I hope you had a nice Christmas with your loved ones. We had the most relaxing Christmas just the 4 of us in Paris followed by a long weekend in Provence. As I am now 30 weeks pregnant (with baby number 3 due early March!) so we decided to take it easy and just do nothing for a week. Heaven.
Here are some muted colours inspired by our stay in Paris and Provence: shades of grey from Paris and touches of muted colours from the South of France.
Less than 10 days to go until Christmas! It is going so so fast and so much to do. This is some Christmas inspiration from my Pinterest Christmas board. Oh I love Christmas and how creative one can be around that time of year!
I love the excitement we all have every year when the time comes of choosing and buying the Christmas tree; bringing it home and getting the boxes from the basement with all the Christmas decorations nicely folded in tissue paper from the previous year!
This is what we did this weekend.
It was so cold outside (below zero) here in Amsterdam that the only thing we wanted is to put the fire on, sit by the Christmas tree while watching Miracle on 34th Street!
A couple of years ago I made these stars to decorate our tree.
They are very simple to make and it is a nice activity to do with the children (Lucien painted the stars while Ophelia did the glitter).
Buy some clay (the one I used was just plain/normal clay), cut about 20 shaped stars, let them dry.
Paint the stars with a paint primer to protect the clay (ie:Gesso) and then use your favourite colour (acrylic paint) and lots of glitter!
We're kicking off the holiday season by offering 20% off everything on Famille Summerbelle website.
Don't forget to enter the coupon code 'HOLIDAYS' at checkout to activate the discount.
The promotion will start today Friday 28th November until Monday 1st December at midnight (UK time).
Here is a small selection of our discounted products:
Hand screen printed City maps: Paris, London, San Francisco and the World.
With 20% off discount, now at £36 instead of £45.
Imagine yourself cycling down the side of a canal on a crisp, sunny day, with the reflections of the picturesque architecture of the houses mirrored in the water. That image is the inspiration for our latest paper cut House Reflections.
This is a laser cut created from an intricate original paper cut that i've designed and it's available on Famille Summerbelle website!
Size: 44cm x 66cm
£55 | €69 | $86
We are so excited to be able to share with you what we have been working on over the past few months, our House Boxes!
Our pack of four colourful houses is a fantastic solution for storing all of your small objects in a stylish and fun way.
The House boxes come as a pack of four colours (pink, blue, black and mustard) and the design is featured on all sides, so you can keep turning and playing with combinations!
Featuring our familiar paper cut style design, these four house boxes are made from strong cardboard. Great solution for living rooms, bedrooms and offices.
The 4 houses are shipped as a flat pack in reinforced packaging.
They are incredibly straightforward to assemble, and can be dismantled and rebuilt as many times as you need!
We are very happy to have collaborated with the talented photograph and stylist Aurélie Lecuyer from Le dans La for this new collection. We have worked with her for our previous collections and it's always a pleasure to see her beautiful photos.
We've also had a little makeover at Famille Summerbelle. Check out our new website, with a clearer navigation, larger images and an easy way to look at our products.
We celebrated our boy 5th birthday over the weekend with his friends and a home made chocolate pirate ship!
Like every year, I take a picture of Lucien with his age written on top. I can't believe how much he has changed in 5 years. He looks like a real grown up boy now (with a cheeky smile)!
The Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is one of the biggest event happening in October in the Netherlands and it is really worth going (18-26 Oct). The quality of work from Dutch designers is outstanding and so inspiring. The event is taking over the entire town of Eindhoven, offering numerous exhibitions, seminars, workshops, parties, food and drinks. Altogether there are more than 300 events at 80 different venues!
My sister Charlotte is graduating in December from the prestigious Design Academy. She invited my family over to spend the weekend in Eindhoven to show us the different events and to visit the graduation show at her school. We had such an amazing time, thanks also to the most beautiful weather. It felt like Spring time!
I will show you a selection of images of my favourite events and designers I discovered over the weekend:
We Make Carpets by Dutch trio Bob, Marcia and Stijn. Not the kind of carpet you would expect. You cannot walk on them. From a distance they may look like a carpet but come closer to discover a carpet made of pasta, colourful sponges, beer bottles, fire crackers, pegs, wooden sticks or some other everyday product.
Lunch on the sunny terrasse in the Strijp Area. There is a huge skate park right next door. We also went for a coffee at Pastry Club located in a reconverted factory.
On Sunday after a long breakfast sitting outside in the sun, we all went to visit the Piet Hein Eek factory where he reconverted an old Philips building into his workshop, showroom, shop, restaurant and studios for up and coming Dutch designers. It is such a wonderful and inspiring place to visit. Piet Hein Eek huge workshop:
Piet Hein Eek signature table made of small recycled wood blocks:
Ceramics rENs, exploring the colour red on different ceramic objects.
Make your own paper animal trophy with these step by step DIY folding kits from Dutch studio Assembli. Aren't they beautiful? I'd love to get the Giraffe for my children's bedroom. It would be a nice project to do with Ophelia on a Wednesday afternoon after school.
This morning I went to visit Woonbeurs, the Dutch Interior trade show in Amsterdam. I went along with my friends Ester Van der Paal from Babyccino and Erika Harberts from Miko Design. Erika is famous for her beautiful Paris Dolls and for making the most adorable and imaginative breakfast and afternoon tea for her daughters. I have known Erika for a while but only through her work and social media so it was nice to meet her 'for real'!
It was my first experience of an interior trade show in the Netherlands and it was a nice one. It was a good size show, not as huge as Maison et Objet so I managed to see quite a lot within my tight schedule of 1h30.
Here is my selection of things I liked. I took the photos with my phone so excuse the poor quality of the snapshots.
I am following Helen Dealtry on Instragram and I am always so inspired to see her stunning hand painted flowers. Helen runs a textile studio Woking Girls Designs based in Brooklyn, NY where she and her team specialises in hand painted and computer-generated designs for the textile industry.
If you live in NYC, Helen also runs hand painted florals classes. I wish I could go to one of them.
During the class showing different technics. Photo by Dana McClure.
I cannot tell you how happy Ophelia was when she received the new book written by our friend Al MacCuishThe Bee Who Spoke. It is her sitting in the middle reading the story to her friends.
When we lived in Paris, Al came to visit us with his family and mentioned to us later that Ophelia inspired him to write a new story for a children's book. He even dedicated the book to her. Ophelia was SO happy.
The book tells the story of Belle, a little parisian girl who goes on holiday to the countryside and is eager to explore on her new bicycle. After falling off her bike she meets a talking bee who rescue Belle and they go on an adventure together. It a beautiful story that educates children about nature, plants and the environment. You will be charmed by the painted illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon!