Urban Jungle Bloggers #22
Before anything else: I would love to thank you and all Urban Jungle Bloggers for all your support, kind words and green love. This weekend Igor and I won the Innovation Award at Meet the Blogger in Amsterdam. It was such a wonderful surprise and really nice to know that all the hard (and fun!) work is so much appreciated by both bloggers and professionals. Collaborating with an always happy and supportive friend like Igor makes it so easy to keep going and think outside the box. The feedback from you, our green community, is truly the best. Hearing someone tell that he/she succeeded to keep a plant alive (and bloom!) or that they cannot imagine their home without plants anymore, is so lovely. And all the creativity in nearly 900 planty blogposts is just mind blowing, I think. It proves that love, attention, passion (and hours & hours of work) are the best ingredients to make an idea thrive. Furthermore, the positiveness of UJB makes me very happy and winning an award is simply the icing on the cake (or the flower on your cactus, to keep it on-topic...). A big big MERCI to everyone!
So, back to today's topic: Plants and flowers: an obvious combo, but I struggled to make it work for this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers edition. I love looking at flowers, taking their pictures, admiring their colors and shapes. But plants are my thing: less messy, more long term and they sometimes have beautiful flowers too ;)
After the dahlia disaster, I found some very colorful flowers on one of my runs and went back to pick a bunch of them. I put them in little vases and paired them with some of my plants on our trolley. But the result is way too girly and precious for my taste... and it made me realize that I really want to invest in some nice plant pots. They're on my current shopping list. And I think I'll have plenty of time to shop for them, as I'm off on a roadtrip through Spain for the rest of the month. Follow me on Instagram to see if I find any ;)
My banana cactus from Barcelona and a few wild yellow flowers:
On the trolley: a near-dead artichoke with a beautiful purple flower, some papaver pods, philodendron leaves, my new Alocasia, 2 grafted cactus plants, a purple heart plant and two homegrown cactus plants... and some flowers that I picked nearby. I wish I could do it over and keep the styling more simple. Sometimes one plant and one flower is just enough!
See what I mean, a bit too girly, although I like the mix of different shapes, plants and flowers. Plants and flowers have so much potential. I hope you or other Urban Jungle Bloggers will show me nicer pairings and inspire me to try this again after our holiday.
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via our Facebook page. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
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It's a moody wednesday
So the other day I had a brilliant idea. I would buy some beautiful fresh flowers in Holland for the upcoming Urban Jungle Bloggers October edition (it will be all about Plants & Flowers!). The flower shops here in Nogent have a very artificial choice of flowers and bouquets that contain 80% fill-up greenery. I knew I wouldn't have time to visit Argevil in Compiègne, so I picked up some dahlias from a flowershop in Holland. It seemed like a great idea. When we got home, I put the flowers in some water and basically forgot about them.
What works really well with plants, doesn't work with flowers... This weekend I wanted to style my little setting with flowers & plants... but the dahlias were "gone"! All withered, dry... and near dead! Definitely not suited for the fresh and flowery setting I had in mind. They do look nice in the sunshine and are perfect for it's a moody wednesday:
The only dahlia still looking somewhat "fresh":
There's still some time left to prepare my Plants & Flowers styling for Urban Jungle Bloggers, so if you check back here on Thursday next week, you'll see if I found some new flowers. Oh and if you're at Meet the Blogger in Amsterdam this weekend: come and say hi! I'll be wearing my pink glasses ;)
Snor Festival 2015
I can't remember the last festival I went to: the smell of beer, muddy grass fields and big crowds are not my idea of having a good time. Lucky me: the Snor Festival that I attended this weekend was different. Yes, there was beer (but also yummy smoothies!), a little bit of mud and lots of people, but there also were flowers, beautiful books, creative workshops and many blogger friends.
Book (and chocolate!) publisher Snor and Kirsten invited me and 14 Dutch bloggers to come and hang out at the Bloggerscafé, eat beautiful food by Madame Charlotte and enjoy the festival. It was super nice to catch up with lots of people, to finally meet so many "online" folks in person and spend a little bit more time with some of them too (wink wink Elvera and Marij!).
Next time I need a workshop on how to take pictures before a meal, in stead of "Oops, forgot to take a photo because I was talking too much". Well at least the flowers still look pretty:
Buntings, flowers, market stalls, handlettered signs and happy faces everywhere:
Anki and Casper from Zilverblauw also launched their first book at the Snor Festival. I've been reading their blog for years now and admire their just-do-it spirit and personal style. Anki wrote the book "Shoot, taking photos from the heart" about photography. Without the dull technical approach but with a lot of tips & tricks and inspiring images. Her love Casper made it all look beautiful and easy to read. The handlettering by Milou (in gold foil on the cover!) is really nice too. I love books that also look good in my interior ;)
For now Shoot is only available in Dutch, but I'm secretly hoping that Snor will translate the book into English, because I believe this is a book so many people need... and want!
Besides beautiful books, flowers and blogger fun, Snor and several creative enterpreneurs proposed tons of fun workshops, including this very Urban Jungle Bloggers-y workshop by Ingrid. She teached me how to knot a very simple plant hanger while we chatted about our travels.
The letter postcards were designed by famous Jessica Hische and are available here:
And another touch of green on the wall of this shed:
Thank you Snor, Kirsten, Zilverblauw, Madame Charlotte and all fellow bloggers for the lovely festival day! And thank you Anja and Anne for the sweet gift!
Wildernis is a urban garden shop on the Bilderdijkstraat in the middle of Amsterdam. Filled with plants, tea, coffee & cake, workshops, cool planters, plant hangers, botanic artwork, small and big green gifts, gardeners tools, soil, seeds, gardening books, watering cans and so much more. A true Urban Jungle Bloggers paradise!
Wildernis is on a mission: Amsterdam should be greener. More green at home, in your mini city garden, on your balcony or rooftop... Green is beautiful, healthy and good for bees, birds and humans... good for everyone! As an Urban Jungle Blogger I cannot agree more!
When you enter the shop, the first thing you do is look up: dozens of lush green plants are hanging on wires . Macramé hangers, colorful ropes, coconut shells:
Welcome at Wildernis: Yes we're open!
Wildernis is not about shopping alone: you can also sit down and relax, order coffee and cake, flip through a botanical book and chat with Mila and Emma. These ladies will tell you everything you need/want to know about your new plants, give advise when you have doubts or questions. And above all: they'll explain how easy it is to take care of plants at home!
Cacti, philodendron, sanseveria, echeveria, string of pearls:
And if you are like me and want to DO something with plants: Wildernis organises lots of different workshops at the shop. Together with other plant lovers you gather, learn and get crafty. Some of the upcoming workshops: basic understanding of plant care, create your own plant hanger and learn about soil & compost. Check the website for all workshops!
Wildernis /// Bilderdijkstraat 165 F /// 1053 KP Amsterdam /// +31 2 0 7852517
Open tuesday to friday: 10-18 saturday 11-17
Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier
Visiting plant nurseries makes me really happy, but visiting amazing architectural masterpieces is my second favorite. This Villa Savoye in Poissy, just outside Paris, was on my want-to-visit-list for a while and finally I got to go! At several places stood "leftover" Tolix chairs and stools from the dedicated Tolix exhibition at the Villa Savoy earlier this year. A really great color match and both designed in the same era, the early 1930s.
Different layers of green to in the end: find the perfect shade of green:
See, what did I tell you: mint Tolix chair beautifully arranged in front of the glass wall near the entry:
The Villa Savoye was designed by Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and built between 1928 and 1931 using reinforced concrete. The house in the outskirts of Paris, was originally built as a country retreat of the Savoye family. After being purchased by the neighbouring school it became property of the French state in 1958, and after surviving several plans of demolition, it was designated as an official French historical monument in 1965. It was thoroughly renovated from 1985 to 1997, and under the care of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the refurbished house is now open to visitors all year round.
When reading the letters between the Savoye couple and Le Corbusier in the early 30s, it was very amusing to read they had several problems with leakage. The roof wasn't waterproof and according to one of the letters: "it was raining inside". Even though our concrete home was built 30 years later than the Villa Savoye, we do have the same issues as the Savoye couple ;)
One of the things that could be improved at the Villa Savoye is the vegetation. My hands itched when I saw the poor flower beds and dry shrubs. I think any Urban Jungle Blogger could (and would!) go WILD here!
Peachy pink in the living room:
And a very particular hue of blue:
Gorgeous light fittings:
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