Happy Easter Weekend!
Through this quirky couple designed by Anna Sjons Nilsson*, I would like to wish you a very happy Easter weekend! What are you up to? Eating chocolate? Going on an Easter egg hunt? Sharing time with family, friends and pets?
*Spotted at the Konsthantverkarna boutique in Stockholm.
Happy Home Blog
Last week the lovely Kathrin from Happy Home Blog posted a little interview with me about our home. You can check it out here, it's both in German and English. Hope you like it :o)
Thanks for having me, Kathrin!
Read more about our home and renovation in my Vintage Sapique series.
Chirp chirp! I hope these fake birds will encourage the real birds to kickstart spring. Finally! I can't wait for warmer days without coats and scarfs.
I spotted these little birds at a small Floral Art Fair in Paris. I was not impressed by the quality of the flower arrangements exhibited but it was a nice occasion for some spring pictures.
City halls in France are so very pretty: high ceilings, squeaky parquet and stained glass windows:
Come on spring! I know you can do it!
2 Daffodil Girls
Actually I was planning on styling some ranunculus for the #2flowergirls project by Elodie and Inga today. But without a nice variety of fresh flowers available nearby, I went for an simpler solution: the first fresh daffodils from our garden.
At this time of the year, the forests here in the Oise are covered with a daffodils carpet. I remember the first time I saw it: so pretty! Have you ever seen it?
Orontas cycling supplies
Old world quality and modern thinking, that's what Orontas is all about. I spotted this window display in Stockholm, not far from the wonderful Stutterheim raincoats boutique (which I love). I was intrigued by the clever text:
To me, it looked like some kind of sustainable beauty or house cleaning brand. I had no idea that Orontas makes handcrafted cycling supplies. I would love for my ugly Embryolisse creme to come in one of these pretty tubes:
I must admit that I take very bad care of my bike. But cleaning with nice products makes it more fun, right?
Tea from a doctor
While I'm enjoying an early morning coffee* at Creative Mornings Paris ( a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types ), I'd like to show you this herbal tea I got from Giova. She told me she primarily bought these teas because she loved the packaging so much. I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging too.
But not only the packaging (with funny illustrations!) is nice, Dr Stuart's tea itself tasted pretty good too: ginger & lemongrass. Hmmm ginger! Do you like that as much as I do?
*no no no, I never drink coffee in the morning, I'm probably drinking water right now ;o)
An industrial spring
Although it obviously doesn't feel very much like it, it's officially spring. Here in the Oise region a very particular "spring" started as well: Le Printemps de l'Industrie. Through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and company visits we get to discover our region's industrial nature. For example, did you know that the nose of the Airbus A350 and the famous Cocotte by Le Creusot are produced not far from here?
So, last weekend I visited this "industrial" photo exhibition by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre at la Maison de la Pierre in Saint-Maximin. A surprisingly modern building for its location (a rural village) and the perfect space for these huge photos. Yves and Romain documented the ruins of the Detroit automobile industry in a series called the The Ruins of Detroit.
What struck me most about the photos, was the scale of these industrial remnants. Massive buildings were abandoned and everything is still there: tools, books, machinery, the clothing of the workers... In these pictures from Detroit I recognized "our home". Certain colors of walls and machinery were exactly the same as here at Studio Sapique:
I found the mint green walls in one of "our" factories so very pretty: they would have been the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot. But before I realized this part of the property was torn down some years ago.
Not quite like these abandoned factories in Detroit, which are still there and rarely demolished. I totally see the beauty in these abandoned spaces. The colors, the structures, the history. Do you see it too?
My sister decided to start sending me more snail mail. She told me I should write about it on my blog. So I will! Always listen to your little sister!
For Sistermail 2 I received a transparent envelope with puffy red hearts inside. And a freecard by Søstrene Grene, a famous Scandinavian chain store where they sell lots of "stuff". They have this thing called Sisterday, when you can apologize to your sister for things you did to her that you now regret. Well we don't really have regrets (do we, Djeenie?), but she "apologized" for the few missing hearts in the envelope. <3
In other good sister-news, my talented bakerella sister (remember her kanelbullar?) finally decided to share her recipes and food ideas online! She will be hosting dinner parties this summer and has lots of other delicious plans. You can check out her recipe for the best brownies in the world and more, right here or follow Chez Djeenie on twitter or facebook. If you don't speak Dutch, try using google translate. Bon appétit!
Pantone Emerald or Saint Patrick's?
Without a doubt this was one of my favorite spaces in Stockholm: the children's workshop at the Arkitekturmuseet. It's bold, it's green and it smells like craft glue and linoleum. What more can you wish for?
Besides the supercool lampshades, I really like the chairs with one "ear" (or raised hand?):
My first internship ever was at a Museum in Denmark where I also got to work with the younger visitors in the workshop. We decorated the space with sketches and drawings, but it certainly didn't look as good as this one!
These kids are so lucky, don't you think?
The Typography of Travel 15
Beautiful typography spotted on some of my travels:
Garage du Chateau - Vineuil-Saint-Firmin, France
Stalands furniture - Stockholm, Sweden
La Bellevilloise (event space) - Paris, France
Comptoir des Archives - Paris, France
To Be Perfectly Frank exhibition at Svenskt Tenn - Stockholm, Sweden
Miss J - Stockholm, Sweden
► To see all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here.
Footprints at Studio Sapique
Rose called me the other night: Judith, there are fresh footsteps in the snow outside!
I freaked out a little, because I suspected an intruder, but actually it were my own footprints from earlier that day. Upon inspection the next morning I found more footsteps in our garden...
I saw that one of the foxes had been back! He had great fun earlier this winter, but he was alone this time.
And a bunny hopped by as well:
Not sure what happened here:
This bird was probably on the lookout for some food:
And guess who made these footprints (and skid marks)? I think I know ;o)
The worst cupcakes ever!
I'm a terrible bakerella: I can completely mess up ready-made cupcakes from a box. And that's exactly what happened with these raspberry cupcakes. The topping should have been pale pink, fluffy and tasty. I added some red food pigment because I thought that would be fun and used fromage blanc in stead of fromage frais... The cupcakes turned out acid & bright... and tasted absolutely awful!
Even the white chocolate on top didn't taste good. Does that ever happen to you too?
Come on spring!
This saturday, when it was warm and sunny outside I felt relieved that we survived yet another winter. After 7 winters without proper heating here at Studio Sapique, I felt blessed that this was our second warm and comfortable winter here.
But even though we didn't have to wear 8 layers of clothing or heat the shower gel before using it, I'm still very ready for spring. And so are Wally (seen above) and the daffodils outside:
But yesterday, all of a sudden, my vegetable garden looked more like this... I guess spring is not quite here yet...
A night in Sweden
Ever since returning from Stockholm, I've been kind of stuck in Sweden through the books of Stieg Larsson. I'm in the middle of the third book now and watched the American and Swedish movies too. I remember my guide in Stockholm pointed out Lisbeth's and Mikke's apartments in Söder. It didn't mean much to me then but totally makes sense now. Did you read these books? Did you like them?
Last week I spent an evening at the Swedish Institute in Paris. First for fika at Le Café Suédois. Hmmm! Next door, glass & ceramics artist Mårten Medbo was exhibiting his work. I like how his sculptures are not quite abstract or figurative, but mostly very organic and inspired by nature.
The displays and colors reminded me of what I saw at Blås & Knåda and Konsthantverkarna in Stockholm:
After visiting the exhibition it was time for some music. Or better said: some "sound" by Midaircondo. A Swedish duo exploring avant-garde sound art, electronica, jazz and melancholic pop. They were in town for a concert at Unesco the next day for International Women's Day.
The motion graphic backdrops portraited the women themselves walking up and down a stairway.
My favorite piece by Mårten Medbo was this comic blob sculpture:
► The Swedish Institute in Paris is a really nice place to relax after a stroll through the Marais neighborhood or a visit at concept store Merci. In the summer you can enjoy your kanelbulle in their quiet garden. Bliss!
Institut Suédois /// 11 rue Payenne /// 75003 Paris /// +33 (0) 1 44 78 80 20.
Open every tuesday through sunday: 12PM - 6PM.
An afternoon at the race course
My stepdaughter Rose is a so-called Horse Girl. She has been riding horses for over 12 years and now that she lives with us, she really misses her dear Dutch Warmblood. As we live at 10 minutes from Horse Capital Chantilly, we had to catch one of the race courses.
On this overcast (and freezing!) saturday we found ourselves a bench at the stands near the race course. As the 3-minute race started, gamblers cheered their favorite horse. While we appreciated the lean long bodies of the race horses with names like Jason Bourne and Amuse Gueule, Rose was glowing with enthusiasm ;o)
I must admit I didn't quite understand the game of betting, neither do I understand why the jockeys wear these ridiculous outfits with stars and weird color combos...
But it's really impressive to watch the horsepower and to see how the jockeys seem to stand still on a horse in movement.
Have you ever attended a race like this? And did you like it?
Styloise: Suzy & Chris
Suzy was dancing in the middle of the street when I spotted her and Chris. It made me smile, but as soon as I took out my camera both their smiles almost disappeared! Suzy and Chris are two students from Creil and were wearing some funky mismatched laced sneakers. Their favorite place in the Oise is the Pathé Cinema in Montataire. Chris loves going there to watch a good action or comedy movie. They're both big fans of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Merci Suzy & Chris!
Light is my favorite color
Nagging about the weather is really boring, but after a very grey winter we finally enjoyed some sunny spring weather early this week! Still quite cold but the pale blue-ish colors warmed my heart. I completely agree with Nanette from Interior Crisp: light is my favorite color! What's yours?
Do you know sisterMAG?
Do you know sisterMAG? No?!?
sisterMAG is a Journal for the Digital Lady. Created by two classy & clever sisters from Berlin, that I've had the pleasure of meeting several times over the past year. Whether you're into technology, fashion, photography, travel, future trends, lifestyle or DIY: there's something in there for you!
In the brand new sisterMAG issue, which is all about Trends & Utopia:
► you can join Sivan Askayo on a wonderful trip to Tokyo
► learn from Elodie Love about Still Life photography
► discover the Google Art Project, by Jenni Fuchs
► read tips & tricks about working from home (including a peek into my home office on p. 96!)
► and find out so much more...
Check it out here!
Budding spring leaves
Can you believe it? We're in March! As a surprise my beloved apple tree popped its first leaves this week! The elstar tree hibernated in our living room and lost its leaves at the end of november. Our cats really loved that: they played with the leaves for hours.
I can't wait for spring and to unleash all my plants from their winter shelter! And you? Are you ready for spring?
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