Month: May 2010

The Acapulco chair….Love at first sight

I’m loving this Acapulco chair spotted in Grand Designs magazine…It just feels like the perfect garden accessories staple you want right here, right now! Designed in 1950s, the iconic Acapulco chair is still as stylish and contemporary as when it was first designed and will look superb at home to bring Summer indoor or on the deck outside, especially since The Acapulco Chair Company has now re-edited the chair in gorgeous, to die-for colours like orange, turquoise The chair costs £345 + shipping and £375 for the rocking chair version

Quick question on party bag….

While putting Mila’s party bags, I realised that it was quite tricky to make little party bags with a WOW factor without either ending up with a lots of crappy things or paying the earth and when you have something like 14 kids at a party, the ‘mum’ in me thinks that it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend £100 on party bags so I just would like to know how much you think is reasonable to spend on a party bag and then I will see if we can come up with some really cool and affordable party bags on BODIE and FOU.

Mila’s 5th B’day party….Major success

Last Sunday, we celebrated Mila’s 5th Birthday and it was amazing!As Mila and I share our lives with the kiwi King of BBQ & Sunday roast, we decided to organize Mila’s party with a BBQ afterwards with all the parents to give everyone the opportunity to get to know each other.Total: 14 kids + 25 adults = a very noisy but happy and memorable afternoon! The blackboard sign… The party bags….. The Gingerbread man decoration…. Mila’s cup cakes…. The guests…. Best party activity: Decoration of the Gingerbread man…by farBest party find: Glitter clutch bag at the £1 shop….a real bargain with WOW factor!Best creative idea: Decorating cupcakes with Mila’s face on. I got the idea from Swiss Miss but added little things that Mila says often on the back of the cards like” “I love you to the moon and back and back to the planet…“, “For ever and ever….“, “Let’s have a huggle” (family cuddle), etc…Best life saver: Chocolate & strawberry cupcakes from Tesco’s Finest range (£1.70 for 2)Best friends: Mandy, Peyman, Mel, Guillaume, …

Chez Nous: Mila’s bedroom – UPDATE

I have to admit that the photoshoot with Paumes last Saturday gave me the ultimate boost needed to finish Mila’s bedroom… After spending several weekends painting her walls and floorboards, my motivation to do more DIY was running low but hey….no matter how talented Hisashi Tokuyoshi is in seeing beauty in the most mundane things, I thought my masking tape around the ceiling wouldn’t quite cut it! So in an ultimate effort, I took the masking tape off, hang a couple of beautiful art prints et voila…! I LOVE how the prints Mila and I choose together, look in her bedroom…The Friends of Violet poster by Studio Violet is my latest love. I have always been a fan of Camilla Engman and Elisabeth Dunker‘s work so I’m super happy to have this beautiful poster they designed together now on B&F (and now, we also have the Friends of Violet wallpaper!). Elisabeth and Camilla have also designed some gorgeous postcards here that would look very nice framed individually and hang in a row. My other ‘coup …

Sand and Wind

Looking for a place to go away this Summer….Being with my little family….Getting lost in these calming images of Greece…. (C) Photos by Patrick Taberna

Beautiful guesthouse in Brussels

I fell for this guesthouse in Brussels years ago and it’s only recently when I was flicking through my old issues of Marie-Claire Maison that I recalled it.I’m in love with this floor to ceiling open-shelf in the kitchen that displays an eclectic mix of crockery, china and glassware. Not really for those who loves the minimalist look but I love how homely it feels….I can see myself coming down in the morning wearing nice PJs from Hush and long winter socks to drink my tea from a large ceramic bowl…Originally, the building was a mirror factory which little by little, the owner Philippe transformed into a beautiful urban sanctuary. This lovely place has 5 bedrooms. The one below is called “la Vie d’Artiste’ and looks like what could have been the room of a poet like Baudelaire. The painted wall behind works nicely as a headboard. Click here for more info about Chambres en Ville…..gorgeous

Paumes, rain, Sunday brunch & monthly competition

On Friday I took home two new books from Edition Paumes to read them: Stockholm Ateliers and London Gardens. Well, read is bit exaggerated since I don’t speak a word of ようこそジュ and they are all written in Japanese but once again I was not disappointed and since you can not flip through it, here are why I love these little, cool Japanese books….. Reason 1: I love how inspiring and creative they are. There is a bit of text but it’s all in Japanese so your attention is really on the photos. It wouldn’t be a bad thing sometimes to know what they’re writing about but it’s probably just a description of the photos so in the end, you pay a lot more attention to the details of each image and they always put a list of websites at the end or a mini guide or a list of flea markets, museums etc…it depends on the theme of the book. Reason 2: Each time I discover the work of amazingly talented and creative people …

Lovely plaits

The rope, the scrunch, the French plait…I dream of having lovely plaits like these…. Via I love magic Via Kisses and Cross Stitches