Forsythia at Studio Sapique
The other day I took a break from work and this is what it looked like: spring! The forsythia is blooming and the winter sun was just warm enough. Bliss!
I hoped to show you the result of my little painting project today, but that will have to wait. The paint looked great in the can, but once applied it's weird: too green, too flashy, too pastel maybe. Eau de Nil, or turquoise is a new color in our home, but unfortunately it's not the beautiful color I hoped it would be. So I'll be adding a little blue to the mixture and hope the 6th layer will look better. Wish you a great (sunny!) weekend!
2 Anemone girls
It has been a while but #2flowergirls is back! This flower challenge by Elodie & Inga is always so much fun and really challenges me to play around with flowers. And it's also very nice to see all the other contributions on Pinterest. As you can see above, our cats are never far when I bring home new flowers. This month it's all about anemones, one of my favorite flowers I also recently used in a campaign for Fashion for Home.
Finding quality flowers here in my city isn't easy. Unfortunately I didn't have to time to drive to Argevil in Compiègne, where I'd be sure to find the most beautiful anemones ever. The only ones I could get my hands on were these: not perfect, not super fresh, but fragile and colorful:
In stead of vases I like reusing empty bottles: for example the three in the back used to contain some life-changing fluids. After 12 years of severe sneezing I feel like I can breathe normally again and it's great. The bonus is that these pharmacy bottles look pretty neat, I think. The Coca Cola bottle comes from Egypt.
Otta loves anemones too:
If you want to join and spread some anemone love, find out how right here. And of course, check out flower girls Elodie from Madame-Love and Inga from Glomerylane today for more anemones.
Eau de Nil
I love paint... and painting! And ever since the make-over of our yellow door, I'm dreaming of doors in all colors of the rainbow. But for now I'm only painting 1 kitchen accessory (and maybe more if I can't control myself...). For color inspiration I looked around our city. I love this bold green color, it's so vibrant:
Remember this color discussion? In the 50s a pale and blue version of the above color was used in many public buildings. I loved all your name suggestions for this very specific color: aqua, tooth paste green, linden, carta da zucchero, duck egg blue, emerald, sage green. But I think the best-fitting name was Eau de Nil, although the above color would be a perfect emerald right?
Somehow I also took quite a lot of pictures of blue & green shutters in the past few months:
Because our home loves bright colors so much, I decided upon this "updated" version of Eau de Nil, simply called bleu turquoise. I'll show you the results later this week, once the job is done!
What do you think? Do you like Emerald green or Turquoise?
Urban Jungle Bloggers #6
I'm very happy that it's that time of the month again: today Igor and I are hosting our 6th episode of the Urban Jungle Bloggers adventure! February's theme gave us a bit of homework... but it's the best homework you can ask for: play around with greens! Our mission was to choose 1 plant and style it in 3 different ways. So here we go...
I immediately knew my favorite paddle cactus had to be the star. He's not very elegant, but I like his quirky shape and the way he keeps himself balanced by growing more paddles in the right direction.
First I took him outside: one of the sheds outside has this beautiful peeled paint wall that I wanted to use as a backdrop. But it was blocked, so this grey cement wall had to do. And of course I brought one of my beloved letters.
But I think my cactus plant feels better when in company of some good friends. So I put him into a basic terracotta planter and invited some succulents, aloë vera and a purple Tradescantia Spathacea. I like how the different shades of green & purple add more depth to the group. What do you think?
And of course, I brought my "paddled star" into our living room for a more colorful styling. Basically I placed it between some of our yellow trinkets and my old inherited Clivia plant.
Can you tell I'm going a little Betty Basic with my planters? I think it's time for some more funky pots... maybe a nice topic for a future Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge ;) Hope to see you again next month!
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Spring at Merci Paris
With a new Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge launching tomorrow, I currently watch the world through my urban jungle glasses (even though they're pink...). I see greens everywhere. I'm so very ready for spring, especially when it's cloudy and grey like this week in Paris. The other day I spotted these springy branches at Merci. I have no idea what these are, but I really like their glossy rolled leaves:
And do you see that little white table with the giant chandelier, in the back?
It looked like this:
Although this style is a bit too rustic for my taste, it reminds me of having lunch outside, in the shade, under a tree. Simple as can be! Bring it on spring!
Sucker for cacti
I'm a such a sucker for true love, happy couples and real love stories. And even though I like hearts, chocolate, wine and candle light dinners (in no particular order) and have a very sweet husband, I've never ever celebrated Valentine's day. Today won't be an exception, but I couldn't help but make this little image, because I'm also a sucker for succulents... and cacti!
And about real love stories: this post by DosFamily made me wonder if I should/would/want to share our own love story. It's very real, very romantic and it's been almost 16 years and counting... Maybe I should, because this world always needs more love & common sense, right?
Rock 'n Rucola
Secretly I hope the Winter King will forget about France and that we'll head straight from fall into spring. I can't wait to get my hards dirty and prepare a little vegetable garden and take my plants out of their winter storage into the greenhouse.
In 5 to 8 weeks I hope to harvest my first vegetables from the little Seed for Food bags that I won at Nu Interieur Ontwerp. I think their rucola has the best name ever:
The eco friendly square bags are super convenient, you simply add some water to the bags, keep them on your window sill and wait...
The other little bags contain lovely lettuce and rapid radish. Yummm! I remember I was so ridiculously proud of my radishes last year. Do you ever grow veggies or herbs in your kitchen?
Tina Frey Designs
I'm slightly embarrassed to still show you images from Maison & Objet, but this stand by Tina Frey Designs was too good not to share. So here we go!
Even though I love ceramics because of their human touch, I also like the rigid forms of artificial materials. I think Tina's designs have the best of both worlds: very human shapes in a solid substance: resin!
Blue, egg yolk, turquoise, grey and white are the new spring colors for Tina Frey's bowls, stools, dishes, vessels... and planters! As I'm currently obsessed by anything that holds my plants, this collection made me really happy. The resin material felt very sensual too.
All products are made of food safe resin and good to know: "Environmental and social responsibility are extremely important to us. Therefore, the company strives to create pieces that will last and is not a disposable commodity."
A fun little (personal) detail, is that the main material manufactured in the factory that is now our home, was resin. But I'm certain that the products produced here, were not as pretty as the ones by Tina Frey ;)
And a cute little detail:
Greens at Maison et Objet
Plants have been part of our interior for years, but now that our Urban Jungle Bloggers community is growing and growing, I see greens everywhere. You may call it trendy, although I wonder if people will get rid of all their cacti plants when they feel the trend is over. Because plants are living things, you get attached to them. At least that's what I do. Most of my plants have a little story: about where I found it, if someone gave it to me, how it grew over the years. Well you get it, right?
Anyway, I spotted a lot of greens at Maison & Objet and thought I would share a small(!) selection here. Above you see the wooden wall fixtures by French brand Bellila. They also carry some clever coffee tables with incorporated planters: really cool!
Ferm Living also loves cactus plants, aloë veras and ferns. Their entire stand was filled with some nice species and some where shining in their brand new plant stands:
I'm desperate for some nice new planters, so for now this is what I'd do too: put some cactus plants in a ceramic jug. These are called Harpo and are designed by Eno Studio:
Belgian brand Serax carries a lot of different planters, pottery and glassware. Their textile planter collection by Marie Michielssen is one of our most popular repins on our Urban Jungle Bloggers board!
More greens by Ferm Living, Serax and French company Bacsac:
And some very subtle plants between books and stationary on shelves by Universo Positivo:
Wish you a nice & green weekend! Oh and did you know we just opened an Urban Jungle Bloggers Facebook page with plant inspiration from bloggers all over the world? We hope you like it!
PCM Reversed Volumes
Another coup de coeur from Maison & Objet is this collection of bowls designed by Austrian design studio mischer'traxler. The idea of capturing the imprint of fruits and vegetables is so obvious, simple and beautifully executed in matte resin. And look at those colors! ♥
The Reversed Volumes collection is edited by PCM and very affordable too (via designmarketo!).
And by now you know I'm easily seduced when a brand has a beautiful identity:
What do you think of these bowls? And which one would you choose if you'd buy one? I think I'd go for the cabbage or cauliflower...
Last week I met with Liléko, which was a true delight. She's a fashion student from Chartres, so technically, not a true Isarien, but she lives in Creil during the week, so I count her in ;) She's currently working hard to finish her studies and prepare for a year abroad in the US. I think she must be working really hard, because she didn't really know a lot of cool places or restaurants in the Oise. But Liléko's smile made up for that. It's her best accessory, don't you think?
Maison et Objet in wood
It's probably because I can't wait for lighter days, with more energy and blooming greens, that my eye caught lots of wood, brightness and a hint of color at Maison & Objet last weekend. Today I'll show you some bright wooden designs that I liked.
Delightful color combos by Scholten & Baijings on tables and platters for Karimoku New Standard:
Beautiful plywood shelves via Eno Studio:
Clean shapes in marble, matte white aluminium and wooden fungi shelves by Danish brand Menu:
More plywood and brass & neon light by Chinese brand Neri&Hu:
Loved this beautiful corner shelf in beech wood designed by Marie Dessuant for Cinna:
Manufactured by French specialist for steel furniture Tolix: the concept kitchen designed by Kilian Schindler for N by Naber:
Wooden mirrors Mirette designed by Guillaume Delvigne for French brand Oxyo:
Still not enough wood? I've been pinning like crazy on my Knock Knock Plywood board ;) And soon more color and greens from Maison & Objet!
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