...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
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.