Communal Tables

I am thinking of making a few changes to our home and get a bigger table to organize design workshops. I love the table that we have right now because it is my granny’s and it really is beautiful besides the emotional attachment that I have to it but it only fits 4 people.  I have been thinking of getting one of those really large ones, you know the communal tables like you see at Le Pain Quotidien that fit 10 people…or more?

 

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I think of them as being those really cozy get together spots for a hot chocolate, a cafe latte with lots of foamy cream and organic bread with ricotta cheese and softly boiled eggs.  Just super duper cozy, imagining  family and friends seated around and chattering about the things that went on their lives the past day or week. That would be a riot!

 

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I also envision them to hang out with a group of artistic women and do crafts and create beautiful things.  I love that they are very unpretentious and comfortable.  And preferably, I would like to have one that has a bit of a rough edge and organic feel to it.  If we decide to do that, we’d definitely will have to make some serious changes to the entire place though because right now living and dining room are gathered together in one room.  Which means, we’d also have to add to our ikea sofa set…hmm..I might have to start with a little visit a visit to the flea market soon and look for a table that is in need for a little TLC

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KiKi…A Little Naughty Oh La La!

Well, well, well Kiki….sexy but not slutty.   Hey! It’s Friday!  So, nothing wrong with a little naughty oh la la!  This shop, is just total glamour puss ok?  Very, very old Hollywood Chic.

 

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Then again at $250 on average for a thong, they’d better go all out on their decor.  And they did not fail, let me tell you. This place is worth a visit for both men and women. Whether you can afford that Enchante bodysuit or not, you’ll feel seduced from the moment you walk into the store’s parlor.

 

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From the gold chandelier to the four-poster bed and dark chesterfield sofa surrounded by different kinds of lingerie, books and …yeah you know….

 

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The black and white photography and its soft lighting add for such an intimate and enchanting atmosphere.  

 

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Anyone who’s been to Paris would know about the famous Kiki de Montparnasse. Her rise to popularity started when she became the muse of a number of important artists in Paris including Man Ray, Kisling, Foujita, Calder and many more! Her colorful life as a cabaret performer, actress and artist in the 1920’s was carried over in the years to come. As part of her legacy, many shops in her name have been established and all of these embody Kiki’s outspokenness, boldness and creativity!  Inviting, tempting…all Kiki De Montparnasse shops will take you back in the opulence of the 1920s! So if you are in Vegas, NYC or LA for the weekend, you know where to go…

 

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L’Hotel Paris, a bit over the top but hey! why not?

Who doesn’t love Paris?! I mean, it is the fashion capital of the world and it is where you’ll find one-of-a-kind literature, art and architecture. It’s like at every turn there’s something historic to take note of. It is one of the places I’d love to go back to again and again! Can one ever get tired of Paris? I don’t think so!

 

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If you’re about to decide on a trip to Paris, I’d recommend that you stay at L’Hotel Paris.  Ok, maybe just visit it at  and maybe try and get a peek of the rooms.  Yeah, you get it, the place definitely is not ‘budget friendly’ but it is so worth visiting at least once in your lifetime, if you can.  Even if it were for that staircase only.

 

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Each room is uniquely-designed! No two rooms look alike!  It isn’t that wide but I think that’s the charm of it by maintaining its original look. There are emblems on either side of the entrance and when you are inside the hotel in the center hall and glance up you’ll see the amazing balance of the structure, the division of the rooms and hallways. The walls in the foyer are decorated with sketches by Jean Cocteau  and the celebrities that frequent the hotel are Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Al Pacino line up the walls of the bar.  Yes, I can name drop.

 

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All rooms in L’Hotel are really luxurious! As in an over the top kind of way but really super nice!  I wouldn’t mind to stay at the Mignon Room again with its rich Napoleon III styled décor, damask wall coverings and Japanese-inspired bamboo furnishings. Oh wait! The Bijoux rooms with Baroque and IndoChinese elements look wonderful too!  Even the Chic rooms are very opulent with their silky and richly-colored curtains, bed and pillows.  And! They even have an indoor pool for those who want to unwind after a day going around the museums and galleries.  Ohh I wish my next Paris visit I could stay there.

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Lilicup

I am not a big fan of cupcakes.  Here!  I said it!  I think they look great but overall…just too sweet for my taste. So no one-hour lines at Magnolias bakery for me, when I am in NYC. 

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However, what I do like, is how many of the cupcake shop interior look sooooo cute!   I’d go in just for the decor.  This little one here in Brussels, called Lilicup where I met with my friend for a hot chocolate the other day is just one perfect example. 

 

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Especially when it’s kind of grey out.   And how cute is that name?  And their logo!!  So girly!  So adorable! And so perfect for an afternoon meeting with a friend over a hot cocoa and a delicious brownie, which do I have a serious weakness for however!

 

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It’s getting organically hot in here

I don’t know about where you are but the temperature has been dropping here like crazy!  And!  I even heard it might be snowing by the end of this week.  Which means that it is that time for turning on the heaters again.  Or maybe not? 

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Well, see here is the story.  We had a bit of a high bill last year for heating charges.  Am talking, high bill as in ‘could have paid for a few nice holidays….’  So this year, we have decided to hold off on heating the house as we did last year.  Meaning triple layers and thick socks.  Fashionable ones, of course ;-)

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Additionally I have seen a few videos going around the net talking about those little self made heaters.  Have you seen them?  Well, as we do like our home to be nice and cozy, I went on a little shopping trip over the weekend to Dille and Kamille and decided to implement the organic heating idea and let me tell you , we love it!!!!  Not only does it give off some serious heat but on top of that, it is just super duper cozy and homely.  We installed a few big ones on central places and I also installed a few smaller ones that are more focused on a spot where I will be working from and today that is my desk.

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If you have been thinking about ways to save on your heating bills, I’d definitely encourage you to check out the how to videos and try those out. 

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