Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Helsinki, Leiden, Munich, Berlin and Madrid, quite a few "new" botanical gardens on the 2016-list! Botanical gardens are my happy places and usually a peaceful break in the middle of a big city. After a whirlwind and intense week of Spanish Design this summer, Robert joined me in Madrid to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. Our first stop: the calm, sunny and lush Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid.
The entire botanical garden in Madrid is set up like a park with dusty paths (it was 40°C), an arboretum, flower beds, greenhouses and some mystic water & sunrays:
The covered passages through the garden with 90.000 plants and flowers and 1.500 trees, the greenhouse, my favorite part:
The greenhouse has several divisions: tropical, temperate, and desert...
One of the other patios in the garden houses the largest Herbarium in Spain. It contains around a million of different specimens from around the world and their goal is to make all the visuals and information available online and provide researchers from anywhere in the world with this data and encourage preservation.
The entrance of the Jardín Botánico is next to the famous Prado museum, really in the middle of Madrid, but the garden feels particularly quiet, people move slowly, rest on a bench, take their time to appreciate the statues, flowers, trees and plants. Another reason for this slowness was probably also because is was so very hot when we visited ;)
Large palms and 1.500 trees in the garden provide lots of shade to stay cool:
A little peek behind-the-scenes at the garden. I always love these parts of a botanical garden so much (more): this is where the gardeners experiment, grow their stock of plants, take care of illnesses... some of them are extra fragile and can not be exposed to the public for that reason, but sometimes they're just too common. It's always a little bit more messy and practical, with too much of a mise-en-scène.
Some early dahlias enjoying the golden hour light:
A bit too cultivated and kitschy for my taste, but quite unusual are these baskets with chicks & hens:
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid /// Plaza de Murillo, 2 /// 28014 Madrid /// Spain
Peonies Café et Fleurs in Paris
Plants are my thing, but I also really enjoy flowers. But not nearly as much as my flower friend Elodie from Madame Love. Earlier this summer we picked the most beautiful Café au Lait Dahlias in her second home here in the Oise. The other day we had lunch at a brand new café in Paris: Peonies café et fleurs.
The concept is as simple as delicious: Peonies is a café where you can sit down at one of the pink terrazzo tables, have a coffee or lunch/brekkie/brunch/cake and buy a nice bouquet for a friend or yourself. Model and DJ Clémentine Lévy recently opened this hybrid cafe. She learned how to create her bouquets at Flower School Catherine Muller and now works with seasonal field flowers that come from growers from l'Île-de-France, the region around Paris. A very refreshing florist with natural flowers:
Homemade jams, with mouthwatering combinations like grapefruit & orange blossom, strawberry & mint and apricot & lavender to takeaway:
The Poenies icon on the flowerwrappers is really cute too:
Clémentine's Peonies menu is simple and delicious. If you're looking for a lunch café with dozens of options, this is not your place. But if you like some Avocado toast with cacao nibs, homemade granola, grilled cheese or a healthy salad, this is where to go. Elodie and I also had a really nice tea à la Rose from Les Jardins de Gaïa. No dessert for us this time, but I think we need to go back for a slice of yummy cake or a cookie. Some are even vegan and glutenfree, if you prefer.
Golden (brass) flatware... nothing less:
And what do you do when you visit a cute flowery café like this? You Instagram it... of course. Right, Elodie?
Peonies Café et Fleurs /// 81 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis /// 75010 Paris
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10-19 and on Sunday from 10-16
Urban Jungle Bloggers #32
Today I'm taking you to Egypt for the October Edition of Urban Jungle Bloggers. The topic Plant Still Life "desert made think of the last time I was in a real desert. Which was more than 16(!) years ago in Egypt. That is if you don't count the numerous times I visited the desert-greenhouses in botanical gardens ;). Robert and I were in Egypt during the Millennium Concert at the Giza pyramids near Caïro. Jean Michel Jarre produced a giant concert & show called the Twelve Dreams of the Sun. I remember we drove into the desert, which is rather close to the suburbs of the city, and our car was checked for bombs with mirrors, dogs and security personnel. In what felt like the middle of the desert we had to pass through a security portal. So much changed in 16 years, this was pre-9/11 and in Europe we were not used to these strict security checks.
We passed from 1999 into the new millennium, with an incredible show with thousands of musicians, dancers and my favorite part: the children that formed a long procession with lights. One of the most surprising details was that it was cold in our tent in the desert and when we drove back to the city it started to rain. Not quite what I expected a desert to be like.
Anyway, let's go back to my styling for today's Urban Jungle edition: I gathered my most desert-y plants and mixed them with objects in a neutral, terracotta, yellow color palette. Not my usual style, but I liked playing around with them. One of the many many books we have about Egyptian history, had this perfect colored cover hidden under its protective jacket. I also added a few souvenirs we brought home 16 years ago, Turkish coffee pots, an oil lamp and I recreated the Rue du Caire mosaic that I spotted in Paris the other day.
Four years I wrote about our trips to Egypt on my blog... with scanned analog photos. It's crazy how so many things have changed so tremendously (digital photography, security) and so many things are still the same (like my partner). And I suppose Cairo is still a very very loud city.
One of my latest "desert"-y plants that I added to my collection, a group of Cleistocactus strausii also known as Silver Torch cactus:
Below you see one of the 6(!) Turkish coffee pots that we brought home... we never used them since but I don't really want to get rid of them either. Maybe just keep one and give away the others?
I'm very curious to see how other Urban Jungle Bloggers interpretate this Still Life Desert theme. I suspect there will be quite some cacti, sand and maybe even some dessert? Let's hope so! Do you ever create vignettes at home with your plants? Show us with the hashtag #urbanjunglebloggers
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted 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 and keep up-to-date via Facebook or Instagram. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
► For more Plant Still Lifes, check out the gallery!
Amodo Objects & Stories in Berlin
Between working on an urban jungle hangout and styling a jungle rooftop dinner location in Berlin last month, I found this gem of a shop in Mitte. Marianna, the Italian owner of Amodo, created a darling shop with a cool mix of everything I like (and more): plants, color, plywood, and a very personal and artistic style. With her background in the art world, she selected design and interior products from her home country Italy, like the beautiful blankets by LanificioB and the mirrors by Portego design, but also cushions from Bohazel in Berlin, backpacks from Braasi in Prague.
When chatting with Marianna about the plants in her shop and the courtyard that you can see from the shop, she told me she works together with all the neighbords to keep the courtyard as green and beautiful as possible. Have a look:
The "green window" in the back is such a highlight of the shop:
I love that she even sells deliciousness from "home", Amaretti, chocolate and Nocciolini from Italy:
Washi tape, stickers, building blocks and candleholders:
The pink glow on the rough Berlin-style wall, comes from the Bulbo Cynara grow light. A plant light that allows you to grow plants and vegetables in places where they don't get enough sunlight. They also come in handy to keep your plants happy in the darker winter months.
Cups, pins, notebooks, cushions, artwork, jewelry, puzzles, fountain pens, plant accessories...
And Amodo doesn't only sell beautiful objects, the space also feels very quiet and peaceful. Even in the middle of a bustling city like Berlin. And all the products come with interesting stories, because that's what Amodo is all about as well. Telling the stories behind all the cool design brands represented in the shop. It's eclectic and personal, very well curated and different from the many many concept stores that you can find on every streetcorner nowadays.
Beautiful throws and blankets by LanificioB:
Botanical artwork, ceramics, home perfumes, books, that cool hand mirror by Portego design, jewelry, soaps and more... I warmly recommend to visit Amodo when you're in Berlin! You won't leave the shop empty handed ;)
Amodo Objects & Stories /// Linienstr.150 /// 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Open from Monday through Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00
I won the vtwonen Advanced Blogger Award 2016!
So happy, humbled and honored! This weekend I won the vtwonen Advanced Blogger Award 2016 with my blog JOELIX.com. It was such a surprise, because I was shortlisted together with two very talented blog colleagues: Marij from My Attic and Suzanne from &Suus. They both create beautiful content for their blogs and social media and totally deserved to win. So while I was expecting that the award would go to Alphen aan den Rijn (where they both live), Carlein Kieboom, editor in chief of vtwonen, announced me as a winner! So cool! These were her kind words:
Carlein Kieboom: "And the winner is… JOELIX! Dear Judith, congratulations, you have a very personal style, we love to read all your stories behind your pictures. It’s unique how you mix all colors, also with greens, and that makes you a unique winner. So keep up the good work, congratulations!"
A few pictures from the vtwonen & Meet the Blogger Award Ceremony at Hotel Casa400 in Amsterdam:
Happy with winners Suzanne from &Suus, Jessica and Fleur from PRCHTG, me, and Theo-Bert from The Nice Stuff Collector:
Earlier that day, Igor and I presented our Urban Jungle book to the audience of Meet the Blogger and signed copies together with our book illustrator Saar Manche! It was so good to hear all kinds of feedback on the book, the photos, the illustrations... And of course we shared a few quirky details from the bookmaking process too ;) As you can imagine, it was a very nice, yet exhausting (I lost my voice again...) day! A small impression:
Winning the vtwonen Advanced Blogger Award feels like such a wonderful token of appreciation of my work as a blogger. Even though this past year I've worked so much more on UJB-related projects, it's great to know that my dear blog is appreciated by professionals... and you! Thank you so much!!! Now I'm off to edit hundreds of photos from this summer in Spain, Germany, France and Holland. I have so many things I want to blog about!
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