Merry & Bright
There's not a single blogger I know that takes their own pictures who isn't complaining about the light in these dark days before Christmas. It's not ideal, but well... let's hope Christmas will be merry & bright!
Our home is slowly getting dressed for Christmas, so I also wanted a new fresh poster on our kitchen door. My favorite neon Halloween poster and a Daniel Frost illustration that I got from YCN in London were replaced by this home-printed Zilverblauw poster. You can download it for free on Anki's blog as a sweet Christmas gift! (or buy a nice quality version in the Zilverblauw shop). Merci Anki & Casper!
For some true #UJBXMAS spirit in the kitchen, I hung a string of lights in my Euphorbia. And my thrifted mint bowl is exploding with different kinds of succulents:
The Philodendron bipinnatifidum plant that was in the guestroom until recently, is in good company of one of my palm trees. I grew it from a tiny seed and together with his brothers and sisters he's becoming bigger and bigger every year. Want to learn how to grow your own palm tree? I wrote a tutorial here.
Is your home ready for Christmas? Do you have a tree? Some plants or pine branches? A wreath? I want to see it! Tag your green festive Instagram pictures with #UJBXMAS and #urbanjunglebloggers. Next Monday Igor and I will choose another winner that will be featured on our blog!
It's one of these unwritten Dutch traditions to decorate your home for Christmas only after the Saint Nicholas celebrations. But my hands were itching last week (due to #UJBXMAS of course!) and I took out the lights, balls and Lego Advent calendar. And I kept my hands busy by cutting a few paper snowflakes and taping them to our yellow lampion lights.
After flowering my Clivia showed two big seed pods. I still have to check how to prepare them and grow new Clivia plants. Wouldn't it be nice to have new babies from a plant that is in my family for over 50 years?
I get a lot of questions about our yellow lampion lights, they are vintage Ilka Plast lamps and you can find them on eBay or Etsy sometimes. Every now and then I get completely bored with the lampions (when I see lamps like this!). It also happened a few weeks ago when one of the light bulbs died. I changed it for a new LED light and it was so much brighter that I decided to replace the other two bulbs too. It completely changed their color and I'm back in love ;)
And of course Wally checked out the snowflakes too, but he was more intrigued by the candlelight. No snowflakes missing... so far!
Up next is our wooden xmas tree and maybe I'll hang some light strings in the tree outside as well. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Did you start decorating your home yet? With a Christmas tree? Some plants or pine branches? A wreath? I want to see it! Tag your green festive instagram pictures with #UJBXMAS and #urbanjunglebloggers. Next Monday Igor and I will choose another winner that will be featured on our blog!
My London tips
By popular demand I gathered some of my favorite places in London (oh and I also updated my Paris tips!):
As usual my first citrytrip tip is: simply walk around. It's my favorite way to discover a city and get a sens of its size, the different areas, the people and the more uncommon areas where you won't cross many tourists. And at the same time you are outside and exercise a bit ;) Oh and if not: buy yourself an Oyster card and pay as you go.
► Go colourhunting in Notting Hill preferably on a weekday without the crowds gathering around Portobello Road. You won't be disappointed!
► You Can Now // 72 Rivington Street /// London EC2A 3AY (Shoreditch) /// A shop and a creative hub for graphic designers and illustrators.
► Tokyobike /// 87-89 Tabernacle Street /// London EC2A 4BA /// If you love your bike or like nicely curated products (ponchos, helmets, home goodies, bags, socks).
► Notting Hill Kitchen /// 92 Kensington Park Rd /// Notting Hill /// London W11 2PN /// Who wouldn't want to eat at a place where the tiles look this good? With flavors from Portugal and Spain.
► Present & Correct /// 23 Arlington Way /// London EC1R 1UY /// Vintage stationary and super contemporary paper goods and everything that you'd want on your desk.
► That Flower Shop /// 100 Shoreditch Hight Street /// London E1 6JQ /// A lovely flowershop by Hattie Fox near the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch with a nice selection of plants.
► Ottolenghi restaurant & deli /// 287 Upper Street /// London N1 2TZ (4 locations in Islington, Notting Hill, Belgravia and Nopi) /// Lunch or cake at Ottolenghi's is something else. It's so good, Otam Ottolenghi made veggies sexy again, there are Parisians taking the Eurostar to London just to have lunch at one of his restaurants. Go there, you won't regret it!
► Kemistry Gallery /// 43 Charlotte Road /// London EC2A 3PD /// Kemistry is an independent design gallery dedicated to exhibiting the work of outstanding designers. We saw the super cute exhibition of work by artist Fredun Shapur and I tried this (it's tougher than it seems!). Currently: Jean Jullien! Charlotte Road is also very nice for shopping in independant & stylish boutiques.
► Pedlars /// 128 Talbot Road, Notting Hill /// London W11 1JA /// Vintage with a modern twist, good coffee and very friendly staff. I need to get one of their fleece blankets!
► Fish & chips at the Island Grill at the Lancaster hotel. And Banamel cheesecake as desert. Yummm!
► Ally Capellini /// 312 Portobello Road /// London W10 5RU /// Bags and accessories made in Italian veg tanned leather and waxed cotton.
► Sweaty Betty /// If you're into colourful sportswear (I must admit I'm slightly obsessed since I'm running so often!) you may like Sweaty Betty. I really like this fancy bathing suit <3
► Fairground London /// 260-264 Kingsland Road /// London E8 4DG /// Going to London soon? Check out what's on at the Fairground. It's a creative venue with cultural events that connect food and drinks with a wider audience.
► Glyphics /// 75 Leonard Street /// London EC2A 4QS /// Creative sign makers and vinyl graphics. A sign-lovers paradise!
A glorious Saturday walk
Last week was so dark, with short grey days and I spent a little too much time in front of the screen. On Saturday I couldn't wait to get out of the house, so we went on an early Sunday walk and it was just glorious. Fresh and sunny: I loved it so much. We walked around a little village called Litz, not from from where we live in the Oise. As usual we didn't see a single person, it still surprises me that so very few people enjoy our countryside, while the shops are so crowded at this time of the year. Anyway, I'm all charged up for a new week. Did you have a nice weekend?
My favorite plane trees:
Sunshine after a foggy week, means more fog:
Beautiful pink winter berries:
And freshly chopped wood:
A small mirrored lake near Litz:
hihi that's mistletoe ;)
Urban Jungle Bloggers #14
The days are so short this week that I almost considered taking these pictures in the middle of the night. It could have been a nice experiment, but well... I need my sleep ;) In a cosy and green bedroom of course! After Igor and I decided upon this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers topic, I realized we don't have plants in our bedroom. It's too dark for plants because of the blackout blinds and I like our bedroom white and simple.
So in stead of our bedroom, I added some plants to the guestroom. I'm rarely in this room, only to change the bed sheets when friends or family are here, but it's actually quite a nice place to keep some plants during the winter. Last week I moved all my plants from the greenhouse to their winter storage and some to the apartment. The top of our library is one big jungle now. I didn't find a place for my sad fig trees and I hope the guestroom will make them happy again. Maybe it's the size of the pot, maybe I don't water them enough (because I'm so afraid to overwater them, like my now-dead olive tree). If you have any tips, please let me know! Look how sad:
And I also want to show off my "new" Philodendron bipinnatifidum plant. It's one of the very very few plants that survived the severe winters in the greenhouse. The other day I read that they are fairly easy to propagate, so I pulled it from the ground and planted it. I like how their leaves have this instant jungle fever. We'll see if he likes it here...
Do you keep any plants in your bedroom? Some plants are excellent air purifiers, which is extra beneficial in your bedroom, so it's worth to play around with them and make your bedroom extra cosy and green!
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 how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
► Fore more cosy and green bedrooms, check out the gallery!
the Mediterranean is silver today!