Month: October 2009

One girl, one farm….

There is nothing better than to be stuck in bed with food poisoning to feel on fire two days later. I’m back to my normal self and I have bags of positive energy (plus my car passed the M.O.T which really made my day!) so I wanted to share with you this gem of an eco farm in the south of France which I saw in the August issue of the French Marie-Claire.Are you gumboots ready? OK let’s go…. Graine et Ficelle is an eco farm near Nice (South of France) set up by Isabelle, an ex-Parisian who left the capitale to follow her dream. As you know by now, I’m a sucker of these ‘dream come true’ stories because I think it’s hugely inspiring to see so many women following their dreams but I also really like the relax, carefree, contemporary look of Isabelle’s farm which is also a B&B and a cooking school for children.Although her farm is now a little gem for families and children who want to learn about nature, getting …

Glittering hands…isn’t this magical

(C) and beautiful photos by Sophie takes pictures

My friend Charlotte Gainsbourg

My friend Charlotte Gainsbourg

Sometimes I scare myself…I was just checking my personal facebook page to see how my family was doing when I saw a post from Charlotte Gainsbourg….for a split second, I thought we were friends then suddenly I remembered I joined her Facebook page as a fan…..sigh… Frankly I really wonder what’s wrong with me….

Things I like by India Knight

We’re really chuffed! The Times Columnist and Author India Knight kindly mentioned our beautiful London, Paris and New-York prints in her blog this morning. India has been incredibly good to us and wrote very nice things about us in the past about our little company and ‘brilliant customer service’.She is also a customer and have two of our gorgeous lamps by Flavia del Pra in her home, which by the way is a visual feast of colour and if you haven’t seen it yet, you can do so here. Here are some of India’s books available on Amazon:Neris and India’s Idiot-proof diet (ordered already!)Neris and India’s Proof-Diet CookbookThe Dirty Bits: for girlsThe Thrift book: Live well and Spend lessHappy, fun reading!

My ‘Expert tips’: Bonfire night in Easy Living

I was really excited this weekend because Easy Living magazine had contacted me last Summer to be part of a feature they were writing on bonfire night and the November issue was out!! So I rushed to my local newsagent and here I was…. on page 35, just before Designer Sophie Conran. It was funny when they contacted me because I remembered the first time I went to a Bonfire party in Bristol fourteen years ago. It was my first Winter in the UK and that night, I was wearing a nice dress thinking we were off to a party to watch fireworks and have wine (wishful thinking). Honestly, an hour later, I could have worn a Christian Dior dress or a black bin bag, it would have made no difference! My whole body was swathed layers of fleeces that people had lent to me so I could cope with the minus 2 temperature outside!Talk about cultural shock!! Nothing had prepared me to spend the whole night outside eating sausages and drinking beers and watching …

Helena Christensen to model in Habitat’s Regent Street shop

I’ve just received an email from a PR agency telling me that the beautiful Helena Christensen will be modelling in Habitat’s Regent Street shop window on 5th October from 10:00am – 11:30am. I love Helena…Steve, Mila and I met her in the Coswolds two years ago in the Daylesford organic cafe and she is truly beautiful and super nice.To celebrate the launch of Habitat’s new campaign, ‘This Is My Habitat’, Helena will be re-creating her own living space and displaying it in the shop window for the public to view.‘This Is My Habitat‘ celebrates different styles – from daring trend setters to those who are more naturally reserved in their interior choices and focuses on an individual’s own sense of design and their own home and habitat. To emphasize this, Helena will show how people can create a space that is uniquely theirs by surrounding themselves with contemporary, stylish and affordable designs. Helena has such a personal style that I hope I’ll be able to make it on Monday to see her putting her fabulous …

Corto…the new BODIE and FOU’s mascot!

Francois, our warehouse manager, who is incidentally our kids brother (well we are a family business or not!), came to work with Corto…Is he gorgeous?? Corto was name after Corto Maltese, one of my favourite comics when I was a student.