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ELIE - SURFACE DESIGNER - DALSTON

 Sundown Chat Elie

« My favourite morning moment is when I hit the snooze button - I’m not a morning person »

 

Elie is a brilliant textile designer living with her boyfriend Renaud and goldfish Nigel in a flatshare near Hackney Downs. 

Along with an hibiscus tea and some matcha mochis, Elie shared with us her home rituals, top relaxing moments and secret life-hacks.

 

3 steps morning routine

My favourite morning moment is when I hit the snooze button - I’m not a morning person.

I stretch then do the 5 Tibetan Rites - it’s a bit like yoga, it helps to lift up and activate your energy for the day.

I let the fresh air in by opening all the windows of the flat, and head for breakfast and coffee.

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Elie's private collection of memorabilia

3 steps evening routine

I start cooking straight away when I get home from work. I like to cook early when I’m alone, it clears my mind after a day spent in front of a screen.

I listen to podcasts - my favourite at the moment are Invisibilia and TED Hour by NPR. 

I have a very special bed ritual: I turn on my “mushroom light” for a few minutes - It’s an old light I got back in France years ago, it shines red and orange hues in a very soothing way! 

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Re-used tea cups and lama doll

Top 3 creative moments at home

After dinner I do something creative like drawing or embroidery with Netflix or some good music in the background. It’s a self-imposed routine that relaxes me.

I frequently like to look out for cheap flowers especially dried one like eucalyptus or thistle, and then assemble them in bouquets.

On Saturdays, Renaud and I often stop by Toconoco near the canal or Coffee is my cup of tea near Dalston Lane. He sketches and I stitch, with thread I scavenge in vintage markets.

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Floral embroidery project

Top 3 relaxing moments and habits

I brew a hot cup of tea, ideally with a goat cheese tartine on the side. Add some dried figs and sumac on top and I’m at the top of my game!

I also enjoy taking care of my ever-growing collection of plants while socializing with Nigel [Elie’s goldfish].

I must confess: I look up flight tickets to far destinations on a very regular basis, dreaming of which one will be the next. In September we’re heading off to Korea for a couple of weeks. Supreme excitement!

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Home-made memento mori

Secret life hack 

I use a chestnut pan to char-grill aubergines. I’m a baba-ganoush addict.

Most treasured possession 

Poukki - My Chinese tiger soft toy. It’s a very special object for me, to the extent that it has inspired one of my tattoos.

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Elie's Poukki

Worst pyjama set 

When I steal Renaud’s old t-shirt and boxer shorts - I look like a nerdy tomboy. The icing on the cake? Winter woollen socks!

Dream home outfit

A set where I wouldn’t look like a grannie nor be ashamed to open the door to the Amazon guy. Comfy materials with cool patterns are a must.

Culture vulture - Elie’s current recommandations:

Last series: 

Top of the Lake S2 - I’m a huge fan, and S2 is less murky than S1. 

Last book: 

The vegetarian (2007) by Han Kang - a disturbing book on mental illness, with mesmerizing descriptions and a very bizarre atmosphere.

Last movie: 

Baby Driver (2016) by Edgar Wright - a guilty pleasure, the playlist is awesome. It’s a feel-good movie for a Sunday night in.

Last recipe: 

Last night I did a kimchi stew taught by a Taiwanese friend. Add soba noodles on the side and you have a perfect meal.

Last playlist: 

Solid Steel Radio Show on Soundcloud.

Favourite Instagram accounts: 

@bompassandparr - I’m a long-term avid supporter of their work. Also @aeronautisk for her beautiful and so-inspiring sketchbooks.

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