Sorry for the lack of posts over the past weeks. We moved from the Netherlands to the neighbouring country, Germany this August. We are slowly settling in this beautiful white house who must have been built in the early 1900. How stunning is this entry with the stained glass windows?! This is the 5 of us waving goodbye to our dear friends Esther from Babyccino, her husband Tamar and their 5 beautiful kids. They stopped overnight before heading back to Amsterdam after 6 weeks exploring Eastern Europe with a camper van. I'm sure you have followed their wonderful road trip on Instagram!
We spent a lovely evening together listening to their travel stories and dreamt the rest of the night of doing the same one day soon...
The removal boxes have been emptied although we pretend not to see the pile of remaining unpacked boxes when we go down to the basement ;-) I think it takes a while to get used to a new place, how to organise each room and where to place the framed artworks on the walls. We lived for 5 years in Amsterdam and yet I never felt like the flat was done in terms of decorating. I had lots of ideas still. I like to know that it is never done and that decorating is always work in progress!
Saying that we managed to organise the kids bedrooms relatively quickly.
The boys are so happy to finally have their own room while they have always shared the same space in Amsterdam. Lucien who's turning 9 soon is delighted to have his own space to build his Lego towers without having them knocked down by his younger bro.
Téo has a bedroom with lots of light (there are 6 windows in his room!) and a big door surrounded by shelves. They were already there when we moved in this rented house. These shelves are perfect for displaying his books, toys and I was very happy to add some more colourful touches with the House Boxes! It is a cute and playful storage solution to hide all the small toys like Playmobil, Lego, cars, pencils and the never ending small things that kids have in their room!
Last time I watched so excitedly a football game was in 1998!! I cannot believe that 20 years has gone by!! I was 21 years old and I remember so vividly working with my best friend on a beach hut/bar/restaurant in Saint Tropez and celebrating the French World Cup like crazy!
Watching the final last night with my kids was so much fun! I am very proud my country. Bravo les Bleus!
Love from the Netherlands ;-)
SO HAPPY to hear the news that my paper cut map of Copenhagen has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2018!! The 200 shortlisted work (out of 3300 entries) will be exhibited at Somerset House in London during the month of June and a ceremony will take place on 7th at the same address to announce the winners! A very good excuse to come to London ;-)
Imagine yourself picking up wild flowers on a sunny Spring day. I had this in mind when I was cutting this BOUQUET, carefully wrapped with a pretty ribbon and the words ‘this is for you’. It is a bouquet that lasts forever, for my loved one.
I always carry a notebook and pencils with me. I made over several weeks sketches of flowers and imaginary flower arrangement before drawing on a large sheet what would later become this large bouquet, cut with my beloved scalpel.
Oh and what do you think of our new piece of furniture?! Last weekend we went to Amsterdam north to the Design Icons furniture vintage market and I fell in love with this late 1950's Czech cabinet with this laquered pink door! I love it even more that it is the same pink as my House Boxes!
Our cat Pipo also love to strike a pose ;-)
While the children were cutting their colourful flowers ( see previous post) I made a quick sketch of a bouquet and then cut it up!
I've already asked my followers on IG, wondering if we should make this a Famille Summerbelle product? And if so which colour? Please leave me a comment as I'd love to hear your thoughts!
To save you time on your last minute Christmas shopping we're offering to wrap all your orders for FREE.You can also add a pretty card with a note, just let us know when you place the order.
Your presents will be ready to go straight under the Christmas tree!
Following the success of the CIRCUS bamboo tableware collection, I am delighted to show you this latest WINTER tableware collection I designed for ENGEL.
This beautiful collection includes a range of Large, Medium and Small size plates with 3 Winter scene paper cut illustrations, a beautiful range of colours, a large cake plate, candle boxes and an assortment of 12 mini wooden icons to decorate the Christmas pudding!
This new collection will add a touch of magic to your festive dinner table!
After long months in the making, I am very happy to share with you our latest map of Copenhagen!
This map was a real pleasure to draw and cut. There is so much to feature in this stunning City!
Few years ago we had an amazing time discovering Copenhagen with the children over a long week-end.
There are so many things to do in Copenhagen, like climbing the ancient cast-iron staircase of the glass building of the Botanical Garden to observe the palm trees from above, riding atop the Ferris Wheel in Tivoli Gardens, cycling along the waterfront of the 5 lakes and stop for Pølser the Danish hot dog! Visiting the Amalienborg Palace to see the change of the Royal Guards. There you can see from afar the elegant flat roof of the Opera House. Or even climbing up the Rundetaaren to get the most magnificent view of the old City with its colourful facades and red roofs.
The map is available now as a paper cut (laser cut from the original paper cut) in Black and Blue.
You need a lot of blades to cut a map like this one! I use the 10A blades from Swann-Morton to do all my paper cuts.
Below you can view a 30 seconds video of me cutting the map but in reality it took me more than 20h of cutting to finish it...
The Summer has gone too fast as always. We had a wonderful time spent with our family in the south of France. The 14 cousins played every day until dark, riding their vintage bikes in the old village. I love Summers in our family house. It's party time with all the siblings, parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and so on. Big tables, lots of good food, wine and laughter :-)
Now we're back in Amsterdam and I have to say I am very happy to get back to work and plan the year ahead.
Téo started his new nursery - in Dutch - Lucien is back to the French school in CE2 and Ophelia is moving to Secondary (how did this happen so quickly?!?). For her no more French at school but Dutch and English. She will be fluent in Dutch in no time! She started her new school this morning, a bit nervous but also very excited about this coming year.
I love how she has organised her desk and decorated her bedroom. Like me she likes to surround herself with lots of pretty colourful things and some fresh flowers...
Illustration from Flow magazine. Wooden spoon painted by Ophelia.
Our Special offer on our House Boxes continues this month. Buy 5 boxes for the price of 4!
Useful for all kinds of storage, the boxes add a little colour to tables and bookshelves while helping to keep the small items under control.
Our house boxes are one of the best sellers at Famille Summerbelle.
Useful for all kinds of storage, the boxes add a little colour to tables and bookshelves while helping to keep the small items under control!
On Wednesdays, Ophelia (10 years old) and Lucien (7) finish school at midday so I often plan creative activities to do together. Last Wednesday we decided prepare for Easter with a fun egg decorating afternoon.
That same morning I went to the market with Téo (2) to buy a selection of branches to display on our kitchen table. To give it an Easter touch we added onto it the decorated eggs and some tiny yellow fluffy cheeks that I got from Hema.
While Téo was having a nap we started by blowing up the content of the eggs in a bowl (we saved it for dinner to make a big omelette). Ophelia decided to decorate her eggs with cute little faces so this is all the things you'll need to do something similar. It's super easy and fun to make:
We absolutely adore these cheerful paper party hats designed by our friends at Engel! Make them in a jiffy, add a bright pom-pom, a pink elastic under the chin and you’re laughing!
Each paper hat comes flat packed. You can send the hat as a greeting card to a friend. Add a note inside the hat and poste it in the large envelope provided. Also included are a bright pink elastic and a pompom.
Our Mushrooms and Owls paper banner is perfect for adding a festive touch of colour to your birthday parties or to brighten up a room. They are hand cut in San Francisco by Papel Picado Mexican artisans.
A beautiful grass plant that may just take over the world and save us from plastic! Bamboo is fast becoming the best possible choice for so many household products and today we’re very proudly introducing the first bamboo products to Famille Summerbelle.
It was a really enriching experience to work with Sabien from ENGEL. She is such a lovely person! We both share the same love of colours, bold designs and the importance of sustainability for our products.
To introduce the new Bamboo Circus collection we were very happy to throw a colourful party at home together with our friend Esther from Babyccino and all the children.
A big thank you to Jessica from PRCHT for capturing the photos of our fabulous party!
2 box sets including a plate, bowl and cup. One features a pretty cool guitarist bunny and the second a cheeky bear cycling on his tricycle.
6 colourful plates and 6 cups each with its own pattern and featuring adorable characters such as the horse, the elephant and the lion.
1 large cake plate perfect for displaying cakes and petits-fours at parties or just to use as a tray in your kitchen.
This bamboo collection is perfect for parties, to take out for picnics or just as wonderful for every day use at home. It can be used for hot and cold dishes and is dishwasher safe.
Each set is packed in beautiful (recycled) packaging.
A few little known facts about Bamboo and just how wonderful it actually is:
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world which makes it one of the most sustainable materials available
Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants, so it’s good for the eco-system
Virtually every part of the plant is used to make all sorts of products. Little or no waste!
No fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides are needed to grow it so no nasty bi-products
The list goes on, but we hope you can see from this short list just what a wonder product bamboo is!