Author: Angela

Pop-Up Round Up and the New Year

Happy New Year!

Last year ended in such a flurry that I did not have a chance to share news about the Vente Éphémère and all its goodness.

It was a fast and furious fall and an even crazier three days during our sale. We partnered our collection of paper, textiles and accessories with artisan jewelry by Amy Augustine , Hring Eftir Hring and Raw Adornments, hand-crocheted plush toys and hand knit baby bonnets, hand-dyed wool blankets and pillows by Meyers & Fügmann, letter-pressed cards from BDR- Studio and the fine art of Rafael Soldi, Arna Gunnarsdottir and Anne Siems.

It was a great opportunity to introduce Angela van der Meulen Wallcoverings + Textiles to a new audience and to create an event where so many different people were able to meet, shop and celebrate new talent from Luxembourg, France, Iceland, and the US.

Take a look at scenes from the first, but hopefully not the last, Vente Éphémère and stay tuned for more inspiring news from our studio.

 

Help Yourself to a Little Apartment Therapy

My favorite thing about Apartment Therapy is its mission to help.

Helping people, designer or not, make their spaces livable and loved in a way that fits their own style and lifestyle is one of their goals and they are doing it well.

The site has become a huge resource not just for interiors but for all aspects of living a good life, however you may define that. Inspiring and real, Apartment Therapy offers just that — therapy.  It has for me and I hope Apartment Therapy’s  “House Call” of my space can offer a little bit of therapy for you as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela’s Picks | August

With a new project at hand, my daughter’s room, and some great inspiration, this is what I am thinking about today:

Favorite Boho-Chic IGer:

SF Girl by Bay, Victoria Smith, rolls out an incredible Instagram feed, blog, Pinterest account and website. Delicious images of all my favorite things and colors, concise copy and excellent referrals are a huge source of inspiration for me since the moment I discovered her prolific site. There is hardly a day that I do not mutually swoon over her discoveries, so it seems logical that I start with her hip and eclectic eye as I venture into the designing, sharing and collaborating with my teenage client.

photo collage credit: sf girl by bay

 

A Pinterest Pick:

Avenue Design’s Pinterest account and their Avenue Lifestyle Blog are also on my radar. A very recent posting featured a bedroom redo. Their blog does a great job of presenting thoughtful design and giving credit where it is due, exactly what I need living abroad and less familiar with where to find, what I love. The bedroom redo blog actually gave me lighting ideas and I found a second bedroom posting, “fresh and bright”, that fit right into our teenage decoration vision.

 

photo credit: lrnce.com
photo credit: sf girl by bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Found Resources:

Smallable, La Maison Pernoise + Honoré Croisette

Thanks to a few treasure keepers, Smallable and La Maison Pernoise, I found a chair, a light fixture and some other small furniture that have already been added to the idea board. Smallable has an ever growing and changing array of modern goods for young and old(er). Regardless of your age you will find their choices to be of good quality and a playful spirit.

 

photo credit couch and featured chair above: smallable.com

 

La Maison Pernoise is a concept store that has a carefully curated selection for home and office. Suspensions basket rounds, the Croisette chair, and mango wood bowls, are just a few of the enviable choices.

 

photo credit: avenue lifestyle

 

Lastly, Lrnce keeps the mood graphic + soft, Moroccan + modern. Check out this Belgian fashion designer’s gift of restraint.

Poppy Garland White on Navy | Linen | www.angelavandermeulen.com

Small Batch Fabrics are Here!

I am so very excited to share news of our latest addition to the Angela van der Meulen Textile collection. We proudly present our newly launched limited edition textiles, and the first run is available to you on our site.

Screen-printed by hand at a local studio in Luxembourg, this method of printing allows us a new way to be creative, as well as a way to offer you our designs in the variations you want. Custom orders can now easily be accommodated with a quicker turn-around time, in colors of your choosing.

Our first run of the Poppy Garland motif is available in linen and cotton:

 

Because of the materials we source, we know that our linens drape beautifully and will make lovely pillows or table linens. Our 100% cotton is crisp and durable, especially practical for everyday living.

If you are looking for a beautiful gift for someone or for your own home, look for our pochettes and pillows, as well as totes, all in the shop now.  Visit us and place your order today!

Angela’s Picks

  • EAT.  Almond flour pancakes.  One morning void of all but a scant cup of flour, I suggested we throw in some unsuccessful almond butter I had attempted to make plus some almond meal. Wow! What a delicious meal and one that is, by the way, unintentionally gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and a high source of protein. We adapted our stand-by favorite recipe by adding 2 cups of almond flour to 1 cup of regular flour, but for a more precise approach try this one and let me know what you think.

 

  • READ.  I often alternate my reading choices, fiction then non-fiction. Currently, these two titles are gently feeding my curiosity: Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff and Tony Angell. The other book was given to me by my daughter because I do try to meditate, but really have no idea what I am doing! Let’s hope this helps, You Can Master Meditation by David Fontana.

 

  • SMELL.  Jasmin scented Serge Lutens, A la Nuit. This I enjoy on the nape of my neck each day and, à la nuit.

 

  • LISTEN.  My son Nico is my music advisor and gets it right pretty much every time. Hear the depth of Kendrick Lamar’s new album DAMN and the genius of Anderson .Paak’s mixed style on his latest, MALIBU. Not for the profanity sensitive listener though, be advised.

 

  • FEEL.  Touched most recently by the soothing words on hope that I have been taking in from my latest Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience, Hope in Uncertain Times. Words to live by (and meditate by if all goes well with my latest book!)
Found objects

Found Objects

Finding beauty in the unexpected

Finding treasures is one of my greatest joys. It adds curious beauty to my interiors, inspires my own design, gives me a finder’s rush and certainly triggers an eye roll when I walk into the house with my latest bounty in tow. Even though my latest find, a bird’s nest (picture here on the left), has not yet made its way into the house, I did manage to place it neatly on a ledge outside my front door.

Whether it is something I discover along the way on one of my morning walks, a steal from one of my favorite Belgian flea markets or an abandon goodie left on the sidewalk; found objects, found treasures, found beauty, all show up in the most unexpected places. It doesn’t have to be the latest interior trend or something ordered from my favorite home store to add tremendously to my surroundings. In fact, something used and previously loved gives me an opportunity to reinterpret it in a fresh way and showcase its intricacies, simplicity, craftsmanship and authentic patina. I have always been a fan of contrast and the juxtaposition of old and new, so I see my finds as a way to illuminate my space and creativity that keeps me hunting for more.

When you go for a walk today, look around and see what treasures you find. If you cannot take it home (I do not want to turn you into a hoarder), take a picture and then, please, share it with me via Instagram, Facebook or leave a comment below. I’d love to see beauty through your eyes.

See the Light. Be the Light.

AVDMW&TlampshadeSIZED

Stumbling onto things of beauty is one of my favorite pastimes. I found this lamp and its companion at a flea market. Born in Berlin, these modern beauties are made of ceramic with brass rings at their base and mid-section. The only things needed were new cords and lampshades. This is where my French connection came to the rescue, sourcing an artisan who produced this custom shade using my Die-cut Flowers pattern. I loved these lamp shades so much I decided to produce them in four motifs, in two sizes (20cm d. x 18cm h. & 30cm d. x 21cm h. rounds). They will also be available in custom sizes. Watch for their availability on the site, coming soon.