Month: January 2012

3 affordable, visually inspiring storage solutions

I share my life with a New-Zealander who loves leaving his clothes anywhere on the floor (and that includes our bedroom AND the bathroom!), a gorgeous child who loves having as many colourful toys to clash with my love for white interiors as possible, a dog and a bunny so like most family homes, our home can/will look messy very quickly. Granted, we are very lucky to have a spacious family home which looks quite minimalist since the house renovations but it doesn’t happen magically. I actually regularly go through our things on a weekly and monthly basis to keep clutter at bay and our home tidy and while I’m all for honest posts and real-life stories, this is obviously not what I post on my Instagram because I never found it inspiring to live in a mess or to look at a messy room. It actually stresses out the hell out of me :-) and I think I share enough personal stuff on the blog or Instagram without adding to your misery, the dreadful vision of our family mess but hey…we do have it too!

White interiors by J. Morabito

I had a very productive weekend which felt really nice. I finally managed to put all our old CDs on this site, made a very healthy homemade vegetable soup, a not so healthy but delicious coconut & chocolate cake, moved the furniture around in the lounge, painted a wardrobe in white and given it has been a while since I posted about my design hero: Jacqueline Morabito (you can see Morabito’s La petite Epicerie range here) here are some gorgeous photos by Martin Morrell to start thinking about Spring & Summer.Hope you had a great weekend! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Paris | New Catalogue | ♥

I’m off to Paris this afternoon to attend Maison & Objet and of course I’m very excited because I haven’t seen my sister and my mum since the last one in September and I know that Saturday we will do our usual shopping trip to MERCI and Zadig & Voltaire in Le Marais and Sunday, I’m catching up with my two best friends but at the show, between meetings, I’m also going to meet up with fellow bloggers like Lau, Cristine, and Carine which should be great fun! As I working on our new homepage this morning, I could help thinking how much I enjoyed styling some of these shots below* for our first mail order catalogue and given how successful our catalogue was, we have decided that not only we will produce a bigger one for Christmas 2012 but we will also send out a mini (but SO inspiring and beautiful) Summer one. You can still receive the Winter one by requesting a free copy here until the end of February and we will …

Donna Hay’s Seasons

I’m not the most prolific blogger in January.As we spend the Christmas holidays with Steve’s family in New-Zealand, I most often come back jet-lagged for a few days, then the post-holidays blues kicks in (read these tips to fight it) along with a mere attempt to resist giving in too quickly to the busy pace of my working life.Do you know the feeling?I have to admit that at the beginning of my holidays, I miss the fun and interaction from Facebook and Twitter because it’s nice to have friends who will get as much excited as I’m about a new design or how beautiful the styling on a photo is (in comparison to Steve who does not really care).However, having started a trend last Summer when our little family went on holidays on a 7m boat without internet connection and no shower (don’t worry we used the ones available in the harbour), I had a taste during our back-to-basics holidays how hugely enjoyable my holidays were if I was nowhere near a computer to work.Let alone the good …

Swimming like a fish

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, I took my first swimming lesson with Mila to learn how to crawl. Her friend Clara didn’t want to go swimming this term and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to finally put in action something I have been talking about for years….and I love it! While I can swim the breaststroke, I have never been able to get my breathing right for the crawl and doing lengths of breaststroke bored me to death. I like to go fast so for an hour, I learnt how to blow bubbles under water, breathe without feeling I’m gonna suffocate and get the moves right. It was hugely liberating! I’m on a mission this year to make a lot of fine-tuning resolutions to improve my well-being….what small changes do you want to make to your life this year to improve yours? PS: So loving our Batgirl print & black masking tape on VosgesParis (thanks Desiree!) The gold Batgirl is available at 15% OFFin the sale …

Finetuning resolutions 2012

I love the beginning of a new year! It’s such a wonderful opportunity to start fresh, forget about things that went wrong and move on. A few years ago, I diligently made lists of things I wanted to achieve. These days, I’m more relax about achievements, I don’t do lists anymore because I’m happy in my own skin and my life in general but I still make small changes to be happier as a person, be there for my family and enjoy my work. So in our little family, we don’t make new year resolutions, we make finetuning ones….Little changes to improve our family life and overall well-being and we ask each other 2 things we would like the others to change/improve/stop…. Me: “So Mila…what would you like me to change this year?” Mila: “I want you to stop drinking coca-cola and stop smoking“ (I had actually given up smoking two years ago but had a few last Summer)Me: “Ok, that’s fine. I can do that. My turn…I would like to make sure that you …