Take Time for Spring!
Spring is here! Years ago when we were in the middle of the renovation and didn't have proper heating, I always felt like I could finally heave a sigh of relief: we survived winter! There was still a risk of cold weather in April, but sunshine and warmth were coming. Now that the days of frozen showercream are gone, I still feel much better when winter is over. The fields in the forests near to our home are full of narcissus, and the other day I lay in the grass for an hour to soak up the first rays of sunshine. Much needed and it felt amazing. I'm also planning a few fun trips in the next weeks and finally: a real holiday in April & May. Time to relax and to take time for anything but work. Because 2016 (and 2017!) was intense work-wise. Very fun, very exciting, very rewarding, but also very exhausting.
Take Time is also the name of the new wall clock designed by Pepe Heykoop for Tiny Miracles. It's made of coated paper and hand folded by the Indian women supported by the Tiny Miracles Foundation.
Tiny Miracles is an innovative social company based in Holland with the ambition to develop a working business model to break poverty cycles in any community in the world. Their new clocks are made in one of the most impoverished areas of Mumbai, India where the Pardeshi community lives and the purpose is to make sure that this community will be self-sufficient in 10 years.
You may already know Tiny Miracles and their well known paper vase, the clocks are new and come in some fresh designs, like Delft blue, flowers, all kinds of pastels and black. I picked the mint green gradient one, because it felt like a good fit for spring. Before going on the wall, I styled it in my plantshelfie. What do you think?
One of my most cherished plants, the zig zag cactus I got last year, started growing a long new stem, without its characteristic zig zags (for now):
Mister Euphorbia is doing well and ready to grow some new shoots soon:
Another Spring staple in our home are tiny Muscari, they even have their own little gin-cup-vase:
What are your plans for Spring?
Full disclosure: the Take Time clock was sent to me by Tiny Miracles, but as always: all photos and opinions (and the choice to blog about it or not!) are my own.
La Manufacture Parisienne in Paris
On an impromptu walk through the 18th arrondissement in Paris, I passed by a particularly green shopwindow and just had to take a peek inside. It turns out La Manufacture Parisienne is not only a green little paradise, it's also a really good shop if you're looking for a gifts or something nice for your home. Be prepared for lots of ceramics, paper art, cushions, small furniture, mirrors, books, candles, lamps and notebooks.
It's eclectic, stylish, cute, green, design-y and even quite French! Lots of products are from French makers, like Y'a pas le feu au lac, VOLTA Paris or Rouge du Rhin. Every two months the entire shop changes its look, I was very lucky to visit now that the botanical theme is so well represented. Make sure to visit La Manufacture Parisienne on your next visit to Paris, or pass by if you're in the neighborhood (18ème). Go for a delicious lunch at the cool Abattoir Végétal and get a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers are the lovely Mémé dans les Orties.
So without further ado, have a look around:
Can you guess what caught my eye? Yes, it's those lovely ceramic plates by Véronique Le Besnerais:
Papercut botanical leaves and embroidered brooches (left) from Macon & Lesquoy:
The paper diamonds by Sophie Morille:
La Manufacture Parisienne /// 93 rue Marcadet /// 75018 Paris /// +331 42 64 76 29
Open every tuesday to saturday from 11:00 to 19:30
Casa Bonay in Barcelona
I've said it before, but I seriously can't wait for the day that teleportation becomes reality. Like at this very moment: I'd love to be in Barcelona right now for a drink at the gorgeous Casa Bonay! To sit back and relax in one of their comfy velvet couches, staring at the beautiful Cirio Circular lights from Santa & Cole and enjoy some good company.
During our Sunny Design Days tour through Spain last year, Nina Masó from Santa & Cole took us to Casa Bonay after visiting the amazing Parc de Belloch just outside Barcelona. She wanted to show us the Santa & Cole products in a real setting and introduce us to this wonderful place that is called Casa Bonay. It is really a family house, in the middle of the Eixample Dret and first opened its doors in 1869. And now, almost 150 years later, it is a place to have fun. You can sleep here in one of the comfortable rooms of the hotel, have cocktails in the beautiful lobby/bar/café, do some shopping, enjoy a delicious Asian dinner, enjoy the view on the rooftop, read a book or magazine, or get some really good coffee at the neighbors from Satan's. Sounds pretty good, right?!
When Nina told us more about what Casa Bonay is all about, one of the main things that made a real impression on me, is that the owners gathered a team of creatives to work with, based on how much they liked them. They work with friends. Of course they kept the results of re-opening Casa Bonay in mind, but the process of creating this new place was just as important. They worked with Nina from Santa & Cole for all the lights, Mucho for their graphic design, Basta Basta for the uniforms of the staff and wallpaper and pillow covers, Alejandra the gardener, Marc Morro for furniture and many more. It makes that the place doesn't only look good, it feels really nice and welcoming too.
CASA BONAY in their own words:
Let’s have some fun.
The awesome fabrics from Basta Basta are used for some of the pillows in the lobby bar:
For the best coffee in Barcelona, head to the neighbors at Satan's Coffee:
So who's in? Cocktails at Casa Bonay in 15 minutes from now? Let's teleport there straight away!
Casa Bonay /// Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 700 /// 08008 Barcelona /// +34 93 545 80 70
boutique hotel - shop - music - restaurant - rooftop - shop
Lovely Day Botanicals
Whenever I burn my skin, I break off a leaf of one of my Aloë plants and apply the aloë gel to my skin. It's effective and has an immediate calming effect. Plants and botanical essences have proven their virtues in past centuries and continue to do so today. But ever so often, natural ingredients are replaced by chemical substances with the most complicated (or vague) names. So when looking for natural skincare products, Igor introduced me to Lovely Day Botanicals, a small Berlin-based brand with a very affordable product range of 100% natural products. Their products are produced in small batches from premium botanical oils and essences and fruit acids. They also have the most delicious names, like Mellow Mallow, Mermaid or Coco gloss. Yummmm!
On their website (in German, an English verison is coming soon, just like their first showroom that opens in Berlin in the spring!), Lovely Day writes about their mission to bring a better alternative to conventional products on the market. Did you know that the human body absorbs more than 2kg of cosmetic products in 1 year? Then better make it as healthy as possible!
In their own words:
"Above all, we want to show that words such as "natural", "vegan" or "sustainable" have nothing to do with renunciation at all. We've been working to formulate the textures just as smooth, luxurious and effective as conventional products, and the stylish packaging and high-quality glass bottles are more noble than some high end beauty brands."
As someone who buys products first of all because of the way they look, I couldn't be more pleased with the way the Lovely Day products look in my bathroom. No need to hide them in the drawer! They blend in perfectly well with their minimal white and pink look:
My leafy enamel pins from Handmade Sammade and We are Out of Office. The smallest ones reads: Plant Lady is the new Cat Lady... hihi I'm both ;)
So about the products themselves. Do I like them? Yes! All the products that I tested are extremely soft and mild on the skin. Which is important when you have a sensitve skin like mine: I'm always hesitant to apply something new because I like to avoid an itchy red skin. However, it took me a few days to get used to the unexpected smells of the products. They're not unpleasant, but just different. After a short while the smells disappears and I ended up with was a very soft skin. Especially after using the soft and creamy hyaluron + BLOOM pink clay mask.
My favorite product is the COCO GLOSS hair serum, made of coconut oil, camelia oil and essential oils. I love the smell, it's fresh a citrus-y and the serum makes the tips of my hair very soft. A few drops are enough to get silky soft hair. Just lovely!
Also, all Lovely Day products are vegan, with perfume or agressive essential oils and were never tested on animals. The glass bottles and jars can easily be recycled. Or you can use them to grow some cuttings *wink wink*.
If you like to try any of these products: they come in convenient 3€ testers that you can order via their webshop (with international delivery). I'm pretty sure you will like them as much as I do. They are just lovely!
Blogpost created in collaboration with Lovely Day. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Merci Lovely Day!
Volta mobiles from Paris
Remember I stumbled upon those cool mobiles on Etsy a while ago? They are designed and created Otxo and Mario Conti from VOLTA Paris. And because Paris is just around the corner, I hopped over to visit their fresh new showroom, where they display their collection of mobiles and stabiles.
Alexander Calder (August 22 1898 - November 11 1976) is the name of an American sculptor who is known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents. Calder's monumental stationary sculptures are called stabiles.
All mobiles and stabiles by VOLTA Paris are made from repurposed metal and entirely painted and assembled by hand in France. They are already mounted and the only thing that you have to do when you receive it, is stick the ceiling fixture to the ceiling, wait for 24h to make sure it sticks well and attach the mobile. It's as easy as that! I like how mobiles or stabiles, like the one below, are a nice alternative for artwork. They also have a quality that 2D artwork, or even classic sculptures don't have: they are always in movement! Mesmerizing, fascinating or hypnotizing!
VOLTA Paris's goal is to bring mobiles back into contemporary interiors and make them part of any decor. Last year they worked with heju on two limited editions, more about that here, and they sold out very fast.
I have a pink Emotif mobile in our cinema room and the other day I removed it because I was rearranging some stuff and I really missed it. It adds a playful touch to the room!
The Ambitieux, the ambitious, inspired by Eucalyptus leaves. I love the feather-y movement of the petals:
In the String shelves: this standing mobile in black, blue, yellow, red and white:
And apart from the VOLTA Paris collection, you can get in touch with them for a custom order! There are many many colors to choose from, these are just a few RAL colors they work with, or go for an all white stabile:
VOLTA Paris /// 39 rue Breguet /// 75011 Paris /// by appointment only
Shop the mobiles and stabiles via the VOLTA Paris website or in their Etsy shop!
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