My favorite trips of 2013
In 2013 I traveled quite a bit. For work, for my blog, for fun and to visit family & friends. Of course I hope to explore some more in 2014. Already in my agenda: Italy and London.
We started the year in Burgundy, France /// and spent a weekend at the beautiful Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly, France, at 10 minutes from our home
In February I traveled to Stockholm, Sweden where I stayed at the wonderful Hotel Skeppsholmen /// and I broke a new personal record of fewest days spent in Holland in one year: only 10!
Berlin was so much fun, colorful and eclectic and I met so many cool people /// and I time traveled at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace near Paris
In August I was in sunny Copenhagen, Denmark /// and also crossed the bridge to visit Malmö, Sweden
In October it was time for a long & sunny holiday in the South of France /// and a lovely weekend in Antwerp in November
My favorite flowers of 2013
In 2013 I re-discovered the joy of having flowers at home, not in the last place through the fun monthly challenge by Elodie and Inga called #2flowergirls. Having flowers at home is always a little challenging with our flower eating cats, but it was worth the effort:
Colorful Gradient Berries /// Pretty dahlias for flower challenge #2flowergirls
Yellow daffodils from our garden /// Homegrown melon plant (that gave one single fruit!)
Red blossom in a measuring cup /// A colorful bouquet of hand picked flowers
My favorite shops of 2013
In 2013 I visited some beautiful boutiques with unique and well curated collections of goodies for the home. These are my absolute favorites:
Stilleben in Copenhagen, Denmark /// Outspoken concept store in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.
The Recollection in Antwerp, Belgium /// La Maison Pernoise in Pernes les Fontaines, France
Papier Tigre in Paris, France /// Hay House in Copenhagen, Denmark
► For more shopping fun you can check out my shopping guides for Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin.
My favorite jungles of 2013
Yayy, it's that time of the year again! Time to look back at some of the highlights of 2013! Let's start with the amazing urban jungles that I got to visit. And of course the Urban Jungle Bloggers series that Igor and I initiated earlier this year. It has been SO much fun to share some green on our blogs. Here's to a lot more urban jungles in 2014!
The Jardin Exotique in Monaco where it all began /// Domaine du Rayol in Canadel sur Mer, France
The Slottsträdgården in Malmö, Sweden /// The Garden of Migration, Fort Saint-Jean, Marseille, France
Tillandsia by Filles de l'Air at Abbaye de Chaalis, France /// My own urban jungle in France
Ho ho ho x100
HO HO HO, Merry Christmas!
I hope you are having a wonderful day with loved ones, or if you're not celebrating: just a nice regular Wednesday. Oh and if you need it, our Lego genie grants you 3 wishes if you rub the lamp ;)
Also, I wanted to thank you for all the cheers and support via instagram, email and messages, during my runs. This morning I ran for the 100th time and it made me feel proud and grateful. I never thought I could do it, but in the end it's all about discipline and time management. And serotonin ;)
This year we dressed our wooden tree in Lego mini figures. Quite different than the pine branches last year. Our cats love it even better. Always a surprise which figures are missing in the morning!
Even after more than 11 years in France and near Paris, the view over the Parisian rooftops, doesn't get old. The other day I escaped the Christmas shopping rush on the boulevards and saw this. Grey, blue and more grey ♥.
I wish you a wonderful weekend, in Paris and beyond!
Papier Tigre in Paris
There's a new gem in town! A few weeks ago, Papier Tigre, opened their first brick and mortar shop in the Haut Marais in Paris. You may already know Papier Tigre products: they create beautiful and contemporary paper products with a humorous twist.
Their new space is like their webshop: bright, smart and with funny puns everywhere. And a beautiful cardboard Christmas tree of course!
I had never seen these awesome marked & numbered "poly marbré", marbled paper shapes. They remind me of my adventures with the Paper globe ;)
One of my favorite Papier Tigre products is The Assistant, a complete agenda in recycled paper (of course) to plan your workload. It also includes a list of "how to be kind" in 21 languages, hihi! Another favorite is The Greengrocer: a vegetable moving disk calendar that shows you which fruit and veggies are "in season". So clever! And of course their snailmail products: beautiful foldable writing paper you can send right away. Oh and who ever has enough notebooks? I know I don't!
#bisou to Papier Tigre! Grrr ;)
Papier Tigre /// 5 rue des Filles du Calvaire /// 75003 Paris /// +33 1 48 04 00 21
Open every tuesday to sunday from 12:00 to 19:30 or shop online!
Less but better is more
Five months ago on my birthday I mentioned that All I need is less. And not much has changed: I'm still decluttering, throwing and giving stuff away and only bought necessities. Super boring right?! To spice things ups, I created a virtual wishlist of things that I love but not particularly need. Less but better is more*. I wouldn't mind if Santa brought me one of these beauties ;)
What's on your (virtual) wishlist?
1 Castle and Things print (and awesome video!) 2 Helvetica The Perfume 3 Zilverblauw wallpaper 4 mini zipper clutch by Kindah Khalidy 5 OK Omin Käsin book by Susanna Vento of Varpunen & Riikka Kantinkoski of Weekday Carnival 6 Leaf hangers by LagströmWiktorsson 7 Skandinavisk candle 8 HAY Strike match boxes 9 Ederle gem rock soaps 10 Le Baigneur soap
* which is also the motto of beautiful brand Ederle, that I discovered through instagram ♥
Weekend inspiration #11
The darkest days of the year...
Urban Jungle Bloggers #4
Thank you for taking a moment to visit me today. I know December is such a busy month, but I'm glad you took a little break to check our Urban Jungle Bloggers posts! Igor and I decided upon styling a green festive decoration vignette, so here we are!
When I took all my plants from our greenhouse to their winter storage a few weeks ago, I thought it would be nice to put some in our cinema room in stead. To make them blend in with our bright interior, I wrapped all their planters in basic white paper. I started with my dear apple tree and couldn't stop wrapping, it's really addictive. I felt so very Christo x Martin Margiela ;)
To the thirty plants I wrapped, I added some very simple decoration: no *bling-bling* but basic white candles, a few hyacint bulbs, a light string and a couple of pine branches. I very much liked our real christmas tree last year, so I'll probably untangle some light strings this weekend and put up the wooden xmas tree as well. Very cat-safe!
Oh and I couldn't helpt but add some Lego trees and a snowman at the roots of my apple tree ;)
I'm very curious about your christmas decoration. I've seen lots of nice previews on instagram already. Will you show us yours too?
Also check out UnDueTre Ilaria and Fluxi on Tour and Peg London and Mouseblossom and Emerald Green Interiors and Madame Love for more festive decoration!
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board. Want to join? Use #urbanjungle on twitter and instagram. Or let us know and we'll send you a mini-kit with all details. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
Running Anniversary giveaway!
Today I'm celebrating my running anniversary! In June I started to run and in a few days I'll be strapping on my running shoes for the 100th time. On the same day that I started running, I (finally!) joined Instagram and thought it would be a good motivation to post a picture after each run. I can't believe I spammed my followers with almost 100 running pictures!
To celebrate my running anniversary with you, I've teamed up with Printic to give away a set of five Printics to 3 of my readers. A few weeks ago I tried the Printic app, choose a few running pictures straight from my instagram and three days later I received my set of glossy polaroids in this cute orange envelope:
To win a set of 5 Printics:
Like JOELIX.com on facebook
► Follow me on instagram
► Tell me your favorite photo subject in the comments below
I'll announce the 3 lucky winners on Monday, December 16th so that you can order & receive your Printics in time for Christmas. This giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: Printic has free worldwide shipping.
This giveaway is now closed. The 3 winners are: Malincha, Elise and Lena. They will be contacted shortly! Thanks everyone for playing and the running support!
Oh and did you know you can now even print only 1 Printic and send it to a special someone (or yourself!)? Wouldn't that make a sweet Thank You note? Or use them as gift tags or table seating cards during the holidays. I know I'm using mine to keep me motivated to carry on running ;)
Printic offered me a set of Printics for free, but all opinions and pictures are my own. Merci Printic!
Outspoken concept store Den Bosch
Ever since Iris showed her beautiful photos of concept store Outspoken on her blog, it was on my want-to-visit-list. My former hometown Den Bosch doesn't look like the city I used to know anymore (it has been over a decade!), but it does make me proud that it's home to cool places like Mariapaviljoen, eetbar Dit, the Museum Quarter and the updated Verwersstraat with shops like Oh and Westside. And of course this new gem: Outspoken.
In December and January, Majke Hüsstege and her team propose an XL edition of the Outspoken store. The entire art gallery is transformed into a concept store with a very well curated selection of pieces you won't find anywhere else. No regular concept store knick knacks, but one-of-a-kind artwork, affordable design pieces, furniture, neon art by Marco Vuijk, lighting, fashion (really nice pieces by Barbara Munsle, Elise Kim and Studio Ruig!), handbags and lots of interesting surprises everywhere.
Beautiful M.C. Tangram candle holders by Studio Nic Roex (slightly reminded me of these by David Taylor):
Neon art by Katharina Arndt:
I loved this beautiful and ultra light wooden lamp shade by Studio Daniel:
Fruitbowls in glass by Rogier Martens and Spade Seat by Studio Nic Roex:
And these smooth ceramics by Cor Unum:
Outspoken concept store in Majke Hüsstege Gallery /// Verwersstraat 28 /// ‘s-Hertogenbosch /// +31 73 614 28 63
Open every wednesday to sunday from 13:00 to 17:30
Win a set of my cards!
In 2013 I tried my best to send a little more snail mail. Opening your mailbox to find something else than publicity and bills is so nice, isn't it?
In a few weeks my family will be sending our New Year's photo and we're currently in the middle of finding a new concept. Sending cards at this time of the year is a lovely tradition, so when Pixum asked me if I'd like to create some Christmas cards I knew I wanted to share some snail mail love with you! Nothing xmassy, but regular cards that you can send all year round.
I created 3 sets of 3 cards with some of my most popular photos. Including the gradient berries, this rooster, the dahlias for #2flowergirls and some pictures from Denmark. As a graphic designer I'm used to send print-ready files to a printer, so working with photo software always seems a little dreadful. But actually once I found out, it was super easy. And the result is pretty neat. I hope you like the cards:
To win a set of 3 cards + envelopes simply tell me in the comments below if you're sending out any Christmas cards this year. I'm very curious to know! Of course I'd appreciate it if you'd follow me on twitter, facebook, pinterest or instagram (but only if you want to!).
You can join until this Monday and I'll announce 3 lucky winners on Tuesday, December 10th. The giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: I'm happy to ship around the world :)
This giveaway is now closed. The winners are Sandy, Petra and Mandi and have been contacted by email. Thanks everyone for your kind words, I wish I could send a set to all of you! ♥
Yayy! It's December! How do you like it so far? Here in the Oise it almost felt like we had the first sunshine in decades. Last week was so grey and dark: no wonder why they call it the dark days before Christmas. So in stead of decorating our home for the December festivities, we made a walk through the fields during the Golden Hour...
We didn't recognize these crops. Any suggestions? Potatoes maybe?
And then, the show was almost over...
Wish you all a wonderful and sunny week! I'm preparing a little giveaway that I think you will like, so you may want to check back later this week ;)
Oh and if you want to get into the mood for some REAL winter, I'd suggest to read the Winterharvest issue of Oh Marie! and watch the sneak preview of the upcoming sisterMAG xmas special... It makes me want to go ice skating right away!
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