Sage green and the Linen fitted sheet in Natural, it completely brighten up our bedroom and we've never slept better. 









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