A mini jungle with Bergamotte
Where do you buy your plants? Have you ever bought plants online? It's always a bit of a suspense, right? Depending on where the plants come from: will they survive the trip? What will they look like? Are they carefully wrapped?
When ordering flowers or plants at Bergamotte there is no suspense. Here in France they are very well known for their fresh Parisian flower bouquets that you receive in a beautiful flower box. They deliver all flowers in 2 hours in and around Paris and the next day in the rest of France. So when Bergamotte asked Urban Jungle Bloggers to create a mini plant collection we knew they would "rock" the delivery part.
We choose four sturdy plants for our little jungle called Oaxaca. First is this spiky punky agave Nana (with its little UJB flag) which is probably my favorite. Althought I also realllly like the Opuntia ficus: I can't wait for spring and higher temperatures so that he will start growing like mad. At least that's what Opuntia usually do: they grow fast! And that's also why they are considered weed in some places in the world ;) Opuntia ficus grow fresh figs that you can eat, called "figues de Barbarie". They usually have a very mild taste but their colors are amazing: yellow, greenish, red or pink!
Wally quite likes the Peperomia plant, but not enough to eat it... which is quite surprising, because he loves to nibble on juicy leafy plants.
Our Bergamotte x Urban Jungle Bloggers mini jungle comes in basic terracotta pots which blend in with any kind of interior style and match with other shapes of terracotta pots. Terracotta pots are also a safe option for your plants: if you overwater the pot will suck the water out of the soil and the excess water evaporates. Which is good for most succulents and cacti: they don't like wet feet and thrive on a little bit of draught between waterings.
One of my pet peeves with houseplants is that I hate (yes! hate!) plastic terracotta colored pots. The French have a fantastic name for the pots that cover those ugly grow pots: a cache-pot. It hides those ugly grow pots. I must admit that I hate these grow pots so much, that I usually plant my plants directly in the cache-pots with a layer of pebbles on the bottom if the pot has no draining holes. And even though I like basic terracotta pots, I repotted the four plants from our Oaxaca urban jungle yesterday because I had a few pots that needed a new plant ;) Check my Instagram to see what they look like now!
Donkey's Tail, Sedum burrito, Sedum Morganianum... beautiful names for a very cute succulent with lots of small bubble leaves. They are rather fragile, but the cool thing is that when a leaf falls off, they'll soon grow new roots and leaves!
What do you think? Have you ever bought plants online? If you live in France, check out Bergamotte's collection of plants (and flowers!) and get yourself a mini jungle ;) It's an easy going and easy growing selection of plants that are perfect for beginning plant lovers, or that will extend your ever growing urban jungle.
Have a great weekend!
KOTI a Finnish sleepover in Paris
In the middle of this bustling and extremely busy week with IMM in Cologne and Maison & Objet in Paris, I found a slice of calmth and design: at KOTI in the heart of Paris. Although it also felt very Finnish! KOTI, Finnish for home, is a creative idea launched by and in the Finnish Institute in Paris where they built a group of six wooden cottages in a typical Finnish style. You can book a cottage for 1, 2 or 4 via airBnB and "escape the hectic pace of modern life, savour the luxury of simplicity, the importance of home and the value of sharing unforgettable new experiences".
The vibe during the launch event reminded me of the friendly, down-to-earth and unpretentious people we met last year in Helsinki and of the Finnish design (which is not the same as Scandinavian design!). The lovely bites prepared by chef Antto Melasniemi, paired with a cocktail of the finest Finnish gin and apple juice (yum!), reminded me of all the delicious dinners we enjoyed in the Finnish capital. And it reminded me that I really want/need/have to go back and explore some more. Until then, I can pretend to be in Finland, during a sleepover at KOTI in the middle of Paris. Not too shabby if you ask me ;) Have a look:
In the big hall of the former cinema that is now the Finnish Institute in Paris, six cottages were built for the KOTI project: 100 days of Finnish hospitality in the heart of Paris. Each AITTA (cottage in Finnish) has its own pastel colored wooden sliding door: pink, grey, dove, green, white or blue:
"Linda Bergroth is the creative engine behind KOTI and a multi-talented lead designer. Originally hailing from Finland, Linda lives and works between Helsinki and Paris. She brings her signature style: a Nordic love of pragmatism and natural materials, coupled with her unique zest for bold color, to the conceptualisation and curation of KOTI. Inspired by the simple pleasures of holiday stays in a Finnish countryside cottage, Linda hopes to share the delights of an aitta with guests to the Finnish Institute in Paris. With her charming cottage designs and a hand-picked selection of collaborators, Linda invites guests from all over the world to experience the warmth, tranquility and communal hospitality of a shared Finnish sleepover".
The KOTI project will remain open for 100 days (and nights) to celebrate the 100th anniversairy of the independance of Finland. After these 100 days, the cottages will be transported to Finland and reinstalled and opened to the Finnish public for another 30 nights. As the cottages are a living art installation celebrating the Finnish home part of this installation, they are open to public viewing during the day from 1pm-6pm.
On the beautiful wooden bedside tables designed by Matti & Merz you'll only find three items: a wake-up light by Innolux, a vase designed by with a few twigs and a wooden hand mirror by Studio Kaksikko. I love the custom designed bedlinen by Lapuan Kankurit in grey with a bright yellow stripe:
Below: the lovely bites prepared by chef Antto Melasniemi. During a stay at KOTI you can enjoy a communal breakfast on the large wooden breakfast table in the middle of the space. A typical Finnish breakfast is served every day with rye break, finnish butter and blueberries.
A peek inside the family cottage:
More linenware by Lapuan Kankurit:
Even the youngest guest seemed to appreciate KOTI <3
KOTI sleepover Institut finlandais Paris /// 60 Rue des Ecoles /// 75005 Paris /// France /// +33 1 40 51 89 09
All bookings via AirBnB from January until May 2017
My personal favorites from IMM Cologne 2017
Earlier this week I was in Germany, in Cologne to be exact, at the IMM fair: an international furniture & interiors fair. While I was there mostly to work, I also took some time to check out some of the other booths and to spot new plant ideas for Urban Jungle Bloggers (more about that later this week!). One of the first things I noticed was that a lot of brands used bigger plants in their stands. The random and small succulents were gone and it looked much more attractive and interesting, just like the Pinterest board with large plants in interiors that we created with Marie Claire Maison last year. I also noticed lots of blush colors, muted greens and pale wood. A pretty nice combo I'd say ;) These were some of my personal IMM favorites:
My first crush is this crazy cool plant vessel designed by Juliette Warmenhoven, part of Frame's Living Kitchenlab booth with Dutch designers showcasing DIY cooking. It's not entirely clear if it works (it's supposed to irrigate your plant with minimum effort), but I actually don't even mind: it looks fantastic as a plant display. The little 3D-drawn potato-cage (top image) is also pretty amazing, don't you think?
The booths of French design editor Petite Friture at Maison & Objet in Paris are usually really nice, but this time they surprised me by including these amazine felt plants by Dutch design couple Wandschappen. These are true pieces of art with metal spines and gold tips (and cost a little fortune... I couldn't help thinking about how many real plants I could buy with that... whoops!). Have a look:
Also, a Wandschappen Sansevieria in felt:
Also love these graphic cutouts and placemats:
Beautiful rugs by Studio Zaven for CC-tapis on the left, and two new designs by Patricia Urquiola for CC-tapis on the right:
I was totally smitten with these colors and shapes at the stand of Vitra, I mean how beautiful is that vessel, X3 Kontextur watering can and the donkey's tail succulent and the Euhporbia tirucalli (pencil cactus) look in this corner:
And just behind the corner, two big Euphorbia triangula succulents and a mother-in-law's seat:
The beautiful Edge terracotta plant pots by Skagerakt x Stilleben that I also listed in my recent favorite plant pot roundup. You can now pair them with beautiful brass trays (or those cool green benches!) for a Nordic vibe. Love it!
One of my favorite French interior brands Hartô because you never have enough mirrors... or plants, right?
This is another brand new design discovery (for me at least): the Bosnian brand Zanat. By working with some very talented Scandivian (!) designers, like Harri Koskinen and Monica Förster they created beautifully manufactured wooden furniture with a hint of boho. The Igman lounge chair with pale blush/pink saddle leather and beautifull carved wood is not only great to look at, it's also very comfy. When I sat down, I couldn't stop touching the patterns in the wood: an amazing combination of beauty and haptics:
A handcarved detail of the Tara shelves cabinet:
Another product that makes you want to touch and play is this Bowlkan table, with three wooden bowls that fit perfectly into the surface of the table:
And my final favorite: this outdoor Pipe shower by Marcel Wanders for Boffi... for in our dream garden:
Later this week I'll be at Maison & Objet here in Paris... so you can expect some more design favorites from me very soon.
Oerwoud plant shop in Den Bosch
It's a smallllll world, it's a small after all! ♫ A while ago I visited a new plantshop in
my hometown the city where I was born in Holland, called Oerwoud, Dutch for "jungle". That in itself is already pretty "it's a small world", right? But when talking to one of Oerwoud's owners Bregje and her mom, we realized that we are family! And not just plant-lovers-family but we're also related by blood. Bregje is my second cousin, and fellow plant lover :)
Anyway, Oerwoud opened its doors in the fall and is a urban plant shop with a "health café" in the back. They carry all kinds of plants, plant accessories, botanical gifts and our Urban Jungle book of course. In the back you can sit back & relax and enjoy some healthy snacks, different kinds of teas & coffee. And if you like, you can even sign up for a yoga session or macramé plant hanger workshop in the middle of the jungle. Check their website for all details.
Above on the wall another design product from Den Bosch: a Banana Leaf IXXI.
Books, postcards, candles, prints, terrariums, books and plants:
Before moving to France I lived & studied in Den Bosch and in the past two decades it changed A LOT! And it now has a cool plant shop too :) Two of my faves are Outspoken gallery and Mariapaviljoen. And I also love this hanging Epiphyllum anguliger, also known as the zig zag succulent:
Oerwoud Stadstuinwinkel en Health Café /// Vughterstraat 84 /// 5211 GL 's-Hertogenbosch /// The Netherlands
Open every wed-fri 10-18 sat 10-17 sun 12-17
Een gelukkig 2017!
Een gelukkig nieuw jaar! Bonne année ! Happy New Year!
For the world, I hope 2017 will be peaceful and with lots of love and common sense. For you and your loved ones I wish it will be filled with joy, love, energy and surprises.
Our family's New Year's card is one of these projects that's very close to my heart. My papa took the first photo in 1980 and in 2003 I joined the team. This year was the fastest card we ever made. The studio was set up in no time: 11 people, 5 hugs, 6 photos. One "star shape" and bam: the 37th card in da pocket! You can view all our cards here!
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