Month: September 2014

{WISE WORDS} Thank you

One often assumes the wrong thing or focuses on the wrong things…I thought these words were a beautiful reminder “Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you. When you meet a man in the doorway of a Mexican restaurant who later kisses you while explaining that this kiss doesn’t ‘mean anything’ because, much as he likes you, he is not interested in having a relationship with you or anyone right now, just laugh and kiss him back. Your daughter will have his sense of humor. Your son will have his eyes. The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing …

A stunning home/office in Formentera

If you’ve been following our home renovations on Instagram (#bodieandfourenovations), you may have seen that we’ve added some large windows and a couple of very modern extensions to our home like Steve’s office and the loft conversion at the back of our home while preserving the beautiful Victorian features of the house. I’ve always loved mixing vintage treasures with modern design to achieve an effortless style in all the homes I decorated, however, when it comes to architecture and art, I’m a Modernist by heart, which is why I fell in love with this beautiful home/office designed by Architect Marià Castelló Martinez, on the island of Formentera. ✔ If you are looking for a large, minimalist table/desk, check out the Form table. Two of our customers, both Architects, use it as a desk. Personally I have my eyes on the new Slice table by Normann Copenhagen for Steve’s office + a Knot chair. ✔ The white Panton chair by Vitra is available from John Lewis This space may look a bit too minimalist for some of you but it’s the kind of …

TRAVEL: 4 BOUTIQUE HOTELS, ARCACHON/CAP-FERRET

I spent all my childhood holidays in the Bay of Arcachon with her (who was feeding us with Nutella and ice creams after the beach…happy times!) First in Biscarosse, when she was Director of holidays resort (and I recently realised how terribly modern she was being in management in the 60s with 4 daughters in tow), and then in Arcachon where she retired in 1977. It’s a really beautiful region with amazing sand beaches and landscapes and if you’ve never been, have a look at the photos I posted on Instagram from my recent trip… The first time, our home in France was photographed by YOU magazine in 2007, I had a hard time finding a decent design hotel to recommend to the team. There wasn’t much around and the few 4 stars hotels around, had just vile interior design with horrible bedspreads. I’m glad to say that things have changed for the best in the past seven years and here is a list of my favourite design/boutique hotels around the Bay of Arcachon to drink/eat/sleep. La Co(o)rniche | …