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Inspiring, family homes to stay | COPENHAGEN

Denmark has such an incredible legacy when it comes to mid-century classic design with the likes of Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Georg Jensen to name a few, that it’s almost impossible not to find a beautiful, place to stay and here are two of my favourite inspiring and family-friendly places to stay. The Christian Ixth Residence  Located in Copenhagen’s old town, the Christian Ixth Residence is great for two adults, 2 children and a baby. It’s in the centre of town (Indre By as they say) and walking distance from all the shops and museums (except Louisiana which you must visit). It has gorgeous floorboards, lots of natural light and I think these large butterfly paintings by Hong Kong artist Simon Birch are stunning. The Steenbergsvej Residence This one is out of town in Valby but since Copenhagen is a small city, it doesn’t really matter if you’re not staying in the centre of town (Indre By). By tube, most journey will take you 8-12 min and 20-30 min to the airport and most …

ATELIER SEPTEMBER | COPENHAGEN

Last time I came to Atelier September, it was still a shop…and a beautiful one with Danish antiques. It is now converted in a very inspiring and relaxing café and wine shop that you will love and it’s just around the corner of the Vipp flagship store. I loved the long, vintage communal tables and the large windows overlooking the street. Food was good, simple and tasty and apparently their yogurt & granola is to die for. I was in a rush to set up our pop-up store so I had egg and toasts but I will go back this week to watch Danish life goes by (I love spending time in little cafés when I travel). I also loved their free standing stainless-steel kitchen which looked beautiful on the Scandinavian floorboards. I’m not sure of the brand but Bultaup has a similar one. The place is filled with natural lights and has some great magazines like Kinfolk and cooking books for sale.   Since it’s now my 4th visit to Copenhagen, you can read my …

TRAVEL: GUBI SHOWROOM, COPENHAGEN

Yesterday my friend Charlotte who I met 7 years ago when she was working for Normann Copenhagen took me to the GUBI showroom where she works now. An amazing space by Copenhagen’s docklands, definitively worth the detour… There were so many beautiful designs that caught my eye…of course the Bestlite collection – a Bauhaus icon which is still produced in Birmingham in the UK and is now distributed by GUBI (and by all means, watch this video which will give you a full appreciation of what this is a great design). The Adnet mirror which I mentioned in January when I went to Maison & Objet in Paris on a buying trip and that we will definitively add to our collection soon and the Masculo Collection.  GUBI A/S was founded on 1967 by Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen and to this day, it is still a family business now fuelled by a passion to discover overlooked icons from the past and future icons in the making. Chasing forgotten icons from the 30’s to 70’s which GUBI A/S re-launched, each piece is exquisite in its own right with a …

On my travel wish-list…Copenhagen

I’m very excited and grateful to be invited to Copenhagen by one of my favourite brands: Normann Copenhagen to visit their flagship store and view the new collection. I’ll be there in about 2 weeks between the Meet The Blogger London weekend and Decor8 Meet the Bloggers while we finish styling & shooting our SS/2013 catalogue so March is going to be crazy busy…Last time I was there in 2008 (also invited by Normann), I had an amazing time. Copenhagen is small but beautiful and has lots of gorgeous shops. I’ll be there working on Thursday & Friday and Steve & Mila will join me for the weekend.As a lot of you enjoyed my “On my travel wish-list…Bruxelles”, here is my wish-list for Copenhagen: SHOP Normann Copenhagen flagship store (an amazing space to view the Normann collection but also a curated selection of fashion & accessories) {Østerbrogade 70; +45 3555 4459; www.normann-copenhagen.com} Gubi (very much looking forward to meet them again. Their collection will be soon on BODIE and FOU) {Klubiensvej 7-9 / Pakhus 53, Tel: +45 3332 6368, www.gubi.dk} Vipp (Watch out for a …

A Sunday in Paris

We are in Paris for the weekend and this morning, we took Mila and Lily to see the Eiffel Tower under the snow…What a visual treat! You can see more of my photos on Instagram. Have a warm, happy Sunday bises

On my travel wish-list…Bruxelles

I’ve always wanted to go to Bruxelles for a weekend.  I would also like to go back to New-York for a week and Koh-Samui for 4 weeks….In fact, if you ask me, the list of places I would like to see is quite long. I’ve been suggesting a long weekend in Bruxelles to Steve but he’s not really feeling the love yet and that is because we come from two different views.  Steve thinks flight/queue/hassle/tootired/traveltoomuch/Europeanparliament/weather I’m thinking inspiration/decoration/design/vintage/coolplacestosee and yes I could go there by myself like the big girl that I am but the truth is, I’m done travelling on my own. I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to, mostly because I miss my little family as soon as I’m away  So here is list of places I would like to see when we go there (because we will! :-) ICI (photo 1) a lovely delicatessen launched by Saskia et Marine  {35 Rue Darwin, 35 1050 Bruxelles Tél. : 02/343 88 57 You can follow them here} The ALEXIS VANHOVE Gallery and SHOWROOM (photo 2): Dedicated to mid-century furniture, the …

Happy to see you…

Penelope has been designing beautiful handmade dolls for a while.She even dresses them up with gorgeous clothes using Liberty fabric and patterns from Citronille which by the way, I highly recommend if you want to sew gorgeous French outfits for your kids.And now Penelope has opened her first workshop/boutique and like everything she does, it is simply beautiful so if you are in France near Les Sables d’Olonne, make sure you pay her a visit 109 route du Chateau d’Olonne, 85100 Les Sables d’Olonne Horaires d’été : du mardi au samedi de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 19h. Et sur rendez-vous au 06 86 45 93 68.  Welcome sticker from here | Linen scarves from there Cela fait quelques années déja que Pénélope crée de jolies poupées.Elle leur fait meme de tres jolis habits en tissu Liberty et utilisant les patrons de Citronille – une marque que je recommende chaudement si vous souhaitez coudre de beaux habits pour vos enfants. Et maintenant Pénélope a ouvert son premier atelier/boutique et comme tout ce qu’elle fait, c’est simplement magnifique. Si vous passez dans la …

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 …