Jun

25

{ wabi-sabi in my home }

By Brit

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. It reflects exactly the perception of what is beauty for me: the imperfection of nature or the asymmetry of anything handmade.  Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind. The concept is composed of the words Wabi and Sabi. Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, quietness and anomalies which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi means beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
My entire home is filled with wabi-sabi elements like weathered driftwood and sea shells, old things reflecting signs of the times and even handmade creations with a touch of imperfection. For me, this concept is the real meaning of beauty and style.
wasisabiPhotos of my home from Shanti Broeng, published in we love living 3/2015

Nov

26

{ raw treasures }

By Brit

Manon Gignoux treasures upcycled fabrics and reinvents them as textile figures, clothes and accessories, raw and fantastic. Simply wonderful!

Apr

29

{ we love living }

By Brit

A few weeks ago, the German lifestyle magazine we love living asked me whether I would be interested in a photo shooting of my apartment. What a question, you bet! We love living is one of my favorite magazines sharing the same philosophy of life as me. It’s a real treasure trove of all things beautiful which are part of our everyday life, filled with home sweet home stories of folks like you and me who love their four walls and a huge abundance of creative ideas – simply a lovely inspiration source of happiness. No sooner said than done: A few weeks later, Shanti, one of the wonderful photographers of the magazine came all the way from Copenhagen to spend hours and hours taking pictures of my little cocoon and my tomcat Plume who was the star of the day. It was an exciting experience that I wanted to share with you in this post. If you would like to see more you can read my complete home story in the actual issue of we love living.
we_love_livingwe love living, 3/2015
Photos: Shanti Broeng

Apr

10

{ ephemeral delight }

By Brit

If you are in Paris this weekend, don’t miss the pop-up store of Monoprix in the Marais with unique creations of the French artist Marion Lesage which are actually on sale in its stores. Until 12th April 2015 this ephemeral shop shows the ethnically  inspired creations of Marion Lesage which consists of tableware, napkins, cushions, lanterns, notebooks etc. and also invites visitors  for printing workshops. You can also admire an exhibition of the artist in the basement and taste delicious tarts of the famous Rose Bakery in a little corner café.
marion_LesagePop-up store Monoprix, 23 rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris

Nov

3

{ fuel for creative minds }

By Brit

Fall is the perfect time to get creative with cooler temperatures and the coming holidays that invite us to get cozy at home with a lovely craft project. Let’s celebrate the changing seasons with a visit to the inspiring fair Creations & Savoir-Faire in collaboration with the magazine Marie Claire Idées. Get enchanted by fairy tales at the 2013 edition. Traditional creations around twine and needles, the universe of paper and scrapbooking, creative home decorations and original inspirations for your sweet tooth and so much more will inspire your creative mind…  I am giving away two free tickets to the show. All you have to do is leaving a comment here about your favorite craft project. Deadline will be on Thursday, November 7th at midnight. The winner will be contacted by email. Good luck !
Creations & Savoir-Faire Marie Claire Idées
November 13th-17th 2013
Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles, Paris
Pavillon 7.2

Oct

20

{ la manufacture parisienne }

By Brit

La Manufacture Parisienne is a kind of pop-up store and gallery which surprises curious design lovers each month with a new and ephemeral decor consisting of unique furniture, original everyday objects and vintage single pieces. Back to school was the topic of September. Check out their new decor during your visit.
La Manufacture Parisienne – 93 rue Marcadet – 75018 Paris

Sep

19

{ veggie café }

By Brit

The lovely Café Pinson in the Northern Marais serves organic and gluten-free, primarily vegan cuisine and follows the popular healthy food trend with delicious and colourful meals. Dedicated to using local and seasonal produce, every day sees a fresh soup and hot main dish on the menu, plus a variety of salads and plenty of sweet and savoury baked goods, everything 100% homemade. A perfect spot for a lazy Sunday brunch.
Café Pinson, 6 Rue du Forez  75003 Paris

Jun

23

{ slow-food canteen & epicerie }

By Brit

I recently discovered the wonderful epicerie Causses in Paris. It’s a grocery store with lots of fine food and local & seasonal fruit and veg from independant producers. Newt door is the tiny lunch canteen La Fabrique decorated with retro odds on a matt black painted wall, white metro tiles and blackboards in a kind of industrial style featuring homemade soups, salads and sandwichs also themed on simple & good quality food. Must lunch spot.
Causses – La Fabrique – 55 Rue Notre-Dame de Lorette – 75009 Paris

Nov

21

{ pop-up }

By Brit

Today was the opening of the pop-up store of La Maison d’Anna G. et Le REpèRe des BeletTes. This secret and ephemeral shop is hidden in the Marais and was a must see spot during my lunch break. A lot of wonderful things for your home are perfectly arranged in a nice setting: hard to resist against lovely porcelain phosphors, wooden bowls or one of the beautiful linen cushions and so much more. If you like the pure and simple Scandinavian design and are looking for Christmas gifts with that ‘special something’, this is for you ! So if you happen to be in Paris right now, this is a great opportunity to see the collections from both shops.
Pop-up store: 4 rue Pastourelle, Paris 3°.
The store will be open every day from 10am to 7pm, from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of November.

Aug

17

{ bonjour friday }

By Brit

Happy Friday to you ! Wouldn’t it be nice to relax on this Parisian rooftop ?