Month: October 2011

In the shop this week: the MILK lamp

I had a massive crush on the work of the work of Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen from NORM Architects since I posted about their work last year. I love/admire the interiors they create and how they use raw, natural materials such as oak, stones, concrete to create homes that exude calm, beauty, simplicityDo you remember how gorgeous the Fredensborg home and this Copenhagen penthouse were? Anyway, one crush leading to another….the gorgeous MILK lamp they designed for &Tradition is now in the the shop.Like the interiors NORM. create, the MILK lamp for &Tradition exudes style and beauty and provides a cosy, soothing atmosphere as you can see from the last 2 pictures taken in Hotel Skt Petri in Copenhagen (I want to stay there next time I go to Copenhagen!).Besides its simple lines, I love the contrast created by the white translucent glass of the shade and the legs made of oak and I could see it fitting nicely next to my pallet table and Paulistano chair.Inspired by the traditional nordic milk stool, the MILK …

BODIE and FOU catalogue: the digital version

I’m very excited to see the digital version of our new catalogue! For those in the UK, if you haven’t requested a copy yet, you can do so here. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Life with Mila (thanks God!)

While the launch of the BODIE and FOU catalogue in the UK yesterday was a happy event, the same day I found out that my dad had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and that people I love very much were calling it a day after 18 years together so I’m sad and a bit spaced out since yesterday. Mila: “Where is papa!!….??“Me: (not really listening but knowing that Steve was watching the rugby match) “I don’t know’Mila: “What do you mean you don’t know, you are a grown-up, grown-ups know everything.“Me: (still distracted, still not really listening) “what??’Mila: “Maman!! You told me that Mamans ALWAYS know everything!” Me: (finally switching on) “You’re right babe, Mums know everything and Dad is at the pub watching rugby” So today, Mila and I went to buy some cheerful paint for our front door. As Mila said, it will be like we knock on a holidays door every day. It’s bright, cheerful and very unlike me (colourwise) but as I’m walking around with this sad feeling at the moment, it …

D-1 BODIE and FOU Catalogue launch

This is a really exciting time for our little company as tomorrow we are launching BODIE and FOU mail order catalogue (the digital version will go live on Monday)I say ‘little company’ because, as we have a nice website and provide great customer service, people always assume that we are a big company but it’s only five of us in the team. Saying that, I’ve always thought that it is not because we are a small, passionate, happy business that we should not act or look professional like the big ones. As my mum always said to me…“you reap what you sow”When Elodie and I launched BODIE and FOU 6 years ago, we wanted to create a website with a ’boutique feel’ where people could pop in to get inspiration and beautiful things for their homes, interact with us, get advices and I think from the feedback we’re getting via Facebook, Twitter and heart-felt emails from customers we’ve achieved that so thank you very much.To celebrate the launch of the BODIE and FOU catalogue, we …

What an amazing day!

This afternoon, we received the first copies of our new catalogue and..wow, it just looks even better in real! I can’t wait for you to see it. I’m hugely proud of it. When I gave one copy to Mila tonight all she could say was: “wow maman, I l love it…it’s beautiful, i love it, I love it…” on every single page.To top up this amazing day, I also received a fantastic email from a customer in Sweden: “First of all I want to thank you for a great service, very quick delivery and great products. ( I ordered Masking tapes and looking forward to use them).Secondly, I want to thank you for your blog which is a great source of inspiration. As a “frenchy” too I share Karine´s taste for simplicity, elegance completed by a “frenchy chic” touch! Besides I can see the values that lie behind your blog such as the importance of family and discover some traits of Karine´s personalities: honesty, hard work, fun, dedication, passion…There is a “heart” in this blog …

Little sneak-peak of my black kitchen

Inspired by these images of black kitchens, last June I started a DIY marathon and spent two weekends painting our old kitchen in black. You can see “before” images here when our home was shot by Edition PAUMES for the London Family Style bookNow this may well be a temporary look because we have builders starting working on our garden to lay down a deck on Monday and the next stage will probably be to cover the floor titles or replace them by wooden floors to achieve the ‘delicatessen look’ I have longed for.Saying that, this DIY job was one of the most inexpensive kitchen update I ever done as I think painting came to about £50 in total and the result has impressed everyone that came around the house.    Inspirée par ces cuisines peintes en noir, en Juin dernier, j’ai attaqué un marathon bricolage et passé deux weekends à peindre  notre vieille cuisine en noir. Vous pouvez voir des photos “avant” ici lorsque notre maison fut photographié par Edition PAUMES pour le livre …

Casa Hemeroscopium, Spain

A concrete home may not be for everyone (although it would work for me) but I’m sure you’ll agree when you see the swimming pool, that a lot of us could make do with this concrete home called Casa Hemeroscopium that belongs to two architects:Anton Garcia Abril and Debora Mesa from d’Ensamble Studio.This brilliant piece of architecture is located 20 kms from Madrid and has been built on an association of concrete and iron beams with glass walls. It is an impressive building that breaks the barriers between indoors and outdoors. For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets. An allusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses, that is ever-changing and mutable, but is nonetheless real. It is delimited by the references of the horizon, by the physical limits, defined by light, and it happens in time.You can see more images of the house here and the building process there. Via here Une maison en béton n’est peut etre pas pour tout le monde (bien que …

Mila rocks!

Today, I spent the day sorting out our guest bedroom which over the past few months had became the place where we were dumping pretty much everything…Mila: “what are you doing??“Me: “I’m sorting out stuff“Mila: “Umm…All I want is a tidy house and calm“No doubt, she is definitively my daughter! Photo taken by my brother Francois Aujourd’hui, j’ai passé la journée à trier les affaires dans la chambre du haut, qui depuis quelques mois était la pièce ou l’on mettait tout ce qui ne trouvait pas sa place dans le reste de la maison… Mila: “qu’est ce que tu fais??“ Me: “Je trie des trucs“Mila: “Umm…Tout ce que je veux c’est une maison rangée et calme“Il n’y a pas de doute, elle est définitivement ma fille! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs