Year: 2011

Little creative projects for the weekend

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this creative project to make an advent calendar out of bird clothes pegs. This weekend, you could make these pretty wings out of newspapers and a thin cardboard sheet (the one you get in your husband’s new shirts would be perfect).Alternatively, you can create this gorgeous garland out of washi masking tape. Have a great, inspiring weekend   via Pinterest

Happy thoughts for the weekend

MT masking tapes | Clip on light | Paris map print | Plexiglas picture frame | Hanging slate heart |  Mima Le Chat print | Rabbit lamp | What are you up to this weekend? Tonight, we are off to a dinner party at my friend’s place. Emma is Swedish, gorgeous, has three beautiful girls, a full time job and still manage to run on a weekly basis. Each time I see her, I feel inspired!Mila will stay there for a sleepover. I don’t know if it is a city thing, because I don’t remember having so many playdates and sleepovers when I was young, growing up in the countryside but I think it’s great for the girls to have so many playdates and sleepovers. It can only improve their social skills and independence.My brother is now back in London so on Saturday, we are going to do some photos together on Saturday. I’m very excited because our last shoot together was for the catalogue this Summer when we shot this workspace.And now that the …

Banana cake recipe

Has anyone tried the Banana cake recipe on page 30 of our catalogue?When Steve forwarded me the recipe, I wasn’t convinced at first. The thought of using ripe bananas wasn’t exactly appealing to me but having recently received this huge fridge, I was going through a Nigella phase* (i.e cooking each Saturday morning homemade meals).I also do our food shopping online and tend to order the same food over and over again each week.While I’m not giving up on Mila getting her 5 a day, I often end up with a few bananas too ripe for anyone in the family to eat them, so rather than throwing them away, I thought I would give this recipe a go. I was happily surprised.I put wallnuts in mine instead of dried fruits and it is simply delicious. My guilty pleasure at weekends now is to curl up on the sofa with Mila when the weather is horrible outside, with a cup of tea and a slice of two of this cake! Pure bliss…. *the phase has now …

Mila’s Moustache party

This year, Mila celebrated Halloween in France wearing the Batgirl costume I had put in her suitcase amongst other things. So I don’t have photos to share but I realized that I never posted the photos of her Moustache Birthay party! Initially, it was supposed to be an Ugly Betty party but it turned out that she was the only little girl to watch Ugly Betty with her mum and none of her friends knew who Betty was so we settled for a Mr Mustache one. We put some smarties in little paper boats, some pretty straws in the Owl Vase, a lovely Rob Ryan bunting and lots of white balloons in our lounge. I made some delicious chocolate brownies, the girls played games, danced, jumped on my sofa, sometimes the moustache fell off but everybody had a great time!


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