Month: May 2012

Happy Thursday…

What a week it has been…our Spring Summer catalogue was mailed to our customers last Thursday in the UK and has kept us very busy. We even had an order from a postman who ordered the Rob Ryan plates after seeing them on the back cover of our catalogue he was putting in people’s mail boxes. How cool is that!?I’m really glad because I can’t begin to tell you how much work this has been…but it was worth it! The response has been amazing and I really thank Vosges Paris, French By Design and The Lifestyle Editor for their wonderful write-ups.I’m also over the moon that so many of you loved the shot I styled for our linen collection. I dreamt about this shot a long time ago and it came out exactly as I wanted it to be which was not a given since it was the first time I did something like this.The large size of the blue linen duvet cover  and vintage pink duvet cover are now out of stock (hopefully back soon) and I will aim …

Mila’s 7th Birthday party

This year, Mila didn’t want a themed Birthday party like last year’s Moustache party last so we went for a white & soft pink colour scheme. It was a gorgeous day! Food: pink lemonade, pink cupcakes, strawberry/raspberry fruit salad, white & pink marshmallows with little pink flags Mila and I made with Japanese masking tapes and the ‘famous’ chocolate cake which, I admit was the only homemade thing this timeParty bags: Hello Kitty toothpaste, Bear Yo Yo, glittering glu stick and a pink pom pomDeco: Striped straws bought in New-Zealand last year but Milk & Paper has some nice ones,   a pink entrance door (just kidding, we painted our door Bubble pink before Christmas!), pink & white balloons Next time, if I have more time, I will… – use these gorgeous pom poms (this set was out of stock but is back in stock tomorrow) and this lovely fluro garland – try to make these gorgeous heart-shaped marshmallows like these, – make pink popcorn like this

Awesome WE read + a little creative project

Hello! I realised this morning that with everything going on, I totally forgot to tell you that our gorgeous, inspiring, awesome Spring Summer 2012 catalogue was now available on issuu. The print version will be mailed to BODIE and FOU customers and those who requested a copy next Friday. Voila! job done and I hope you like it !I also wanted to share with you these FREE downlodable vintage paper placemats from the Pretty Blog (I love the cutlery one).Have a lovely Sunday.I’m off to make a cake for Mila to take to school for her birthday (I’m one week behind) and I have to start planning her Birthday party. This year she doesn’t want any theme, so no moustache party like we did for her 6th birthday, and no lovely decoration like we did for her 5th birthday. I cant work out if I’m relieved (because let’s face it I’m exhausted..things have been a little bit crazy since the beginning of the year) or a bit disappointed…

Mila’s Birthday

Mila is 7 today…I could never have dreamt in a million years to have such a gorgeous, beautiful, smart and funny little girl and I wish from the bottom of my heart that she grows into a beautiful, smart and funny young woman…Happy Birthday ma chérie, je t’ énORmement! Photo 1 & 2 by Chris Tubbs for the Grand Design photoshoot  | Photo 3 & 4 by Michael Paul for Home Beautiful Australia who is shooting our London home this weekend.

Super easy creative project

A few years ago, a US customer sent us some lovely images where she used our Bird Clothes pegs to hang the name of her wedding guests for the seating plan (which I thought was a genius idea!) When Mila was 5, I used them in her bedroom to display her drawings masterpieces…I also use them too to keep packs of rice and bulgur wheat closed in the cupboard and as paper clips but that’s just me….However, the food bags thing then gave me the idea of using them to make an advent calendar…This year – LET’S BE CRAZY!!! – I may use them for Mila’s upcoming Birthday party…Anyway, I was thrilled to see this image Sophie from Skinflint shared on Twitter…If you have done something really cool with it, let me know or send me some pics :-)     –

Inspiring Typography

I love typography…I also like the visual impact a chosen font will have on the style one wants to convey for a brand, a packaging, a logo or even a page layout (i.e. the Welcome page of our SS/12 catalogue).If you are in the process of launching your brand or company, it is very important you think about what you want to convey with the font or logo because…. first impression counts!So here a few examples of typography, page layout and branding examples I’m collecting on Pinterest….Have a lovely, inspiring evening! 1. Welcome page of BODIE and FOU SS/12 catalogue (which is now on Issuu!) 2. Only As print using typography (see also Do What You Think Is Right print) 3. Mila’s bedroom with Pigmee garland 4. Layout by Aline Diepois and Thomas Gilzome 5. Pinterest 6. Lotta Jansdotter window shop 7. Charlotte Gainsbourg in VOGUE

Sneak-peek of our SS/2012 catalogue

Here is a sneak-peek of our Spring/Summer catalogue which I think looks even better than our first one (and that one got an Award!). This time we take you on a summery journey between London and the French Atlantic coast to indulge in beautiful soft bed linens from France, stylish Clare Vivier clutches to go to a party in town or for an evening walk by the beach and as usual inspiring, creative ideas to make your home a happy place. I really hope you will love it as much as I do and I take this opportunity to thank everyone at CHS Creative and Sophie and Francois that have done an amazing job!Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo Photo: François Kong | Styling: Karine Kong

Cheerful Friday!

I can’t tell you how happy I am that jury service is over. It feels a bit strange to be involved in so many details in the lives of people and then have to make a decision on their actions. As you hear new evidence, each day brings a new set of moods and thoughts. What was black becomes white and vice-versa and day three may be tinted with grey but it’s never really straightforward.I felt impatient, frustrated, tired, sad, forgiving, thoughtful and hopeful. It can take a split second to end up on the wrong side and that’s how fragile we all are but I hope something good will come out of the decision we made.So that was it.Today, I’m super excited to be back at work! We have one more spread of our new SS/2012 catalogue to go through and then, we’re sending our baby off to the printer…We gonna move things around the office, recruit new people (more of this next week), say goodbye to Jennifer, our lovely French intern and enjoy a Bank Holidays weekend…. …