Federica & Lorenzo, Northern Italy

Today, I’m so happy to start again our family interviews on Sweet Cabane! and to  go to Northern Italy and meet Federica and Lorenzo. Federica, 41, is a graphic designer and a photographer. Lorenzo, 39, works as a chemist for a multinational corporation. They have two children : Giacomo, 9, and Martino, almost 3. They live in the countryside, close to a small town called Reggio Emilia (famous for its educational approach), in a classic large Italian country house, where Federica was born and raised and where her…

Thinking like a toddler

I  just turned 40 a few months ago … This turn was not easy, I admit, and I often wonder about what it means to “grow old”: is it a  total process, or is it only physical? Are we losing creativity as we get older or is it possible to create throughout our lives? When I heard the words of Paul Lindley during the lecture series organized by the hotel Martinhal Cascais, I loved the idea that aging is first a…

Family story-telling

In our Family Connexion section, we ‘re used to talking about people whose purpose is to  help families and support them through their professional activities or passions. Caroline Albou is at the crossroads : when she launched Porte-Plume in 2008, she decided to combine her passion for writing and publishing to her love for family stories  to transmit precious memories. Initially, Caroline deeply wanted to democratize the edition fiels and gave the opportunity to anybody to make bespoke books. It must be said that since childhood…

Florence & Sieg, Normandie

This week, let’s go to Normandy to meet Florence and Sieg. These thirty-something  are the happy parents of three kids, Lilou, 7 years-old , Gabriel, 5, and Jude, 11 months. Florence is a former nursing auxiliary who has stopped working since the birth of her last child, and Sieg is a video editor. Some time ago, these ex-Parisians chose to settle  by the sea and opted for a simpler family life. That’s what Florence is talking about here. *** IN THE CITY What do you like…

Yuko & Hitoshi, Japan

This week, let’s meet Yuko, her husband Hitoshi and their three kids, 1 girl, 10, and two boys, 7 and 2 years-old. Yuko, 38, works in the éducation fiels, and Hitoshi, 40, works for the state. They’ve been living in a seaside town in Kanagawa, since almost 11 years. Yuko is telling us about their family life in their beautiful city : what activities they enjoy doing in the city and at home.    *** IN THE CITY  What do you…

Caroline de Benoist, jewel designer

This week, we are happy to meet Caroline de Benoist, mother of 3 children and former jurist, who has just launched her eponymous jewelry brand. I have known Caroline for a few years and I’m totally in love with her delicate, refined and colorful creations …. just like her. This change of activity, her creative impulse and the beauty of her jewels made me want to know more about this project and share with you this beautiful portrait of a ‘working…

Daniela & Stefan, Germany

Today, we’re going to Germany, to meet a family living in Kassel, in the Northern part of the country. Daniela, 43, and her husband, 46, have three kids : two girls, 11 and 7 years old, and a big  23 years-old son who lives now in Berlin. They also have a cat, called Polly, who’s part of the family. Daniela is a teacher in a primary school in Kassel and her husband is an educator.  They’ve been living in a rustic old half-timbered house for 16 years now,…

Chrystèle, French designer

This Monday, Chrystèle, French designer of the lovely lifestyle brand La Girafe, is inviting us to her home to talk about her work, her projects and her family organization. This 43 years-old woman, mother of two teenage girls, lives with her husband in the Beaujolais, in the middle of the vines (near Lyon). A choice of life away from the city, but that remains hyper connected, with many trips to Paris. *** Can you describe your everyday work ? I have several…

Renata & Marcos, Chicago

This week, we’re going to meet a  sweet Brazilian family living in a small village near Chicago, Winnetka. Renata, 35 is stylist and photograph, and Marcos, 39, works for a credit card company. They have three girls : Carolina, 8, Manuela ,6, and Gabriela, 4. Before coming to Chicago two years and a half ago, they moved a lot and lived abroad for 12 years, experiencing life in big cities such as Madrid, London and Miami.  Renata tells us about their family…

Lisi and Alex, Barcelona

On this very freezy Monday, let’s go to sunny Barcelona to meet Lisi, Alex and their two kids. Lisi combines her work as an art director at her ad agency, and her work as a photographer. Alex is an entrepreneur. They’ve got two sons : Simón who is 7 years old and is an acrobatic athlète, and León who is 4 and loves dancing. They’ve been living in Barcelona for 15 years, now in the first floor of a modernist house in the centre of…