Our new guestroom
Redecorating our home while it's on sale, feels strange and delightful all at the same time. Secretly I'm already decorating our new home, even though we have no certainties about the where and when. So while keeping our home as "neutral" as possible for the sake of selling, it's a delight to make it actually look nice and cosy and feel like home while we're still here. And to be able to keep receiving guests, because that's what you do when your home has 27 rooms ;)
So today I gave the guestroom a new look. More plants, and less mess: I moved out the little cabinet that usually holds bed linen and moved all the coats to the dressing and created a little nook to read or to take off your shoes. Now it's always a little tricky to have a guestroom: I mean we are not a hotel or even an airBnB, but in general our guests sleep rather well in our home. The room is small (245x325cm) with a high ceiling, the double bed and mattress were purchased only a few years ago and in great condition.
But there was one thing that I've been nervous about for a while: the pillows. Nothing sleeps better than your very own pillow, that has this perfect mix of fluffy and firm, with the ideal thickness for your sleeping position, don't you think? The ones we had in the guestroom were very random and usually I would stack two on top of each other, to make sure our friends would have something to choose from. That's where eve Sleep came in: they asked me if I wanted to try their new memory foam pillows. They elaborated a medium firm pillow that gently contours your head, neck and shoulders and relieves pressure points no matter how you sleep. So h*ell yeah I wanted to try those!
They sent the pillows along with their new eve Sleep x Folk bedding set. The bed linen is really pretty: crispy soft cotton in a surprisingly beautiful blueish grey, with a navy blue and yellow embroidery detailing. It feels so nice that I may steal these from the guestroom and sleep under these in our own bedroom ;) Totally what you would expect from a collaboration with a fashion brand like Folk: outstanding quality!
The pillows are indeed medium firm and have a soft and washable cover with a fun yellow rim. Personally I love memory foam (we have a mattress topper on our bed, it makes my movements really slow too hahaha!) and "The Pillow" is nice and comfy and our first four guests fully approved it!
Oh and just so you know: I don't iron bed linen... I may pull out my dear Jiffy steamer (which I love!), but I love some wrinkles. Please tell me I'm not the only one!
By the way, the banana throw blanket is by Calhoun & Co and I got it via Urban Outfitters. Isn't it bananaaaaas? I couldn't help but serve a little banana & nuts snack too ;)
A little peek in the mirror:
An easy peasy way to add some plants to this side of the wall: by the well known DIY planthangers from our Urban Jungle book! From left to right: Tradescantia zebrina and Tradescantia pallida and Scindapsus pictus, Pilea peperomioides and more Tradescantia pallida:
As you can see, our guestroom is one of the rooms along the main corridor in our apartment. You can see more of our home on the website (check "Photos"), if you like.
Blogpost created in collaboration with eve Sleep and Urban Outfitters. They kindly provided me with pillows, bedding and the bananas bedthrow, but all photos, opinions and words are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep JOELIX.com going!
Urban Jungle Bloggers #37
Quirky words and botanical jokes are part of my daily life ever since we started our @urbanjungleblog Instagram account. Twice a day we share the most inspiring homes with plants and the caption can completely change the way everyone looks at a photo. One of my favorites is this one with a short cactus poem: If you get stung by a cactus, consider it a cactus kiss, because we all know love hurts. For this season's Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge I started to think of my very own "Plants & Words". A new letter board, a lightbox, a graphic poster, a DIY? That's when IXXI asked me if I wanted to launch the new IXXI Quotes letterbox with them. Speaking of perfect timing!
Because with this new IXXI Quotes you get the opportunity to create your very own quote! For example with your lover's name, your favorite city, or anything that you can imagine with the 75 IXXI cards. The cards are slightly smaller than the normal IXXI (that I used in this post), and are printed on both sides for extra options. As a graphic designer I wanted my quote to have the perfect fit and I puzzled with the letters and spacing for a bit and then I knew it: PLANT LOVER IN DA HOUSE. With an extra "dot" to make it extra gangster ;)
The new IXXI hangs on the wall above my desk in my home office. In the same spot as the one I designed myself with a photo of the botanical gardens in Barcelona. Somehow I got bored with that design very quickly and I turned the IXXI cards and had a blank IXXI for a while. It looked quite ok, a bit empty though, so I used it to hang postcards and create little moodboards (like here). The letters will probably stay for a bit longer, as they are quite neutral while making a big impression.
Another thing that changed in my home office is that I replaced my dear iMac with a Surface book. (Yeah I know I went over to the dark side... from mac to windows ;) ). This allows me to work from anywhere like a real pro: so far it's very fast and I love being able to properly work when I'm traveling. And I get to use cute accessories too, like this Pijama sofa lurex laptop case in neoprene. It's sparkling and soft and I like the graphic pattern. Plus it's bouncy enough to protect my computer from my clumsiness ;)
Can you spot the Avocado plant?
PLANT LOVER (and notebook & color lover) IN DA HOUSE:
What do you think? Is there a quote that would be perfect for your home? If you feel uninspired, the IXXI Quotes come with a little booklet with dozens of examples, like "DONT WORK WITH .SS H.LES" or "WORK HARD PLAY HARD". By the way, this letterbox also comes in white letters on a black background.
The view from the dining table in the middle of the space:
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a seasonal 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 & Words stylings, check out the gallery!
My favorites from Dutch Design Week 2017
Five years ago was my last time at Dutch Design Week (you can read more about that here), so a visit was long overdue! When Holly from Decor8 invited me to be part of #blogteamDDW I knew there was no excuse ;) We had a fantastic weekend with 15 bloggers, great food, lots of laughter, plenty of Dutch Design... And also a lot of "zachte G", the typical accent in Brabant, the region where I come from and where Eindhoven is located, home of the Dutch Design week.
During this week, Eindhoven becomes the heart of Design in the Netherlands, it's literally buzzing with design exhibitions throughout the entire city that you can easily visit by foot, or if you prefer: grab a free Volvo cab that brings you to the next exhibition.
After an early breakfast at The Studenhotel, we kicked off the day at the Design Academy Eindhoven where 177 students presented their work. We were the firsts to visit, even before the official opening of the Graduation Show, and I loved how eager the students were to tell us all about their projects. I had a hard time moving from one to the next, there was so much to see, so much to ask and so much quality!
A little side note though: One thing that I found to be rather shocking though: the students of the Design Academy don't learn about marketing, sales and social media. They don't learn how to sell their work and make a living. The reason why? "Our students don't want this to be part of their curriculum at the Design Academy. However, there is an alumni programm where they get help with this". As a former art student, I think this is very sad: you can be the best artist in the world, if you don't know how to make a living by creating, you'll end up in a random job just to pay the bills. And while there is nothing really wrong with that, we do need these talented designers to focus on what they're best at...
Anyway, after visiting the Graduation Show, we had a quick coffee break at Bean Brothers and lunch at Kazerne, which is also one of the exhibition hubs during DDW. In the afternoon we roamed around TAC (loved this!) and Strijp S. In the evening we were invited to the launch of the new NLXL Timber Strips wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek, where Paola Navone cooked a delicious risotto alla Milanese for all of us (including the very down-to-earth Rossana Orlandi). She brought the ingredients for the meal directly from Milan: why cook with Dutch ingredients when you can have the very best ;) Despite the 4 hours of sleep the night before, it was a joyful evening and on Sunday we indulged in more design at Piet Hein Eek and Broeinest. For Urban Jungle Bloggers, we prepared a post with our favorite green highlights (coming soon!), but I saw so many interesting things, that I really wanted to share these here with you. So here we go!
My eye caught a few things: new color combinations (like the fantastic vintage pale blue kitchen and yellow/orange shelf) in the showroom of Piet Hein Eek:
Or the deep purple and deep fuchsia at the exhibition of Ontwerpduo:
My eyes (and hands) were also intrigued by some really nice haptic designs that you want to touch, feel and experience, like the erotic sculptures by Fleur Hulleman, called Porn for the Soul:
These flasks with wooden and leather handles by Mickey Philips:
These delicious surface designs by Julia Thomann:
Another thing that echoed with me was the playfulness of many projects. Quite litterally in the building blocks for adults by Michiel van Gageldonk:
Or playful, just by being cute and delicous in shape and color, like this sculpture by Sejoon Kim:
Playful was also the first word that came to mind when I saw the LED lights from Nicks Beens. The super strong LED light in the base, shine through the powdercoated tubes that give the light a colored glow. Can someone (like a cool design editing company) please purchase the rights of Nick's designs and add it to their collection, because I want it!
By accident I caught Nick on photo later at the Design Academy Graduation Show:
Another big crush were these playful vases and pendant lights by Sokolova Design Studio in an incredible color palette combined with copper:
The Suprematic 2 vases, combine different circles and tubes, that are so trendy right now (and for me an alltime favorite, I <3 circles):
I love TextielMuseum ever since I visited as a kid. The museum is all about textiles and its applications, tools, machinery, history and future. In their TextielLab designers can work together with technical staff to create new innovative textiles. At DDW they launched their new teatowels designed by Studio Job, created at TextielLab in Tilburg. If you're ever in the neighborhood, this is a place you don't want to miss (together with De Pont museum). And the exhibition was quite playful (and colorful!) too: you could buy your own teatowel and pick your favourite icon that they embroider live on your towel? Like the Dragonfly in pink below, can you see it?
Teatowels by Studio Job for TextielMuseum:
And the last 3 projects were my favorite, just because they were simple, beautiful, well executed and I liked the shapes. Like the room divider by Nord Interior Design:
This glassfiber Monade Capsule by Alice Bleton:
Another room divider and chair by Mae Engelgeer at the Transitions III exhibition at Broeinest. I loved Transitions II in Milan earlier this year (see it here).
For more highlights from Dutch Design Week, hop over to the blogs of my fellow blog friends that were part of #blogteamDDW:
Decor8 /// Vosgesparis /// Stilzitat /// Happy Interior Blog /// Monsters Circus /// Styled Canvas /// Everyday Marta /// Yvestown /// The Style Files /// Passion Shake /// April and May /// BeeldSteil /// Trendstefan /// Sandra Kaplanovich /// Urban Jungle Bloggers
Steel blue stool
As an art student I used to have a paintbrush in my hand almost every single day and loved it. But ever since I started working as a creative I never really felt the need to paint (artistically) again. Isn't it strange that things can change so radically? Probably the only things I've painted in the past 15 years are frames and skirting boards in our home, some walls and ceilings, a yellow door, lots of terracotta plant pots and two stools. When I watched Marij and Souraya play with paint and colors at the vtwonen & design beurs live on Stories, I felt inspired and just "had" to paint something.
I used a matte Inchyra Blue from Farrow & Ball and applied it to a little thrifted stool and a mini plant stand. Somehow the blue/grey/green-ishInchyra Blue feels very grown-up, I usually rather prefer bright not-so-grey colors. But mixed with some grey ceramics and my usual color palette, it looks surprisingly fresh. And what I like even better, is the ultra matte finish... it truly absorbs the light. Maybe I need to paint some more?
Our home is for sale!
It's been 14 years since I first lay eyes on what would become our home. On a Sunday walk along the river Oise, in the town where we rented an apartment, we discovered this industrial building. Through the (many!) windows, we saw something that looked like a laboratory, an indoor garden, an impressive staircase and lots of space. The garden was overgrown and wild, but all we saw were the possibilities to turn this into something cool. The first time we visited the inside, I remember walking through the empty offices, and it looked like the people left their desk 5 minutes ago and they would be back from lunch soon: calenders on the wall, notes and agendas with appointments everywhere. It could have felt creepy, but it didn't. The long corridors with office spaces, the staircase that was even more impressive from up close, the view over the river... love at first sight. Long story short: it became ours.
Living in Studio Sapique has been an adventure, we moved in in the heart of winter, without proper heating, electricity or water. While wearing gloves, we started with the basics: electricity and plumbing. With lots of help of family and friends, we removed the damaged wooden floors, drilled underfloor heating into our concrete floor, lay new floors, installed a new heater, redid the plumbing, rewired the electricity, dug a trench for the new water installation and another one for the gaz tank, installed radiators, un-wildered the garden, put in isolation and new ceilings, painted walls, doors, ceilings, built a new bathroom from scratch, and decorated the building. Lots of blood, sweat, tears and energy went into building our Studio Sapique. There's more work to do, but for us it's time to move on and explore life in the South of France. That means our house is for sale!
We created a dedicated website with information about the building, the floor plans, photos, the work that needs to be done... It's a unique building, at 50km north to Paris, not far from charming Senlis, or the Château de Chantilly. I will definitely miss the light: the 3 meter high windows makes it a very bright home and I'll also miss the space that gives a home with 27 rooms: you can make a mess and close the door in the evening and no one will notice ;) Now let's hope we'll find someone who sees their future in this building and is interested in buying it. If you know someone who's looking for a large building where they can work and live: please let them get in touch with us for a visit!
Oh and why Studio Sapique? The building was conceived in 1965 for a company called SAPIC (Société d’Application des Produits Industriels et Chimiques, which means something like Company for the application of chemical and industrial products) that produced foundry materials and chemicals. Because the building is based on a quay, we thought it was nice to upgrade the name to Sapique. The funny thing is that it also pronounces as "ça pique" in French: it stings. And the Studio just because it's a place where we are creative, not because it's a French "studio" with just one room ;)
Find out more about our property for sale HERE. Or read it in French here.
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