Arts + Crafts

Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

May 13, 2016

Our trip to Paris yielded so many good experiences and memories, beyond words, really. From meeting (and lunch!) with Artistic Director Daniel Rozensztroch of Merci to hanging out with the delightful Cécile Figuette of Bien Fait, making flowers with shopowner and author Adeline Klam… It was all so fascinating… Oh and did I tell you that we were treated to a beautiful lunch and dessert at Ladurée? We were indeed. We also visited the much envied children’s online store Smallable in their first new storefront. Oh, and there was the great hotel that treated us so nicely, Grand Pigalle, with a bathtub I could have slept in… It was a beautiful week. But there’s more… I got to meet a fan of my blog who is also an exquisite artist, a textile designer with the hand of a magician, who transforms delicate fabrics into blooms that you simply have to see to believe. Her name is Laurence Aguerre.

Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

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We spent time with Laurence chatting in mostly French (thank God I had my friend with me to help!) in her tiny, sunny studio that is part of a collaborative artists’ space where you have to win a lottery to get your own atelier (or not) there. The  35 ateliers are located in a large building in central Paris called Les Ateliers De Paris, which is known as a incubator of creativity or as the French would say, “L’incubateur des métiers de création.” Continue Reading…






DIY

DIY: Modern Hanging Desk Organizers

May 9, 2016

Hello everyone, how are you today? I have a new DIY idea for you and it’s going to be fun, are you ready to play along? Home is a place where we spend large parts of our lives, so it’s important to make it joyful. What I mean by that, is keeping an eye on the items we use in our daily activities like cooking, cleaning, working – are they pretty? Do they make you smile when you look at them? Or are they only functional?

DIY: Modern Hanging Desk Organizers

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I always believe it’s possible to combine all of the above and make some magic happen! This is why I decided to turn super-normal cups into the DIY Hanging Desk Organizers. It’s a great accessory to hold a little flower or those pens that always seem to disappear when you most need them. Problem solved! Now they will hang right in front of your eyes, so
you can’t miss them! Continue Reading…






DIY

DIY: Spray Paint Botanical Art

May 5, 2016

There is no doubt that the urban jungle and plants in general have been trending for some time now. Everyone loves plants and flowers! That is why I was inspired to create a very easy to make botanical art print that is truly a budget DIY. You only need white paper in your favorite size, a can of spray paint in a nice color and a branch that you can find on your next walk with leaves in shapes that you like. With this simple procedure you can make plants imperishable. Very gentle reminders.

DIY: Spray Paint Botanical Art

Honestly, when I tried it out the first time I was excited about the very fast result because I expected it to be a little more complicated. I’ve tried it a few more times since and have loved to experiment with different colors, branches and paper sizes. In only a few moments, you can create your very unique art prints. Hang them up with masking tape in a mix with other prints and photos or give it a frame and you get a very high-quality looking art print. Why not sign the lower right corner to make it a true original work? Maybe you have fun to make some gift cards with this method. Do you have other ideas for use? Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Sour Cream + Goat Cheese Tartlets

May 4, 2016

Hi everyone, I can’t wait to share this yummy recipe with you today because it’s perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining on the patio or for picnics. Cherry tomatoes would have to be one of my favorite veggies. Baked with chicken, in salads, to snack on – you name it! And heirloom cherry tomatoes are one sure way to brighten up any dish with an array of colors. This month I wanted to create a simple savory treat of goats cheese and cherry tomatoes. Originally I was playing around with an almond and hazelnut meal tart base recipe that I’ve made before, except it was way too crumbly without a baked filling. As this recipe didn’t have a baked filling I had to abandon the idea and fall back on my go to pastry recipe.

Recipe: Sour Cream + Goat Cheese Tartlets

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Now I’ll be honest, this did make me feel a like a little bit of a failure. Working as a food photographer and constantly surrounding myself with amazing creatives and foodies, not to mention the easy reach of tantalizing recipes on social media, I can get caught up in the pursuit of ‘out-doing’ myself with each new idea. Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris

May 3, 2016

Hi friends! I was in Paris not too long ago and got to meet and tour the creative workshop and retail space of French designer and author Adeline Klam. Do you know of her? I’ve been following Adeline’s work for many years when I first found out about her through former decor8 columnist Emilie Gupta. So when my assistant lined up a special morning with this lovely lady, I was thrilled! She had me and my friend come to her shop for a special customized workshop – to create crepe paper flowers, and talk to her a little about her business.

My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris

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Located in Paris, Adeline’s shop is what you’d called a playland for crafty adults and children, too. She sells lots of lovely kits for makers that include all of the ingredients to make the featured craft on the kit cover. The one thing I associate the most closely with Adeline is Japanese paper. She sources only the best from Japan, some coming from very traditional paper factories there, and it’s stunning! In fact, she infuses her many projects and products with it – there are so many applications for this type of paper that goes beyond origami craft. Adeline studied textile design in Paris and now applies her love of pattern to her work as a shop owner, craft creator, product developer and book author. Continue Reading…






Tabletop

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

May 2, 2016

Hello everyone! April was a running joke with typical rainy-sunshiny-snowy-icy-rainy weather where I’m at in Germany yet I only had eyes for all the breathtaking “cotton candy trees” around filled with cherry blossoms. This month’s tabletop column is a homage to this petal-confetti time of year and though I’ve not used cherry blossoms, they inspired this overall look for the perfect spring tabletop which is lovely for tea time.

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

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For my flower bouquets I chose pale pink clove, dark ruby colored peony, white bleeding heart, tulip, fancy frill tulips, parrot tulips and ornamental cherry to bring the eye candy colors from outside to my table. Continue Reading…






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