A whipped weekend
In French Chantilly also means whipped cream. So, besides the Chateau and the horses, that's what Chantilly is known for as well.
Last weekend, Framboise invited* me & my husband for a romantic get-away in a brand new hotel in Chantilly, called l'Auberge du Jeu de Paume. I think it was the first time that we spent the night somewhere so close to our home (at only 10 minutes) and it felt a bit weird. But the venue made it all worth it.
In complete opposite to our all-white bedroom at home, our Suite looked like a classic French fairy tale: with a toile de Jouy headboard, mirrors in Murano glass and Musée Condé reproductions everywhere.
Highlight of the weekend was a treatment in the luxurious Spa. I didn't get a simple exfoliation... but a "Crème de Chantilly wrap". In other words: I got covered in whipped cream! Cleopatra bathed in donkey milk to hydrate her skin and that's exactly what whipped cream does as well. The application of the cream feels sensational: it's very cold and milky. It made my skin feel super soft & smooth.
My favorite decor in the hotel were the original (!) 18th century wooden panels with monkey scenes, lent by the Musée Condé. They are over-the-top kitschy (see first photo), but the monkeys' faces are hilarious!
The hotel is a located at 30 minutes from Paris and at a stone's throw from the Château, its park and the Grand Stables:
Auberge du Jeu de Paume /// 4 rue du Connétable /// 60500 Chantilly /// +33 (0)3 44 65 50 00.
* We stayed at the hotel and received a Spa treatment free of charge, but all words and images are my own. We had a fabulous stay :o)
When traveling there are so many things that catch my eye, like beautiful typography, pretty street art or bold colors. Here are two unexpected drawings I liked: above a comic drawing by Got & Pétillon in the French capital of comic books: Angoulême.
And below the beautiful traces of the sea on a beach in Galicia, Spain. What do you like to spot when you travel?
"Seriously, aren't you bored with sheep?", Le Baron Noir by Got et Pétillon:
A comfy bedroom @ IKEA LIVE
My latest guest post at IKEA family live just went live. I'm revealing a few secrets about creating a comfy bedroom. Check it out here!
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Inspired by this Neon post by Plenty of Colour, here is a bunch of beautiful NEON typography spotted on some of my travels:
Adeline Klam boutique - Paris, France
WoWo children's clothing - Paris, France
Modified Spaces @ Verbeke Foundation - Kemzeke, Belgium
Over Here @ Verbeke Foundation - Kemzeke, Belgium
Photo store - Paris, France
Mood restaurant bar lounge - Paris, France
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 and part 11 and part 12!
A Bright Boost
While my part of the world is covered in snow, I long for sun and colors. Hope you need it too, because that's what I'll show you today: a few colorful snapshots from sunny Spain.
The end of the day in Muros...
Woooshhh, the wind blowing through the waves:
Feels good to get a bright boost, right? I'll be in Stockholm next week, so I better be prepared for more snow! Are you in need of some sun & colors too? Or are you more than happy with all the snow?
Sara Fanelli's Onion
As a belated xmas gift, I received this beautiful book by Sara Fanelli, called The Onion's Great Escape. It's the perfect read on this Blue Monday, supposed to be the most depressive day of the year.
I first discovered Sara Fanelli's illustrations through Joanna's blog Kavka Design ( a graphic designer & illustrator herself! ) and really love her colorful, detailed, quirky, graphic universe.
The book is filled with nice handwritten typography and many many questions, like:
After reading the book, you can pull out the Onion so that he can start a life of his own.
Here's how it works:
What do you think of Sara's work?
A tiny winter harvest
After reading Megan's harvest post on The Fresh Exchange ( check out her awesome blog! ), I was curious to see if there was anything left in my own vegetable garden... The 3 baby carrots I found were smaller than the size of my pinkie! My sister dug up some more impressive carrots.
Are you harvesting anything from your own garden this winter?
Antique bowl by Petrus Regout inherited from Ans. <3
The Chateau of Chantilly seems to be the favorite spot of many fellow Isariens. All the people I've met for Styloise mentioned it. Chantilly is actually Versailles' lesser known little brother and is at only 10 minutes from our home.
We come here often for a walk around the famous racecourse or through the primal forests. Or we visit the Musée Condé with it's extensive art collection ( second after the Louvre! ) and the precious library. I can't get enough of the portrait paintings in the portrait gallery: the faces are so quirky, detailed and unique!
Walking around the racecourse, where many kiters practise their skills, is always fun. If you love horses ( like Rose! ) you should definitely visit Chantilly, as it's known as the Horse Capital. The Living Horse museum is famous for its horse shows and its expertise in Haute-Ecole training.
Chantilly covered in snow is extra magical... and even a bit romantic:
Twelve and a half
No exchange of gifts or "something special" planned for today, but nevertheless we're celebrating our 12 1/2th marriage anniversary! In most countries that's no big deal, but in Holland & Denmark it is. For us it's simply a good excuse for an extra kiss ;o)
One of the pretty gifts my husband gave me in all these years, is this ring. He found it on the beach and it fits me perfectly. There's even a mini shell inside, stuck forever!
Times change, this is one of the only pictures of the two of us... nearly 15 years ago:
Curious what our wedding looked like 12 1/2 years ago? Last year I posted some pictures here.
Some Oise news!
A while ago I was invited to meet Framboise, the mascot of my region in France: the Oise. She knew my blog and wondered if I would like to share some of my adventures on the blog Paroles d'Isariens Bavards, "blog of talkative people from the Oise". And to become an ambassador of the Oise. Sounds like fun, right?
I can't wait to go back here ( and to go inside this time! ) and to find out if they make cheese here, as I've never eaten a Oise cheese in 10 years... and... and...
French readers can find me here, but of course I'll continue to share my stories here on my blog as well.
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Beautiful BAKERY / PASTRY SHOP / BISCUIT FACTORY typography spotted on some of my travels:
Heudebert biscottes factory - Augy, France
Bread & pastry shop - Burgos, Spain
Biscuit manufacturer Mistral - Semur-en-Auxois, France
Bakery - Semur-en-Auxois, France
Bread & Pastry shop - Bayonne, France
Générale Biscuit France - Augy, France
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 and part 11!
Adeline Klam in Paris
Earlier this week I blogged on Jillian in Italy again while she is recovering from surgery on her hand. I'm introducing you to a super cute & welcoming boutique in Paris, called Adeline Klam. Check it out here!
Adeline Klam /// 54, Boulevard Richard Lenoir /// 75011 Paris /// +33 (0)1 48 07 20 88
Open every monday through saturday: 11AM – 7PM.
Furry friends from Burgundy
Just a few pictures of the furry animals I "met" last week in Burgundy!
Two very friendly and fluffy donkeys with the softest ears ever:
Most Charolais cows were very shy and ran away as soon as I approached them ( which my husband thought was very hilarious ).
These young ones were curious at first, then joggled away through the mud...
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My second favorite room in our home, and the place that I missed most when we were in Burgundy over the holidays, is our cosy white bedroom. I'm a "talented" sleeper and can easily sleep 12 hours straight. Preferably in a comfortable bed! (and not in a tiny bed with stiff bed sheets and shapeless pillows, please).
My "secrets" to a comfy bedroom?
► Super soft bed linens. My favorites are by Auping.
► A good pillow with the right thickness to support your sleeping style.
► A memory foam pillowtop mattress on top of a regular mattress. It feels like you're sleeping on a cloud. <3
Over the years we've slept in many different rooms of Studio Sapique. Like here and here.
Our current bedroom used to look like a boring office:
This third Sapique Webisode was shot & edited by Nick from Lifely. You can also watch it here.
What are your tips for a comfy bedroom?
Les anis de Flavigny
Today let me take you to the village where the movie "Chocolat" was filmed. You know that movie with Johnny Depp & Juliette Binoche that you can't watch without craving something sweet?
When you walk along the streets of this (very pretty!) medieval village you smell something sweet. It's the anise & sugar used for the famous bonbons that are produced in the Abbey. I came here first when I was a little girl. Both my sister and I got car sick on our way in, but we calmed down as soon as we tasted a Flavigny bonbon.
When we visited the village last week, everything was closed for the holidays, including the factory and the cute little boutique. But gladly you can buy a little tin of Flavigny candy in many places around the world! They come in 10 different natural flavors: anise, of course, blackcurrant, lemon, orange blossom, ginger, tangerine, mint, liquorice, rose and violet. Hmmm!
Oh and for a mouth watering recipe for anise ice, inspired by the Flavigny bonbons, head over to Tarte Taart An ( English version here ).
Have you ever tasted one of these Flavigny bonbons?
Bzzz Bzzz from Burgundy
If there would be one profession I would ever "consider", it would be beekeeper. Being surrounded by the zooming "bzzz" of my bees and eating honey, Royal Jelly & pollen every day sounds bliss. I would have to work hard, because from what I know, it's quite a lot of work to be a good beekeeper.
Of course I would also LOVE to design some pretty honey packaging for my honey! It's one of my dream assignments as a graphic designer.
Ever since watching "The secrets of the beehive" on France5, I have been spotting more & more beehives. And to my surprise many of the beehive boxes are multi colored! Another reason for me to love this profession!
On another beehive note: remember I went to The Hive last year? The Hive is a European blog conference and a truly buzzing place where bloggers meet, share and learn. Yesterday I bought my ticket for The Hive 2013 on May 25th and 26th in Berlin. Will I see you there?
A few days in Burgundy
It feels great to be back after the holidays! I hope 2013 has been good to you so far? We spent a few days in Burgundy to relax and recharge our batteries. I'm ready for a busy & exciting new year!
The Burgundy region feels very familiar to me. I celebrated my first birthday here (don't remember it of course...) and came back very very often. To me it's like the Frenchest part of France: the cute green hills, the typical rural villages, le Canal de Bourgogne, the spoken language ( without any strong dialect ), the abbeys, castles and Roman churches... and of course the lovely wines & cheeses!
I even found my dream van, for sale at only 800 euros! Look at these pretty Citroën HY's:
We were being watched:
(it's actually a street art project by Le Cyklop at Semur-en-Auxois)
And watched down a window of the pretty Fontenay Abbey:
And saw this oil painting... also known as the reflection in the Fontenay fountain:
Have you ever been to Burgundy? How did you like it?
Een gelukkig nieuw jaar! Happy New Year!
It's one of my proudest projects: our family New Year's card. This year we're all posing with a wooden candle that was designed & handmade by my dad as a xmas gift. It's our 33rd card! View all our cards here!
My husband thought it was all a bit too cute:
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