Magazine review: Frankie & Cereal

Hello to you all ! It’s been a while. I’ve been quite busy and stressed at work these past weeks. So much that for a while I didn’t feel any desire to do anything than sleep. Or maybe read.

I’d like to present you two magazines I discovered recently, and liked. I found them both at a quite special library here in Lyon, called DATTA.

They sell magazines from all over the world, some interesting books, a few shirts, some nice jewellery and stationery. The back room of the shop is a gallery, where DATTA hosts the works of artists from local art scenes, French and international, evolving in a variety of universes. In other words, a cool place I like to visit.

There, I bought the volume 8 of CEREAL magazine as a gift for my boyfriend, then the issue 62 of FRANKIE for myself.

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FRANKIE is a bi-monthly Australian magazine, covering design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, interiors and real-life stories.
The artwork on the cover caught my eye instantly, and the colorful pages didn’t disappoint. There are beautiful illustrations inside to introduce the real-life stories or interviews. I feel a uniformity between the different pictures that emerge through the light and tones. The variety of topics discussed makes it more pleasant to read, there’s a nice subject to read for every moment of your day or week.
Frankie is a magazine you can relate to and it feels good.
Visit Frankie’s website for wallpapers with cute vintage patterns.

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CEREAL is a quarterly travel and lifestyle magazine, based in Bristol, UK.
It seems to me that it presents a quite unique aesthetic. There is, in some way, a contrast between the visual minimalism of the graphic elements and the rich and complete text that accompanies the pictures. I can’t tell about the previous volumes, but the volume n°8 was all about grey and blue tones, textures of white, that are all very actual tones and colors, and strongly represented in the various social medias. You could say we are almost bored with this minimalism everywhere. But CEREAL was just right and beautiful.
GuidedByCereal provides series of travel guides on the website guidedbycereal.com, with stunning photography. There are currently guides to 13 cities and one will be added each month.

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I can’t do anything else than advise you to have a look at these great magazines. It’s the kind that leaves you happy and inspired, but hesitant: Should you expose it on your wall as if it was a painting? or religiously keep it on your bedside table for a inspiring shot anytime?

Bonus: There was a poster in Frankie #62. So the question is solved, at least for this month…

Live the pleasures of winter

I usually feel a bit sad after the festive season. It’s not the fact of getting back to work, but more the loss of the joy and excitement that go with looking for gifts, preparing food for family, spending time with relatives, receiving gifts, decorating for Christmas or elaborating a dinner for New Year’s Eve. Once “Happy New Year” is said, all that vanishes.

So today’s post is about all those little things that are nice about winter lifestyle. Things to do or things to enjoy.

If you feel like this sheep over there, you’ll maybe find some interest in the tips he’s about to give you to cheer up winter!

Breakfast, a good start to the day

It can determine the whole flow of your day. Some mornings, take a little extra time to make it nice and make it good. Especially before a long/boring/stressing/mon day.
Try squeezing oranges instead of drinking bottled juice, it tastes better. Use nice tableware. We have new yellow bowls and mugs, that make our breakfasts sunnier.

Hot drinks

Winter is the season of hot drinks and original cocktails. I especially like hot white wine with elderflower, that I discovered at a Christmas market here in Lyon. After a little research, this recipe seems quite true to the drink I liked. And quicker than most of the recipes that advise to wait three months for the wine to improve!
There are rather simple recipes of hot drinks or cocktails that are worth trying to cheer up the evening. Visit the Happy Hour section of A beautiful mess to find way more recipes that you could imagine!

Invite your friends over

It seems to me that most of the dishes typical of the winter season are dishes you can’t eat on your own, or on a date, mainly because of their huge amount of cheese (in France at least, and don’t think I’m complaining). So gather with friends to cook dinner and enjoy it. It’s so nice to laugh together over good meals and play cards over a glass of wine, feeling tipsy. When the weather is not freezing, try going on a picnic, the cold wind will force you get closer!

Visit your favorite coffee shop more often

It seems logical to enjoy the places where you feel comfortable. Winter is a good season to try new habits at your favorite coffee place or restaurants.
In Lyon, one of my favorite coffee shop is La Bicycletterie. Both a bike shop (they repair and sell bikes and accessories) and a coffee shop (they sell organic fruit juices, homemade cakes, and have a great selection of teas), it really is a cosy and funny place.
I usually visit the place on Saturday afternoons, for a piece of cake and a Chai Tea. I recently tried their breakfast with a friend, and it felt good to enjoy the place at a different time of the day.


Well, I see that all the things that came to my mind are related to food. That actually says a lot about me! I can’t deny it, I love food.

All the links to the images used in this post are in the captions.

For stunning breakfast images and food in general, visit the Instagram accounts of signebay and _mariannejacobsen_.
For more picture about winter activities, visit my board Winter lifestyle on Pinterest.

Book review: The Bellwether revivals by Benjamin Wood

Recently, I’ve been reading a really interesting and entertaining book. I would have liked it to last longer, and I found myself ending on Pinterest gathering pictures about the places mentioned in the book, to match the images I had in mind when reading. I thought I could share them here and maybe make you want to discover this amazing story.

This book is called The Bellwether revivals (or Le complexe d’Eden Bellwether in French), and is the first novel written by a young british author: Benjamin Wood. Published in 2012, it won several prices. Translated into French in 2014, it happens to be a best seller in France.
I found my copy of the book at the main table of the bookstore and grabbed it because I liked the cover. I read the back cover: Cambridge, Bellwether, organ, machination, musical prodigy, charismatic, disturbing experiments, etc. I instantly pictured the decor in my mind, and heard the music. (My little brother plays the piano, and the (real) organ sometimes, that helped.) The previous book I read was a bit cheesy and philosophical, so I bought The Bellwether revivals, in need for a change.

“Bright, bookish Oscar Lowe has made a life for himself amid the colleges and spires of Cambridge and yet is a world apart from the students who study in the hallowed halls. He has come to love the quiet routine of his job as a care assistant at a nursing home, where he has forged a close relationship with its most ill-tempered resident, Dr Paulsen.
But when Oscar is lured into the chapel at King’s College by the ethereal sound of an organ, he meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether, a beautiful and enigmatic medical student. He follows her into a world of scholarship, wealth, and privilege, and soon becomes embroiled in the machinations of her older brother, Eden. A charismatic but troubled musical prodigy, Eden persuades his sister and their close-knit circle of friends into a series of disturbing experiments. He believes that music — with his unique talent to guide it — has the power to cure, and will stop at nothing to prove himself right. As the line between genius and madness blurs, Oscar fears the danger that could await them all.” from http://www.benjamin-wood.com

The Bellwether revivals broach subjects as inner conflicts, between religion and skepticism, bad and good, honesty and lies, love and hate. You don’t even think about it, you just live these conflicts with the characters. I liked the fact that there is a limited number of characters, and none can be considered as secondary. Everyone of them is involved in the web of relationships woven by Eden Bellwether, and you see how a group of “friends” can do things that a single person would judge insane.

The city of Cambridge could be considered as one of the characters. Its particular atmosphere helps the reader to really get into the story. Its impressive buildings, foggy nights and rainy days make you feel a little uncomfortable, just as are the characters. I don’t like when authors churn out pages of description, and Benjamin Wood can perfectly depicts the main places of Cambridge in a few well chosen words. I won’t say more about this book, you should just read it.

The Bellwether revivals is available in english and french, and soon in italian and spanish. In July 2015, the second novel of Benjamin Wood, called The Ecliptic, will be published in UK.
All images have been found on Pinterest.

Milk magazine favorites

I buy the magazine MilK decoration every time it’s out. Meaning every 3 months. Meaning I spend more time waiting than reading. But it’s worth it, because it’s my favorite magazine so far.
MilK Decoration is a “high-end” magazine, whose mission is to inspire young contemporary families, urban, cosmopolitan and connected in terms of style and decoration. An intimate look at the lifestyle of the tribes of today.

I like that they portray the families who live among the decoration and interior scenes that are shown. Of course, those families are mostly composed of artists/designers/architects and cute kids, wearing cool clothes, but the whole portrait is delightful. Once you’ve done reading Milk Decoration, you want to be part of those families, or even build your own following their example. (whew, I happen to be an architect, that’s something already!) That’s not less interesting than wanting to be like Cara Delevingne while reading Cosmopolitan. (No judgement, that just didn’t work on me).

So, in case you don’t know this magazine yet, let me share with you a selection of my favorite homes and families from some of the previous editions.


Fons Cohen, owner and founder of the brand Imps & Elfs (fashion for kids), his wife Katja and their three daughters moved into a former church in the south of Amsterdam.

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I like the cozy atmosphere created by bricks and wood in the former nave of the church.

I miss my Playmobils sometimes

And I miss my Playmobil sometimes. I wish I thought of a cool way to display them when I was a kid. Maybe it’s not too late.

The cute kids. And wooden wall.

The cute kids. And wooden wall.


Jo and Graham Atkins-Hughes posed their bags into their new home in London at the end of spring 2001. Jo is a stylist and Graham a photographer. (Exception in Milk: they don’t have kids. Yet.) They were accompanied during renovation by Stan and David, a formidable duo from artisans from Essex consisting of a father and his son.

Pretty yellow flowers

It could be a lamp. Bright yellow flowers.

Dark grey, dark green, dark blue

Dark colors make you feel warmer. The ceiling light seems oyster inspired.

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Eucalyptus my favorite. I like the neutral color and the geometry of the leaves.


Melanie, creator of Simple Kids, and her three daughters. She walked past that house dozens of times before seeing a sign “For Sale”. She was quick to visit and discovered that the original features were retained.

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I like the pillows a lot, and the matching lamp and flowers. I'm sure it tastes like redberries.

I like the pillows a lot, and the matching lamp and flowers. I’m sure it tastes like redberries.

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My soft toys took over my parents' attic. They are too big to quietly stand on a shelf.

My soft toys took over my parents’ attic. They are too big to quietly stand on a shelf.


Co-founder of Serendipity, Elisa Bartillat has launched a challenge: to rehabilitate and completely redecorate a little austere castle of the nineteenth century, located in Normandy.

Gold to dress up a mix of patterns.

Gold to dress up a mix of patterns.

It reminds me of the kids' room in Mary Poppins. The 1964's movie, with Julie Andrews.

It reminds me of the kids’ room in Mary Poppins. The 1964’s movie, with Julie Andrews.

A less common picture of Audrey Hepburn. I'm more willing to take care of myself when it gets colder outside, in the warmth of the bathroom.

A less common picture of Audrey Hepburn. I’m more willing to take care of myself when it gets colder outside, in the warmth of the bathroom.


Stewart and Jane Devlin left England for the East Coast of the United States nine years ago. She, british, works at Gap, where she is creative director of the brands BabyGap and InfantGap. He, originally from Northern Ireland, runs a graphic design agency. Tilly, six, is the cute girl.
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Delicate botanical patterned wallpapers are my thing.

Delicate botanical patterned wallpapers are my thing.

Hunter boots and leather bags.

Hunter boots and leather bags.

I have to admit I kind of like the ceiling light, and the shadows. Is it creepy that it's made of horns...?

I have to admit I kind of like the ceiling light, and the shadows. Maybe it’s not made of real horns.


Muriel Bardinet is interior designer and creator of Dune 234 antique store in Brussels. She excels in creating poetic and serene atmospheres and loves above all harmonious or contrasting combinations of objects. The house, located in Ixelles district in the Belgian capital, was formally an orphanage, and a Japanese restaurant.

The areas of the first and ground floors were made of concrete covered with sand color Mortex, thus connecting with the original cement tiles,  found under the restaurant's pine flooring.

The areas of the first and ground floors were made of concrete covered with sand color Mortex, thus connecting with the original cement tiles, found under the restaurant’s pine flooring.

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Starry ceiling in Lou's bedroom.

Starry ceiling in Lou’s bedroom.

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In facts, MilK is 3 magazines:
MilK Kid’s collection offers a modern journey into the world of childhood.
MilK Japan is the special edition for Japan, also picturing childhood.
MilK Decoration, that you just heard of.

If you want to see more cute kids, families and interiors, I suggest you check http://www.milkmagazine.net

FÄRG & BLANCHE

FÄRG & BLANCHE is a Stockholm based design studio, founded in 2010 by the Swedish designer Fredrik Färg and designer Emma Marga Blanche, born in France. As a studio, they work across a wide variety of fields, they collaborate with established Swedish furniture brands, produce their own collections and limited art pieces for galleries in Milan, New York and Tokyo. They are known for “their experimental stance, where each expression informs the other, they effortlessly move between the exclusive hand made one off and the industrially produced, without ever losing their distinctive touch.”

Have a look at this amazing video. A collaboration art piece, mixing dance, film, design and music, directed by Swedish architect Erika Janunger and choreographer Oskar Frisk. The furniture was designed especially for this film by Färg & Blanche. The film pictures two people inhabiting a world where hidden powers effects movements and events in unexpected ways.
I’m thrilled with these grey tones producing a so special atmosphere, neutral and almost cold, the dancers manage to warm up through their moves.


Now, check out their website to discover their designs. http://www.fargblanche.com

Longing to Fly / Longing to Fall from Erika Janunger on Vimeo.

Spritz or sangria ?

It’s summer. The temperature is scorching hot. Today, nothing was done. It’s the quiet hour. In the distance, the Mediterranean changes color. The aperitive hour approaching, one collapses in deck chairs. A pick-me-up is welcome. Spritz or sangria?

Aperol spritz

Aperol spritz


Campari spritz

Campari spritz


Raspberry and amaro spritz

Raspberry and amaro spritz

The Spritz is commonly served in the North of Italy, especially around Venice. It consists of sparkling white wine (usually Prosecco), orange liqueur (Campari, Aperol or Cynar), a splash of sparkling water, an orange slice and a green olive.

Blood orange sangria

Blood orange sangria


Oranges and apples

Oranges and apples


Classic sangria

Classic sangria

Being born in French Catalonia, I naturally tend to choose sangria over spritz. The classic sangria, not the white sangria, tinto de verano or a berries version. We make it from red wine, wine liqueur like Cointreau or Porto, fresh sliced fruits: usually orange, lemon, peach, and apple, cinnamon sticks and some sugar.


Pictures from Pinterest

A post by Lise

CAPRISUITE guest house

In the heart of the ancient village of Anacapri “above Capri”, the CAPRISUITE is an exclusive cocoon for refined aesthetes. The locals say Anacapri is “what Capri used to be like, many many years ago”. Giuliano Andrea dell’Uva, a young architect from Napoli, designed this hideaway in the remains of a 16th century convent, beside the San Michele church. Two simple rooms, designed in hues of yellow and blue, in tribute to the sun and the Mediterranean sea. There, you’ll be living alongside designer furniture, modern art and luxury (look at the bathrooms!).

CAPRISUITE
Via Finestrale, 9
80071 Anacapri
+39 335 528 0647

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Credenza designed by the architect. Waxed iron structure, wooden recovery doors and antique for opening

Credenza designed by the architect. Waxed iron structure, wooden recovery doors and antique for opening

Another amazing thing to know about CAPRISUITE: the architect designed a lot of the furniture himself, like the credenza above, and they are available for purchase in the CAPRISUITE shop ! How cool is that? Most of the tableware, like dishes, coffee cups, pitchers and jugs, are also available.

And the tour continues at the two bedrooms.

The blue room, with a basin-bath in front of the window and along the wall a metal mantle fireplace.

The blue room, with a basin-bath in front of the window and along the wall a metal mantle fireplace.

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Vaults several hundred years old, cement tiles from early twentieth century, the memory of the place confronts the radical modernity.

Vaults several hundred years old, cement tiles from early twentieth century, the memory of the place confronts the radical modernity.


Hand painted bedspread signed by Livio de Simone. A resumed fantasy created in 1972 for Capri.

Hand painted bedspread signed by Livio de Simone. A resumed fantasy created in 1972 for Capri.

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Arrange the bathroom in these cramped walls was nearly  impossible.  It only took a wide swing door opened to the bedroom, a sink placed at the window and horizontal striped fabric Livio de Simone protected by plastic to give the illusion of space. Gray resin on the floor, as in other parts of the house.

Arrange the bathroom in these cramped walls was nearly impossible.
It only took a wide swing door opened to the bedroom, a sink placed at the window and horizontal striped fabric Livio de Simone protected by plastic to give the illusion of space. Gray resin on the floor, as in other parts of the house.


Pictures from:
http://www.caprisuite.it
http://www.cotemaison.fr

A post by Lise