My husband Simon loves his bikes. He is, of course, a huge fan of the Tour de France. He was super excited to take our son Lucien (5 years old) to experience the Départ of the Tour in Utrecht. We live in Amsterdam so it was only a short train journey to get there. Lucien proudly came back with a bunch of water bottles that the riders gave him. (We had to take them all on holidays. He won't leave them behind!)
I have highlighted the journey of the Tour on our illustrated map of France for the all the bike lovers out there.X
Adeline Klam is a French designer who is passionate about Japan, origami paper and bright colours. She has the most beautiful shop in Paris in the 11th arrondissement where she sells a variety of colourful Japanese papers, fabrics, stationeries and books and also offers workshops to make beautiful paper flowers like these:
Father's Day is next Sunday 21st June. Why not send your dad something truly original, with one of our paper cut maps or hand screen prints.
We are currently offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders. We can happily send the parcel - GIFT WRAPPED - directly to your father with a personalised message (just leave your message in the box on the checkout page).
Erika Harberts, the designer of Mikodesign is a super mummy who has the most wonderful imagination. She creates the most imaginative and delicious breakfasts for her daughters Sofia and Mila. The latest was inspired by Sofia's birthday party theme Frida Kahlo. How sweet is her portrait and the cactus!
Erika surprised Esther and I when we launched our Vrienden Boek by making a breakfast inspired by the illustrations of the book.
Last time I met Erika she was telling me how much she loves Paris. She had the wonderful idea to create a blog dedicated to all her favourite addresses called Carnet de Paris.
Discover Erika's breakfasts images on her Instagram and visit her blog and Etsy shop to discover her beautiful prints and dolls on Mikodesign.
While walking Téo to sleep the other morning I passed Imps and Elfs store which is 5mn walk from my home. They have of course the most wonderful clothes for kids, but I just fell in love with the floorboards. I want the same in my home!
...Ophelia and Lucien are off school so we decided to visit The Oasis of Matisse exhibition at the Stedelijk museum. It is only a short bike ride from our home, so they took their pencils and notebooks and off we went.
It is the largest ever retrospective of work by Matisse to be shown in the Netherlands. The ground floor rooms features paintings, drawings and sculptures by Matisse alongside works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and others.
The top floor focuses on Matisse's monumental cutouts. The children loved this part best, I guess due to the strong colours and bold shapes that they can relate to.
Families with children can go in the Stedelijk's Family Lab where round tables with lots of colourful papers and scissors are displayed. Ophelia and Lucien were very excited to create cut-outs like Matisse and pin them on the wall!
I'm trying to figure out how I can improve to have a more tidy desk and yet keep all the things I need (pencils, scissors, scalpels, notebooks...) and like to see (postcards, drawings...) in one place.
I like the idea of adding a large pegboard that I would paint in white on the right of my desk. I'll have baskets for all my stationary and clips to hangs photos and drawings. Here's a little inspiration from my Pinterest board.
My desk at the moment.
What do you think? How do you keep your desk tidy and organised?!
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