Urban Jungle Bloggers #34
This entire December month seems to be dedicated to Light... and plants... and light! Chasing the last rays of sunlight to take pictures of my plantgang, a desperate need for some lightness in these dark days for the world, watching the Christmas decoration in our city, testing the Philips Hue lamps (you can still participate for a chance to win them!) and today's last Urban Jungle Bloggers topic of the year: Plants & Light.
And to make this Light topic extra special, Igor and I worked together with a young Danish Design company called HAENG to design something special. Meet the limited-edition HAENG x Urban Jungle Bloggers pendant! It is a high quality pendant lamp with a lage filament light bulb that shines bright like a diamond. No seriously, it gives a beautiful warm light that gives an instant cosy feeling to the room.
Of course our lamp had to be green: with a mintgreen cylinder, a green stick that creates a dynamic look and a green sphere in super soft merino wool I think we succeeded ;) The other four elements are in beautiful wenge, walnut, cork and oak and the entire lamp is made and manufactured in Scandinavia!
Our HAENG x Urban Jungle Bloggers lamp is available in a very limited edition of 10, so if you like it, you better be fast ;)
When you turn off the light this is what happens: a glowy and cosy light:
For the occasion I gathered some of my bigger plants: one of the palm trees that I grew from seeds, our Christmas Euphorbia, a Philodendron cutting from our greenhouse, a Rhipsalis, a cactus group and a Philodendon xanadu:
And if you don't really like green, HAENG also creates pendant lights in other colors, with merino woolen spheres in yellow, blue or red, or even without. You can find their entire collection here. And to make your HAENG lamp even more personal, Jakob and Rune invite you into their Copenhagen-based showroom where you can customize your own lamp. Choose the shapes and colors you want for your own unique design pendant!
And here we are, the last blog post of the year! Next week I'm on holidays, enjoying some much needed rest after this whirlwind year 2016. It's been intense, exciting, exhausting, surprising, overwhelming and beyond amazing! Thank you for reading my stories the entire year! And for all the support I received from you in person or digitally. Merci mille fois! I wish you a wonderful Christmas and lots of of LIGHT for the New Year! See you very soon!
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 Plants & Light, check out the gallery!
Philips Hue + giveaway
One of the best features in our home is the light: all the outer walls are from glass, so we have a lot of sunlight coming in throughout the day. Which is beautiful (and hot!) in the summer and pretty great in the winter too. Especially in these short and dark days before Xmas, I realize that good light at home is essential.
In all rooms we have multiple light sources, lots of pendant lights with medium or bright light bulbs. But none of them are dimmable and they all have the same "white color". So when Philips asked me to try their Philips Hue white ambiance lights I was intrigued.
Philips Hue is a range of wireless lighting with LED lightbulbs that you can control with your phone or tablet. Once you setup the bridge you can start playing and create the right "ambiances" for your day. Bright right for reading, cosy light to watch a movie or for having dinner. Or energizing light if you need an extra boost to clean the house (I know I need all the boosts I could use for that ;)). If you like, you can create different light recipes or a scenario for when you're not home. And you can even let Hue help you wake up more naturally by letting it gradually increase the brightness of the light in the morning and thus mimicking the effect of sunrise.
So time to test these lamps and see their effect for real. I started in our all-white bedroom, because if you want to see different shades of white, there's no better space to test it than on a white canvas, right?
I love that you can change the light per lightbulb: Robert can chill while I read a book or vice versa!
I created different ambiances in the bathroom by installing the lightbulbs above our transparant ceiling. A slightly blue light is perfect when you want to take an energizing shower, but I'd opt for a cosier Savannah Sunset light for a double shower ;)
In my home office I like to surround myself with plants and good light. I really like my yellow desk lamp but decided to install an extra Colani pendant above my desk for even more light when I'm taking notes during Skype-calls (there's been a lot of that lately ha!) or when I'm doing crafty DIY-stuff. And at night it becomes an extra light source that creates a cosy corner in the living room!
What I like best with the Philips Hue lamps, is that you can really change the ambiance of a room without changing the light bulbs. From very practical light for cleaning or working out to cosy Christmas light! If you like to see what a different hue of light can do for your home: I'm giving away a starterset!
If you want to win a Philips Hue white ambiance starterset, worth 139,95€:
Leave a comment below and tell me in which room you would use these lamps
For an extra chance, you can also leave a comment on Instagram!
I'll pick a winner on Thursday December 20th 2016. Good luck!
This giveway is now closed. The winner is @beahallberg
Empreintes The French Craft Concept Store in Paris
Concept Store. I don't like the two words: they are overrated, underestimated, hasbeen and are ever so often used for shops that gather a lot of "stuff" without any concept other than pushing customers to cheap consumption. Not at Empreintes, a new Concept Store for French Fine Crafts in the Haut-Marais in Paris. Their concept is very well thought of: it's a gallery, it's a shop, there's a café, a library and a small projection room in the sous-sol. All focused on les métiers d'arts: fine crafts. The staff is very welcoming, eager to inform you all about the items at display and tell you the many many stories behind the more than 1000 limited edition pieces and their makers.
Empreintes is big and spacious with its 600m2, which feels very un-Parisian! It's a light filled shop that is very well thought of, in a scenography by Elizabeth Lerich. It is calm, you don't feel any pressure to buy (even though you want to because there are so many unique and beautiful pieces that would look great at home or that would be perfect gifts), Empreintes is a very slow place and I love that.
Contrary to more traditional craftsmen shops, the selection of items at Empreintes is surpisingly contemporary and has nothing to do with oldfashioned objects that are indeed made by hand but that you wouldn't even give to your grandma. Ateliers d’Art de France, the French federation of fine craft professionals, proposes a new kind of concept store with objects made by French craftsmen and artists without any middle men or big corporations. Just the best in French fine crafts, available at any budget.
And if you want to test-drive the beautiful mugs, cups, teapots or plates that you can buy at Empreintes, have a little break at the Season café on the first floor, where they serve delicous organic food. The wall behind the counter is decorated with a jungle of plants:
The exhibition about WOOD with artists Etienne Moyat, Benoît Averly, Bertrand Lacourt, Pascal Oudet, Sébastien Panis and Julian Schwarz:
A cabinet de curiosité with sculls, glass domes, anatomic figures, ceramic coral creations and a papier maché lamb head (top middle) by Marie Talalaeff:
The beautiful eathenware cups by Christine Waxweiler:
A big crush on the beautiful ceramics by Eric Hibélot:
At Empreintes they don't only show the finished products: in special artist's booths you can see (beautiful!) pictures of the artists' workspaces and ateliers and read more about their indiviual stories.
The view over the rue de Bretagne:
Empreintes - Le Concept Store des Métiers d'Art /// 5 rue de Picardie 75003 Paris /// France /// +33 (0)144010830
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm
Handmade designs from Etsy
As you already know I don't need a lot of stuff. I'm currently in an over-the-top getting-rid-of-stuff phase. Very Mary Kondo style, although I don't follow her instructions ;) It just feels like it's time to right-size. But there's one thing I never have enough of: plant pots for my ever growing urban jungle. For last month's Urban Jungle Bloggers topic I listed my favorite plant pots and where I find them: in webshops, thrift shops, brocantes, flea markets, design shops, Instagram, Etsy... And oh boy how I got lost in the latter: if you start browsing all the wonderful handmade or vintage products on offer on Etsy... let me tell you: I spent way too much time picking some new items for our home. And the cool thing is, that Etsy recognizes your style once you <3 some items, so every time I log in, there are new suggestions based on the items I love or new products from my favorite sellers.
My first crush was on the contemporary ceramics from Maevo Studio from Barcelona. I love the glazings on her coffee cups that are perfect for small sized succulents and cacti. Mariana also creates larger plant pots, so I got a wide one for my Begonia maculata.
While looking for more handmade ceramics I stumbled upon the work of Jenni Oh Crafts from Rome. She creates interesting tea and coffee cups in stoneware, but I spotted one really cute plant pot with a cool shape and little saucer. It's the perfect home for this little hair cactus!
Did you know you can even buy plants on Etsy? Not just plant seeds, but also real living plants! I found this new Etsy store from Toulouse that sells interesting cacti and succulents: The Cactus Corner Shop. I picked 3 cute ones: a Euphobia lacta cristata because I love the color so much, an Euphorbia inermis with it's funky shape and an Opuntia zebrina with interesting zebra stripes. They arrived safe and sounds after a little trip from the South of France and I can't wait for spring when they'll start growing again.
Another big crush are the mobiles of French company VOLTA Paris. Actually I was looking for some artwork for the walls, but couldn't make up my mind. When I lay eyes on these moving metal "sculptures" I knew this was the artwork I was looking for! My Emotif mobile is in constant movement with an elegant twist and I love the dusty pink color how poetic it looks!
And a special mention for the Palm Springs collection of Green Monsters. When talented plant lover & professional Fanie meets talented ceramicist Fanny, a beautiful & practical collaboration is unavoidable. The pots come with a matching draining tray with a hint of color in Aurora, Dune and Mint. They're very pretty and practical at the same time!
Do you ever shop on Etsy? And how do you find the things you're looking for? I realized it was a bit tricky to find specific items in a specific style, but If you're looking for nice things on Etsy, I can warmly recommend you to check out other people's "Items I love" to find the coolest things. These beautiful items are currently on my Etsy Items I love list:
1 Wall shelf daily gems by StudioLilesadi /// 2 Fish purse by DonFisherShop /// 3 Dancing bowl by LAccentNou /// 4 Melted Faces plant pot by KinskaShop /// 5 Chandni Kabra rug by Rug by Gur /// 6 Cactus Silk dress by DoopsDesigns /// 7 Mirror Bunting by fluxglass /// 8 Ceramic Espresso cups by ONEandMANY /// 9 Mirror coat hanger by Etmanufacture /// 10 Opuntia violacaea cactus pad by OldPuebloEmporium /// 11 Modern minimalist bracelet by HominiStudio /// 12 Fern long sleeve by Swearhouse /// 13 Brass Table Mirror by Calvill /// 14 3D printed plant pot by Minimum Design /// 15 Leather flats by ARAMAshoes
Merci beaucoup to Etsy for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions and photos are my own (except for product photos).
Heerenhuis Manufactuur in Antwerp
A little warning before you'll read this blogpost: no color! But there's a lot of wood in here. That's a good excuse, because I happen to love wood ;)
As I told you before, seeing how a product is made, can completely change your perspective. For the worse but in this case for the better! As a lucky blogger, I didn’t only get a peek behind the scenes of Spanish Design this year: in October I was invited to Antwerp as part of the Function + Form Bloggers Tour. We visited several design companies, a fabulous art gallery, had a tour around the Eilandje, the area around the MAS museum and enjoyed lovely Belgian food and the good company of fellow bloggers. I can’t wait to tell you more about the cool places we visited. But today I start with the first stop of the F+F Tour: a visit of Heerenhuis Manufactuur in Hoboken, on the outskirts of Antwerp.
Heerenhuis is a Belgian company that I knew from their booths at Maison & Objet, that focuses on one product only: wooden tables. High quality wooden tables. The kind of table you buy to stand the test of time, of long family dinners or wild dinner parties with friends, and that you take with you when you move to a new place. That one piece of furniture that is the first to move into your new place and only looks better with aging.
Besides all the details about the kinds of wood Heerenhuis Manufactuur uses for their tables, like oak, reclaimed teak, African walnut, birch, poplar, French and Italian oak, the thing was struck me most was the following. Wood is a natural material, it moves, cracks, bends and changes with the seasons, air humidity and light. The techniques Heerenhuis uses to pull together the wood in layers and the fixtures of (non coated steel) legs avoid that a their tables become unstable or wobbly. It's all about the quality and durability. And also about KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. I like that! In my head I'm a minimalist and I truly deeply love minimal homes, spaces, interiors, musea, galleries, art. But my hands are not and I keep gathering and arranging stuff in small or large groups. Even on a table ;)
Anyway, back to tables: in the factory all Heerenhuis tables are produced by hand in their Hoboken factory. Pieces of wood are assembled, glued, shaved, waxed, polished and made to measure. Every natural mark in the wood is preserved to show the character of the raw material in the final design:
The impressive amount of wood, soon to be turned into new tables:
Function + Form bloggers at work:
At the last Maison & Objet, Heerenhuis not only presented new tables, but also a new super sleek chair with rubber seating. Lightweight and surprisingly comfy! But their main focuses will continue to be on tables.
We make tables. That's what we do.
And another fun detail: before touring the Heerenhuis factory and showroom, we enjoyed a lunch with pizza baked on wood ovens, with leftover wood from the tables! Yum!
Heerenhuis Manufactuur /// Van Praetstraat 140 /// 2660 Hoboken, Belgium /// +32 3 238 66 03
If you liked reading about Heerenhuis, you may also like the check out Anton Doll Holzmanufaktur in Munich. A completely different style, but the same passion for wood!
Cozy guestroom with Urban Outfitters
Hibernation mode is in full swing in our home! Most of the plants from the greenhouse are now in the warmer parts of our home, waiting for the winter to
start be over. Some plants are actually occupying the guestroom and it looks like a jungle in there. Which I like a lot! Almost enough to spend the night in the guestroom, as we don't have any plants in our own bedroom because there's not enough light. So when Urban Outfitters asked me to pick some products from their new collection, I knew I wanted to make the guestroom extra cozy with some good vibes. The bath mat was the first product I put in my shopping basket, because who wouldn't want to wake up with good vibes?!
The eye-catcher of the guestroom is no longer the plants, but this cool bedding with hundreds of eyes watching over our guests in their sleep! Or when having a little snack ;)
If you're into Pokémon, you probably recognized Poliwhirl making himself comfortable between the pillows. He seems to quite like the jungle vibes in here!
On the console table I displayed some of the smaller plants that need some rest for the winter. I stopped watering all my cacti but keep watering the succulents, palms, Euphorbia, the big Zamioculcas and the Begonia maculata.
As you know, I'm always on the lookout for containers for my growing plants or new cuttings. Small laboratory flasks, French ceramic yogurt pots or glassware, like these cute glasses with cacti are perfect to grow small plants, as long as you put some drainage balls or pebbles on the bottom. The Opuntia zebrina cactus below loves it! On the cork globe I pinned all the places I've traveled to this year, like Madrid, Helsinki, Berlin, Toulouse and the UK.
Of course I provide my guests with some good reading material (a.k.a. our own #urbanjunglebook), the cozy perfume of a Byredo Pavillon candle and the joys of this mini plantgang:
So now the big question is... who will be the next guest in our guestroom?
Urban Outfitters products used: Eye bedding /// Good vibes bath mat /// Cork globe /// Cactus wine glasses /// Pink Diamond glasses /// Nelson console table /// S'well water bottle
Plus lots of plants and the #urbanjunglebook
This blog post was created in collaboration with Urban Outfitters. All photos, words and opinions are my own.
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