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".
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!
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