The other weekend we went out for dinner and tried this restaurant and were quite impressed: MANGER. So I wanted to recommend it if you’re in Paris looking for a nice spot for dinner or lunch.


…in the middle of the room they have this ‘glass cage’  where they prepare all the delicieus desserts (and their cake by metre) which can be seen, admired and desired (and ordered) by everybody who walks by – very clever .)

The atmosphere is really nice, you don’t feel all squeezed like so often in Paris’ restaurants and the food (not only) looks good…

and tastes delicious! (I had Noix Saint Jacques rôties, purée de bettraves blanches, navets, boule d’or, poires, radis – Noix Saint-Jaques on a purée of wite beets with slices of radish and pears. Hmmmmmmm)

It’s close to Bastille, in an animated district with lots of bars around. don’t forget to make a reservation.




Have a great weekend! We’re heading to Morocco for 3 days to have a first since almost two years and last almost kidsfree (we’re still taking one-half with us .) all-relaxing weekend for probably a looong time :)






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Tables four two

We were thinking lately to get Maxou a little table and on his own to draw and amuse himself but we don’t want any of that basic children furniture that you find everywhere, most probably in plastic and in yelling colors ….

So I stumbled over this tables set – quite original and stylish.

Not sure if it’s really very practical with little kids but I definitely like it!

Tables for 2-Sheree

and en plus, it doesn’t take much space…

Tables for 2-Sheree2

….and once they’re grown you can still use it….

Tables for 2-Sheree3Tables for 2-Sheree4












Tables four two by Sheree B Design



Spring is here- at least according to the calendar

I love this time of the year when everything seems to be waking up and putting on its beauty…


“Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos.

- I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.”

                     Pablo Neruda


Cherryblossom_Ark TuiKyoto, Japan

2 Cherryblossom_Marcel Bednarz2

2 Cherryblossom_Marcel BednarzGermany

3 Cherryblossom_NavidBaraty

3 Cherryblossom_NavidBaraty2USA


Cherryblossom_Japan.pg Japan

1 Ark Tui

2 Marcel Bednarz

3 Navid Baraty

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Spring (..or almost summer)

How true is this chart!? It’s exactly what happened today!..at least here in Paris with 20 degrees celsius…


..one of those sunny everything-is-possible and life-is-so-georgous days, right? At least, that’s how I felt .)


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Beautiful (more or less) abandoned places II

This abandoned outdoor movie theater in the Desert of Sinai looks just stunning…so surreal

abandoned theater

All this thanks to a crazy frenchman..and thinking that no single movie was ever screened at the End of the World Cinema…

abandoned theater2

The Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas made those beautiful shots of this isolated place.

And those striking beautiful pictures by Andrew Newey of honey hunters in Nepal.
The Gurung honey hunters risk they life every year to gather honey from the world’s largest honeybee, an ancient tradition that goes back to hundreds of years.



Aren’t they just breathtaking?


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Weeks faves

Have you heard of the miracle on 68th street, NY this week? A woman gave birth to her baby daughter on the streets of New York……

…and Happy (belated) Birthday, Elisabeth Taylor!

E. Taylor

Love this picture

..and, after a long and kind of stressful week, the most relaxing tunes according to the scientists

1. Marconi Union – Weightless 
2. Airstream – Electra 
3. DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 
4. Enya – Watermark 
5. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing 
6. Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
7. All Saints – Pure Shores 
8. Adele – Someone Like You 
9. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria 
10. Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

…for a very relaxing weekend!

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Madame l’Architecte

This one is a  special for all architects among you, my fellow sufferers, and those who know this business.  After a really sh…y day  at the office, having a look at  this tumblr really helps to relativize, put things into perspective .. and see things with some humour and less gravity.
Some of my french friends may already know it: Madame l’Architecte. Two women architects who narrate in pictures and with a lot of humour the daily routine of their work! It’s just hilarious!

Here are some of my favorites .)

(For the non frenchies among you, I tried some translation)

Quand le maitre d’ouvrage te demande si l’estimation des travaux inclut les options.
When the client asks you if the estimate of costs includes options.



Quand tu demandes conseil à ton boss au sujet d’un courrier recommandé destiné à une entreprise -
When you ask your boss for advice about a registered mail for a contractor



Quand tes collègues te demandent comment s’est passée ta réunion de chantier et que tu leur résumes en quelques mots.
When your colleagues ask you how was your site-meeting and you recap in a few words



Quand le charpentier t’explique que les poteaux n’auront pas exactement la même section que celle que tu as dessinée.
When you carpenter explains to you that the pillars will not be exactly the same section that you have drawn.



Quand l’entrepreneur t’explique qu’il ne lit jamais ses marchés avant de les signer, car cela demanderait au moins une semaine avec deux avocats, et que de toutes façons il a un accord cadre avec le client… “alors bon, les pièces contractuelles… Mme l’Architecte…”



Quand tu gagnes un concours face à un Jean Nouvel (Oh yes,  sorry my dear – it happens to the best  of us .)
If you win a competition against Jean Nouvel (for the non-architects, it’s like winning a tennis match against Roger Federer)


…and so on…

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Friday faves

This article in the NYTimes made me smile

Dear Diary:

I called up a restaurant that we had been wanting to go to for a while when we visit New York (my wife and I are both native New Yorkers). A young woman answered the phone.

“Hi, I’d like to make reservations for Valentine’s Day,” I said.
“Sure, sir, I think I can do that,” she replied. “Let’s see, Friday the 14th . . . ”
“Do you have anything available at 7?”
“Yes, we do. Seven o’clock, table for two?”
“Yes, that’s great,” I said as I gave her my name.
“You know,” the woman said, “of all the reservations I’ve taken for Valentine’s Day so far, you are the first guy to have called. All the other reservations have been made by women.”
“Really?” I asked, somewhat surprised.
“I’m even looking at the other names that are here on the list, and they’re all women’s names. So you’re the only guy. You get big points for that in my book.”
“Thanks. Do you mind if I tell you something?” I asked.
“Sure, go ahead.”
“I picked your restaurant and the time because that’s what my wife told me to do.”

Happy wife, happy life



and this new hotel just opened in Paris where the name is concept as it seems : Hotel Crayon.

I’ve never really stayed in a hotel in Paris.  On my first visit I stayed at this great hostel, in the middle of Paris and then I always stayed at friends or in the end in my own appartement. People sometimes ask me if I can recommend a hotel while staying in Paris and I never know what to say but if I would visit Paris now I would definitely want to try this one. I looks really fun, don’t you think?





It was designed by architect Julie Gauthorn who used the reference of crayon pencils to choose wallpaper designs.



And have you heard of Steve Job’s time capsule that was found and unearthed after 30 years?!

It was put in the ground at the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983.



It contained among other items the simple one-button mouse from Apple’s Lisa computer, a Rubik’s Cube, an eight-track of the Moody Blues and some… beer :)


Have a good one!

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Origami door

I would love to have this door at home!

Great work by austrian designer Klemens Torggler. Fascinating what some people can do out of an ordinary object like a door, right?

It’s truly capturing only just to watch it over and over and over again…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I…we are not much about Valentine’s day but still – I stumbled over these great cards lately so I thought it’s a the perfect occasion to share.

They are all designed by fabulous illustratorDesigner Emily Dowell  (and there is mooore when you go and check out her site). Enjoy!

..this one made me smile.. (cause it’s so true)


…and would have loved to get this one while I was in my early twentiesorsomething… (who wouldn’t, right?)


…and this one would go to my crazyBeloved sister Maggie… and my dear friend Serena  .)


..and this one, too.. and you Pips .)


…and this one to you, my love


Happy Valentine’s Day!


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