Month: May 2013

Crush on Hannah Lemholt’s photography, NYC, The Simple Things…

We’re off to HERE (Hell yeah!) on Friday and as usual I’m trying to fit a 5-day week into a 4-day week without getting stressed out, organising the photo shoots we will be doing for The Simple Things magazine, preparing my meeting with my Publishing Agent (read the great news here) and organising our family holidays…Well, it’s not really working out…. I’m mega super stressed this afternoon but it’s OK. I know I’ll feel like a little Buddha after Bikram Yoga (last night I managed the toe stand pose for the first time in 2 months) and I will eventually get things done right on time (or kind of).I had this big plan to schedule wonderful, inspiring posts for you guys next week but let’s face it…it’s not gonna happen :-))) I may be able to schedule 1 or 2 in advance if I’m lucky but next week, I’ll probably more on Instagram than behind the laptop writing blog posts.In fact, I’m not even sure I can be bothered to take my laptop with me! These past few years, …

Gwyneth, Quinoa, banana cake & the Kale project | FOOD

After being proud of myself for making all theses healthy changes to my diet without too much of a struggle (I actually felt my new way of eating was better and tastier), I was told yesterday that I had to leave dairy out for a while which really p$$&8*d me off.Luckily I received some great advices on Twitter (thanks Tina) and Instagram and managed to find some nice alternatives so I’m all set for this week before heading off to New-York (read comments here if you want more info on alternatives).To cheer myself up, I baked this gluten-free banana cake for the second time: 300 g (10  1/2  oz)  smashed ripe banana3 free range / organic eggs60 g ( 2 oz / 2 tablespoons) raw honey or organic maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla60 g (2 oz/  1/4 cup)  macadamia nut oil or cold pressed olive oilhalf teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2  tsp baking soda ( bicarb soda) + 1 tbsp lemon juice200 g ( 2 cups/ 7  oz) ) almond meal (I still don’t have almond meal in my panty so I’ve …

Off to New-York…Any tips for me?

D-7 and we are off to New-York City for a family holiday (and a bit of work!) and I’m super excited!  Before becoming une maman I used to go there every two or three years dreaming that one day I would live there but I haven’t returned since I had Mila so a catch up between the Big Apple and I is long overdue! I’m also going to meet up with my publishing Agent and the team to discuss my decoration book and now that I got used to the idea, I’m getting really excited to start on it. This is going to be such an interesting and creative project! Since it has been ages I went to NYC and Brooklyn, I was wondering if you could help me with a few tips: places that I really need to so, things to do/to buy (I’m going there with an empty suitcase!) and gorgeous cafés to eat. I’m looking for independent cafés that have an amazing atmosphere and very cool interior design details (either in Manhattan or Brooklyn) …

My best DIY tip & a massive crush for this kitchen

What’s your kitchen like? You may have seen mine in Elle Decoration…We haven’t done anything to it since we moved in, three years ago except when I painted the units in blackboard paint because I couldn’t take any longer how eyesore the old units looked (see more photos of the units revamped with black paint in Scotland on Sunday)In fact, painting the units with blackboard paint was probably the cheapest and best DIY project I’ve ever done. £25 paint + a lot of elbow grease for a “new” kitchen was not bad at all I think.However, who doesn’t crave for a brand new kitchen!? I know I do.Steve and I are currently considering opening the kitchen onto the garden and adding an island with bar stools. I like the idea of having bar stools. They add a convivial, relax atmosphere to a kitchen..Kids love them.. and they bring people together as often everyone rallies around the island to talk and drink wine while the host is preparing the meal.I think it’s important to feel inspired in your kitchens. They are often …

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: COFFEE TABLE

When it comes to decorating, I think it’s very liberating to allow yourself to think outside the box.I used this pretty owl vase mostly as a pen holder and until recently this stool was the perfect side table to have by my sofa.My inspiration for the shot above was a coffee table made out of African stools spotted in an old Living Etc issue (circa 1998). Unfortunately I can not check the credits any longer as I threw away lots of magazines when we moved from Bristol back to London but I’m pretty sure it was a Dutch house.In all these years searching for similar stools, I only came across dark African stools or lighter ones that cost an arm until I used this wooden stool.What do you think? Would you mind sharing what ‘outside the box thinking’ you’ve done at home with your decoration?I’m also very excited that the God of Design aka Philippe Starck has chosen 20 of this stool to decorate his new MAMA SHELTER in Istambul. How cool is that!!?? I wish I …

CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS | THE SIMPLE THINGS

Brand: The Simple Things Project: “Café Culture” | Over a series of 6 features, Karine and François travelled to New-York, Paris and London to style and shoot a series of inspiring cafés. Date: May 2013-December 2013 Country: UK, France Licensing use Available. To view all the images available, please email us at le[email protected]          

Rocking the Industrial vibe…

 If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few behind-the-scene shots! This week, I styled new things from our Industrial Chic collection and I had a ball because there is nothing else more inspiring than styling products you really love.And I love this clothes rail and this new stool!The Form table (pic 2 & 3) is now sold out but will be back in stock end of June. The Rock Flag print is from here and the Bell pendant light is a new light from Normann (be careful the large model is actually huge!)What do you think?  // Photography: Francois Kong | Styling: Karine Kong  http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs