Month: October 2011


I don’t know about you but as the weather is getting colder, the leaves are turning yellow and brown and mornings are getting misty, I really feel like nesting and making our home warm and comfy for the winter. How about you? Do you long for weekends on the sofa with the fire on, a nice cup of tea in hand, your favourite book and the smell of a homemade banana cake coming from the oven? It sounds like bliss doesn’t it!? I came across this beautiful kitchen I had posted in 2011, which for me, is the epitome of Autumn and the kind of place I would love to hang out on an Autumn day. Since what I wrote back then, was far from being interesting (I was still finding my voice), I’ve decided to re-visit this beautiful kitchen with some insights on the Wabi-sabi philosophy.

Little creative project: Advent calendar

As Mila is back from her French holidays on Wednesday, I’m busy making some changes to her bedroom to surprise her and as I took down the Bird Clothes pegs I was using in her bedroom to display her drawings, I’m going to make an advent calendar with them and some paper brown bags I got from my local convenient store. I don’t know how it will look in the end but if it doesn’t work out, we still have this lovely Advent calendar from Noix de Coc’. Have a great Sunday! Photo: François Kong Comme Mila rentre de France mercredi, je me dépeche de finir les petits changements que j’apporte à sa chambre pour lui faire une surprise et comme j’ai décroché les pinces à linge oiseaux que j’utilisais pour accrocher tous ses jolis dessins, je vais également commencé un calendrier de l’Avent avec les pinces à linge et des petits sacs en papier récupérés à l’épicerie d’à coté. Je ne suis pas encore sure du resultat mais si c’est trop nul, de toutes …

Blue floor tiling

I just received a google alert on BODIE and FOU that led me to this!BODIE and FOU Le Blog voted TOP 20 BEST INTERIOR BLOG by The TelegraphGosh I could hug the guy who wrote this! This is incredible and I’m over the moon! What a great way to end the week. Congratulations also to Holly, Emma, Julie and Victoria and everyone else listed!“Karine Candice is a French expat living in London who shares her inspirations, life and all-round creative ingenuity with the world via this blog. Go to the My Home section and sigh at the beauty of her residences (note the plural there). Then click on other links to check out the wonders she’s worked in different rooms – the naff old kitchen cupboards that she has transformed with black paint and a stainless-steel worktop, the charcoal-grey daughter’s nursery, the old pallet turned into a chic (no, really) coffee table.” Have a great weekend! xoxo

Inspiring moodboard

Nadine, a customer from Sweden recently sent us a very complimentary email about BODIE and FOU, how much she loved the workspace section from our catalogue, how much she loved her Girls Fashion Style book by Paumes and how much she was driving her husband crazy with all her ideas. Now I can relate to this because I do the same with Steve but girls… it pays off to keep throwing ideas at them because eventually they rub on them. When you will see soon what we are doing to our entrance door, you’ll understand that my ‘All Blacks’ supporter has come a long way! Nadine sent us also this gorgeous moodboard and the pink cross she made (left bottom corner) with our cosmos pink masking tape. Isn’t this gorgeous!? I absolutely love it. Please send me more moodboards like this everyone! This wasn’t it.  Nadine also sent me a very personal message expressing how much she believed big and great things would happen to me with B&F, how the business was going to grow, …

EST magazine ♥♥♥

The new issue of EST magazine is out. I’m really loving the front cover shot by Marjon and styled by Anouk, actually I think I like everything these two talented girls style/shot together. Check out the other pictures they took inspired by their last trip to Paris…very inspiring!And big thank you to EST for the wonderful write-up about the BODIE and FOU blog and Kelly Hoppen for her wonderful post here

Axel Vervoordt’s home

This is the home of belgian designer: Axel Vervoordt which frankly is a pure beauty and exactly the kind of spaces I found calming. Although I think I would need some kind of workspace somewhere in the house, where I could put moodboards on the wall and go crazy with images and MT masking tapes! via Architectural Digest

Aline Diépois and Thomas Gizolme

A house is really silent without a child…Yesterday: Day off for Steve and I to spend time with Mila…Babycinno and pain au chocolate for breakfast…A trip to the cinema to see Mr Popper’s penguins…A surprise Batgirl costume hidden in her suitcase…Le Chat rolled in a tube for a friend…Little slices of banana cake to eat in the plane and she was off…10 days in France to be a grand-child, to be loved and spoiled. This morning, I discovered the work of Aline Diépois and Thomas Gizolme, two Artistic Directors and Photographers that live and work together and I’m in love with their work.The atmosphere, the childhood memories, the slight touch of melancholy that come out of their photography touch me. It was the same sensitivity that appealed to me when I was admiring the lookbook of Zef and I know why now. Aline and Thomas make wonderful images, a beautiful book that is now on my wishlist, inspiring video (Take me anywhere) and my world… a more peaceful and beautiful place.   C’est tres silencieux …

♥♥♥ Inspired by Emmanuelle Alt, Paris, London, Fashion

As Elodie lives in Paris and I live in London, I wanted the BODIE and FOU catalogue to reflect this cosmopolitan vibe and inspiration we both get from living in two great cities hence….Elodie’s Style File/Paris (p. 6 & 7) and Karine’s Style File/London (p 4 & 5).I truly enjoyed putting them together because they are personal (we share places we love the most in both cities, our favourite things from our collection and a few styling tips for a happy, stress-free Christmas).I also got a few, gorgeous contributions from Vosges Paris (in the shape of her Parisian moodboards) and beautiful shots from Marjon Hoogervorst and I can’t thank them enough for responding to my request because their contributions really helped the pages to come together as I had envisioned them.I’m hoping that if the catalogue is to become a regular thing, I will get the opportunity to do more things with like-minded people like these two fabulous ladies.Today, we’ve received the leather shopper bags we sourced in Paris last time I went there. I …