Month: July 2010

I want the stars and the sweeties too….

These last 3 weeks have been our most roller-coaster weeks of the year! Mostly because out of the blue, the bank which was managing our building had decided that all businesses including us should vacate the building by 12th August. Now I know what you are going to say…Can they do this?! Well, yes they can. To cut a long story short, owner filed for bankruptcy, bank took over management of the building, lease expired, bank happy to have businesses in the building then….bank no longer happy to have businesses in the building so after a quiet relaxing weekend there where I took Mila for her French holidays, I came back to something a lot less relaxing…In fact, I have been so stressed out since then that my stomach feels like I have been drinking G&T for a fortnight minus the upside of drinking a nice and cool G&T…Now moving home can be pretty stressful so imagine how finding new premises, getting quotes from removal companies, sorting out phone lines, internet, insurance, moving a whole …

Lucas…4 months

Lucas at 4 months….he is now as tall as Corto, my brother’s French Bulldog…I was trying to take some pictures but he kept coming to me to leak the camera or my face…In the end, I had to give him my old Stella Forest necklace to chew to keep him still….

Inspiring white, minimalist, relaxed interiors

Recently, I have been spending a lot of time on this site, admiring the work of Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, two Danish Architects who set up NORM, a multidisciplinary studio focusing on residential architecture, commercial interiors and industrial design. As you will see from the images below, NORM designs minimalist, inspiring and beautiful living spaces that exudes calm and beauty. I could spend hours in these homes….They all feel so calm, relaxed and airy…. I first saw Humlebaek House on the front cover of the magazine issued by MENU, the Danish company behind this best-seller, which I received at work months ago. At the time, I never really got around to go through it but I kept the mag because the shot on the front cover was mood board inspiration worthy. But this week, as I was going through piles of my paper in my office to throw things away, in preparation to our imminent move to leafy Chiswick (West London), I came across again this stunning shot of these three hanging black lights …

massive blog crush

My massive blog crush this week….mais alors massive!…is Vosges Paris – a Dutch blog edited by the stylish, talented, fabulous Desiree… C’est pas difficile (it’s not difficult) I like everything in her blog, her perfect selection of links to blogs and shops, her coup de coeur, the relaxing layout of her blog but most of all, I’m totally in love with her home….Look at these beautiful, inspiring images of one of her bedrooms…If this doesn’t inspire you to rush to buy some white & grey paints and spend the weekend re-doing a room, what will?! :-) Have a lovely weekend…I’m off painting our lounge all in white. Then I will need to convince the man in the house to take the carpet off our stairs to paint everything white and I think, given the number of stains this monkey has made since joining our family, I may well be lucky (C) Photos: Vosges Paris

Di Sole & D’azzuro – Da Copiare!!

Di Sole & D’azzuro….Don’t you love how Italian sounds heavenly musical? It’s like a song full of energy and passion, something that tells you “Come and enjoy life, be passionate, love what you do, love what you eat!” So….yes here we go again…our French home (over 10 pages!!) in the August issue of Casa Facile, an Italian magazine. And I’m over the moon because they featured some gorgeous shots of Steve & Mila on the beach (now up in Mila’s bedroom) and things I particularly love in our home like the kitchen cupboard with its holiday mood board, the French bedroom with its soft hues of blues, the pumice stone garland we brought back from New-Zealand and the very old piece of furniture (which is also seriously missing some drawers) I found at the local hardware shop that was closing down….ummmm I wish I was there (sigh) I’ve actually brought back three vintage sheets from France yesterday which I’m planning to dye in soft greys like her to throw on our bed for the Summer …


Bloomer (gorgeous!) by La Princesse au petit pois…. J’en veux un! Not for me (quoique…) mais pour Mila….Mon franglais devient de pire en pire… Blog love:A big thank to Claude for her beautiful photos, links and advices, to Nat for kindly sending me the sewing pattern (I hope you will have a fantastic time there in a few weeks) and a warm Bonjour to Victoria :-)…..I’m already day-dreaming of your suggestion for a house swap between here and there

Home made lemonade

Lily has just arrived to spend her holidays with Mila so I’m going to log off to make a gorgeous spicy prawn salad (taken from Michele Cranston’s Seasonal Kitchen cookbook) and this Lavender Lemonade from Sunday Suppers for the girls…Have a wonderful Sunday evening… Ingredients: * 2 cups sugar * 5 sprigs lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish * 2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons) * 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes) Directions: In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 7 lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish. Recipe from Sunday Suppers. Photo by Karen Mordechai