A bedroom makeover with eve
When I was a student and together with Robert for a few months, I bought my very first piece of furniture: I invested all my money into the largest and most expensive boxspring bed I could afford. It hardly fit into my room, but it was huge and comfy. The 180x220cm bed moved with us to our first place together, a beautiful apartment in the historic city center of 's-Hertogenbosh (in Holland), and followed us to several homes and our current loft. Throughout the years buying new bedding for our XXL bed has been an ongoing struggle as it has no standard dimensions and is much larger than a King size bed. A few years ago we did manage to find a memory foam topper in our size, but we were very ready for a new mattress with more support.
We paired the eve mattress, with the eve memory foam pillows that we already owned as well as some nice crispy white cotton bedding, also from eve. I know they look wrinkled... and they are! I just cannot be bothered to iron or steam our cotton sheets ;) The Bananas throw blanket is from Calhoun & Co.
The plants I picked for the bedside tables are some succulents & cacti, a few small spider plants, a Pilea, a Staghorn fern and a larger plantgang in the corner, that consists of an Elephant Ear plant, a homegrown palm, an Anthurium and a Money tree:
If you remember previous photos from our bedroom: there were no plants in here! It was all crispy and white. But: practice what you preach... so here we are: sleeping in a new and comfy bedroom dressed with plants! Thank you eve for the wonderful mattress!
This blogpost was made in collaboration with eve sleep. They kindly provided me with an eve mattress, but all photos, opinions and words are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going!
A walk around the Sukkulenten Sammlung in Zurich
A few weeks ago I was in Zurich together with Igor to speak about the Urban Jungle Bloggers community and our book at the Textile & Fashion Days of the Swiss Textile College. It was really fun as their topic of the year was "Urban Jungle" and they had a Slow Fashion Performance at night with models presenting the student's creations in an underground urban garden. If you would like to see what that looked like, check out my highlighted story of Zurich on my Instagram profile.
But there was more fun to be had as we spent the weekend in Zurich soaking up the first sunshine of the season, made a boat tour on Lake Zurich and indulged in Swiss traditional food (at Zeughauskeller), homemade pasta (at La Pasta) and Oriental mezze (at Neni Zurich West). On Saturday morning we visited the flea market at the Bürkliplatz (found these souvenirs) and of course we also visited some of the greenest places of the city. Our top 8 of botanical & green hotspots in Zurich is live on Urban Jungle Bloggers now, but I also wanted to show you a little bit more of the Sukkulenten Sammlung, as it was my favorite place of all. So here we go!
The Sukkulenten Sammlung is a succulent lover’s dream! Open since 1931, the “Succulent Collection Zurich” houses one of the largest collections of succulent plants in Europe. In the seven greenhouses you can walk past the entire collection that consists of 4500 different species from 78 plant families. Take at least an hour (or better… a few!) to wander around the greenhouses and admire the huge variety of textures, shapes and colours of all the plants on display. The Sukkulenten Sammlung is located at a 20 minute walk from the city center, through the lake-side parks. Like most Botanical gardens, they provide a nice and calm spot to escape the buzzing (or touristy) city life for a moment. The sunshine was magical when we were there, just 30 minuted before they closed, rather early at 16:30. Hope you'll enjoy my photos!
Sukkulenten Sammlung Zurich /// Mythenquai 88 /// Zürich, Switzerland
Open every day from 9:00 to 16:30 - free entry
DIY lamp with a LED filament bulb
OK, so I made a DIY! It's been a while since I've actually made something with my own hands, but I judged this one was too easy not to try. I received one of the new LED filament bulbs from Plumen and it inspired me to turn it into a table lamp. Filament bulbs have been trendy for so many years now and even though I like their look, the fact that they consume so much energy always kept me from purchasing them for our home. This new Willow dimmable LED bulb from Plumen is an exception: it gives a super warm light (even warmer than a candle!) and is only 4.5 Watt.
It's a fresh and modern design and while going through my stash of plant pots, I noticed this bubbly speckled plant pot. Somehow it hit me that it could be the perfect "base" for a table lamp with the mushroom-shaped Willow. With a little bit of help from Robert, who always has the best tools for any kind of DIY project, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the pot. Then I screwed a simple lamp fitting through the hole and painted the pot and fitting with some leftover nail polish. Easy peasy and it looks surprisingly cool, I think! During the DIY process I captured a few steps to show you how it was done:
Voilà, my new table lamp!
On the left a peek of a neoprene cachepot from Pijama, a little thrifted bowl, a Coca Cola bottle from Egypt and some succulents in a vintage pot. The bench was handmade by my father as a gift last Christmas. By the way, the Pitaya cactus doesn't look very fresh in the middle, but as you can see its long arms are growing lots of new branches, I love it!
Full disclosure: this is not a sponsored blogpost, Plumen sent me the bulb to try and test, but didn't require a blogpost. I just felt inspired to make something nice with the bulb ;)
Our home is now officially for sale!
Our home is now officially for sale! 27 Rooms at 50 km north to Paris...
We are hopeing for someone to fall in love with the building, just like we did 15 years ago. Someone that will turn the incredible surface (504m²!) into their workshop, office and/or apartment. Someone who will enjoy watching the boats pass by, someone who loves the tranquility of the (almost) countryside... Someone who enjoys throwing parties (no neighbors that can complain about any loud music) or someone who appreciates the beautiful light that shines through the 3 meter high windows... Someone that sees their future here!
Just to be clear: the 150+ plants and 2 cats are not included ;)
One of the things that I like about moving, is going to through all out stuff and making a conscious decision on what to keep or what to give away, sell or recycle. I used to be "let's keep that because one day I'll need it", but these days I can easily let go of stuff. I don't need to keep all my sketches from Art School, I don't need all the pretty (empty!) boxes or the clothes that don't fit anymore, and I certainly don't need the stuff that is still in moving boxes from the last time we moved. I'm just keeping the essentials... and then some! Because let's be clear: I'm not a minimalist ;)
The only one that's giving me concerns about moving is our 15-year-old Dwjareb: he truly loves his routine, his favourite places to sleep or to be petted... He never ever went outside, not even down to the hallway, simply because he doesn't care. We tried to bring him downstairs once and he totally freaked out. So I wonder how he will do with a bit of traveling and a new home. But we'll find out soon enough! For now he seems to enjoy life in all its simplicty:
A quick and cool trip to London
We just got back from a short, intense and very fun trip to London. Robert joined me as I was invited to speak on a panel at the Town Hall Hotel with eve sleep. Our main goal was to eat at any of Ottolenghi's restaurants Spoiler alert: we made it to Ottolenghi's Islington location, we had hot drinks and I indulged in a caramel pecan pie, but we'll have to come to back to have a proper lunch or meal.
But we managed to visit: Tiffany's window styling at Heal's, several book shops where they had our Urban Jungle book laying next to The Kinfolk Home book and Justina Blakeney's New Bohemian's Handbook (it never gets old to see our book in the wild!), the Lego Flagship store, West Elm, Botanique Workshop, Ask for Janice (for much needed coffee!), Monologue London (with a realllllly nice selection of home items!), Labour & Wait (classic "tools" for the home), Sweaty Betty (they have the coolest sportswear!), Unto this Last (plywood heaven!), the Barbican (where a local invited us into his 1.5M£ home to just have a look!), Prick London (for cacti of course!), to several other plant shops, but the best being: Conservatory Archives. If you like I pinned my Instagram stories highlights from our trip to my Instagram profile, called "(peacesign) London".
The least favorite thing that we visited in London was the Sky Garden... yes the plants looked healthy, the view of London was really nice, the elevators were fast (and free)... but all the tourists were a bit too much for me to handle.
During these two days we walked 56K steps as the underground was having issues. It goes without saying that we saw a lot of sunny freezing London. Now we just have to get back asap to have a proper meal at Ottolenghi's. I know there are Parisians taking a Eurostar daytrip to London just to have lunch there, so that's always an option.
Find more of my previous London highlights HERE or HERE. Or check out my Instagram stories highlights on my Instagram profile, called "(peacesign) London".
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