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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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DIY – Birdhouse

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Here is a DIY project with recycled material!
Last month, we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As kids start to enjoy crafting at this age, each kid received a birdhouse to decorate and bring home as a gift.
I’ve always enjoyed decorating children’s rooms with birdhouses; if you have a closer look at my projects, you will often see a small birdhouse somewhere. It gives the wall more life and volume.  Also, I find them much more joyful than birdcages, which always sadden me a little.

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The birdhouses are super easy to do; all you need is:
- cardboard boxes (not too thick)
– some nice paper sheets (you can use Japanese origami paper or any paper not to thick that you like and want to recycle; sometimes I simply print patterns on my laser printer on a 80gr paper)
– some white glue and pencils
– scissors, a cutter, a ruler, set square, strong glue
– ideally a circular cutter for the house door, or a compass + cutter if you don’t have one

STEP 1, traces
Here is the pattern to draw on your cardboard

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>> Tips:
– Once you have drawn and cut the first house, just use the outline of the pattern to cut the other houses , it will save you a lot of time
– This version is without bottom, but if you add one, you can use the cage as a goody bag.

STEP 2, cutting:
-  Cut the outline of the base and the roof,
- And  then cut the circular opening with your circular compass .

STEP 3, folding and assembly

- To have a clean folding, run the box cutter on the folding lines (green lines in the figure) . Be careful not to cut through the cardboard, just cut the upper layer.
- Assemble the house, roof and base with the glue .

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STEP 4, decoration:
This is where your little ones get involved !
- Apply white glue on the surface you are decorating, stick the piece of decorative paper and apply more glue on top to both fix and polish it.
- Repeat this step to cover the whole house with different decorative papers
- Apply a final layer of glue to secure the assembly.

>> Tips:
- I noticed that it was easier for children to have small pieces of pre-cut decorative papers.
- You can of course change the dimensions and proportions of the cabin, but always make sure the roof is 1 to 2 cm wider than the walls of the birdhouse for a nicer effect.
- To hang it on the wall,  do a small hole on the back to insert a screw or simply use double-faced adhesive tape/velcro.

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STEP 5, the perch
- Make a hole (size of a straw) under the opening with a sharp knife or cutter
- Cut a piece of straw and insert it in the hole.
Have fun!

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In love with…

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1. Note books – from HK$80 - über tunique
2&3 . Ecological paint (100ml) – HK$80 , Ref Dragibus color - 513 paint shop
4. Neon sign sold per letter – HK$398 per letter (+ HK$650 for the 12letters transformer / HK$320 for the 3 letters transformer) – Mr Blacksmith
5. Wrapping paper 57x44cm – HK$20 über tunique
6. Red pendant light (available in green color too) – HK$720 - Homeless
7. Black rubber bucket for storage, painting… – HK$8 !!! - local paint shop on Lee Chung street, Chai Wan

 


A piece of my home, the entrance

If you live in Hong Kong you will have, in the coming weeks, plenty of time to take care of your indoors. You know it! Rainy season has definitely started.

I took advantage of the bad weather this week-end to redecorate our entrance, a project that has been on the back burner for over two years. In this space, we have been using a set from Ikea’s BESTA collection, which is conveniently modular.  I like the pure lines and the glossy finish of the furniture, which gives it a very smooth look.

With that being said, I still wanted to add to it my own personal touch. And so all of a sudden this long overdue project became in the morning a matter of emergency that had to be finished before the end of the day!

And so a few brush strokes and hammer blows later, we were able to enjoy our new entrance.

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Redecorating the space meant adding a splash of color to the walls and the furniture. We first started by painting a large streak on the main wall, a quick and easy task my little assistant helped with.

Then, instead of using regular frames, I attached family photos to a rope and taped some directly to the wall using washi tape. I also hung a large world map canvas from the M&G collection (available here). I like the playfulness this canvas brings to the space.

To add a touch of color both to the walls and the furniture, I used the Gros pois stickers (girl palette). And I customized the furniture doors with stickers from the Plain is boring collection, which will be available soon in our e-shop,  so stay tuned!

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Lucky 5 collection


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We are beyond excited to be unveiling today the Lucky 5 collection.  It has been a lot of fun playing with the khamsa, the traditional North African lucky charm, mixing up conservative patterns with bold graphics on a palette of mineral colors.

The collection comes on wall stickers, posters but also on mugs!
It’s an ideal housewarming gift to indulge for yourself and for others without moderation!
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Save the date – “Lucky 5″ collection

I am very excited to announce the coming launch of a new line of “lucky 5″ mugs, stickers and posters by Marguerite&Gribouilli.

The idea came about at the end of last year, after I came back from a trip to Morocco, the country where I grew up. As I was enjoying the sunny weather, heart-warming cuisine and local crafts markets, I started thinking about the Moroccan graphics. Moroccan art has a lot to offer in terms of intricate and elaborate patterns. But I realized that the local craftsmanship had seen very few changes. As if these traditional patterns were almost sacred.

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Back in Hong Kong, I moved into my new office and was looking for a good luck charm to hang by the door. Since I moved to Hong Kong seven years ago, I have become increasingly aware of the importance of the good luck charms in the Chinese culture. And so in order to embrace the ways of my host country, I decided to revisit one of the oldest talismans in Moroccan culture, the khamsa (which literally means five, as in five fingers of the hand). This very ancient symbol is known to ward off bad fortune.
I had a lot of fun playing with different color combinations and mixing up the patterns. The resulting design has inspired a collection of posters, stickers and mugs which will be available on the online store on the 25th of March!

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Hoplababy pop-up store

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I’m very happy to introduce to you the new Hoplababy pop up store hosted by  La boutique Troizenfants.

When Elodie, founder of the Hoplababy e-shop, asked me to help her come up with a concept for a retail space, I was immediately seduced by the project. We decided to work on an animal and party themed design.hoplababy_concept-02hoplababy_concept-04

Here is the before/after pictures:
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We also developed a line of patterns to complete the graphics of the Hoplababy brand and used it to customize the furniture of the shop.pattern_hoplababy-07
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25 Queens road East, Wanchai – HK
Open every day, 10am-8pm
G/F: amazing children clothes collection from Troizenfants Paris
1/F: a space ensuring your baby’s health, happiness and safety by Hoplababy.com  including a selection of our designs!


DIY – Lai see

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The Lunar New Year being just around the corner, I have prepared for you a set of 5 “lai-see” (red envelops in English) that you can easily make yourself.
It’s also a great activity to share with kids, that will keep them busy for hours!

You simply need to download and print this pdf file and follow the instructions below:

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I hope you will enjoy this little gift and have a good time with your loved ones.

Tips:
- you will have a better result with a 120gr paper (available at any stationnary shop)
- print without scale (at 100%) otherwise your envelop will be to small for the bills.

Important notes:
This template is free for personal use only, not for commercial use. You can print as many as you like for yourself or as a gift to someone, but you are not allowed to sell this artwork in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form.

If you’d like to share some images of this DIY, on Pinterest, social media, in a blog post…  Please feel free to use some images, but please credit and link back to this page. Please do not distribute it from your website and please do not link directly to the file- instead, please link back to this page.
Thank you very much!