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.
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...)
We're planning to build a new kitchen in the old barn of our family home in the south west of France over the next month or so. The house is very old and used to be over the years the village school, a barber (!) and an auberge where the men would meet for a drink after a day working in the fields (in the 1920's). My great grand father lived there, my grand father was born in the annex (where they used to dry tobacco!).
Every year at the end of August we all meet there to spend some time together. That's my brother, his wife and their 4 children, my 3 sisters and their boyfriends, my dad, his wife and the 4 of us. It's a happy and rather chaotic place when we're all together. I love it! This year we're going to build a new kitchen in the renovated barn as the actual kitchen is more than 20 years old and start to be very small when we all cook together.
At the moment my sister is drawing the plans while I'm researching ideas and pin them on Pinterest. I love this part of research! The hard bit is to make this happened in a tight budget and on time before the Summer!
Oh! and today we've been featured in the (free) issue 4 of Enfants Terribles, a really nice Danish online magazine! Check out my interview here. Aurélie Lecuyer our stylist and photographer is also featured with beautiful photos of her house in France.
A Map of the World is a compelling collection of work by a new generation of original and sought-after designers, illustrators, and mapmakers. This work showcases specific regions, characterizes local scenes, generates moods, and tells stories beyond sheer navigation. From accurate and surprisingly detailed representations to personal, naïve, and modernistic interpretations, the featured projects from around the world range from maps and atlases inspired by classic forms to cartographic experiments and editorial illustrations.
From left to right: Cruising Around Africa, Wine in Suedtirol, Service Plan in Munich.
From top left to right:
Tuscany Italy, Samany & Erimo Green Map, Kyushu Japan.
Galerie Doux Dimanche is owned by Edition Paumes. Each product is beautifully presented in the shop. You can find designer pieces from Nathalie Lété, Tsé-Tsé, La Cocotte, Famille Summerbelle :-) and of course the huge collection of their wonderful books!
I've had something of a love affair with Japan ever since we visited back in 2008, so it feels extra special to be able to share this with you.
We have just launched this collaboration with Issey Miyake for their Pleats Please range.
It's based on my World Map design and it includes a wonderful collection of clothing and accessories. The map has been adapted specifically for Pleats Please, placing Japan absolutely at the heart of the map.
The book is a peak inside our home and family life. It includes tips and inspiration for handmade ideas and inspiring home decor. It, of course, includes plenty of paper cutting and fun activities to do with your children.
We've been huge fans of édition Paumes for quite sometime, amassing a rather large collection of their wonderful books on European interior style, family homes and culture.
They came to live with us over a couple of weeks and we had a ball creating all number of decorative ideas. They have a wonderful style and interest in the smallest of details which we hope comes across well in the book.
The book is available for pre-sale NOW on our site. Just click here.
The book is mostly written in Japanese but all of the titles are in English and there is plenty of translation throughout. To be honest all of édition Paumes' books are incredibly visual, so you can rely on the images to give you all the detail that you need!
A huge thank you to the Dutch magazine Ariadne at Home Kinderen for featuring our Paris map in their latest issue. When they contacted me before the Summer, they asked me if they could enlarged the Paris map into a wall sticker for the photo shoot. I really love the result!
The beautiful Papier Maché online mag has released a new issue. As always it's a pleasure to read and look at. I wanted to say a big MERCI to Emma Cassi for including our new coral pink Paris map in her photoshoot 'I fell asleep amongst the flowers.. for a couple of hours...' (love the title). This little blond curly hair girl is so cute!
A very big THANK YOU/MERCI to Edition Paumes for asking us to be part of their new book Paris Family Style. I have previously mentioned their Children's room London, Stockholm and Paris on the blog. It is a real pleasure discover the homes of creative Parisian families (Petit Pan, Olivesle, The Collection, April Showers just to mention a few)
If you want to read how busy and exciting my days are at the moment (joke :) then check Rohini's fabulous blog The Beat That My Heart Skipped. You can also follow the days of other designers like Deborah Bowness, Priscilla Carluccio from Few and Far, Minimodern, Bodie and Fou and many more...
Thanks Rohini!Check also her website, she's a talented interior Stylist and Writer...