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My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris
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Holly Becker for decor8

Hi friends! I was in Paris not too long ago and got to meet and tour the creative workshop and retail space of French designer and author Adeline Klam. Do you know of her? I've been following Adeline's work for many years when I first found out about her through former decor8 columnist Emilie Gupta. So when my assistant lined up a special morning with this lovely lady, I was thrilled! She had me and my friend come to her shop for a special customized workshop - to create crepe paper flowers, and talk to her a little about her business.

Located in Paris, Adeline's shop is what you'd called a playland for crafty adults and children, too. She sells lots of lovely kits for makers that include all of the ingredients to make the featured craft on the kit cover. The one thing I associate the most closely with Adeline is Japanese paper. She sources only the best from Japan, some coming from very traditional paper factories there, and it's stunning! In fact, she infuses her many projects and products with it - there are so many applications for this type of paper that goes beyond origami craft. Adeline studied textile design in Paris and now applies her love of pattern to her work as a shop owner, craft creator, product developer and book author.

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Toni Vinther for decor8

Adeline showing me one of her books. It was so nice to get an overview of her work and be in her environment. Her work is such an authentic expression of who she really is at her core and I appreciate that immensely. True to self - there is no better way to live!

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Holly Becker for decor8

I loved seeing the wooden animals; my son collects these as they are from Germany. She also had many other German products in her French shop which made me proud. I love France, but Germany also has some amazing craft products, toys, and beautiful interiors objects.

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Holly Becker for decor8

It was so nice to take a custom workshop with Adeline. I could seriously do this once a month if I lived in Paris. We made paper flowers with the prettiest centers and delicate stems. I ended up taking all that we made home with me and used them to decorate my son's party.

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

This is her shop from the front looking in. To the far left in the back is where she teaches as a large wooden table. Straight ahead in the back is a long space where I saw lots of desks and some of her staff working on the computer. Seemed like she has quite a bit of work to do and that in this studio, they are always very busy yet the spirit was gentle, calm and very chilled out.

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Holly Becker for decor8

We were busy making flowers. Adeline liked having a man in her studio, she said it's rare to welcome men to make flowers there! Funny enough, my friend felt comfortable and made flowers that turned out prettier than my own! I was happy to see this, because I love watching people regardless of gender, make things, especially seeing men craft flowers - it shows that one is comfortable in their own skin to do what others may call typically "male" or typically "female". Adeline was so pleased having him there though, she was patient with us both and wrapped out blooms in a sweet little white gift box when we left. It felt so special! Also, Adeline also had plenty of pom poms and honeycomb balls in stock along with beautiful Japanese fabrics which were sold by the meter or pre-cut in kits.

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

I loved the strands of origami dolls and cranes hanging around the shop. They looked so pretty! It made the shop feel festive. These are the flowers we made, the ones that look nicer than others are most likely the ones that she made. I wasn't nearly as good at paper flower making as I used to be when my mother made them with me as a child. I am rusty! I need to practice more often, so I was sure to grab a few flower kits before leaving her shop.

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Holly Becker for decor8

A glimpse of just some her kits. Some include everything you need to make a craft. Others just include a selection of papers in a specific palette. I brought home a few different kits to explore my own creativity when I have time.

Toni Vinther for decor8

Toni Vinther for decor8

See the lovely cranes? These were tied to a wooden mobile. It gave me some ideas for my son's room.

Left: Toni Vinther / Right: Adeline Klam 1-4, bottom Holly Becker

Left: Toni Vinther / Right: Adeline Klam 1-4, bottom Holly Becker

Lighting is a big offering at her shop. Lighting that is wall mountable and pendants. Aren't they so lovely?

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Holly Becker for decor8

More great pendants in Japanese patterns. This one was very pretty in peach, and the pattern was quiet which I liked.

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

Her shop was such a feast for the eyes. I wish I had been able to spend more time there, but we had arrived late (traffic!) so we lost an hour, which made our visit too short. Next time! I will definitely schedule a larger block of time so I can really look over everything in more detail.

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Morten Toni Vinther for decor8

Here is a closer view of her fabric nook. Wow, right!? She had some lovely fabrics framed too.  I'm a huge fan of Nani Iro so when I saw that she had lots of her prints, I was in heaven. Their painterly motifs range between organic shapes to flowers. You can use them to make clothes or for home craft. As you can see, Adeline also stocks bags and pillows, too.

Holly Becker for decor8
Holly Becker for decor8

A glimpse of some of her book covers along with more fabrics and kits filled with Japanese papers. I also liked very much seeing origami flowers, horses, cranes and butterflies framed. Another great deco idea too, right?

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Holly Becker for decor8

Such fun petite patterns and cheerful colors with every turn. A real sensory explosion.

Morten Toni Vinther for decor8
Morten Toni Vinther for decor8

A closer view of the framed origami papers and a nice view of her shelves - washi tapes, tissue box covers, kits, pillows, rolls of crepe paper in a million colors, it was seriously heavenly.

Toni Vinther for decor8

Toni Vinther for decor8

Another view of these great wall lights which I can see fitting in perfectly in an artists' workroom or a little girl's bedroom, can't you?

Adeline thank you so much for having us in your beautiful store. I hope our visit inspired you as much as we were inspired by all that you do! Thank you for letting us snap some photos while there as well, it was a pleasure!

So readers... What do you think of this beautiful shop in Paris? Have you been? Do you want to go now? I bet you do! She has an online shop (and a blog) if you are interested in checking out her products.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

Hello everyone, are you ready for some gift wrap inspiration for Spring? I really enjoyed putting together this post for you about gift wrap ideas for your upcoming celebrations. My fingers are crossed that you will like it too. Using some wrapping paper from Zazzle along with goodies from my craft closet, I pulled together 5 pretty gifts for 5 different types of people and occasions, all with a fresh Spring theme. zazzle_giftwrap_1

Before deciding how to wrap your present, you have to consider who it is for and the colors that you think the recipient will like the most. Collect all of the little elements. You won't use them all, but at least you have them laid out before you to build your ideas from.

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1. TEENAGE BOY BIRTHDAY - My first gift is for a pretend nephew with the first name Andrew, and he just turned 12. So I went with something that could be a little childlike but also cool teenage boy, too.

zazzle_giftwrap_4 I used two gift wraps from Zazzle, the Black and White Modern Concrete Pattern Wrapping Paper and the Customizable Black & White Grid Pattern Gift Wrap. I created a band using the Grid Pattern wrap, then I pulled out a straw from my kitchen stash and formed an "A" using scissors, then with black washi tape, I wrapped it together and added copper wire to the top.

zazzle_giftwrap_5 I really love the Black and White Modern Concrete Pattern Wrapping Paper. I have so many more ideas for it but this one works for a teenage boy. I added some stars for a little fun and tied the A with gold leather.

zazzle_giftwrap_10 For these two gift ideas, I've used the Modern Black and White Dalmatian Spots Wrapping Paper and the Black & White Grid paper. With various papers, handmade crepe paper flowers, washi tapes, etc. I created these two gifts shown below. I find it really helpful to decide on everything you want for the gift by land things side by side on a white bare table so it becomes a bit of a mood board to you. As you look at everything with a critical eye, you start to come up with some clever and creative combinations. The key is not to stress or think to hard. And have fun! Create some fun arrangements with color and pattern. Inject your own style and personality into your wrapping as well as taking into consideration the recipient - their age, gender, occasion, etc.

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BIRTHDAY TODDER BOY (OR GIRL) - This little gift, using the Modern Black and White Dalmatian Spots Wrapping Paper, is for my little boy who turned TWO this week. Instead of hiding such a pretty card away, I thought it should be part of the display so I folded back the envelope flap and tucked it into the front. I really love this paper, it's so versatile and I can see doing all sorts of creative projects with it.

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EASTER BRUNCH FOR FEMALE FRIEND - Here is what became of the Black & White Grid paper and the flowers I showed a moment ago (above) laid out. I formed a little paper cone, put the flowers inside and hung some ribbons through the bottom and secured around the cone. It's so simple and easy but very graphic and makes a bold statement. This is a gift for a stylish girlfriend, one who is a Kate Spade kind of girl - a bit preppy and definitely loves bold and graphic design.

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MOTHER'S DAY - My next gift idea is with the Gold Foil Polka Dots Modern Teal Mint Metallic Wrapping Paper and some supplies from my closet, including origami papers and washi tape. This is a very Japanese-inspired look. It's for Mother's Day, I know she loves pretty pastels and delicate prints.

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BABY SHOWER - I did the same thing with the card as I did earlier, I let the card show on the front of the package. I've used the Faux Bois Wrapping Paper and then the Herringbone Pattern Faux Gold Foil Teal Geometric Wrapping Paper to create a thin band around the gift. You'll notice that I didn't end up using a lot of ribbon on any of my gifts. I think it's because I'm currently not that into it as much as I was in years' past. We all go through phases. Currently, my obsession is paper of all kinds. Oh, and I tucked a Aqua Blue Very Merry Christmas Gift Tag inside, I just used the opposite side so you can't see the "Very Merry" message. I believe in reusing Xmas tags all year round so they don't go to waste.

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Those are some of my gift wrap ideas. I hope they've inspired you.

Other papers I have from Zazzle that I have used and love (not shown on my gift ideas) include: Tiny Trees Wrapping Paper Gold Foil Polka Dots Modern Holiday White Metallic Wrapping Paper Herringbone Pattern Faux Gold Foil White Geometric Wrapping Paper Black and White Stripes Wrapping Paper Coral and Blue Girly Plaid Gift Wrap Fresh Winter Evergreens Faux Gold Foil White Arrows Pattern Wrapping Paper

This post was created in collaboration with Zazzle. All words, text and opinions are my own.

(Photography, Styling, Text: Holly Becker)