Pastel Paradise continues
How it happened? I have no idea, but in the past six months our home turned into Pastel Paradise. When I'm into a specific color I tend to be an "obsessed gatherer". That's exactly what happened in our yellow living room a few years ago. Now that we have a pink & grey Cubit sofa, a freshly painted dining table, a pastel sideboard from Cubit, and a new "plant shelfie" and coffee table, I can't help but see pink & green everywhere. When House Raccoon asked me if they could send me some of their concrete items I "only" saw their pink, mint green and forest green pots: they would blend in so well! So yes! And here they are, beautiful concrete pots and display coasters with a super smooth surface. Have a look:
New pots, means new plants and new cuttings. I purchased a small Banana plant from Mama Petula at our Green Day this weekend at The Hood Paris. Ben gave me a cutting of his Monstera adansonii and I adopted a Pilea from Adèle & Ludo at our Plant Swap. Some of my other Pilea were ready to be repotted as well. This view made me so happy: beautiful pots & beautiful plants:
Growing plants in containers without a drainage hole can be tricky, but I do it all the time. I start by a layer of small pebbles from our greenhouse, then add soil and plant the plant. I usually cover the soil with another layer of pebbles, which helps to avoid fungus gnats (not always, but it helps) and it keeps the soil from sogging where I water them. Aesthetically it's not the most pleasing, but it works.
All House Raccoon products are handcrafted in Belgium and have a minimalistic feel. Anneleen and Nathan create their own high quality molds which gives them their unique House Raccoon signature style. The concrete they use is composed of water, marble dust (a waste product!), concrete and fine color pigments and reinforcing microfibers which makes all items waterproof, leak free and the material can also withstand the heat of candle lights and arctic temperatures up to -30°C. On top of producing objects that include upcycle materials like marble dust, for every item sold, House Raccoon plants a tree.
The Dalbane display coasters from House Raccoon look great stacked on top of each other, but you can also make a geographic pattern. Like all items, they have protective bumpers on the bottoms that avoid scratches on your table!
The Mare planter in Millennial Pink now holds a Stapelia plant:
For my birthday, my friend Igor gifted me this beautiful ceramic plant pot with saucer that he created himself. It's a unique piece, handmade from speckled clay because he knows I love that. Such a sweet gift! And it's a perfect planter for the banana plant from Mama Petula!
Of course, the pot & saucer are also signed! Wow!
Also handmade: all House Raccoon items ;) As a graphic designer I appreciate the detail of the stickers, that go just around the corner. So cute! One tree is planted for each item sold, like for this Vassoio tray in Millennial Pink:
Painting our dining table and bar cart
One of the reasons I don't show our entire living room very often, is that our large dining table and bar cart were in bad shape. Well, their structure and quality are great, but the surface of the table top was dented and stained and the veneer was damaged on the edges. We bought the set, together with two smaller coffee tables for our first apartment in 1999. Even after almost two decades we still like the design and size, but I was dreaming of replacing the table top with something new. A huge piece of wood, or even better: a huge chunk of resin like in the work of Sabine Marcellis, or like this table by Dimore Studio. But then someone suggested to simply paint the table top in the mean time. And I liked that idea, so a few weeks ago I spent a few days sanding and painting with new colors from Dulux Valentine.
The aluminium colored base became green: a soft "Vert d'Eau" tint from the Crème de Couleur line. And for the table top I picked the Architecte "Blanc de Rose" paint with a velours matte finish. It turned out much lighter than I expected, but it's extra fresh and the table and bar cart look like new! It looks so much like the colors used at the Leon 16 B&B in Brussels, don't you think?
Before starting the paint job, I wondered if the powder coated base needed some kind of primer. But I was a little too impatient and decided to spend some extra time sanding it really throuroughly and then just go for it with thin layers of paint. I have no idea how durable it will be over time, but for now there are no chips and it looks really good. I particularly love the soft satin/matte finish of the Architecte paint on the surface of the table, it's not too matte, not too glossy and feels nice when you touch it.
Now that the table is so fresh and bright, the dining chairs look so yellow! We bought them at the same time as the table, so I think it's time for something new...
Have you ever tried painting a table? Or would you do it?
Full disclosure: the paint was provided free of charge by Dulux Valentine.
Summer flowers in pastel
When I passed by these most perfect poppies on one of my runs the other day, I couldn't resist to run back and pick some. Such a pity the petals dropped an hour later, but there will be seeds to sow next fall. And the dried poppies make for nice wall bouquets as well!
Also, two cacti have been flowering! For both of them it was their first time and before they bloomed I wondered what colors they would be... turned out both cacti (not from the same mother plant) were almost the same color: a soft lilac pink. See a theme going on here?
Blooming perfection, right?
This one bloomed on my birthday: 3 blooms that reach for the sky! Quite fitting when you're in your thirties, right?
When you're this pretty you are allowed to watch yourself in the (pink) mirror like an narcisissist ;)
To be honest, both cacti got more light than usual this spring and summer, after a fresh/cold winter, which probably made them bloom this season. As most of my cacti got invested with mealy bugs, I placed them all outside and let the ladybirds do their thing. It's a messy bunch, but they're doing better, the ladybirds are having a feast, but the cacti are not entirely safe yet... I may need to start some alcohol spraying soon.
Our new rainbow sideboard from Cubit
Maybe I was inspired by the extreme weather we've had this spring, with so many rainbows between thunderstorms and sunny days, or maybe it's simply my ever ongoing crush on color that made me pick five colors for our new sideboard from Cubit. I designed this new piece of furniture in their 3D Configurator a few months ago and it was delivered the other day: several well wrapped boxes that each contained a shelf in a different color of the (pastel-) rainbow. Two shades of pink, two shades of peppermint green and two modules in oak wood. All ready to be installed, no need for screws or tools, I just used the patented "connector boards" that I simply slid into the grooves of the shelf modules. They perfectly fit together and it is very satisfying to do too!
I created a little video about the Cubit sideboard, you can watch it here, or read more below:
For all Cubit sideboard units you can pick a base or stands with straight or angled legs. I wanted something very sleek so I went for the base: it's like a small "stage". Which also works nicely when you design some smaller vertical "towers" that I created as you can see in the video above. For designs that are vertical, it is recommended to attach the modules to the wall. All the screws, plugs, hooks and very precise instructions come with the sideboard, so that's very handy.
Bright colors, wood veneers, all kinds of grey, black & white and some soft pastel shades. A rainbow of colors to choose from:
Wally's portrait (a gift from Marij & Martine) got a place of honor on the sideboard too:
Perfectly smooth matte finishes:
One of the "cool" elements in my design is the module with the open top: it's pink and perfect for a big plant, like my Elephant Ear, but I also could see it work with a bunch of smaller plants. I think it would be best if you keep them in their own pots, so that you don't destroy the sideboard with water and dirty soil. You could also use a waterproof container inside the shelf. Originally it is a Cubit module for vinyl records!
Vintage plant books, a wooden elephant from Lucie Kaas and a candle by Finnish Lumi:
Overall I am really REALLY impressed by the quality and finishes of the Cubit sideboard: the soft matte finish is so perfectly smooth and even though the colors are pastel, they are not pale or bleak: especially the inside glows very bright as you can see on the photos. Just the way I like it.
Voilà! I hope I inspired you to add a touch of rainbow to your life, or that you discovered a new brand that creates high quality products that are completely modular and that can be changed over time (or every day if you like!). Be prepared to see our sideboard a lot more often here on the blog or on my Instagram. It's such a versatile piece of furniture and ideal to use in our current (and future) home!
This blogpost was made in collaboration with Cubit. As always, all photos, the video, opinions and words are completely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going! And merci Cubit for your confidence and great designs.
A green TIPTOE coffee table
Somehow in the past weeks, our home turned into pastel paradise. I don't know exactly why it happened, but my eyes keep gravitating towards soft toned colors... pink, yellow, green! For now I'm sticking to furniture & accessories to update our interior, as our home is currently for sale, but I can't wait to work with more color on walls and floors in our future home.
Ever since our new sofa from Cubit arrived, I was pondering on a cool coffee table to go with it. Our large rectangle coffee table looked too rectangular: we needed a rounder shape to soften the sleek lines of the sofa. I realized I could perhaps create a coffee table myself using the legs of the TIPTOE plant bench that moved in with us last year. But finding a nice circular piece of wood, acrylic, marble or concrete wasn't as easy as I imagined. And actually I really like the plant bench a lot and use it all the time. That's when I had a look at the ready-made furniture that TIPTOE proposes: instead of screwing the legs on a random piece of wood, you can order an entire desk, table, bench, or coffeetable with an oak wood or concrete table top.
The Brooklyn coffee table has generous dimensions, it measures 80 cm in diameter and you can choose between from 8 fresh colors from the TIPTOE spring collection: bright yellow, dusty pink, pale green, a bright medium blue, wine red... and black and white of course. Vert Olivier green was my first idea: it matches the many many plants we have at home and doesn't introduce yet another color to our interior palette. Rose Cendre pink or Jaune Cobalt yellow could have worked too.
The Vert Olivier green even matches Dwjareb's eyes:
Round shapes soften the look of our very sleek sofa:
It's all in the details: the TIPTOE legs are made of laquered steel and you basically screw them onto the oak wooden table top yourself. It's super easy, and the legs are non slip which allows you to dance on the table without falling over: the disco ball is already waiting for you ;)
Oh and what's on a coffee table besides drinks, snacks and plants? Some magazines or books. Currently on mine: a vintage plant book (I admit: mostly for its lovely color) and our Urban Jungle book that just came out in the 9th edition and is being translated to 5 additional languages!
This blogpost was created in collaboration with TIPTOE. They kindly provided me with the coffee table, but all photos, opinions and words are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going!
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