A Peek At The Baba Souk Loft

I’m so thrilled to finally share a peek¬†at¬†the Baba Souk loft! Can’t believe¬†its¬†already been a year¬†since¬†we moved into this loft and never really shared¬†our¬†pictures! Having¬†professional¬†pictures taken was so fun, we worked with photographer Caroline Perron, and she did an awesome job capturing our colorful universe. And I’m so proud to say, our little Baba loft¬†has¬†been¬† featured on the Glitter Guide! (wowza! pinch me!)

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The Baba loft is where I work everyday. It serves as our  showroom, our office space and often  as our photo studio. We are also happy to welcome our clients to visit our Montreal loft. If you’d like to drop by, just make an appointment by email. Some people prefer live shopping! 

Here are some Baba Souk treasures in our modular shelves. This was a DIY project my husband made for us. (And I painted each and every one of these cubes!) A long job but worth it, the fun part being  we can create different shapes with the cubes. They are perfect for displaying our goodies.

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This is my “famous” pink desk. It’s also a DIY project. It’s a¬†wooden¬†desk¬† I¬†painted¬†pink. Note to anyone who wants to try this:¬†use¬†some clear varnish¬†over¬†your paint after it dries,¬†otherwize,¬†the¬†paint¬†peels¬†off!¬†You¬†will have to start over like I did¬†if¬†you¬†don’t. My desk is always a mess (those who know me well will laugh!) Let’s say I’m a creative messy person. But hey, I’m trying to improve! ūüėČ I love the gallery wall behind my desk, we created it with a bunch of our favorite prints. Unfortunately, it never stays¬†orderly¬†like this¬†very¬†long because that‚Äôs the white wall we use for¬†our¬†photo¬†shoots. So it changes almost every¬†day!

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This is me being camera shy. Gosh, I wish I didn’t have this problem! I just hate¬†being¬†in front of a camera… what can I do? Tips please! This one turned out¬†not¬†so¬†bad because Caroline captured a moment¬†when¬†I was laughing at myself! I find it so hard to stay natural when having my picture taken. Argggh.

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This is a little inspiration board my collaborator Camille put¬†together.¬†It¬†never stays the same for long either but this quote has always¬†resonated¬†with me. I know it sounds¬†cheezy¬†but¬†it’s so true. “Surround yourself with inspiring beings”. This is like my number one life/work moto.

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Here is our little munchkins¬†corner. I think it has something to do with being a mother, (I¬†wasn’t¬†all¬†that¬†interested¬†in kids stuff before¬†becoming¬†a mom) but now I’m all¬†gaga¬†for¬†cute¬†kids finds. I really love our kids selection.¬†We¬†only¬†carry¬†handmade finds from talented designers. They make the cutest gifts for baby showers!

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This is my favorite poster by artist Jordan Grace Owens. The color is so bright and cheerful, it’s the most perfect print for a nursery or a¬†girl’s¬†room. I recommend it all the time. Also,¬†here¬†are¬†our favorite baby blanket,¬†a¬†cute¬†wooden¬†blocks¬†game and¬†our¬†adorable cactus rattles. All handmade! Hard to resist.

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This houseshaped pegboard  also was a fun DIY project. We are huge fans of pegboards at the loft. So handy! I wanted one shaped like a little house (Thanks Honey!) and I painted it in this bright aqua color. I love the results and it was fairly easy and quick to make. 

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This spot is also¬†forever-changing but how stunning is that rug? (I can’t believe it’s still¬†available!!)This vintage pink chair¬†used¬†to belong to my great aunt. We also have¬†lots¬†of Moroccan¬†poufs¬†all¬†over. (Of course!)

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These cool triangular plywood shelves were something I imagined and had my friend Emmeline make! She nailed it. Fixing them to the brick wall was not a piece of cake. Who knew we needed a special bit  on the drill to get through the brick?

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My friend and¬†collaborator, Camille,¬†always¬†makes the coolest papier mache projects. Have¬†you¬†seen our papier mache donut? This Baba Love heart is a keeper. The perfect quirky little thing to add¬†to¬†your¬†display¬†shelf. And two of my favorite¬†books: The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney (which I call The¬†Blible) and a very creative book for those who like crafting, 25 Amazing Projects For Your Home by Beci Orpin. Books have always been a source of inspiration for me and we try to have a little library at the office in case of¬†any¬†¬†creative¬†block problems… (which, let’s be honest, never¬†happens!)

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I don’t know what I would do¬†witout¬†these girls. We are a very small¬†team¬†but these girls¬†mean¬†the¬†world¬†to me. Camille helps me with everything creative like styling and craft projects while Charlene is my¬†right hand¬†(and probably¬†my¬†left brain too). She saves my life all the time.

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We also like to throw crafting parties around here. If you live near Montreal, make sure to check on our next creative workshop. They are fun get- togethers and we get to meet a bunch of creatives and we always have a good time. Hope you enjoy this little sneak peek from behind the scenes! Cheers -Stephanie

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Our New Moroccan Rug Collection!

We were so happy with our new Moroccan rug collection, we decided that in order to show you guys how cool they would look in your home, we needed to shoot them in a real decor so it would give you an idea of their full potential. This is when we decided to partner with this very cool Montreal-based company (which is making a hit in the US as well) called Breather. Have you heard of it? It‚Äôs such a cool concept.They have spaces (very cool spaces) you can rent for your meetings or for many other events like team training, small conferences, consultations with clients, workshops and hey!…photoshoots.The cool thing about Breather is that you can rent their spaces by the hour. So if you don‚Äôt have a space to run a short meeting with your clients, they have the perfect spot. (Click here for 1 free hour with coupon code BABASOUK)

I don’t want to lie to you, it was a heck of an adventure! First of all, we had to pack everything, bring all sorts of Baba treasures along with us, so we were not traveling light, if you see what I mean. To make things even wilder, we could not decide which Breather space we preferred, so we tried 3 different spots in 1 week! (Ok…that‚Äôs like moving 3 times in a week, without a guy with strong arms!) But, anyway, now that the sweat is behind us, I can say we had so much fun and it was totally inspiring. Here are my favorite rugs from our new collection snapped in Breather spaces. I think it‚Äôs so cool to see them in such modern, well-designed spaces.

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This azilal Moroccan rug was photographed in this cozy Old Montreal Breather space on St-Nicolas Street.

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Same spot, different rug. How cool does it look combined with this mint lamp and chair? The mint chair has been on my mind ever since.

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We had no luck with the weather the morning we shot this stunning berber carpet… but anyhow, it was so colorful that we forgot it was pouring rain outside! This super intimate Breather spot is hidden in the up-and-coming St-Henri, Montreal neighborhood. A super quiet spot for a meeting with your co-workers.

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One of my very fave rugs from our new Boucherouite collection looks stunning in this equally mouth-dropping Breather space located right in downtown Montreal. I highly recommend this spot. Breathtaking, really.

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One thing I really enjoyed about teaming up with Breather is that they have an eye for good design. The chairs, tables and accessories in their spaces are so good that we didn’t have to worry about finding the perfect furniture. I have a huge crush on the chair above. How cool is it paired with this stunning Moroccan rug from our new collection?

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I can‚Äôt finish this post without saying a huge heartfelt thank you to my favorite stylist and precious collaborator, Camille (That’s her!) She totally rocked with this crazy idea of mine. Thanks girl, I know I‚Äôm a bit over the top! ūüėČ

Check out our new Azilal and Boucherouite rug collection right here. They tend to fly out of the shop fast these days so don’t miss out, shop now! -Stephanie

PS: Don’t forget to grab your free Breather hour here with coupon code BABASOUK.

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Easter Eggs DIY -Confetti, Fringes & Gold

Are you still wondering how to decorate your Easter table this weekend? We have a fun and easy DIY for you guys! You‚Äôll see it‚Äôs super easy, the hardest part is blowing out the eggs! I had totally forgotten how awkward blowing out eggs is. Anyways, Camille and I had a good laugh! ūüôā

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What you’ll need for this craft project:
-Eggs in their cardboard box
-1 needle
-2-3 different colors of tissue paper
-Gold metallic paper
-Scissors
-Hot glue and a glue stick
-Toothpicks
-Gold spray paint (optional)
-White paper
-Black felt pen
-A bag of confetti

Step 1 is the hardest and it‚Äôs all about blowing out the eggs. Take your needle and make 5mm holes. Take a deep breath. Don‚Äôt take yourself too seriously! ūüėČ Now that it‚Äôs done, take a break and choose your tissue papers. Cut out some fringes using your scissors. It should look like these fringes in the picture above. We also used metallic paper to make some more fringes. You know we love to add a little gold here and there.

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Now use your glue gun to secure your tissue paper fringes around your toothpick. You can mix the tissue paper fringes with the gold ones. Next, insert your toothpick in the hole you already made to blow out your egg. You can glue the bottom of the toothpick with your hot glue.

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If you want to make your Easter eggs even more festive, use your glue stick and plaster your egg with glue. Then role it in confetti. This step makes it so adorable, I really don’t know why we didn’t think of it earlier! We used the egg cardboard box and cut it out a bit to make sure it would not hide our cute eggs. We spray painted the box with gold paint. So chic, right?

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Now to the final touches. Use the gold box and eggs as a centerpiece or cut out your box to make single egg stands and use them as name holders. Just write down each guest’s name on a little piece of paper. We thought our napkins looked super cute on this Easter table. (we used this dotted napkin and this one with little triangles) We also could not resist this gold flatware from West Elm.

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Tag us via Instagram if you try out this Easter craft, we want to see your beautiful creations! Happy Easter friends! Please have fun and eat too much chocolate! -Stephanie

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Workshops! Baba Souk x Miss Cloudy

In collaboration with¬†Miss Cloudy, Baba Souk is hosting a series of creative workshops in its colorful Montreal loft! These picture were taken during our Valentine’s Day flower workshop. We had so much fun playing with flowers with the talented flower artist Hiromi Ono. It was the best Valentine’s Day ever.

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Our next workshop will be so sweet! We’ve invited the talented cookie artist Johanie Les Biscuits  for a special Easter workshop! You’re invited to the Baba loft, Saturday, March 26th, for a fun workshop where we’ll learn to make the prettiest egg and bunny cookies ever! The objective of this workshop is not to learn how to bake cookies but how to decorate cookies like a pro using royal icing! More info over here! -Stephanie

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