We are spending some family time on the beautiful île de Ré on the West coast of France. Lazy mornings, long bike rides, late lunches and lounging by the pool. We are loving it! Check here for more photos from last year and here for the interview I did about all the things we like to do on l'île de Ré on Bozaround.
It was a rainy day so we stayed home with the children doing what we love: painting, baking a chocolate cake, watching Madagascar 2 and packing our bags to go on holidays to France.
On saturday night diner at the beautiful and delicious De Kas restaurant in Amsterdam to celebrate my aunt 70th birthday with all my family from London. It was a really fun night.
On Sunday it was windy and rainy so we all went to the Stedelijk museum to see the permanent exhibition and also a retrospective of Jeff Wall.
Buying flowers for the weekend
Strange birds on Noordwijk beach, on the coast near Amsterdam.
I am delighted to finally show you the article in this month issue of Spur Magazine featuring our home in Amsterdam and other homes of illustrators living in other european cities: Hanna Konola and Teresa Moorhouse in Helsinki, Isabelle Boinot in Paris, Tina Berning in Berlin.
It has been a pleasure to meet the photographer Fumie Tsuji (who's also the lead singer in her band Fleckfumie!) who came from Berlin for a day to shoot our house back in May.
You can view more photos of our interior on Spur website.
I wanted to share with you some inspiring photos I took while I was in London last week. I was there to work in the Famille Summerbelle studio in Finsbury park. On Saturday I met with my younger sister Emeline (we call her Milou!) who lives in Shoreditch for a nice breaksfast at Albion. She took me in all the cool shops in the area. Oh and I also went on Regent street to Anthropologie and J Crew. There were so many nice things to buy!
Dutch graphic designer Naomi den Besten from Pretty Unexpected has created this beautiful Creative Guide to Amsterdam packed with her favourite addresses: design book stores, concept stores, restaurants, art supplies shops and many more cool things to do in Amsterdam. Her creative guide is available here.
A new excuse to go on my bike to explore this city!
This morning I met up with Thomas Gravemaker the man behind the creative Letterpress Amsterdam studio in the centre of town. It's a fascinating workspace full of charm, old machines and wooden draws filled with handset metal types. Thomas has an extensive knowledge and experience in letterpress and graphic design. He worked for many years in London and Paris where he set up his own studio. I enjoyed speaking to him in French for an hour (I mainly speak English with everyone in Amsterdam so it was nice to speak with a (Dutch) francophile!)
The Letterpress Amsterdam studio produces bespoke prints, cards and invitations and also two-day intensive workshops or evening classes to learn the skills of letterpress printing.
Famille Summerbelle is very excited to be part of Patternsnap a newly launched application for iphones and ipads which helps you search, save and share a very large selection of wallpaper and interior fabric patterns. Choose a design and Patternsnap provides detailed samples of similar patterns then links you directly to the stockists and company website where you can purchase your favourite product.It is really fun to use and very useful for searching beautiful patterns (You will find the work of designers like Deborah Bowness, Louise Body, Abigail Edwards, Erika Wakerly, MissPrint, Timorous Beasties and many many more...)
Lately on my Instagram...
My little creative corner. I like to pin a mix of inspirational and colourful things on the wall above my desk. The desk lamp is from Jielde.
Leaves pattern paper cut in our bedroom.
There are so many little flower shops here in Amsterdam so on my way back home I spotted these beauties. I just love the colours. In the background you can see some of my paper cut houses.
This is Lucien in the bath, lucky boy he has a good view from there!
I discovered the work of French artist and designer Amélie Mancini on Instagram. Amelie makes all her work by hand in her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She works with a variety of medium be it woodworking (oh I absolutely love her arrow wooden spoons!), lino cutting (check out her Tropical collection pattern!) or painting. She also makes letterpress cards, tee-shirts and prints inspired by her love of baseball.
For our second Creative Cutting project, we have this fun and quick activity to do with your children: a little paper puppet show! Just download and print our free PDF here. Take out all your colourful pens and pencils on the table and draw bright tee-shirts and funny faces to the sporty characters. Follow the lines to cut around the shapes and stick them on a bbq wooden stick.
Ophelia and Lucien made a little puppet show for us before bedtime yesterday, it was really funny to hear their silly stories!
I hope you all had a good week. For the weekend I wanted to share with you some images of our packaging we use to pack all our tea towels and cushion covers. It features Famille Summerbelle triangle patterns and has a nice fold at the back. Hope you like it!
I'm really looking forward to this weekend. At last it is getting warm and sunny in Amsterdam!