Month: April 2013

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Stopping off for a treat in Paris………………………..

I gobbled up this really delicious carrot cupcake  in just a few seconds while in Paris a couple of days ago.  There are more and more cupcake stores popping up all around the city as Parisians seem to love these little cakes!  Its quite strange to see how popular they are in France, especially as French Pastries and sweet treats are world famous.  There are two cupcake shops on Rue de L’Abbé Grégoire in the 6th Arrondissement in Paris.  You can sample them for yourselves.  Closest metro lines are Vaneau, Rennes or Saint Placide.

If cupcakes are not your ‘cup of tea’- (excuse the joke) and you prefer the more traditional French Salon de Thé, another little place just around the corner is certain to be just for you.  Mamie Gâteaux opened its doors in 2003 and is a really traditional tea house selling homemade tarts, salads, soups and some really delicious cakes and sweet treats!  This tea house is quite popular with locals and has such a quaint and relaxing ambiance inside. – You feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of Paris.

Mamie Gâteaux tea house can be found at the corner of rue du Cherche Midi and rue de L’Abbé Grégoire.  This little tea room is certainly worth a visit when in Paris.

Handmade poetic Garlands………………………

These new colourful, handmade garlands are so beautiful and look delightful as decoration in any room of the home.  They are dreamy and poetic but at the same time flashy and fun with touches of neon pink and yellow running through the design.  Neon seems to be so popular at the moment!

With each cloud shaped paper garland being handmade in in the the South of France, each one is unique and original.

See all the new colours at French blossom – Cloud Garlands

The wonderful illustrations of Marloes de Vries……………

I love the playful and fun illustrations of Marloes de Vries.  I had to share them with you!  Born in the Netherlands, Marloes began her career as a graphic designer and arts director but quickly found her calling in life as an illustrator.

Here whimsical, sweet illustrations are really delightful.  One of my favourites has to be the girl flying high above the houses in her magical cardboard box aeroplane. – This super illustration delves into the imagination of children so well!

Discover more illustrations from Marloes at her blog

Sunday Pinterest find…………………..

I was pouring some milk on my cereal this morning from a plastic milk carton without paying much attention to the design or lack of design! Then I found this really fun ‘blown glass’ design of a milk carton, while on pinterest. How much more enjoyable would it be to serve the milk from a glass carton like this !!

I remember when I was young the milk bottles, delivered every morning to your doorstep were made from glass with a thick aluminium foil seal :-) Now its only plastic or carton.

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What do you think of the new Evian commercial? ……………………

Just stumbled upon the new evian commercial.  It did make me laugh! Great work again from the guys at Evian.

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Happy Friday…………………………..

Happy Friday everyone, another week has flown by and the Weekend is here.  Yippee !  We were at the beach last weekend and might go to Paris this weekend.  Any exciting plans anyone ?

Love this photo I found on pinterest.  It looks like this dad and his son are having a lot of fun!

You can find us on Pinterest too.

New In – Bakker Made with love satchel……………..

We just received some exciting new Bakker suitcases and childrens satchels at the French Blossom boutique.  Meriem posted one of these on facebook today and I like her choice.  A bright yellow vinyl satchel is perfect for spring and the warmer weather.  This childrens satchel has one large interior pocket, a smaller interior zipped pocket and two front pockets.  The satchel can be carried by the top handle or with the two adjustable back straps.  This yellow childrens satchel plus many other items from Bakker can be seen at the Boutique – French Blossom Bakker made with love

Vintage interior inspiration…………………..

‘J’adore’ this 1950’s inspired interior design. The above images are from the home of Josh and Jen Amstone in California. The design is by architect Cliff May who has wonderfully picked up on shapes, colours and forms from the 50’s to create this beautiful space.  I love the simple design of the rocking chair and the soft green sofa with its fine wooden legs and wood detailing is just fantastic. – I wish I could transport the sofa/couch to my apartment !

I discovered this design though the french website Frenchy Fancy, curated by Parisian Interior Designer Céline.