Month: June 2012

I wouldn’t mind being there….

I love architecture, even more when it’s a simple, functional architectural project that bring my favourite materials together. To top it up, this gorgeous hut is on the shores of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula – a region I love and only a couple of hours away from Steve’s family. We went fishing there last Christmas and while I didn’t catch anything, Steve’s nieces & nephews caught enough fishes to feed 10 of us in the evening. Pure bliss… Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan, this kiwi batch is only a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden ‘sleds’ that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section. Apparently it is made of the same wood, Steve used for our tree house in France. Besides the fact that it sits right on the beach (my dream!), I love how ingenious it is. Every available space has been used, right down to the secret individual cubby holes hidden in the children’s bunk room and this ingenious building comes to life when the enormous shutter on the northeast façade winches …

Inspiring (clearing) Sunday….

For the past few weeks, I have been de-cluttering our home like crazy.  One cupboard after another, room by room, I am diligently going through everything and I can’t tell you how good this feels.  Sometimes when things get too much (and I mean too busy), something has to give in so I’m streamlining our ‘family procedures’, the way I would have done it at work :-) Today, I’m tackling my Macbook and I found these pictures I took of Lily and Mila in our holiday home in France. The pendant light is the large one by Kathleen Hills, Lily wears our new blue grey linen apron and Mila wears the vintage pink linen apron (more colours for kids and grown-ups here). Have a great Sunday xoxo

MILK photoshoot

How about I shared with you my totally out-of-focus ‘behind-the-scene’ photos!?I should have got my tripod out but I didn’t, hence you get to see some really badly taken photos.However, the photos taken by MILK magazine are fabulous! I saw them yesterday and the layout of the pages,, the colours, the photos…everything is stunning and I can’t wait to show them to you once they are published.Mila was wearing her beautiful grey tutu and before you ask, unfortunately the MEOW poster in the kitchen is no longer available as it has been replaced by MIMA LE CHAT print and Le Chat print.The gorgeous gold stars garland on pic 8 in the kitchen is one of my latest finds and they will be available in the boutique very soon and the pom poms in Mila’s bedroom are from here and because it was Father’s Day last week, I had done a special moodboard in our bedroom with what the lovely words Mila had painted for her papa.

A life with pom poms…

Finally it feels like Summer!I have been feeling a bit under the weather lately, too busy at work, baby no 2 not coming (I know I know… we can’t rush these things but when Mila tells Steve that he smells like M&Ms and other funny things she regularly comes up with, I really can’t wait to expand our franco-kiwi tribu).Anyway, today is gorgeous and I feel like hanging garlands, buntings and pom poms throughout the house and outside in the garden…Colourful tissue paper pom poms are such an easy and affordable way to inject a dose of feel-good, happy vibes in a room and are amazing to create a memorable birthday party or wedding.For the photoshoot with MILK magazine last Saturday, I hung a mix of softpink, fuschia and aubergine pom poms by Mila’s window. We had to take them down in the evening to bring her roller blind down but my plan is to hang them from the ceiling like pic no 2. I think it will look fab, don’t you think?   1. Mokkassin 2. Home and Harmony …

Did you know that in China, Bats are symbol of good fortune? Bat print from


Did you know that in China, Bats are symbol of good fortune?  Bats are very auspicious creatures and if one ever flies into your home, you won’t want to do any harm to it cause it brings you luck!  The bat is a symbol of good fortune because the word bian3 fu2 蝙蝠 sounds like luck “fu2”. Two bats “shuang1 fu2” 双福 means double luck. A design of two bats with a scepter ru2 yi4 means “double happiness as wished”. Five bats “wu3 fu2” 五福 means Five Fortunes referring to Good Luck, Prosperity, Wealth, Happiness, Longevity. SHOP THE POST:

Little stars from Amsterdam….

On Saturday, I bought this gorgeous, little gold necklace from Restored before heading to the Meet The Bloggers meeting. You can choose the chain in gold or silver and then add the pendant (s) of your choice. They had more geometrical shapes and hearts but I love stars so I choose a medium sized one and a smaller plain one. I can’t actually see the necklace on their site but if you are in Amsterdam, you should try to pay them a visit. It is a very nice shop with lots of beautiful things. Owl vase | masking tapes | Bat print | Clipboard from Desiree’s studio

Such an inspiring feedback….

This is the message I found in my in-box this morning:“When everybody boast about Merci, I really think BODIE and FOU is a much greater achievement. It’s inspirational, efficient and generous. I try to find something to criticize because critics are more useful than compliments but at the moment I can’t see any. Keep going on Karine ! Your blog and your e-shop are a great source of presents and ideas. And your daily life is always shared with elegance. I must admit I am sometimes surprised by how much Anne and I share some taste and lifestyle habits with you (grey wall for a little girl room, fondness for Bill Granger,….) One thing is sure, if you ever come near Lyon tell us !“ So well…. THANK YOU!!!!!  I was trying hard to think if I knew this person, if we had met but I don’t think I did so it makes it even more important to me.  Anyway, if you’ve recently purchased something from BODIE and FOU and received a feedback request from Feefo, please leave …

Styling from Amsterdam…

After chatting until 1am with Desiree and drinking wine, I got up this morning feeling a tiny bit tired but it was so great to catch up with Desiree and talked endlessly about interior design, styling and other creative things.This morning, I styled a few things I had brought with me from our collection.Desiree has really a gorgeous place that she styled beautifully. Wherever you look, there is an inspiring corner, little mood boards made with masking tapes. Her sense of style is very strong and she has created an amazing space with beautiful volumes and lots of natural light.Don’t you love this gorgeous clothes rail that she designed and got made by a local tradesman? I think it is beautiful! I have more photos to take this afternoon but here is a sneak-peek of the shots I did for the Do What You Think Is Right print and this gorgeous leather bag that goes nicely with my new white jacket from Zara…very Bianca Jagger in the 70s, don’t you think?Have a great weekend