Des Petits Hauts courtyard in Paris by HeJu
A little warning: this will be a super pastel post. Not that there's anything wrong with pastels, but just so you know. Ever since the creative duo behind heju revealed their design for the courtyard of Parisian boutique Des Petits Hauts, I wanted to see it in person. So when I was in the neighborhood the other day, I popped by and made these photos.
The pastel mint, blush and pink tiles make me want to tile our entire garden. It looks so sleek and bright with the climbing and potted plants.
The inside of the boutique is particularly "cute". Des Petits Hauts sells very feminine and very Parisian tops, dresses, cardigans, supersoft knitwear and more.
What's not to love about some succulents in terracotta pots:
The wooden & pastel barcart, also designed by heju, has been used this entire summer for small parties. And on Saturdays in September, Amandine & Myrtille from Pickled will serve fresh lemonades and ice teas in the courtyard!
It looks like my shoes belonged here!
See, this is what I mean when I said that it makes me want to tile our entire garden:
Des Petits Hauts /// 5 rue Keller /// 75011 Paris /// +33 1 75 44 05 84
Open monday 2pm - 7:30pm and tuesday to saturday from 10:30am - 7:30pm
Etairnity Airplants design + giveaway
This summer I received a package from Etairnity with my very first airplants! You know I do have lots of cacti, agaves, succulents, palm trees and such, but somehow I never adopted any airplants. I expected them to be all tropical and difficult to take care of, but actually it's rather the opposite! Airplants, Tillandsia or Filles de l'Air in French ♥, are called like that because they gather moisture and nutrients from the air. They don't need any soil and request a minimum of water every once in a while. Perfect if you want to add some easy greens at home.
My new airplants came with 2 big wooden spheres and stainless steel wire to hang them somewhere in our home. The staircase seemed like an obvious choice as our entry hall has lots of indirect sunlight, which airplants love.
The first thing to do when you receive airplants by mail, is to soak them in water for an hour and let them dry. In the mean time I assembled the stainless steel wire and the spheres. Very easy!
And tadaaah! This is how they look under our staircase, a subtle green touch:
For watering, you take the airplant from its wooden base and generously spray 2-3 times per week. During this summer's heatwave I soaked the airplants a few times in water to prevent them from drying out. And it worked perfectly fine! Airplants are so easy and require very little attention. Another advantage of airplants, is that you don't need to repot them or find some nice plant pots.
Of course Wally was there to check out the airplants with me ;)
I'm very happy with my Tillandsia Caput-Medusa and Tillandsia Usneoidus (Spanish Moss) decoration, it's intriguing to see how they grow without any soil and very little water. And the best part: I get to give away a set of 3 cubes with airplants from Etairnity. Scroll down to read how!
To win a set of 3 wooden Etairnity cubes with airplants:
► Leave a comment below and tell me what's your favorite Etairnity product, and why?
► For an extra chance, hop over to Igor's Happy Interior Blog, because he's giving away a set as well!
The lucky winner will be announced on September 7th. The giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: we're happy to ship around the world :) Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed. Random.org selected the 50th comment as a winner. Congratulations Imke!
All photos made by me, except the Etairnity cubes.
Hotel Joke in Paris
It's one of the questions I get very often: Judith do you know a nice hotel in Paris? Usually I sleep in my own bed when I'm in Paris... obviously ;) But for my birthday, Astotel invited me for a night in their brand new hotel in the 9ᵗʰ arrondissement: l'Hôtel Joke. I had a really nice stay, so now you know which hotel I'll recommend next time... and that's no joke ;) Have a look:
The name of Hotel Joke describes the concept of the hotel pretty well: it's playful, with funny touches and small jokes all around. But beside the quirky design of the lobby, staircases and rooms, the staff was super friendly and welcomed us with a smile. The alcohol-free minibar is included in the price of the room, which was great because I was thirsty on my birthday ;) In the lobby is also a free snacks & drink area where you can serve yourself some cake, fruit, nuts, dried fruit, lemonades, sodas, coffee or tea. Even if you're not hungry, being able to grab an apple before heading out for a day in town, makes you feel more welcome and "at home", right?
This is the lobby and breakfast area with lots of playful details: toys, books & plants on the shelves, mirror lamps above the "target" tables and carpets. Those target tables reminded me of the beautiful design of the Islandic Opal candy boxes.
Throughout the hotel and in the elevator are different screens with non-stop "funny joke videos" from tv/YouTube. You can even watch the Joke Channel on the television in your room.
Our room was bright and clean. Not very big, but just what you need to store your suitcase, clothes and other stuff. And there was room for play: above the bed was a magnetic board with words. I felt the crazy need to change the typefaces of those words right away: my graphic designer eyes longed for some more sophisticated letters ;)
But Robert had a go and wrote this sentence:
Another quirky detail: a banana on the curtains:
And a mirror above our bed! After a night of sleep I woke up feeling one year older, no joke! But only because it was my birthday ;) The bed was very comfy and the bathroom products by Algotherm smelled really nice too (so nice that I even "stole" the body cream!).
Bonne nuit from my bed in Hotel Joke:
Hotel Joke /// 69 Rue Blanche /// 75009 Paris /// +33 1 40 40 71 71
The hotel is located close to the Moulin Rouge, metro Blanche (and Pigalle, Place de Clichy, Saint Lazare)
Full disclaimer: Hotel Joke invited me for one night in Paris. I had a great stay and decided to blog about it, and as usual: all views and photos are my own. Merci Hotel Joke!
Rue Crémieux in Paris
Paris isn't nearly as colorful as Berlin or London, but we do have our own Notting Hill-like street! La Rue Crémieux is one of the most Instagrammed streets in Paris and it was fun to see it in person in stead of on millions of Instagram shots. It's actually a very very regular and small street near Bastille. But with lots of potted plants and flowers, color and quirky details. Have a look:
As you can see, la Rue Crémieux was empty when I visited, but I've been told it's usually the place to be for fashionbloggers and selfie-stick tourists... There's also a small hostel-like hotel on Number Fifteen, called L'Hôtel Particulier, with double rooms starting at 80€.
Painted wisteria vines on the pistachio green house:
If you would ignore the typical Parisian terracotta chimney pots, this could be Portobello Road in London:
Yummy Indian cress flowers:
It wasn't 5:43, but never mind, it's a cute detail of the Rue Crémieux:
Plants on Pink:
And some more neutral hues, like pale green and white at Number Twelve:
And a hunting cat at Number Twenty-Eight:
Would you choose the yellow, pink, blue or this peachy blush house as your home?
Rue Crémieux /// 75012 Paris /// metro Quai de la Rapée or Bastille or Gare de Lyon
Click here for the exact location on Google Maps
Running a rainbow with Kalenji + giveaway!
I clearly remember the day someone called me Sporty Spice for the first time. Me?! No way! But after my recent 300th run I can hardly deny it: I love running! And finding colorful or interesting things on my runs became a second nature. While I have no ambition of ever running a marathon, I do need my runs to keep me sane and fit.
Ever since I went for my first 10K race in Nice in January, I run on these neon pink Kalenji Kiprun SD (short distance) shoes. I expected them to be worn out by now, but they are still very comfy and add the right amount of support & color to my runs. You can easily run a rainbow with these shoes, like I did ;)
Apparently I'm not the only one who loves her Kalenji's, because I get so many comments and private messages from people asking where I got my shoes. You can buy Kalenji's running shoes at Decathlon stores around Europe and in their webshop. And even better: you can win a pair here on my blog, because Kalenji and I teamed up to giveaway a pair to one lucky winner! Double Yay!
The Kalenji Kiprun SD shoes were designed for short distance runners who, like me, run up to 15kms. They're very lightweight, fit well around your feet, especially if you lace your shoes with this lacing technique. And even though that shouldn't be one of your criteria when choosing your running shoes: they look pretty good too! I like how they are cushioned thanks to the cushioning ring called K-ring. For all the technical details (like pronation, cushioning, propulsion and more), head over to Kalenji's website. Oh and another good point about these shoes: their price tag!
The things you discover when you run around your neighborhood: a blue Christmas tree and a "man on the moon" sign:
Evening runs are not my favorite (I don't feel very safe) but I loved stumbling upon this little hedgehog on one of my runs:
To win a pair of Kalenji Kiprun SD running shoes in your size (ladies size 36 to 42):
► Follow me on Instagram (or Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin if you prefer)
► Leave a comment below
The lucky winner will be announced on August 27th. The giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: we're happy to ship around the world :) Good luck!
The giveaway is now closed. Random.org selected the 10th comment as a winner. Congratulations Marion!
Kalenji kindly offered a pair of running shoes to 1 of my readers, but all opinions and pictures are my own. Merci Kalenji!
Mies van der Rohe pavilion Barcelona
Another day, another gem in Barcelona! If you love steel, glass and polished stone and architecture, you shouldn't miss the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona pavilion, if you are in town.
I'm not a die-hard MvdR-fan but love his ideas about inside/outside, plants and clean lines. For instance I really don't like his Barcelona chair: it's not very comfy and I don't like the look, but the pavilion is an intriguing space. It was built for the Barcelona International Exhibition between 1928 and 1929, which means it was never designed as a place to live. That's exactly why I would love to visit the Villa Tugendhat in Brno (Czech Republic): it was commissioned by the Tugendhat couple as a home for their family.
In the pavilion lays an amazing custom carpet and features a "floating" roof. Also, the borders between inside & outside completely disappear. Built in the late 20's I can see that the architect who designed our home here in France, was clearly inspired by some of Mies van der Rohe's work. No more words, just photos, which may inspire you to visit the pavilion when you're in Barcelona :)
Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion /// Avenida Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7 /// Barcelona, Spain
Praktik Garden Hotel Barcelona
When looking for a nice place to stay in Barcelona, I found THE perfect hotel for a plant lover like myself: the Praktik Garden hotel. It's a hidden oasis in the middle of the city, conveniently located in the Eixample area between the Passeig de Gràcia and the Sagrada Familia. Even before entering the lobby that's filled with an abundance of potted plants, you know you have arrived in a "green" place: the pavement is full of potted plants and trees. But the very best feature is their lush green private terrace where you can hang out and relax, have a cup of coffee or sunbathe on the lounge chairs.
The rooms at Praktik Garden are beautiful too: very clean with black & white details, nice lighting, graphic tiles in the spacious bathrooms, a nice view (garden or street) and the artwork is different in every room and has a botanical touch!
By the way: Praktik Garden doesn't offer breakfast, but there are plenty of options in the neighborhood (like Restaurant Norte with excellent brekkie or brunch) or get something at a bakery and eat it in the garden. There is a coffee machine and a soda & water machine as well.
Full disclosure: Praktik Garden offered me a discount for my stay with them and as usual: all photos and words are my own. I had a great stay and warmly recommend you to stay here during your time in Barcelona :)
mini Guide Barcelona
A few of my favorite places in Barcelona:
► Trait Store /// Carrer del Parlament 28 /// In the beautiful Sant Antoni's neighborhood, close to Barcelona's biggest food hall you'll find Trait store: they carry a cool selection of (Scandi & US) fashion brands and a lot of plants. The space is designed by talented designer Miriam Barrio.
► Café Cometa /// Carrer del Parlament 20 /// After shopping at Trait Store sit down & relax at Café Cometo, with fresh juices, pastries, yummy sandwiches and... good coffee!
► Gràcia neighborhood /// Lots of healthy/bio/ecological shops and delicious artisanal ice cream places. For lunch I can warmly recommend Mama's Café: lovely biological food and they have a nice private terrace too!
► Parc de la Ciutadella /// Passeig de Picasso 21 /// On Sunday go for a stroll around the park, rent a rowing boat and go for a little tour around the lake. Lots of family activities (music and siesta) all around the park too.
► University garden /// 226 Carrer de la Diputació /// A small garden around the university building with old palm trees and other species, occasional summer parties. The university buiding is also worth to check out (nice corridors and courtyards).
► Praktik Garden Hotel /// A budget-friendly design hotel in the middle of the Eixample area with a lush garden terrace and beautiful minimalistic rooms. The lobby is filled with potted plants too and makes it a true Urban Jungle Bloggers hotel!
► Satan's Coffee Corner /// Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11 /// Delicous coffee in a stylish place with lots of plants in beautiful Matagalán terracotta pots. Their motto says it all: no decaf, no wifi, no unattended kids. Cash only. Fuck Tripadvisor, fuck Yelp, aussies keep it quiet!
► Mies van der Rohe pavillion /// Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7 /// If you love marble and the work of Mies van der Rohe you should go here. The pavillion is not very big (entry fee is 5€) but it's worth visiting this super avant-garde construction that's almost 90 years old! /// On the other side of the road is the CaixaForum, an art gallery funded by the Caixa bank in an abandoned factory. When I visited there was an Alvar Aalto(!) exhibition. The wavy rooftop (without specatular view though) is fun too.
► Bang's Gelateria Artesana /// Carrer del Carmen area (can't find the exact street on Google maps) /// A trip to Barcelona isn't complete without gelato. I really enjoyed the blackberry yogurt ice cream (without artificial flavours & colors) at Bang's.
► On the list for my next time in Barcelona: the botanical gardens (closed on Monday's), see this language school designed by Masquespacio with my own eyes, visit the Hibernacle garden center (or leave the city and visit some Catalonian nurseries), check out the greens at Palo Alto, visit the MACBA, and get myself some decent xurros con chocolate, because I had bad luck this time and ate the most aweful ones ever... oops! If you have any tips, please leave them in the comments. I can't wait to go back soon!
► Previously: my favorite places in Paris /// Stockholm /// Berlin /// Copenhagen /// Antwerp /// London
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