After 30 years criss-crossing studios from Montreal to Cannes as a celebrity makeup artist, Eddie Maleterre envisioned becoming the owner of a country home. A few months later, his paths crossed with a house built in 1910 at Saint-Irénée in Charlevoix. A home where he lives his dream.
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Even though the makeup artist saw himself running a bed and breakfast, he and his spouse, Carl Fournier, were far from shelling out the properties for sale. “We went for a walk in Saint-Irénée to visit friends, we passed in front of the house and I like to say that it jumped out at us. »
In fact, how can you remain indifferent to this two-story red-and-white ancestral home with a phantasmagorical view of the river, a vast green space, and a huge gallery to relax in? “When we saw the for sale sign, we looked at the Centris ad, visited the next day, and submitted an offer without much thought as to whether we were ready to leave Montreal. A few days later, her offer was accepted. They put their large Montreal apartment up for sale, which sold out in eight days. “Things lined up. »
So much so that they bought the house fully furnished. “We couldn’t have done better if we had bought everything ourselves. The furniture is old. There is a real harmony in the decor. » Preserved antique furniture, hardwood floors and crown molding with real personality, a happy mix of bold and vintage: they fell in love. Additionally, the idea of a turnkey home seduced them to the point that they offered the same to their Montreal buyers. “We are leaving everything behind to completely change the universe. »
From Cannes to Saint Irénée
A choice in the image of Mr. Maleterre’s career transition, who has been national spokesman for L’Oréal Paris in Canada, makeup artist at Cannes, at TIFF, at the Grammys and at several parades and fashion weeks. After three decades he had had enough. “Without denigrating the environment I adored and still respect, I grew weary of the ephemeral. If you beautify a star, she deletes everything afterwards. If you go to a festival, they put up a set, which they take down afterwards. I wanted something more durable. »
If its exit from the middle shineFive years ago followed his beginnings in painting, first exhibitions and workshops on retail and customer service, he mainly took time for himself to practice mindfulness meditation and creative visualization.
That brings us back to the pictures of his new life.
I saw the project as early retirement: having a place to stay to meet people. The property only has three bedrooms and I wouldn’t want more. I want to have time to spend time with them.
Eddie Maleterre, owner
history and modernity
While the new owners live in the part built 10 years ago like in a large luxury hotel suite, the guests live in the part built 112 years ago. “The house was built as a summer residence by the butler of the founder of Domaine Forget. Then it was sold and resold, used as a holiday home and resold to our buyers who made it into a family home. »
The summer house has been insulated. The floors and the roof have been renewed. Otherwise very little has changed. However, the owners are not afraid of its historical character. “The house has always been well cared for and the work has respected the image of its origin. The ex-owner was meticulous and respectful of beautiful things. »
Since the lodge opened in November 2021, several guests have told Eddie Maleterre about the impact the home has had on them. “You can feel the vibrations of the property. Sitting in the Adirondack chairs and looking out at the river is unsettling because it’s so relaxing. »
When asked if he misses the metropolis, he quickly says no. “I think it’s the meditation that does it. I am in the present moment. Living in Montreal was a great experience. Before that I was in Paris and left the city overnight to settle in Quebec. I have the ability to renew. »
His new life as a lodge owner is exactly what he envisioned. “I make the rooms. I take care of the huge garden. I prepare breakfast by making as many homemade things as possible (bread, yoghurt, jam, etc.) with local products. I love that ! »