My personal highlights of 2014
Two thousand and fourteen was intense and left me happy and exhausted. These were some of my personal highlights:
In May I opened up and shared our personal love story, the reactions were heart-warming and made me tear up. I love my husband so much! /// We finally started building a new bathroom. It's not finished yet (we are doing everything ourselves, plumbing, walls, floors, tiling etc.) but we're getting there. I can't wait to take that very first shower... soon!
I ran 138 times this year, gave away 3 pairs of Kalenji running shoes, suffered from painful shinsplints but finally reached my goal of 10K this week /// Our Blago blogger trip to Milan and the Lake area in Italy was so much fun and so very real. Topped off with a delicious lunch near the Lago d'Orta.
Another food highlight of the year was this much anticipated lunch at Ottolenghi's with Robert. It was SO good, I'm still dreaming of it! /// It was very rewarding to see our Urban Jungle Bloggers community grow so much this year. In November we shot a video in Paris which will be released very soon. Our last day of shooting included this incredible sunset. So cheesy but it made Igor and me very happy.
2014 also marked our first full year of eating hardly any sugar. It was surprisingly easy and I baked lots of sugarfree cookies and these yummy yogurt granola bars with hand picked blueberries /// My Pinterest following skyrocketed to over 60K followers. The secret? Daily pinning, a business account (with statistics), rich pins on my own website and somehow being a suggested pinner for new Pinterest subscribers. And of course a lot of fun: pinning is addictive!
My favorite design of 2014
This year I visited Maison & Objet in Paris (twice) as well as the Salone del Mobile in Milan. These were some of my coups de coeur:
Hartô, a young and fresh French brand /// Love these gorgeous inversed Mischer'traxler bowls
New Roman collection by Jaime Haydon in Milan /// Cool mirrors at the Hay Mini Market in Milan
I had a big crush on these sausages by Aufschnitt /// A simple DIY update of our Kickboy
Bright & colorful chairs designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso /// Scandinavian design for Urban Jungle Bloggers (and graphic designers) by Kristina Dam Studio
My favorite flowers of 2014
Last year's discovery of having colorful flowers at home continued in 2014. And even though my love for plants is stronger, I love these:
A flower tribute to our dear flowergirl Inga /// Gorgeous Helleborus for my mom
I froze some Indian cress flowers /// Blossom on our Sunday walk
Ohhh the perfumes of Wisteria... in Italy! /// Super cute snowdrops from the woods near our home
Red and purple anemones /// Gorgeous magnolia during Golden Hour
► Find my colorful flowers of 2013 right here.
My favorite trips of 2014
Between all my work projects that kept me in home office, I managed to travel quite a bit in 2014. For work, for my blog, for fun and to visit family & friends. Of course I hope to explore some more in 2015. In the next couple of days I'll start with Lille and Nice, not bad, right?
A little daytrip to the beautiful Baie de Somme in France /// We wandered around one of the most beautiful villages in France: Gerberoy
Hats and horses at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly /// Our very fun Blago bloggers trip with dear friends to Milan and the Lagio Maggiore
The exciting Middelheim Museum park in Antwerp, Belgium /// A colorful walk around Notthing Hill in London
► My favorite trips of 2013 are here.
My favorite shops of 2014
In 2014 I visited some beautiful boutiques with unique and well curated collections of goodies for the home. These are my absolute favorites:
Vintage & modern goodies for the home at Pedlars, London /// True letter & sign nirvana Kidimo in Paris
Stationary heaven Present & Correct in London /// Shopping, plants and good coffee at The Broken Arm in Paris
Art & illustration shop and creative hub You Can Now in London /// So many cool bike & lifestyle goodies at Tokyobike in London
► Click here to check out my favorite shops of 2013
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