Le style n'est pas une taille mais une attitude


The maps have always reminds me of my elementary school years in Switzerland.

At these orientation courses, courses of geography that have contributed to my sense of direction and my nickname “GPS”. Nor not laugh, release me without a mobile phone in Los Angeles with just a map and I’m doing finger in the nose (true story!).

Back to our maps of the day, I discovered an absolutely fascinating site where I

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  1. Start with a medium-sized, clear glass open-top container. You can use anything that strikes your fancy—a vase, a cleaned-out pasta jar, a fish bowl, or a special terrarium bowl.

  2.  Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage.
  3.  Add a layer of potting soil made for succulents and cacti. It should be deep enough for the plants to root to, about 2 1/2 inches.
  4.  Remove the largest plant from its container and dust excess soil off the roots. Using the end of a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots and nestle the plant inside, tamping the soil down firmly to hold it in place. Plan for approximately 1 plant per inch of container diameter.

    Tip: Use a paper towel to transplant prickly cacti to avoid pricking your fingers.

  5.  Continue planting the rest of the succulents, working from largest to smallest. It’s easiest to start at the back of the container and work your way forward.

    Tip: Play around with the arrangement—mixing up the types of plants, colors, and sizes to make it more visually pleasing.

  6.  Once the plants are arranged, add about a 1/4-inch layer of white sand around the plants.
  7.  Finish with some landscaping. Place a few additional pebbles here and there to complete the look.

    Tip: Succulents like direct sunlight every day. Lightly water the base every two weeks or once the soil dries out.

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#HomeDeco – my yard

  In my last home deco post, I have told you about my little parisian yard. My little piece of nature, not very big, about 35 sq yards, but enough for me to survive in Paris. A few months ago, I had the chance to get the help of a gardening coach whom entirely redid my little yard. Before its…

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#HomeDeco – my living-room

I was pleasantly surprised by all your reactions further to my first home deco post (my country house here) so let’s continue with my parisian apartment.

I moved to Paris 8 years ago and I first lived in a smaller apartment in the heart of the lively neighborhood of Oberkampf in the 11ème arrondissement. Then right before Lino arrived, I moved to the 14ème arrondissement, a much calmer, family neighborhood that fits me way better today.

I sought my Grail for almost 2 years and it’s a real estate agent whom finally found it for me. On the ground floor of a 1860’s building, I’m incredibly lucky to have a little yard. The little breath of fresh air that allows the country girl that I am to survive in Paris.

Today, let’s focus on my living-room, I’m dividing up the presentation of my apartment so it will be more digestible for you. It’s a big living-room open on the dining-room and the kitchen, I had all the dividing walls taken down.

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