Year: 2007

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It has been quiet on the Blog front but quite the opposite in our warehouse. We have been literally inundated with orders so I would really like to thank all our customers for shopping with us and trusting us with all their Christmas shopping!And a massive thank you to all our girls who worked extremely hard and fast to ensure all orders arrived in time for Christmas despite the huge amount of pressure they were under.Personnally, Mila, Steve and I are now off to New-Zealand to spend Christmas with Steve’s family in Waihi BeachWishing you all the best and a fantastic, happy and relax Christmas!

Karine in the business section of the Evening Post

Evening Post – Business sectionEuropean designer products website BODIE and FOU has attracted countless plaudits in the years since it was set up. Karine Kong, who launched it, attributes its success to the quality of the household goods and furnishings on offer. She said: “The media loves to write about our products. Many of our ranges you simply cannot get anywhere in the UK.” But building this media interest is also the result of considerable hard work. When she launched her site, Karine invested considerable time in meeting and briefing journalists, showing them products and buidling relationships. The result has been a cascade of free media exposure that has firmly established BODIE and FOU in the contemporary interiors market. Between the first and second years, turnover leapt by 180 per cent. The company, based at the Paintworks in Bath road, Arnos Vale, is continuing to build sales strongly. Karine launched BODIE and FOU with her sister Elodie following a 15-year career in marketing. “It was when I had a baby that I decided to change …

Nice write up in the evening standard

Design-savvy women are creating a new wave of websites crammed with original interiors ideas, says Barbara Chandler.Meet today’s web entrepreneurs. Savvy and self-confident, they are the brains behind a host of design-led sites. Between them, they have accumulated treasures not available elsewhere. Their sophisticated virtual shops are great for present-hunting and original home interiors ideas throughout the year.Bodie and Fou is run by a pair of French sisters, Elodie & Karine Kong, who have given the business their family nicknames. A blog on their site gives free design tip-offs. “Please, just float through our chic boutique” urges Karine. To their range of French luxury lines they have added upmarket design goodies from all over Europe, from zany gifts (duck-shaped sugar boxed) to serious design (Finn Stone’s beautiful ball chairs). Significantly they wish customers a glam Christmas (

Shoes credits

I got so many compliments on the shoes I was wearing for the Evening Post photoshoot (see previous posting) that I thought you would like to know they are from L K Bennett…Thx Karine

BODIE and FOU site of the month in Real homes magazine

We had another great write up in Real Homes this month (c’est la fete!!). BODIE and FOU is website of the month and they wrote: “BODIE and FOU is a great one-stop website for all things interior. Choose from a gorgeous Cote Bastide scented candle or room spray (from £17) to an elegant chaise longue. The site is very user-friendly and cleverly split into room categories so you can find what you’re after at the click of a mouse button. But that’s not all, sign up to the BODIE and FOU newsletter and receive 10% off as well as the chance to win a prize in its monthly draw.”We cant argue with this, can we.Thanks to Real Homes magazine

BODIE and FOU named as Family Favourites by Homes & Garden magazine

Nice write up about us from Homes and Gardens magazine…“Choose gorgeous accessories and gifts in the comfort of your home with our pick of mail order and online shops – ideal for Christmas and all year round.Family Favourites: BODIE and FOUOne click of your mouse will reveal a huge selection for all rooms and all ages at Elodie and Karine’s charming online store. The French sisters seek out up-and-coming designers across Europe and specialise in inspirational French homewares, many of which are exclusive to the UK.

Happy customer

We received this nice feedback from Vladimir at Krueck Sexton Architects, who had ordered two Paulistano chairs for one of their clients as they are only available in black, Cognac or white in the US:“The Paulistano chairs have arrived and are nicely sitting in my clients space, they are as stunning as you described, again I wanted to thank you to get these things shipped to Chicago”

Our family in YOU magazine

Our home in France was recently featured in YOU magazine. I can’t thank enough Clare and the team at You Magazine, Alun Callender for his beautiful photography and Fiona McCarthy for her words. We absolutely love the whole thing and we can’t wait to go back there to enjoy more happy, relaxing moments with friends, family & the kids. See below for the full article… Inspired by childhood summers, online boutique owner Karine Kong has created a simple yet elegant holiday home in Southwest France – the ideal setting for her family to unwind.   Stepping through the open French windows that lead into the huge pine-scented garden of Karine Kong & Steven Kirk’s holiday home near the Bay of Arcachon in the Gironde, Southwest France, one immediately wonders how they could contemplate living anywhere else. Yet, with Karine as a co-founder of the chic but modern interiors website BODIE and FOU – set up with her younger sister Elodie, nearly two years ago – they divide much of their time between their homes in …