A yellow and marble Mycs console
This post could totally begin with a quote about Spring; new beginnings, freshness, sunshine, longer days, nature that awakens after a long winter... but don't worry, I'll try to get to the point without actual clichés, despite the bright spring colors & flowers in this post ;)
A few months ago I was invited to visit the Parisian showroom of Berlin furniture brand MYCS. I had heard of the brand before, but didn't know much about their range of products and concept. Mycs proposes all kinds of furniture: sofas, sideboards, coffeetables, chairs, dining tables, wardrobes and bookshelves in a large variety of sizes, colors and finishes. And the fun part: you can customize them to fit your style and home! All items are made in Europe, using only premium, FSC-certified European wood, environmentally-friendly lacquers and hard-wearing materials like marble, stainless steel and glass. There are quite a few options to choose from (this is an understatement!), so after playing around with the online configurator, I absolutely wanted to get an idea of the quality and colors in real life. In their showroom in Paris (I included some picture at the end of this post!) they have samples of materials on display, as well as all the different pieces of furniture that you can customise.
My favorite MYCS items are the Pryme chairs and Syde table as they have good shapes and are timeless. Seeing and testing the furniture live in the showroom confirmed that the quality is really nice and the colors have a satin finish and are really intense. Particularly important as I was looking to add a dash of sunny yellow brightness to our living room. When you live with plants and have a growing collection, you never have enough space to display and style them. A sideboard or console table is such a practical piece of furniture: it looks good agains a wall in a livingroom, or even in a hallway. When you move around plant pots on a laquered surface there always this risk of scratching, so I opted for a marble countertop: MYCS proposes 4 different marble options, nero Marquina, white Carrara, brown Emperador and green Guatemala marble. It may not come as a surprise that I chose the brightest option as it blends in best with the colors in our home.
Once my order was placed, I had to wait for delivery. All pieces of furniture are custom made, so it takes a bit of patience to receive the final product. Which is totally worth the wait: the table was delivered in excellent shape and the yellow is super bright and the veins of the marble give the Syde console a nice pattern top:
Sleek and bright, speckled patterns of the Angus & Celeste connected plant pot with a small family of Pilea peperomioides, on the bright marble:
And can we talk about this beautiful Jasmine plant for a minute? Last week I got it at Jardinière Sauvage in Paris: it smelled so nice and strong: a scent of pure spring! Everywhere I went people turned their head to smell them, asked me where I got them, smiled because of the beautiful flowers... Really, I can warmly recommend walking around town with a nice bush of jasmine ;) And as an icing on the cake I met this old man in the metro, who told me he grew up in the City of Jasmine: Damascus. The smell reminded him of home. He gave me lots of tips on how to care for them (lots of water in the summer and a lot of sunshine) and he asked me to take good care of it, as jasmine meant a lot to him. These are the encounters that can just make your day, right?!
Jasmine makes me smile:
On top of the Syde table: a copy of Vogue, Emilie de Guelpa's big book of DIY, This is a Good Guide, filled to the brim with tips on living a more sustainable lifestyle, and the catalogue of the fantastic 2017 edition of Mindcraft in Milan.
Happy homegrown avocado plant twisting and turning in my favorite Voltasol pot:
Some extra images from the MYCS showroom in Paris... on a beautiful sunny day!
MYCS Showroom Paris /// 42 Rue Réaumur /// 75003 Paris /// +33 1 86 65 12 20 /// Please check HERE for up-to-date opening hours and items on show.
A large variety of velvet and felt fabrics that can upholster any MYCS sofa or armchair:
The Syde table also comes with in a laquered version and a glass top version:
Furniture company MYCS has a website in French, and is also available in English and in German. Happy shopping!
This blogpost was created in collaboration with MYCS. As always, all photos, opinions and words are completely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going! Merci beaucoup MYCS for the nice table!
Paulmann plant lamps
Remember those compact fluorescent light bulbs? The ones that saved so much energy, compared to old fashioned light bulbs? I never liked them, even though our entire house used to be equiped with them, because well: there were energy saving and "better for the planet". They took a few seconds to brighten up, the colors were "cold" white, or pale yellow. Ugh. Ever since LED bulbs became more affordable we gradually switched all light bulbs to LED and I really like them a lot. If you go for high quality ones, they're brighter, dimmable and come in so many nice shapes and colors. Filament LEDs are my favorite as they add an extra cosy hue to a room and are very decorative too. Especially when they're mounted in a nice light fixture, like the ones from Paulmann that I'd like to present you in this blogpost!
As you know, plants are abundant in our home, I cannot imagine our home without them. These new plant lamps by Paulmann combine my love for LED bulbs and houseplants! As you may possibly expect: no they are not grow lights for plants: they're decorative lamps that have a glass plant pot incorporated in their design. The copper details of the Tasja pendant light match the crown mirror LED bulb, also in copper, and give a bright contrast to the black steel frame. The Elric floor lamp is perfect as a reading light next to the sofa, but can also be used as an indirect light in a darker corner. But not too dark, because you don't want your plant to die.
If you like you can turn these plant lamps into grow lights by simply changing the light bulbs from regular LED to a plant lights. Grow light bulbs come in a lot of different sizes, voltages and color ranges (like this one from Paulmann). Make sure to get the grow light bulb that matches your plant, as not all plants require the same spectrum lights. And realize that most grow lights have a very bright pink light, which feel like a night club (or brothel...), which is not very relaxing. You can for example only light it when you're not there or when you're asleep.
For now my Philodendron scandens are doing fine with these beautiful filament LED bulbs and the natural daylight in our home, but wouldn't these be the most stylish grow lights ever? I can't wait for the Philodendron to cover the entire lamp and the circle wire with their heart shapes leaves! Wouldn't that be cool?
If you want to shop the collection of plant lights by Paulmann: visit their French, German or Dutch webshops. They have a large collection of light fixtures, ceiling lights, light bulbs in all kinds of sizes and colors as well as LED strips and more. And as an extra bonus: receive 15% off with my code joelix2019. Enjoy!
This blogpost was created in collaboration with Paulmann. As always, all photos, opinions and words are completely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going! And thank you Paulmann for the pretty plant lights!
Breathe in, breathe out...
This early Spring weather is wonderful.... and messed up. We had the warmest month of February EVER. So freaky! And together with these high temperatures and sunshine come peaks of pollution here in and near Paris. While the quality of the air outside is really bad, the quality of our indoor spaces are often even worse and more polluted than the air outside. Many materials used in interiors, like foam in sofas, paints, glues and building materials contain harmful substances and cause headaches, asthma, allergies or fatigue. Even our cosy scented candles release toxic formaldehyde... and that's where the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool comes in.
The Dyson Pure Hot + Cold moved in a few weeks ago: it filters 99.97% of allergens and pollutants from the air and keeps them trapped. And while doing so, it can also heat in the winter and cool in the summer. The heating option is very much appreciated by Otta, our almost 18-year old cat: like all kitties she loves her home to be extra warm and cosy. And Robert is very much looking forward to stay cool this summer ;)
But why use a Dyson airpurifier when you have a home filled with houseplants that also purify the air? Good question! Actually the Dyson is very much more effective than the plants, especially more quickly. It senses and displays the real time air quality. When I turned it on: the screen immediately showed that the quality was good: green light! I felt very relieved that what we feel (good air quality at home) is actually reality and confirmed by technolgy! Until we had dinner and lit a dozen of non-scented candles: the air quality immediately dropped and spiked on fine particules from cooking and candles. In no-time the Dyson Pure brought back the air quality to its normal "good". Being good and fast at filtering the air in a room can be a life changing quality when you suffer from this season's pollen. With these elevated end-of-winter temperatures, there is more pollution in the air, but also much higher doses of different pollen that cause a runny nose, an itchy throat, teary eyes, sneezing and an overall feeling of blehhhh, for everyone suffering from hay fever. The Dyson airpurifier can help you feel better, as long as you stay inside ;)
The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool is really easy to set up: it's basically plug & play! All you do is download the app to control the device via your mobile phone. It allows you to schedule air purifications, heating or cooling as well as oscillation, air flow, night mode. And you get live reports on the current state of the air quality, but also of the air outside in your village or city.
If you don't walk around with your phone, you can also use the remote control to adjust the settings. Ever since Dyson launched their first products, like their well-known vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans and airblade hand dryers, I've always been intrigued by their sharp British design aesthetic: no fuss, very sleek, with a technical look and intuitive interface control. Their graphic identity is very minimal and even the booklet with (minimal) instructions is a joy for eye. My only (minor) regret with the Dyson Pure Hot + Cold is the color of the device and the electrical cord: there is a lot of grey. I'd prefer an all white version, with a colorful textile power cord ;)
Very relieved: the air quality in our home is "good" (and green!), the humidity a little on the high end, but the Dyson Pure is working on it!
Even though we have underfloor heating (which is sooo nice!), it is lovely to warm up the room a little extra when needed. Otta really loves it too and likes to position herself in front of the warm air stream! For now I truly enjoy the Dyson Pure Hot + Cold, and it looks so much better than the average airpurifier or electric heater too! Will let you give you some updates in a few weeks on Instagram if you like. Have you ever thought of getting an airpurifier device?
This blogpost was made in collaboration with Dyson. As always, all photos, opinions and words are completely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going! And merci Dyson for your confidence and cool products.
Studious Colors in Paris
If you love interesting architecture and bright colors: this is one building to visit when you're in Paris: the Atrium of the Pierre & Marie Curie University in the 5th arrondissement (Jussieu). Designed by architects agency Périphériques and open since 2006, it is a color lovers dream. When visiting I noticed it is a bit "dated", not very fresh, but I loved it nevertheless. The vibrant colors on the walls, floors and ceilings are something I want for our future home too: it's bold but when the color is just right, it feels amazing! The cutout pattern in the concrete walls makes it a very playful building and you quickly remember in which area you need to be: every Science division has a different color and by taking one of the criss cross elevators you enter a new "world".
If you are discreet you can walk around the University's Atrium to admire the views while others are working hard to be(come) scientists. The custom metal study desks were almost all occupied, and behind the colorful doors were people researching in laboratories, working in offices and studying in classrooms, it was buzzing in near-silence. Studious vibes all over! What I found rather remarkable is that most people that worked or studied here in the past (and wrote about the place on blogs & social media) didn't appreciate the bright colors as much as I did. As someone stated: "this overdose of brightness before coffee on a 8:30am exam was a bit too much to handle". :)
Have a look for yourself:
Atrium of University of Paris Sorbonne Pierre & Marie Curie /// Place Jussieu /// 75005 Paris
Luggage check at entrance and it is appreciated when you are discreet as this is a place to work and study.
My favorites from Maison & Objet 2019
After a less surprising September 2018 edition, I really enjoyed this past January's Maison & Objet. The quality was really good and while I already shared a lot in Instagram Stories, I wanted to share some of my highlights here on the blog as well.
One of the gems I discovered is the porcelain skyline by Spanish designer Romina Gris. The shapes of her vase designs, as well as the velvet, glossy, striped, patterned and gold finishes are gorgeous. They'd look fantastic paired with some totems and lots of plants, leaves and flowers.
Another highlight was finally meeting the team behind Living Things. They design the most fun handmade terracotta pots and we've been in touch for several years. The Voltasol rolling plant pot and TriPot are some of my most-used plant pots here at home and their new Coppa is so fun for... totem building! It was really nice that we instantly clicked in real life as well. And the fun detail: when I passed by their stand at Maison & Objet, the sun came out! A beautiful sunshine for beautiful sunny pots ;)
Sleek and handmade, Voltasol and TriPot are so stylish and add a playful touch to lots of different homes!
Round shapes and mirrors are still very much on point and I can't get enough of them. Great examples at the Harto stand where they presented only new designs this time. And a fun mirror shelf by Danish brand WOUD. Don't you love it when functionality and style match so well?
These URA mirrors by Pierre Chaplin for Cinna are so cool! They add a dash of color through their colored edge and remind me of vinyls, CDs and donuts. Anyway, I think they look fab! And I realized that I spotted quite some dashes of yellow this season as well. Our yellow living room turned a bit more green, grey and pink in the last year, but I'm in the mood again for yellow!
Circular shapes, round bulbs, playfulness, fun colors at Maison Dada. I didn't know the brand before... at all! Founded by two Frenchies in Shanghai, Maison Dada proposes playful designs, like the new "Les chinoiseries" boxes and the pretty "Sachi Sacha" wall light:
Felt heaven by Muskhane. This booth looked so vibrant and cosy because of the good and warm lighting. And a fun carpet at Magic Circus. And again, bubble lights!
This was probably the most Instagrammed stand at Maison & Objet this year: the cosy and homy setting of HKliving. The colors were spot on, the styling very contemporary, trendy and warm. But after sharing this in Instagram Stories, I received several (rather violent and judgemental....) messages from people mentioning these ceramic wall ornaments were "stolen" from artist Uinverso. Now I know from experience, that copying and stealing happens so very often, but it's disappointing every single time. There are no real winners when it comes to copying or styling artwork, the only thing I know for sure is that it's not a compliment when an established brand uses your art illegally or uses it as an identical inspiration. I believe that mistakes happen all the time. A designer can use an uncredited image (source: Pinterest/Internet... ughhhh) and develop an entire collection, without anyone checking before production. I also believe mistakes can be handled with class and gracefully by getting in touch with the artist and find a mutally beneficial solution. The world needs more love and common sense.
Super soft living rooms at the Cinna stand. Loved the scenography by Francesca Avossa Studio with a lot of greenery:
A very clever trompe d'oeil stand design by French brand iBride. Every time I see their Alpaga cabinets I can't help but touch those fringes... it feels so good and is quite addictive!
One of my favorite stands at Maison & Objet was German/Colombian brand Ames. A perfect mix of handmade artisanal items, a fabulour color palette, contemporary shapes and paper plants by Sarah Illenberger:
Such a gorgeous color pallette:
A year ago I wrote that LRNCE deserved a bigger stand... and they did get more space at this edition of Maison & Objet! Love it when small brands like this build their empire and continue to create new inpspiring designs... I mean that sunny plate on the right <3
Love the contemporary sinks and bathroom designs from ex.t as well as this lush green stand at Gervasoni for their outdoor collection:
New colors for the timeless lights of Sammode (in a cute paper jungle) and on the left their re-edition of lights from the 1950s by French designer Pierre Guariche:
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