Simply for the sake of Halloween, I made these prefab Bubble Gum cupcakes. They taste the way they look: extremely chemical. As an extra touch, I added 2 little selfmade cardboard bats on top.
In Belgium, on the way back home from Hello Etsy, I heard on AFN radio ( a tip if you like hilarious radio commercials! ) that you should keep your kids away from "suspicious unwrapped treats" at Halloween. So these cupcakes may be a little risky ;o)
Happy Halloween! Are you or your kids celebrating or dressing up? Or even trick or treating?
Would you live in a colored house?
Maybe it's because I grew up in a house with a bright red panel on the facade. Or because one of my favorite children's books told a story about a bunch of kids who painted their house in bright colors when their parents were on holiday. Anyway I'm always intrigued by colored houses. Why did someone choose to paint the shutters pink or green? Or blue?
Both pictures above were made in Bayonne, South East France. How typical to find the same grey sky and the colored houses close to home, in Beauvais!
Would you ever consider living in a colored house like these?
Hello Etsy @ Dutch Design Week
This saturday I attended Hello Etsy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The worldwide marketplace of handmade goods organized this gathering around the theme of "Small Business In A Big World". I'm not a true crafter ( and don't have an Etsy shop ), but as a graphic designer I can very well relate to being a small business in a big world.
The venue was great: I had never visited Piet Hein Eek's studio / factory / store / gallery / restaurant / office before but was happily surprised. It's nice to know there is such a space at only 20 minutes from where I grew up!
Even though my pictures show lamp shades & empty spaces, the day was chockfull with great speakers and mingling amongst the enthusiastic audience.
It was lovely meeting Anastacia, Christine, Hanna, Philomeen, Diane, Kim, Miriam, Em, Giova, Thea, Yann, Marie, Anne, Anne, Rhiannon and so many more creative folks! Totally agree with Floris Dekker "Getting to meet each other is the most powerful thing".
While I'm off to explore all the blogs & Etsy shops by all the new people I've met, I can warmly recommend you to watch some of the talks online. You can find them here.
To win the latest copy of UPPERCASE magazine, head over to Philomeen or Giova for a giveaway!
On a beautiful sunny afternoon, I met Aïcha. She's originally from Toulouse in the South West of France and only recently moved to Creil in the Oise. She works at City Hall and loves to take her two young daughters to Verneuil-en-Halatte for some park & playground fun. She recommends Café Noir in Chantilly for drinks and Le Flora in Creil for a delicious dinner. Merci Aïcha!
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Beautiful typography spotted on some of my travels:
Grocery Store - Muros, Spain
Pharmacy - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Bazar shop - A Coruña, Spain
Supermarket - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Mac Burguer - Muros, Spain
Barbara jewellery shop - Bilbao, Spain
San Francisco beach - San Francisco, Spain
Hotel parking - Burgos, Spain (huge typography, tiny parking: we scratched our car here)
Moreta bar - A Coruña, Spain
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5!
Baking some LEGO pastries
What do you do when it's raining & you've just found several new Lego sets in the stash of your husband? You build a Lego bakery! Including 1 croissant, 2 baguettes & cupcakes! Any idea what these stacks of tiny "balls" are? Maybe chouquettes? Or oranges?
Even though I'm not a big fan of pre-fab Lego, ( I rather prefer basic bricks ), the pastries are really cute!
Did you play with Lego as a kid? And do you or your kids still play with Lego?
Do you like fish?
During our holiday the ocean was never far. I had this very romantic idea of eating fresh fish from the bbq every night, but that experience turned out not so great. I completely overlooked that you have to clean a fish before cooking. Drama: the meat was tough and we, as true campers (not...), even watched a video on YouTube to learn how to do it. The result: no fish for dinner & a happy neighbor.
And you? Do you like fish?
Isn't this the coolest outdoor neon sign you've ever seen? Well maybe not the coolest, but knowing that it's for a random household appliances store ( in Portugal ), adds a little coolness huh?
And what about the electricidade sign with thunderbolts above the entry?
Wish you an electric weekend!
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Beautiful typography spotted on some of my travels:
Casa Americana - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Screen Printing Workshop - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Pastry Shop - Bayonne, France
F Lounge & Bar - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Community flag - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Discoteca - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Gil Eannes Museum - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Café Mucaba - Viana do Castelo, Portugal
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4!
The balcony scene
IKEA just sent me some additional shots from our photoshoot earlier this year. I remember this moment very well: we posed on the balcony of Studio Sapique when it started to rain. Our view was hilarious: to protect the camera & laptop from raindrops, the assistant covered them with his coat. From our angle he looked like a flasher.
We tried to look cool & serious:
But couldn't help but laugh:
And so did the team from IKEA:
All photos (except the last one) by Adrian Briscoe for IKEA Family live magazine.
Yummy food from Spain
When I saw this pretty "carolina" pastry in Bilbao, I knew I wanted to taste it. The lady from the pastelería wrapped it up for me & put toothsticks in it to prevent the pastry from any "damage": very cute. The looks are better than the taste: too much meringue / marshmallow on top of a rice pastry.
On the local market we bought the BEST BREAD EVER: dark with huge raisins & walnuts, crunchy and with a thick crust. One tiny slice is enough to get you through the day, but ohhhhh so delicious!
The fresh figs from the garden tasted like sunshine. Hmmm!
And now I'm hungry! What's your favorite Spanish food?
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Our cinema room is my favorite room in the entire house. It feels like a tree house: it's on the second floor and the branches of the tree outside reach the window. It has two doors ( including a "secret" door to the guestroom ), a mouse hole a.k.a. cat door, a dining table for 2 and of course: you're surrounded by movies.
It was the very first room in the house where we actually lived. We moved in in december, it was ice cold, we had one electric heater and our cats suddenly loved each other very much. We often kept warm in a sleeping bag & I'm glad that I forgot how many layers of clothing I used to wear. The entire room was filled with boxes, one couch, one table, one computer and shelves filled with the more "precious" stuff.
Before becoming our cinema room, this room used to be the director's office. The finishing touches were extra luxurious: the ceiling panels had a pearl finish, the walls were covered in bamboo. And it also had original inox wall mounted lamps, a huge AC from the 70's, moss green carpet & cream colored vertical blinds. The only thing still remaining is the beautiful light, filtered by the tree.
The coolest feature of this office was the secret button: the president could listen to what was going on in the meetingroom! Sneaky ;o)
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Sometimes you've had an intense week ( in a good way ) and there's nothing left to do than sharing some pictures of fishnets & ropes. Happy weekend!
My favorites @ TRANOÏ Paris
Recently I visited Tranoï, the most creative fashion trade show in Paris, to find fresh inspiration. I'm currently on the lookout for a new winter scarf ( since I lost my favorite one in Berlin ), and am obsessed with soft fabrics.
While strolling along the booths I admired "old favorites", like the amazing hats & footwear by Reinhard Plank, and the spring/summer '13 collection of Humanoid, and also found some new favorites.
My first crush was on the Swedish prêt-à-porter brand SVEK. And especially on this crisp white shirt: the collar & front of the shirt is the same piece of fabric. Very innovative & easy to wear!
The Italian sales assistant of Horo completely enthralled me with her enthusiasm for her products. While wrapping a fabric bracelet on my wrist she explained that their prints are actually 24K gold & true palladium. The prints are graphic & timeless and knowing that you're wearing true gold adds a little touch to it. Horo designs are hand printed on super soft fabrics like silk mixtures, cashmere and modal with milk. Loved it!
One of the main materials of our home is concrete, my Pinterest board "When can I move in?" is filled with big chunks of concrete as well: I just ♥ it!
No surprise that I also loved Ivanka's Cement Couture. Ivanka is a Budapest-based design company specializing in concrete projects. They recently launched their first fashion collection in fabrics which look like cement & concrete but actually feel REALLY soft! Where can I get my concrete scarf now?
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My absolute favorite souvenir from a trip is a bunch of so-called "cuttings". I found these beautiful red agaves in the moorland between the ocean & mountains in Galicia. I also brought a tiny aloë vera, some succulent "flowers", palm tree seeds & a few cactus plants. I have no idea of their names, but I simply love their colors & shapes.
They will join my succulents collection in the winter garden & hopefully grow bigger and amaze me some more... What's your favorite souvenir?
One Bunting Away
Since like forever I love receiving snail mail. I've kept all the (love!)-letters & postcards I've ever received in big tins. What I like most is people's handwriting, it reveals so much!
I love sending snail mail too. If you follow me on Facebook you already know that I bought some colorful stamps in Portugal a few weeks ago: to send some holiday-love to my family & friends.
Yesterday I received a lovely postcard from Giova. She writes a crafty blog with her sister Gianni, who lives in NYC, One Bunting Away from Giova's hometown Amsterdam. We met in Berlin and spent quite some time sightseeing, street art spotting & talking and have been in touch ever since. Giova also has an elephant memory: she remembered I love Quentin Blake's work and sent me a limited edition Roald Dahl stamp: Charlie showing the golden ticket. Yihaah!
So these buntings ( from Bayonne ) are for you Giova!
A Cantina @ Santiago
The only place on my wishlist of places to visit in Galicia was A Cidade da Cultura de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela: the regional cultural center. I was told it is a big modern building on the top of a hill. And that is exactly it. I think I've never seen any cultural site of this dimension: it is HUGE!
Before our trip, I read about the small bar & restaurant on Petite Passport which looked interesting. After a quick visit to the old city center of Santiago ( which we didn't like at all ) we sat down at A Cantina for drinks. Look at those beer taps, they're beautiful!
The view from the terrace was impressive & we couldn't wait to finish our drinks and walk around the site. Next time I'll take you further into the Cidade da Cultura, because there is much more to see!
I can't believe it has already been 2 weeks since we're back home from Galicia. We went back from the roar of the ocean to the soft whisper of the Oise river, which isn't so bad either.
On a sunny afternoon a few weeks ago, we were relaxing under the fig tree in the garden of our little house. I was reading my favorite magazine ( The Good Life ) when we heard this funny sound. At first we thought there was someone asleep snoring very loudly.
An hour later my husband did a little investigation: "It's a cicada". Hmmm, not completely convinced we listened some more & found two little green buttons in the grass. Mole chasers! Have you ever heard any? No? Then listen carefully:
I hope you're not getting bored by all the yellow I'm sharing this week? These pictures are from my typography hunt in Spain & Portugal. On a trip along the coast I spotted this beautiful "discoteca" sign, but didn't take a picture right away.
It was only until we drove back, that I saw the building attached to the sign had these amazing colors. Yellow/orange-ish. And look at that mint green & green K-sign in the alley. Such a weird combo! Would you ever consider painting your house yellow? Or any other bold color?
Guest blog on IKEA Family live
Yeah, this week is yellow week on my blog, as today my first blogpost goes live as a guest blogger for IKEA Family Live! It includes a delicious recipe by my lovely husband: a true surpRICE! Check it out here.
And there's more IKEA news, as you can now read our home story online too, with some additional pictures from our home. By the way it feels a little weird to see myself on the cover photo of the IKEA FAMILY LIVE Facebook page:
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Today 1 year ago ( thanks to the wonderful Anne from Prêt-à-Voyager! ) our home was featured as a Sneak Peek on Design*Sponge. It marked the transition from several years of renovating to finally enjoying the comforts ( and heating! ) of our home.
When I look at the pictures I shot last year, everything looks pretty much the same: only a few details have changed. For this Vintage Sapique I'll show you our living room today versus 1 year ago. So here we go!
NEW: baby ribcord sofa covers, a cushion, lots of books, a few blankets ( not a big fan of their look, but LOVE their warmth ), a bigger planter for our inherited plant, as it grows fast. My favorite addition was the wooden floor lamp, 100% handmade by my dad. I wishlisted an old Jieldé lamp, but what's better than something handmade by a loved one?
This was last year:
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One of the best things about coming home after living 3 weeks out of a suitcase, is fresh laundry. Oh I love that smell! Although we already smelled it quite a few times in Spain & Portugal as people tend to dry their laundry outside.
It smells great and looks very pretty too. Photos were not enough, so I also made a little video:
A pool by the sea
Let's start off this week with some pure holiday bliss. Or well, attending a beach club near a beach is not my idea of the perfect holiday. But anyway, I was intrigued by this "pool by the sea", called the Club del Mar de San Amaro, which is a 77-year old beach club in A Coruña, Spain. My view from above totally reminds me of Gray Malin's À la piscine, à la plage series, don't you agree?
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