2012 was a great year for traveling. We started the year in Bretagne and traveled by night train to Perpignan that same month. I was in London in march and went to Berlin in may where I met so many cool people at The Hive.
We also spent a few days in Provence. <3
I prepared for our trip to Spain & Portugal by looking back at previous travels to Sweden, Iceland (one two tree), Egypt, Norway, Corsica, Greece and Denmark.
In Portugal I made my first little video:
Of course I went to Holland several times, including a visit to Hello Etsy at PHE in Eindhoven. In november I spent a weekend in Antwerp and discovered the Verbeke Foundation.
On all of these travels I spotted tons of interesting letter signs & typography that I featured in the Typography of Travel series.
Closer to home I started "Styloise", to discover more about my home region, the Oise in France, through the eyes of its people. I met some very interesting people by doing this and am looking forward to meeting more fellow Isariens in 2013!
In springtime I styled an image for Llamas Valley and our home was the decor for a photoshoot. The result went live in october when our home was featured in IKEA family live magazine. A wonderful reward after years of hard work, which I "revisited" in my Vintage Sapique series.
I really enjoyed preparing more things in the kitchen and styling the (simple) desserts I made.
On a more personal note: my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and soon we will be 3 living at Studio Sapique, as Rose is coming to live with us for 6 months during her internship in Paris!
(click on the images to go to the related blogposts)
A snow white recipe
After the past few hectic months, I wanted to create something quiet & soft. And delicious! When I stumbled upon this recipe by Lisa from MakeMyLemonade ( check her cute GIFs! ) I knew this was what I wanted. It's actually one of my favorite Vietnamese desserts with a twist. Very rich, soft and pretty. I just love the texture of tapioca pearls!
► You'll need:
200ml light coconut milk
3 tsp milk
100g tapioca pearls (at your Asian supermarket)
► Cook the tapioca pearls in water and stir until they become translucent. This took me so long! I read somewhere that you can also soak the pearls in water, so that's what I'll try next time. Sift the tapioca pearls and get rid of the sticky water mixture.
► Then cook the tapioca pearls in the milk and coconut milk for 3-4 minutes. Grate the ginger above the pan. Pour the tapioca milk over the sliced banana into your bowl or glass. Chill your dessert in the refrigerator before serving. Bon appétit!
Bowl & spoon by Ineke Hans for Royal VKB
Like many, we went for a family walk on xmas day. Not far away from where I grew up, lays a lake with a small island, called the Iron Man ( after the machine that dug it at the end of the 19th century ). I have fond memories of this place: swimming in the middle of the summer, ice skating on the frozen lake. And let's not forget the Italian ice cream cart...
Despite the drizzle, it was nice to make new memories here!
Our other xmas tree!
HO HO HO, Merry Christmas!
I hope you had a wonderful day with your family & friends & pets yesterday? What did you do together?
The wooden xmas tree you're looking at was handmade by my dad. I decorated it with some fresh pine tree branches from our "other" tree. I love it!
So many kids
One of the perks of december is a mailbox full of festive cards. For the 8th time in a row, my dad & I worked on the xmas cards for an elementary school in the Netherlands.
The challenge is to be as efficient as possible, because with 460 kids and always a few ill ones ( due to Sinterklaas stress ), we want to keep the number of photoshoots & hours of retouching as low as possible.
Our idea was simple: every class was separated in 4 small groups that used their hands & fingers to point out 2 0 1 3!
But the funny thing was that as soon as the cards were printed, the deaf children at school pointed out that the signs used by the kids, are not correct according to sign language. Why didn't we think of that?!?
Of course we did a new photoshoot for the inside of the card. Isn't it intruiging that the deaf kids' hands below are so much more expressive than those of the hearing kids above?
To see the previous cards we made, click here.
Light strings at Studio Sapique
I didn't only find the light strings for the pine tree outside, but also my favorite xmas lights I bought 14 years ago at Habitat. No LED lights, but I like them very much!
The thing with light strings is that they always get messed up. Do you have that too? Wally loved watching (and biting) the little lamps while I juggled with the strings.
Dwjareb was not impressed at all:
I hung the string under our library for an instant xmas feeling. With the tree outside, a minimalist wooden tree and a few pine branches here & there, these are our only christmas decorations. Enough for us!
What about you? Do you decorate your house with more than just lights?
Guest blog on Jillian in Italy
Earlier this week I was invited by Jillian to guest blog at Jillian in Italy while she is recovering from surgery. I'm sharing my absolute favorite xmas recipe ( by my mom! ) so please check it out here!
Gift wrapping ideas for IKEA Family live
My new guest post at IKEA family live just went live. I'm sharing a few ideas about gift wrapping. Check it out here!
Our xmas tree!
Ca y est: an overdose of decorations in Paris & the Oise helped me a to get into the mood for Christmas!
After several years I found our xmas lights again! In the mean time the pine tree in our garden grew so much that the light string only covers a small part of it. It used to wrap around the entire tree!
We never have a real ( or fake ) xmas tree at Studio Sapique. We could, but with 3 plant-eating cats it's not so great. Also, I prefer keeping trees in the ground, so the pine tree in the garden is perfect: I cut off a few branches for inside, because they smell so nice! Very christmassy!
If you have one, what does your xmas tree look like?
Xmas in Paris
Can you believe we're only a week away from Christmas?
This is what xmas looks like in Paris: above Andrea Crews for Uniqlo, below the Repetto store. The light swirls around the ballerina dress remind me of the beautiful Le Deun lights.
This made me laugh, I bet I'm not the only who took a picture of this Mini:
Check back tomorrow as I'll show you our xmas tree!
A ridiculous bike trip
Last week I did something quite ridiculous: I joined au5v on their annual bicycle trip around the neighborhood to see the local xmas illuminations. That doesn't sound very ridiculous in itself but we wore Santa hats, our bikes were decorated, and 2 xmas trees were in the bakfiets and bicycle carrier. And we also played loud xmas music.
It was raining & cold and the streets were empty. But we spotted a few kitschy & over-the-top decorated houses! Completely different styles than the illuminations at the Place Vendôme where I was the night before...
Of course dog Léla joined us on this trip too. With her owner Aurore she will be traveling through South America next year to give support to handicapped kids. Read more about their plans here.
After 2 hours in the cold & rain, it was time for some hot chocolate ( or whisky for some ). It was nice meeting some new fellow Isariens and visit a few neighborhoods where I had never been before.
Oh and did you see au5v's new logo in the first picture? Made by yours truly :o)
The Typography of Sint
This past weekend my family and I celebrated my favorite holiday: Saint Nicholas! Even though it's not nearly as much fun when you live in a country where noone celebrates Sinterklaas ( I know they do in the Alsace region... but it's not really the same... ) I still enjoyed gathering around 5 euro gifts and hilarious poems.
And what is Sinterklaas without the chocolate letters in that typical Sinterklaas typeface? This year I was lucky and even got a second letter G (first letter of my surname). Below is what is left of the J tonight: a comma!
( tea towel by Hay, DIY dotted plate by me )
The Typography of Travel 11
One Bunting Away is joining me again with some amazing signage from Miami! I love how the W and Y are joined in the New Yorker hotel signage! Merci again Giova!
Royal Cheese boutique - Paris, France
New Yorker hotel - Miami, Florida, US
The Tiffany hotel - South Beach Miami, Florida, US
Modified Spaces @ Verbeke Foundation - Kemzeke, Belgium
Banana Republic - South Beach Miami, Florida, US
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8 and part 9 and part 10!
I'm obsessed with this video...
I have a confession to make. I secretly looooove cheesy music.
Taste in music is so personal and reveals so much about your age & social culture, don't you think? I grew up in the nineties during the big boom of music videos and developed a decent taste in music. But some pulp slipped through though.
I simply cannot resist a big beat, skilled dancers and cool visuals. And when it comes as good as this one... right in the middle between Robin S. and Mc Hammer...
Since I've found this video of Tensnake ft. Syron on Happy Mundane ( Jon's TGISunday videos are awesome! ) I cannot stop watching & singing along... watch it here:
And you? Do you have a secret love for any cheesy kind of music?
Merci prepares for Xmas
Two weeks ago I quickly hopped into Desiree's favorite shop in Paris again: Merci. The visual merchandisers were preparing the store for Christmas with trees & light bulb stars. I realized that I'm not quite in the mood for Christmas yet, although I did buy my first xmas gift there. ( can't tell you what, because it's for someone who reads my blog... )
Anyway, have a look at how Merci is preparing for Xmas:
If you don't know Merci yet, you can read more about it here. Are you in the mood for Christmas yet?
Short days, more light!
Rise & shine it's monday morning! I hope you had a lovely weekend? Mine was filled with snow, Saint Nicholas treats and family fun. So let's start off this week with some nice lightning. I'm usually not a big fan of exposed lightbulbs because they blind my eyes. But the bulbs above ( several dozens (!) in the cafeteria of the Verbeke Foundation ) and the bulbs below ( at restaurant Grazie in Paris ) are pretty nice though!
Reminds me that I really like Plumen too. Do you know them?
8 years at Studio Sapique
Today, exactly 8 years ago we moved into Studio Sapique! What an adventure it has been!
I think if we would have known all the obstacles we had to overcome, we would have never moved here that day. But after all I'm glad we did. We've learned so much, about each other, about ourselves, about technical stuff, the cold, about the Oise, about patience...
In a few months a new adventure will begin, as we will be 3 living at Studio Sapique! Rose is coming to live with us for 6 months during her internship in Paris! Fun!
If you like, you can read more about our home & adventures in my Vintage Sapique columns. I know I promised you another few Sapique webisodes: I hope I can share them with you soon! *wink wink Nick*
You can also have a look at some pictures of our home in IKEA live magazine.
The best advice I can give you after this entire renovation process? Just do it!
(photo by Adrian Briscoe for IKEA Family live magazine)
The Typography of Travel 10
For this 10th edition of my Typography of Travel column, One Bunting Away is joining me with some amazing signage from Miami! I love the bright pastels and retro typefaces. Merci Giova!
The Carlyle Hotel - South Beach Miami, Florida, US
IKKS store - Antwerp, Belgium
Beaucoup bistro - Paris, France
Crescent Resort, South Beach Miami, Florida, US
Hotel Astor, South Beach Miami, Florida, US
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8 and part 9!
Muskhane in Paris
Sometimes you see a lovely design that reminds you of someone else. That happened to me last week when I was in Paris on my way to the Maison d'Anna G pop up store. I passed by this amazing shop window of Muskhane and then it hit me: the buntings! the craft! the colors! Totally Giova's style.
So hop over to One Bunting Away to see more of this beautiful Parisian shop window!
update: Giova went to check the store out herself. Check it out here!
While it has been snowing in large parts of Europe ( it IS december after all! ), we enjoyed a nice autumn sun in the Oise this last couple of days. Flipping through one of my photo albums I found these two photos of myself in the forest nearby our home ( wearing the same dress as here ). At age 2 I learned that inside a mushroom live these tiny gnomes. And if you listen carefully, you'll hear them talk.
It's clear that I took this very seriously. I wonder what I thought the gnomes were saying.
Thirty years later we have mushrooms in our garden, but I didn't hear a single gnome...
I'm going nuts!
Today I'm going N U T S. Well not really... but the third Pixum poster on our kitchen door, says so! Every time I enter the kitchen, I can't help but think about "going nuts" or worse... a nuts candy bar.
It's nice to have a different poster on the kitchen door. The Faithless Outrospective poster hung here for quite a while...
Besides R E S T and S T A R and N U T S, I also photographed N E S T and N E A T:
What's your favorite poster?
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