Monthly Archives: June 2014

DIY – green wall

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Today I will show you how to do a green wall in a couple of hours! This tutorial is  great for those who don’t have a green thumb but who nonetheless would like to enjoy a bit of greenery in their homes.
First and foremost, you need to let go of your preconceptions about artificial plants. If they are well chosen, they can make out a very satisfying visual. Using artificial plants allows us to avoid many hassles: no creepy bugs, no need for sunlight or water. And you can go on vacation with peace of mind: your plants will look the same when you come back!

What you will need for this project:
- wire mesh (as much as needed to cover your wall – leaving a 15 cm space on each side)
- Brackets/wooden planks (not larger than a baseboard)
- Staple gun
- Silicone gun and white color silicone
- Double-sided tape
- Several batches of artificial plants, for a 40x40cm square foresee 8 pieces of plants
- Wire and wire cutters

STEP1, Mounting the wire mesh panel
Begin by gluing two wooden planks to the wall, 15cm from the ceiling and 15 cm from the bottom of the wall.
- Apply the double-sided tape and the silicone all over the upper plank then place it on the wall (remember to place it 15cm away from the ceiling)
- Do the same for the lower plank (again placing it 15cm away from the base of the wall)
- Allow 45min for the silicone to dry, then you can staple the wire mesh to the wooden planks (If you don’t want to use silicone, you could simply drill holes and screw the planks to the wall).

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STEP 2, Arranging the plants
- For better results, try to find at least seven kinds of artificial plants (different sizes, colors and textures), which you will place following an irregular pattern as you can see on the sketch below.
- I suggest using plants with large leafs at the bottom of the panel and the ones with longer and more narrow leafs at the top.
- Place the plants on the panel and tie them with wire if needed.
- Open up the leaves of your plants to cover all  the wire mesh.

And there you go!

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The green wall you can see in the pictures below is located in our bathroom, which is like a corridor. It’s a long and narrow space.
In order to bring life to the back wall, I had designed a “planter closet” with storage in the bottom and a box for plants in the upper part. I did not want to use the whole wall to put my plants because I still needed storage space in the bathroom. half a wall was more than enough for my indoor fake garden. Plus, all the plants reflect on the mirror facing them which makes the space seem deeper and the plants more abundant.

My dream would be to have one day a bathroom that opens up on a garden. In the meantime, I really enjoy this little wall which I can even see it from my bedroom.
Nature (even fake!) can really upgrade a space. Use it without moderation!

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Here an other realisation using the same process (office in Chai Wan) :
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Wall storage

Hello hello!

It has been a while since I have last published an article about my latest inspirations or any post for that matter! The past days have been rather hectic. I have been working on several projects and already making plans for September. It is going to be very special! I will tell you more about it very soon…

Before we dive into today’s inspiration board, a quick feedback on the sale we organized last week. Thank you so much to everybody who made it (or has tried to ^^). We have been able to raise enough funds to finance two large deliveries. I had not organized a sale in a long time and it was so much fun to move out of the e-shop format and get to meet people. You can check out pictures of the day on our Facebook page.

Well, today I want to talk to you about wall storage and how it can be creative and functional at the same time. From a simple shelf to an unusual object, the options are endless.

Here is a little selection that I hope will inspire you:

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Creative design is at its best when everyday objects serve other purposes. And that’s how milk crates, pipes and even wire baskets can be used as wall storage. When recycling meets creative design…
For even more inspiring pictures, take a moment to visit our “wall storage” board on Pinterest.
Have a great week end!

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Photo sources:101woonideen.nl, keltainentalorannalla.blogspot, homelife.com.au, mariemersier.com, fromscandinaviawithlove.tumblr.com, newzelanddesignblog.com, suitupordie.com, bleubirdblog.com


Special sale at our workshop

Mark your calendar!
Thursday June 12 morning (9am-12:30pm)

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We are organizing a sale in our showroom of Discovery Bay next week in favor of DB Mothers & Friends and Tung Chung  Mothers & Friends » .
Nikki Boot, the founder of these organisations, collects all the unwanted second-hand furniture and household items from DB and Tung Chung residents to the charities, NGOs and green organisations to redistribute them to the poor, needy, low income families and new migrants in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong as every other big cities has a its part of sadness. Far from the shiny towers, many people live in very difficult conditions and what great with Nikki is that she gives you an amazing feedback of your donations. She will grab her 2.5 kids, bring by herself items to families and make you part of the adventure by sharing photos and vibrant stories!

In addition to donations, she also needs cash to organize collections and delivery to pay for tolls, hiring drivers and movers, parking and other miscellaneous expenses etc.
I’m very happy to organize this sale to help too. 50% of existing stock sale and 20% of new orders will be returned to DB/TC Mothers & Friends.
In addition of our usual stock available on our e_shop, we will sale at attractive price all our sample items.

So join us for a fun shopping party on Thursday June 12 morning (9am-12:30pm) at the M&G workshop  (14F Greendale Court, Discovery Bay – Bus C04 from pier plaza or bus C09 from North plaza)
It’s the moment to take your morning off and plan a relaxing lunch with your friends on the DB deck afterwards! ^^
Kindly RSVP at contact@marguerite-gribouilli.com


The Summer 2014 collections are in!

After many weeks of preparation, I am delighted to launch all the new Summer 2014 collections!

So this summer, Marguerite&Gribouilli is featuring:

Some big but flowered and friendly dinosaurs:
. le bronto géant, 150x148cm, HK$770
. la mama tyra, 60x70cm (set size), HK$385
. les copains dinos, 60x70cm (set size), HK$385 

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They can be nicely combined with our existing Mushrooms or Something Fly patterns.   

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The “Plain is boring” collection
This new collection will help you customize very easily your doors, drawers, bookcases or any other smooth surface that needs a little visual spice!
Discover now our 6 first tropical inspiration patterns (HK$385/each) :
Perroquets, Criss cross, Flamingos, Palm, Stripes, Dash
The panels are to be installed edge to edge as you would do for wallpaper. You can then repeat endlessly the pattern and cover any size of surface.
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And 4 new ardoisines (chalkboard stickers)
      . Happy balloons, 97x190cm, HK$880
This is a design that would fit very well in adults and children’s spaces alike. You can easily adjust the height by cutting the balloon’s ropes.
      . Fanions, maximum size: 383x76cm, HK$635
Flags always bring happiness and playful spirits to a room. Here is a version you can customize all you want!
      . Weekly calendar, HK$635
This set includes 7 rectangles of 20x25cm. You can choose to put the notes together and create then a big panel or individually with or without the weekdays titles. Titles are available in French and English.
      . J’écris, 57x106cm, HK$635
This training chalkboard will help your kids practice alphabet! Decorative and educational, it’s a perfect gift for a 4-5year old child.

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