For the second year in a row my sister Coralie has been selected to design a fashion collection for the Festival International de Mode de Hyères at the Villa Noailles. Last year she was nominated Prix du Public. You can read my post from last year and see images of her previous collection here. This year was the 30th anniversary of the Festival and Chanel was guest of honour.
A selection of Chanel dresses and stunning details...
Yesterday was the launch party of the Friends BookVrienden Boek in Dutch in the new and beautiful kids concept store De Kleine Parade in Amsterdam. The cutest VW van with a photo booth inside was parked outside the store. Kids (and parents too) had laugh dressing up and posing in front of the camera.
The store was the perfect venue with a large wooden table at the back where children had a wonderful time writing and drawing in their books while the parents enjoyed a glass of Prosecco in the cafe at the front.
A huge thank you to Esther, Snor publisher and De Kleine Parade for such a fun day!
I am very happy to finally announce the launch the Friends Book, Vrienden Boek in Dutch.
It’s been such a pleasure to collaborate on this book with my friend Esther from Babyccino Kids and the wonderful Snor publisher. We started to work on this project back in September so I can tell you it is really nice to finally hold a copy in my hand and show you some images.
I was very excited when Esther ask me to work with her to design all the illustrations of the book, I mean how fantastic is to work with a friend on such a lovely project.
This is a book for your children to share with their friends. It’s about who they are today, about their family and friends and what they would like to become one day. They are really sweet and fun questions such as ‘what is the best thing you and I have done together’ and there are spaces to draw ‘your dream house’ or even ‘I made this for you’.
There is a double page for the owner of the book and for each friend to fill in and lots of funky stickers to spice up the pages.
As you can see the book is written in Dutch, so this is for you my Dutch friends readers! We’re hoping to launch an English version of the book soon for the non Dutch readers like me!
If you are in Amsterdam this Sunday 19th April, come over in De Pijp to the new kids concept store De Kleine Parade for the launch party of the Vrienden Boek.
An old VW van will be parked outside the shop with a photo booth inside so the children can have their passport photo taken to stick in the book!
From 14.30 until 17h. 142/144 Gerard Doustraat, Amsterdam
Our House Boxes have found a great spot on this creative desk by London based blogger Geraldine of Little Big Bell (I wish my desk was as well organised!). Geraldine has a great eye to arrange beautiful prints and accessories to surround her when she's at work!
I discovered the wooden sculptures of Merijn Hos at the entrance of the Show Up exhibition in Amsterdam. I mentioned it on a blog post here. I wanted to show you more images of his Wooden sculptures as they really make me smile!
Merijn is a Dutch artist based in Utrecht where he works on commercials projects as an illustrator and on his own projects like this serie of wooden sculptures. So far he created 3 series of 360 unique sculptures
To celebrate Easter we are offering free delivery on all orders on Famille Summerbelle website. Be quick it only last one week starting today the 1st April until 8th April!
Just enter the coupon code LUDO at checkout.
I used to have a rabbit as a pet when I was 10 years old. He was called 'Grandes z'oreilles' -'big ears' as he had unusual long white ears! I'd like to introduce you to Ludo, the bunny part of the Performers collection.
Here are some ideas for Easter if you love bunnies as much as I do!
The best thing we did in the kids bedroom is to have a long desk with a chest of drawers on both ends for their little belongings and enough desk space to draw, cut, make collages and other things. Ophelia and Lucien love spending hours on their desk after their come back from school.
The desk and chest of drawers are both from Ikea.
The star garland from Engelpunt Rabbit print and House box from Famille Summerbelle :-)
This is a belated announcement on the blog (sorry my dear blog followers!), we had a new addition to our family at the beginning of March: a little baby boy named Téo!
We are so happy and excited to finally meet him, especially Ophelia and Lucien who were very eager to see him after this long 9 months wait...
Téo was born in Amsterdam, not at home which is very common here, but in a very nice birth center, in a room with a large bath. I was able to relax in warm water during the whole labour. It's wonderful how the warmth of the water can ease the pain of contractions. My amazing midwife Paloma who was there Lucien's birth 5 years ago came especially from Paris to Amsterdam for the birth of Téo. This made a huge difference as I was so relaxed to have her with me.
Téo was born at 1am and I was back home in my bed by 4pm. This is the Dutch way! If you have a natural birth (with no epidural, cesarian or any complications) you don't stay in hospital, you go straight home after the birth. I was actually really pleased to go home. I felt good after the birth and I just wanted to go home to sleep in my own bed.
The amazing thing here in the Netherlands is the care after birth. The day after you give birth, a nurse - called a kraamzorg - comes to your house for 8 days to look after you and the baby. She will assist you with breastfeeding, look after the children, make you lunch. She will make sure you get enough rest. You stay in bed with your baby while she looks after the house. I had a lovely lady looking after me.
This was the best recovery I had so far after the birth of my children (Ophelia was born in London and Lucien in Paris).
Téo is doing very well. He is feeding a lot and keeps me awake most nights so far but surprisingly I feel very good! Here are some photos I wanted to share with you...
Introducing our new Love Bugs paper cuts, just in time for you to share with your Valentine!
It celebrates the beautiful flora and fauna of Europe in wonderful detail and is delivered within a beautiful heart shape.
Yesterday afternoon we took the children to visit the Dutch interior trade show Show Up on the outskirt of Amsterdam. In only a couple of years this show as doubled in size and is now showcasing lots of really nice European and international brands. It was nice to see familiar faces like Amber from Down to the Woods and Sabine from Engel.
Here are some images I took while at the show. Sorry I only had my phone to take photos so the quality is not great.
Pretty flowers at the entrance to remind you that you are in THE country of flowers.
A Love wall with lots of cute cards and posters about Love...for St Valentin
Lots of really nice stuffs at Down to the Woods: wire hangers and baskets and charming felt masks for kids.
...being in San Francisco on a blue crisp Winter day. Yep this was about 6 years ago when Ophelia was 2 years old. San Francisco was our last stop on our World tour. We loved it and I really wish we can go back soon.
I wanted to show you some images of my creative process for designing the paper cut map of Amsterdam, our current home town - we moved to this beautiful city more than a year ago!
I am very excited to design this map of Amsterdam. This City has so much character. The architecture is stunning, the canals, the boats, the variety of bikes are so much fun to draw and to cut!
I usually start a map by doing a lot of visual research of the different part of the City: listing and sketching the tourist attractions, museums, parcs, streets, canals, and all the important landmarks.
I usually go out and takes photographs or take my notebook with me and do some sketches outside. I also use Google map and gather images online.
Then what I love most is drawing the inhabitants: sketching a man walking down the street holding a coffee cup while talking on the phone, a mother cycling with her 3 kids on her bike on the way to school, a woman walking her dog, locals eating herring at the Albert Cuyp market...
I usually fill in a large notebook with random sketches.
Only when I have gathered enough information and filled in a full sketchbook, I can start to draw the map on a large sheet of thin paper.
When drawing the map I have to make sure that all the lines interact with each other as the map will be cut out of a single sheet of paper.
I will later show you images of the cutting process as I haven't started yet :-)