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!
A floral carpet in the Oise
It's one of these natural phenomenons of early springtime here in France: the ground in the forests around our home get covered in wild narcissus and anemone nemorosa. In almost thirteen years I never actually went to see it up close. So yesterday was the day for a little lunch break on the floral carpet ;) Enfin!
And when you're there anyway, you make a little movie. Mais bien sûr !
Have a great weekend everyone!
Filming in the greenhouse
A few weeks ago a film crew came to visit me in the Oise. It was one of the coldest days of March and after a sunny week, it was unfortunately overcast for most of the time. But we had a fun day: I showed the team around our greenhouse, talked about my plants (even hugged one!), over-watered them for some cool slow motion shots and ran through the forest near our home.
The video is part of the IKEA Go Green campaign that we launched with IKEA Germany and Urban Jungle Bloggers. The idea was to show how we live with plants. Our home is currently a bit of a mess because of our ongoing bathroom renovation (I know... it's been 11 months...), so we filmed exclusively in the greenhouse, surrounded by my approximately 150 plants:
The film crew also traveled to Munich and followed Igor on a little trip to find yet another plant for his 32m² apartment. You'll see in the video below that he's such a natural speaker, very much at ease on (and off!) camera. It's been such an honor to work on his side for our Urban Jungle Bloggers project over the past 18 months. He truly is Mr. Happy, always clever and bright, we laugh a lot behind the scenes ;) Check out his happy Munich abode with 1 plant/m²:
Merci beaucoup Christina, Eva, Carl-Heinz and Andreas! I promise, next time you'll come visit, it will be warmer ;)
Urban Jungle Bloggers in Paris
Finally! We can finally show you the video that we shot early November with The Joy of Plants in Paris. We were blessed with the warmest November weekend of the century, Paris was in full glory with sunny bright sunshine. Igor and I visited some of our favorite green spots in the city, had coffee, discussed the upcoming projects for Urban Jungle Bloggers and worked together with a great team. Without further ado: have a look, we truly hope you like it!
(if you can't see the video below, click here to watch it!)
Oh and by the way: some of the green locations we visited in the city: The Green Factory and Le Comptoir Général. Definitely worth a visit if you're here. And for good coffee: Craft Café!
And the weekend was topped off with a gorgeous sunset overlooking the Eiffeltower:
What about orange?
What about the color orange? Do you like it? I'm particularly biased. I guess it has to do with the country where I grew up: Holland. Once a year, on King's Day, the entire country turns orange. People dress in orange, eat orange pastries, drink orange beer and homes are decorated in orange. And if there's a football championship, everything becomes orange all over again. You get free orange goodies with your grocery purchases and any imaginable drink or snack comes in orange. Complete madness!
When I look around in our home I draw the conclusion that we don't own a single orange "thing", except 1 pair of scissors plus some oranges, carrots and apricots. We do have a lot of yellow and a lot of red. But we never mix the two into a bright sunny orange. Why? I guess my husband is to blame: he grew up in the 70s and has some kind of orange trauma. In one of our former homes I made us some orange curtains for the kitchen which gave a lovely warm hue to the room. He hated them so much that I took them down soon after. It's important that we both feel at home.
In art school I used to dress more colorful which provoked smiles all the time. Just like my current pink glasses do these days... Such a cliché, but I guess that's what bright colors do to people! Bruno Poirier, a French painter living in Paris, just loves wearing color and the most important color in his work is orange. I stumbled upon this video and think his dedication to one particular color is admirable. Beside the love for bright colors and paint, we also share the same birthday! Have a look for yourself:
And you? Do you like orange? Do you have any orange at home? Or maybe some neon orange accents?
first photo by me - the others are stills of the Let's Colour video about Bruno Poirier.
Our two semis
When I counted the pendant lights in our home on monday (8... oops!), I completely forgot about our Gubi Semi pendant lights. They hang in my husband's practice.
Actually it's only one real Semi lamp, designed by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup in 1968, found at a Dutch flea market for a lucky 5€. We thrifted the other one in Copenhagen: it's a vulgar copy with lots of scuffs and dents. It was also a bit bulky for city strolling, but we knew they would make a nice couple :o)
So what do you think? Do you have any classics at home? Would you buy a fake design or do you absolutely want the real deal?
Below is a little video by Gubi on the Semi design. I'm such a sucker for Danish spoken language:
A sunny Cinemagraph
As you can see, Rose really enjoyed the wonderful weather we had this weekend! A few hours later she (and me) looked more like a tomato... we didn't quite feel the power of the sun because there was a light breeze. The same breeze that is playing with her feather earrings :o)
I'm by far not a master of the cinemagraph, unlike Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, but I really enjoy making these more sophisticated versions of the animated gif. It requires a few simple Photoshop skills, but you can also use an app like Echograph or Flixel (iphone) or Cinemagraph (nokia lumia).
If you want to make a cinemagraph using Photoshop, I have a few tips:
► use a tripod to shoot the video (I didn't and it made positioning the motion images more difficult and less precise)
► you'll need less video and layers than you'd think
► think before you start filming: think about details: like the exact part you want to animate, the shadows, elements behind the moving part (like the necklace in my case) and light reflections
► the motion can be more subtile than you'd think
► open a cinemagraph by Jamie & Kevin or a gif by rrrrrrrroll in Photoshop and learn from watching the layers and their content
► this is a great cinemagraph tutorial, or this one in video
► and of course: have fun!
Pärlans Konfektyr Stockholm
Usually I'm more into very contemporary places, but when it's done as well as at Pärlans, I'm more than happy to make an exception. Even more so if it comes with toffee caramels, sweet music and a fashionable staff. Pärlans is a cute little shop in Söder, Stockholm, where they make and sell delicious caramels. And serve great coffee too.
One of the things I realized when visiting several smaller craft shops in Stockholm, is that Swedes really like translating old fashioned traditions into 2013. Lisa, Pärlans' owner, told me she was inspired on a trip to Japan. The Japanese love candy. Back in Sweden she started trying different recipes and her friends really enjoyed the caramels she made.
She did some research and found out the caramel toffee rose to fame in the 1930s, the decade of the Lindy Hop dance. As a fervent Lindy Hop dancer, Lisa decided to open a caramel store and asked her swing dancer friends to help her make and sell the sweet candy. It became a huge success. Once I tasted a kola with ginger, I got it: these caramels are divine! Hmmm
Besides a very cute blog, Pärlans also published a beautiful book with stories and delicious recipes:
Through the window you can see how the caramel toffees are made & wrapped. It reminded me of Gränna in Sweden, where the famous Swedish peppermint candy comes from.
Oh and you should absolutely take a look at this lovely video by Ignant Travel. It's so sweet:
Pärlans Konfektyr Stockholm /// Nytorgsgatan 38 /// 116 40 Stockholm /// +46 (0) 86607010
Open monday through friday 11AM - 6PM, saturday 11AM - 5PM, sunday 12PM - 4PM
Sara Fanelli's Onion
As a belated xmas gift, I received this beautiful book by Sara Fanelli, called The Onion's Great Escape. It's the perfect read on this Blue Monday, supposed to be the most depressive day of the year.
I first discovered Sara Fanelli's illustrations through Joanna's blog Kavka Design ( a graphic designer & illustrator herself! ) and really love her colorful, detailed, quirky, graphic universe.
The book is filled with nice handwritten typography and many many questions, like:
After reading the book, you can pull out the Onion so that he can start a life of his own.
Here's how it works:
What do you think of Sara's work?
Vintage Sapique 17
My second favorite room in our home, and the place that I missed most when we were in Burgundy over the holidays, is our cosy white bedroom. I'm a "talented" sleeper and can easily sleep 12 hours straight. Preferably in a comfortable bed! (and not in a tiny bed with stiff bed sheets and shapeless pillows, please).
My "secrets" to a comfy bedroom?
► Super soft bed linens. My favorites are by Auping.
► A good pillow with the right thickness to support your sleeping style.
► A memory foam pillowtop mattress on top of a regular mattress. It feels like you're sleeping on a cloud. <3
Over the years we've slept in many different rooms of Studio Sapique. Like here and here.
Our current bedroom used to look like a boring office:
This third Sapique Webisode was shot & edited by Nick from Lifely. You can also watch it here.
What are your tips for a comfy bedroom?
I'm obsessed with this video...
I have a confession to make. I secretly looooove cheesy music.
Taste in music is so personal and reveals so much about your age & social culture, don't you think? I grew up in the nineties during the big boom of music videos and developed a decent taste in music. But some pulp slipped through though.
I simply cannot resist a big beat, skilled dancers and cool visuals. And when it comes as good as this one... right in the middle between Robin S. and Mc Hammer...
Since I've found this video of Tensnake ft. Syron on Happy Mundane ( Jon's TGISunday videos are awesome! ) I cannot stop watching & singing along... watch it here:
And you? Do you have a secret love for any cheesy kind of music?
One of the best things about coming home after living 3 weeks out of a suitcase, is fresh laundry. Oh I love that smell! Although we already smelled it quite a few times in Spain & Portugal as people tend to dry their laundry outside.
It smells great and looks very pretty too. Photos were not enough, so I also made a little video:
Type in Motion @ A Coruña
It's not a secret that I'm a lover of beautiful typography. When arriving in A Coruña during our stay in Galicia, the first thing that caught my eye was this huge poster of the Type in Motion exhibition. Of course I had to see this!
While this exhibition presented interesting music videos, short films, trailers, media facades & logos (amongst others), I had seen most of it before. It included short movies like the world famous Logorama, No Doubt's Hey Baby video, Studio Dumbar's Inholland identity video and tons of kinetic videos. My favorite was this French video by Arthur King: Le Sample ( with fun sound effects ).
The exhibition design was well done ( with titles shaped in colored seatbelt rope! ), good lighting, cool music videos. And an overdose of beautiful moving type. Nothing brand new, but being surrounded by beautiful type always feels good.
Type in Motion is a touring exhibition by the Design Museum in Zürich and represented in A Coruña by the Fundación Barrié and closed its doors last weekend. More info can be found here.
Did you already see the 2 videos Nick shot here at Studio Sapique?
In the first one you see the exterior of Studio Sapique. At 00:28 you can see that we live right by the riverside. Every weekday commercial vessels pass by & on wednesdays we have rowers "joining" them. Each rowing shell comes with a trainer, who shouts instructions from a Zodiac. I'd love to give it a try some time ( not the shouting, but the rowing! ).
In the second episode we take you inside: to our entry hall with its suspended staircase. Read more about it here.
These videos are part of a series. All shot & edited by Nick from Lifely. I can't wait to show you the next one! Soon!
Vintage Sapique 13
Ready for a new webisode about Studio Sapique? Here it is!
This webisode reveals the entry hall of our home starring the suspended staircase & the vintage wall tile art. This wall piece was a gift from the staff to management upon the opening of the factory in the early 60s. It was made exclusively for this building and goes "around the corner".
This webisode is part of a series. All shot & edited by Nick from Lifely. To watch the first webisode, click here.
If you like what you see, feel free to share the video on Facebook, your own blog or wherever you like to share things. I hope you'll enjoy it!
Vintage Sapique 12
Hooray! With proud I present to you today: the first ever Sapique webisode!
Nick shot & edited a series of several webisodes with tiny sneak peeks into our home. In this first one you'll discover the exterior of Studio Sapique.
It was what we first fell in love with in 2003, on a sunday walk along the riverside. Studio Sapique was abandoned, the garden was overgrown with weeds, the laboratory was still intact. We were intrigued and the rest is history: we bought the place, renovated it & now it's our home & workplace. Well that's easier/faster said than done ;o)
A huge thank you to Nick from Lifely for working around the clock to finish up the edits. It was so much fun working with him & to look through his eyes.
If you like what you see, feel free to share the video on Facebook, your own blog or wherever you like to share things. I hope you'll enjoy it!
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