Leaf plant shop in Paris
Even though I just came back from two crazy and intense days in London, where I spoke at an event and wandered around the city (and visited several plant shops as well... bien sûr) I wanted to show you this peek into the newest plant shop in Paris today: Leaf shop végétal! After four years of contemplating, planning and preparation, owner Axelle opened the doors a few weeks before Xmas. Several friends that visited Leaf sent me messages that they loved it and knew I would too, so I knew I was in for a treat. The space of Leaf, close to the Place de la République, is designed by the talented duo heju. Remember, they also designed this beautiful courtyard of Les Petits Hauts. I think it looks just wonderful, very feminin, contemporary, bright and not too full: you can actually see individual plants and admire the ceramics. Let me show you around, here we go:
The space of Leaf is very very bright, lit with neon lights, white and pale pink walls and some iconic heju tiles:
The sleek counter is made in plywood, with 3 thrifted semi opaque vintage lights hanging above. The corrugated sheet wall behind it, frames the stock room where Axelle keeps a large amount of plants that needs to be repotted or taken extra care of.
The 3 thrifted vintage lights:
One of the things that is often overlooked in plant shops, is the choice of plant pots. Axelle's idea for Leaf was not only to propose a large selection of French-grown plants (where possible, as stocks are very limited at the French houseplant growers), but also show off the work of talented ceramicists from around the world. Which means that you can not only buy a nice new plant, but also find a unique handmade plant pot for it. Axelle will happily repot it into the plant pot of your choice. Speaking of finding a perfect gift for a friend... or yourself!
Most of the ceramics at Leaf have a truly contemporary, feminine and graphic look and have a drainage hole and sometimes even a matching saucer. You can completely change the look of a plant by changing its plant pot. It's all about the proportions of plant and pot, their colors, shapes and structures. I think Axelle is doing a great job of making a plantshelfie with small houseplants look simple and pretty (and makes you want to buy everything too!):
A key design element in the shop are the pale pink steps that allow to present colorful ceramics and a hanging Hoya:
Gorgeous ceramics from talented ceramicists like Cassandre Bouilly, La Cueva Studio and Working in the Red Woods:
Axelle at work:
The detail of the square ceramic tiles is repeated in the shop window:
A little seating area for humans & fiddle figs:
The cute little leopards and tigers by Dodo Toucan are hiding in the jungle:
I love the color mix as well of all kinds of greens, pale pink, bright white, plywood, and this rusty terracotta color on the door:
Leaf shop végétal /// 46 Rue Albert Thomas /// 75010 Paris (very close to République)
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 8pm
P.S. If you can't get enough of Leaf, hop over to Urban Jungle Bloggers as we are sharing more photos there too!
My favorites from Maison & Objet 2018
With January comes furniture fair season. Friday I spent a long day at Maison & Objet to check out the new collections of some of my favorite brands and to discover new (to me) brands. Along the way I met with fellow French bloggers Ilaria, Valérie, Juliana, Freg and Romain, which is always the fun and too short part of the day. I love how we all have completely different styles and curate different highlights from a design & furniture fair like Maison & Objet. Anyway, my day consisted of some green hunting for @urbanjungleblog (I shared a lot of plants in the highlighted stories) and of pink, deeps greens and playful designs. If you follow me on Instagram @joelixjoelix you may recognize some of the brands in this blogpost. Here we go for a colorful roundup:
First off is Cinna France. I must admit the plants attracted me to their stand, but I really liked the huge coral sofa above and the deep green and round shapes of the mirror and lampshades. And the lush banana plant of course:
One of my biggest crushes was on the new gradient "Shade" rugs from Nanimarquina designed by Begüm Cana Özgür. I'm such a sucker for good gradients and good colors and these rugs have it all. They are stunning!
Creating these rugs is an exceptionnally technical process. The warp and weft are both laid out in six gradient color threads as you can see in the room devider below, to create a smooth and regular effect:
The Shade rugs also look really good as poufs:
The blush and green color palette of Hârto echoes the one at Nanimarquina's. The new Hârto collection designed by Nathanaël Désormeaux & Damien Carette includes new wall cabinets, a side board and my favorite: two new Abel ottoman/coffee tables with removable velvet seating:
Another really nice surprise were the waterproof plant pot covers by Papier Tigre. At previous M&O they decorated their booth with plants wrapped in their iconic wallpaper designs. But on a day-to-day basis the wallpaper was not ideal when watering the plants: the paper would get wet, tear and look ugly. So they decided to create a new product: waterproof, tearproof, adhesive, recyclable and adjustable paper cover pots. So clever!
This brand really deserves a huge stand at the next Maison & Objet (unlike the really small booth hidden in hall 1): LRNCE. I've been following designer Laurence Leenaert for a while now and I'm completely smitten with her unique patterns, shapes, colors and branding.
Isn't this a cool lampshade? It's called Wagasa by Servomuto for Wiener GTV Design (part of the Thonet family). Also, this wavy wooden stool by LRNCE is on my wishlist:
More stool love: the WOW barstool by Aveva Design in 100% beech wood with a wool ball seating. The elegant bathroom furniture by Italian brand Ex.t. A joy for the eyes and hands, as their surfaces are so sleek and soft!
French brand iBride is really good at creating playful designs. Like the Babel products that I played with a few months ago. At this M&O they introduced their new cabinet called Alpaca, covered in fringes that you want (need!) to touch. You can use the cabinet in a dressing to display your favorite accessories, or use is as a bar:
This was probably my favorite booth at Maison & Objet: the paper stand by Molo Design. They created a labyrinth with honeycomb paper walls and pleated paper lights that could be easily transformed into news shapes. In the meeting room we were invited to scribble on some circular paper. A true experience that was hard to capture on a photo (you can find more in my Instagram stories if you like):
Beautiful rugs by CC-tapis. Left: Rotazione by Patricia Urquiola and right: Bliss by Mae Engelgeer:
And enfin, some product love for the mini/kids versions of the iconc SWIM chairs designed by Margaux Keller for Bibelo. And the brand new geometric Fumario vases by Lucie Kaas:
Check my @joelixjoelix Instagram pinned highlight, for some additional images and videos, if you like!
How to get featured on Martha Stewart's Instagram
The title of this post is total clickbait, but I wanted to tell you about a little Instagram experiment I did this past week, that paid off by being featured on Martha Stewart's Instagram account. So here we go:
In the past months I keep hearing people complain about Instagram's new algorithms: you don't see any content from people you are actually love following, Merry Christmas posts pop up in your feed on New Year's Day because there is no chronological order anymore and for some it even became harder to grow their followings. There's a lot of frustration and a lot of "Instagram was better in the old days".
Now, I don't like complaining. Believe me, I'm really good at it (ask my husband!) but I very rarely complain online because venting just for the sake of it, doesn't make the world a better place. In the past months, I sometimes really felt the urge to complain online (somehow Twitter always feels the right place to do that!), so I decided to write these tweets in a textfile that I keep to myself. It's like keeping a journal, it can be helpful to organize your thoughts or just get the anger and frustration out of your system. It made me feel calmer and forget about the futilities that bothered me.
I do agree Instagram changed a lot and at times I'm completely bored by all the superficial stuff people are sharing or the things I don't see anymore. For creatives that rely on Instagram to sell their products or services, it's tough when the engagement suddenly drops. On the other hand I really love Instagram Stories with little raw peeks into people's lives, or complete tutorials and how-to's that learn me new stuff. Some Instagrammers are really good at telling their stories in creative ways, where others just use it to push their new Instagram posts by reminding "new photo on the grid" or "new blogpost, link in profile" kind of stuff. Ughhh.
So instead of giving in to complaining about Instagram and its new rules, I decided to do a little experiment and post 1 photo every day for one week (instead of +/- 3 times a week). No scheduled or old stuff, just taking a photo every day, with a bit more context (photos, videos, Boomerangs) in Stories. It required a little bit of time to take an Instagram worthy photo every day, but I liked it! It got me back in the IG groove and it also worked to get more followers! I gained over 400 new followers in 1 week. Which may not seem like a lot (especially compared to our Urban Jungle Bloggers account that grows twice that per day), but the amount of engagement, likes, comments and DMs grew too. Maybe it's the spontanetiy that shined through, or simply the Instagram algorithm that favors people that upload more content. In any case, it worked and one of my photos went a little bit viral too as it was shared on several accounts, including Martha Stewart's (with a whopping 1.6 million following), the Houseplant Club and A Beautiful Mess.
So my key take aways: create more content, post more often, have fun, be kind (reply to people commenting/asking questions), tag a few brands that are in the photo and share some extra peeks in Stories. And repeat! When you shoot a photo, take a picture from a different angle that you can post a few days later. It may seem boring and repetitive, and it actually is (!!), but remember that we don't see all your photos in our feed anymore because of the new algorithms.
Also: be consistent. If you have been following my Instagram for a while now, you may remember the #joelixruns photos I used to share after all of my runs? After 400 pictures, I stopped for two reasons: it didn't fit the content I wanted to share in my feed anymore (I lost followers every single time too) and it became quite annoying to stop and take a photo when I was simply enjoying the pace of my run.
Hashtags? Some of my most performing posts in 2017 didn't have more than 3 hashtags, so I don't think they are required for a post to be pushed by the Instagram algorithms.
And the most important part: if you don't enjoy Instagram (anymore), then simply don't do it: focus your energy on something else. This little experiment gave me the confidence to continue and set new goals for Instagram. Through Instagram I met some amazing people and it allows me to do and discover new things. With this said... I wanted to finish this blogpost with some of my favorite creative accounts on Instagram that continue to inspire me with their content and/or stories. What are some of your favorite accounts?
@matagalanplantae (Caroline is so talented, she creates the most amazing compositions with her ceramics and plants. And she's lovely in person too!)
@etrine (Eric is hilarious, witty and clever and has the coolest Friday Fancy Dance videos ever)
@storiesbydeepa (Deepa tell stories like no other and always finds the best places to indulge in yummy food)
@amandajanejones (Amanda and her family are the cutest. Simple, slow and her Stories are so easy on the eyes)
@lrnce (Laurence and her team work with the most soothing color palette and sunshine
@mamieboude (LisaLou and Guillaume just moved to Biarritz (from Bordeaux and before Paris) and I love following their adventures in style
@miriam.barrio (Miriam is such a talented interior designer and I really enjoy her videos from contruction sites all around Barcelona and beyond)
@hebdomania (Mister Instagram Story himself: his travel stories capture the best and most delicious spots around the world)
@gnambox (Riccardo & Stefano are such a cute cooking couple and always use the new Instagram features right away)
@padoune (Alex lives on beautiful Corsica <3, need I say more?)
Orto Botanico in Rome part 2
For the last blogpost of the year, I'm taking you inside the greenhouse at the Orto Botanico in Rome. If you liked the little walk around the botanical garden, you are in for a treat: the inside is gorgeous too! It is definitely not the prettiest greenhouse that I ever visited, but I had the place all to myself, the light was amazing, the plants looked healthy and were full of character and uncommon shapes. It was not too perfect, just the way I like it. So let's have a look inside:
In what looks like the entrance hall, grows a couple of very tall Euphorbia, some of which are endangered.
Euphorbia growing towards the light:
An impressive grid look:
Love the heart shaped leaves (and thorns) on this Alluaudia:
In the side wing they grow the cacti, succulents and Caudex, like these Mother in Law's seats:
Playful Babel designs by iBride + giveaway!
It is one of the "design trends" that I spotted (and liked!) a lot in 2017: playfulness. Designs that change shape, that have different uses or that evolve over time. Nothing too serious, nice curves that you want to touch and overall: fun!
Today I would like to introduce you to one of these designs. As you may have seen I spotted these new stackable tableware sets for the first time at Maison & Objet in September. They are designed by French company iBride, that created 3 sleek Babel towers in melamine that consist of cups, bowls, plates and dishes. They look great when stacked, but it's also a lot of fun to create new shapes and turn them into presentation dishes or other surprising combinations: (scroll down for the giveaway details!)
The outsides of the Babel towers have a beautiful matte finish and on the inside the designers Rachel & Benoît Convers added small colorful illustrations that highlight the primary senses connected to food: sight, smell, taste and touch.
iBride is a small design company based in the Bourgogne France Comté region in Eastern France and was founded 20 years ago by Carine Jannin and her sister Rachel Convers and brother-in-law Benoît Convers. They are known for their creative tableware and small furniture. The word "ibride" itself is a French wordplay for "hybrid", and many of iBride's pieces do indeed combine several forms and functions. Like new Babel range.
Through an ingenious and beautiful 3D surface pattern, the bowls and cups fit perfectly into eachother:
The Babel towers are not only playful: their surface pattern also gives a nice haptic feedback on touch:
All three designs are dishwasher safe, made of durable food grade melamine. And they come in nice boxes that emphasise their individual fonctions: drink, eat or make:
And voilà: the inside! green, mustard, mint and black & white illustrations by Rachel Convers:
So my idea was to show you a table full of food and snacks, but when taking pictures it wasn't dinner or apéro time (yet) so instead I gathered the ingredients for our taco dinner. Well, when I say our taco dinner: I mean the dinner Robert prepared for us. Because apart from the occasional baking session, I still never cook. I do love to eat though ;)
And now comes the good news: you can get to play with the Babel tower of your choice too! Together with iBride I get to giveaway a Babel EAT (light grey), Babel DRINK (dark grey) or Babel MAKE (white).
For a chance to win:
► Follow @joelixjoelix and @ibride_design on Instagram
► Leave a comment on this Instagram post with the Babel you would like to win
► Tag two friends in your comment, that would love a Babel too
Giveaway is open to anyone in Europe until December 18th 2017. The winner will be announced on Tuesday December 19th, like an early Christmas gift, in a comment on the Instagram post and via Instagram direct message. Fingers crossed!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been contacted. Thank you all for playing!
This blogpost was made in collaboration with iBride. They kindly provided me with the Babel towers, 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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