Flowers for guests
Maybe you remember that I was taking pictures of some flowers a few weeks ago? Well, it was a real challenge: the cats were super curious and wouldn't keep away from the florals. They actually nibbled on a few leaves too. It was almost like the florist added some catnip to the bouquet.
So I decided to create a flower composition for our cat-free guest room. Because what's more welcoming than fresh flowers, right? Today you can see the results live at Fashion for Home (in german) or here (in dutch).
Do you ever surprise your guests with fresh flowers in their room?
&Tradition Copenhagen crush
Before sharing more colors and trends from Maison & Objet, I'd like to share another design crush I had when visiting the booth of &Tradition. It's their new Copenhagen pendant lamp designed by Space Copenhagen. The nautical inspired lamp appeals to me with its bold industrial shape and matte finish. There's something about pendant lights that's always "good". Last time I checked we had over a dozen pendant lights in our home. And even though I love the red Ilka Plast lamp in our cinema room, the light source is really annoying because it's always blinding. A big &Tradition Copenhagen lamp in white would be such a nice upgrade!
Look how cosy it looks:
And if you look really well, you'll see which color was a big hit at M&O (and no: black & white are no "real" colors). More about that in the next few days!
I heart Hartô
The good thing about a grey and rainy Sunday in Paris? You can spend it at Maison & Objet and bring home an overdose of inspiration, lots of nice conversations with designers, many giggles with fellow bloggers and a full SD card with loads of images. That's exactly what I did ;)
One of my design crushes from M&O 2014 is called Hartô, a young French brand that creates clever & colorful furniture for happy homes. Even more than the designs themselves, the colors totally got me: bright, unexpected and inspiring. Oh and they also have a beautiful simple logo... that's how to win me over: bold colors & a beautiful logo. I'm easy ;)
Look at that minty blueish green... and deep raspberry red ♥
A cute little Hartô Honoré desk to work on, or write some snailmail:
Be prepared for more images from Maison & Objet in the next days... there's a lot more I want to share with you!
The Typography of Travel 22
At the occasion of Maison & Objet in Paris this weekend: a 100% French Typography of Travel today! With beautiful typography from my trips around the country:
Papier Plus paper & stationary - Paris, France
Galerie Pont-Neuf residence - Nice, France
Calligrane stationary shop - Paris, France
l'Hostellerie du Royal-Lieu hotel & restaurant - Compiègne, France
Tudo Bom fashion - Paris, France
Optique Photo Scala - Monaco, Monaco
Coiffeur Barbier barbershop - Paris, France
► To see all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here. Also, if you'd like to contribute beautiful type from your travels to this series, drop me a line!
A handmade wooden bowl
Handmade gifts are the best! After hours of gouging and sanding my father surprised my sister and me with a handmade wooden bowl for Christmas. It's super soft, massive and curvy. I keep wanting to touch it! And it makes me smile because it was made with love <3
Do you ever receive or make handmade gifts? What's your favorite? I also particularly love receiving drawings!
Every since I joined Instagram last year, I discover the coolest things. Not only #urbanjungle inspiration, but I also found out that there DO live some fashionable folks in the Oise. Théo, a fashion student from Bury is one of them. He was so kind to meet me last week for a little photo shoot and proved that you can be a fashion victim ànd live in the Oise. Even though he spends a lot of time in Paris, he likes going for a walk near the lake of Saint-Vaast-lès-Mello and loves visiting the Emmaüs (charity shop) in Amiens. When I asked him for his favorite restaurant he replied that he's not very gourmand. I suspect him to prefer spending his money on a nice thrifted jacket rather than on food ;) Merci Théo!
Sunday in Canada
On Monday Megan from The Fresh Exchange wrote about the importance of the Sunday walk. I can totally relate to that! Ending the week with some fresh air and exploring before the next week begins is just wonderful.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I spent the last few hours of the weekend in Canada. Or that's what I saw. I've never been to Canada, but the colors, the lakes and the light of our Oise region, totally looked like Canada to me. A different kind of traveling without moving ;)
I know what I'll be doing tomorrow, and you?
Urban Jungle Bloggers #5
My jungle buddy Igor and I decided to start this new Urban Jungle Bloggers year with a lot of fresh #urbanjungle inspiration from around the web. So today we share the best pinners, instagrammers, and bloggers that will quench our everlasting thirst for green inspiration! I hope you'll share your favorites in the comments :)
► my Pinterest faves:
Blooming & Growing board by Gudy Herder (from Eclectic Trends)
Queen of the Junglalow Justina Blakeney's Jungalow board
Floral board by Tahiana Andriamanjay from Le Blog d'Olive
And secretly I'm a little bit in love with our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board ♥
► my favorite green IGers:
Tawwni pure succulent love!
And Needles and Leaves for more succulent love
Urban Gardeners Republic is a community of creative gardeners
Succulove what's in a name?
Labofem plant workshop from Turkey
► my favorite green bloggers:
Growing with Plants by Matt Mattus, lots of hands-on tips from a horticulturist
Needles and Leaves by Tawni, beautiful
Coffeeklatch by talented duo Magali and Bart, they don't particularly blog about greens, but the interiors they shoot reveal lots of green beauty
This blogpost by Gwen from The Makerista
And this pretty one by Irene from Bloesem
► And if you're looking for more (offline) inspiration I can highly recommend The Plant. It's a very cool creative magazine, with art, graphic design and portraits of plant enthusiasts.
► Still not enough inspiration? Check out what Ana, Yvonne, Jennifer, Stefania, Debora, Marloes, Corinne and Nina have in store for you!
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!
image credits: 1 JOELIX.com /// 2 Tawwni /// 3 Petra Bindel /// 4 April and May /// 5+6 JOELIX.com /// 7 @funderagront /// 8 Needles+Leaves /// 9 Weekday Carnival /// 10-13 The Plant
After a weird week and an intense weekend (due to the passing of my uncle), I'm slowly getting back into the blogging rhythm. And I'm excited! My head is full of ideas and wishes and you know what? Finally I'll be doing another Styloise feature soon. It has been way too long and I miss it. Taking pictures of strangers in my neighborhood has been such a great learning experience. It helped me to overcome some kind of shyness and made me realize most people are simply honored and surprised. Very few people refuse to have their picture taken, although some ethnicities are harder to convince. I once approached this guy that didn't want to pose in front of my camera because he was illegal. Oops!
And what about these pink lychees? Well I simply love their shape and taste... and colors! Especially the pearlish pink on the inside.
tea towel by TextielLab via Wannekes
Hello, goodmorning! This week has been so weird: I wish I would have plogged it to understand why it has been so weird. Yes that's the "new" phenomenon: to photo blog your entire day. Dutch blog icon 10e introduced the term "plog". I think it's pretty cool (and time consuming) to see what someone does the entire day. And also much less aesthetic than instagram, but even more personal. I'm definitely not ready to share that much. If I would have plogged, I could have shown you:
► 5 blue IKEA bags with my pre-Pinterest images archive that I threw away
► the homemade sushi and springrolls that my husband made... oh well actually I did share the leftovers!
► my computer screen, because I've been working again after the New Year's break ;)
► my obsessed smile when I pinned even more pom pom beanies to my board
► sadness when I heard that my uncle passed away
► the inside of too many fitting rooms (I'm trying to find a pair of black skinnies, but none seem to fit my "new" running body...)
► madness in the harbour in the middle of the night
► the last strip of antihistamines that I took. After 12 years of sneezing I'm seeing an allergologist next week. Yeah!
But in stead I'm showing you pictures of an anemone that I took the other day. I was asked to style some flowers at home for a new campaign, but with these short and busy winter days, it's a little tricky. So I'm shooting new photos today.
Are you having a nice first week of the year? Ready to #plog about it?
Xmas after Christmas
Ohhh it feels so good to take down all the Christmas decoration, right? No more light strings and pine needles everywhere. And even though we don't have a bulky christmas tree inside, it seems like there is more space. Sometimes I wish we'd live in a minimalist space with clean lines without any stuff... but then again: I do love my clutter!
So... you can imagine I'm a bit hesitant to show these images today... images of over-the-top classic Christmas decoration! This week we spent a few days near Fontainebleau and visited the Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Like "our" wonderful castle of Chantilly and the castles of Fontainebleau and Versailles, the Vaux-le-Vicomte castle is located just outside Paris, and often a little bit too far for weekend tourists. But if you have a few more days to spend, a visit to the "countryside" is very rewarding.
Especially if you go to the castle of Vaux le Vicomte: with a calendar full of special events, there's always a good reason to visit the masterpiece of 17th century architecture and its French formal gardens. In the summer you can enjoy candle lit evening visits (which looked absolutely amazing from the pictures they showed), but while we were there, it was Christmas all over again:
No real Christmas in France without a few La Durée macaron towers:
Een gelukkig nieuw jaar! Happy New Year!
I hope 2014 will bring you everything you wish for, as well as lots of joy, luck, happiness, love and good health.
Above is one of my proudest projects: our family New Year's card. My dad took the first photo in 1980 and in 2003 I joined the team. This year is the first time with the nine of us. It was a tiny logistic challenge to take everyone's picture, but here we are on our 34th card :) View all our cards here!
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