Month: October 2014

A sneak-peek of our kitchen | RENOVATIONS

After 4 1/2 months of intense renovations and an insane high level of dust throughout the whole house, our kitchen is almost ready (see old one here) and I really thank you all for all your very kind comments when I posted this photo. I spent last weekend unpacking and re-discovering pretty ceramics I hadn’t seen in over four months and I even bought some fresh basil in a pot. Once we are settled down, I will defo add one of these beautiful plants. Was four months without a kitchen worth it? Oh yes! We’ve tripled our storage space and created a white kitchen that I loved (I really hated the previous one), with a beautitful, smooth Corian worktop and a very long and inviting breakfast bar. At some point, the level of dust in our house was so high that it was a real challenge to have a ‘normal’ family life, let alone finding a space or the energy to write a blog post so I’ve posted most of the renovation updates on Facebook (you can view the whole renovations album …

New-York print

My perfectly imperfect wall

This area used to be a terrace on the second floor of our home in London. As nobody really used it and we had a back garden, Steve re-designed the space into a home office fitted with a large window overlooking the garden (see picture). We hide the outside 80’s looking wall with cedar cladding (you can see the whole house here), a large window facing trees and fitted two auto-cleaning sky windows, slightly angled to catch the sun at different times of the day (see below). The floorboard is pine wood painted white. If you are interested, you can view the whole renovations album on Facebook here and on Instagram under hashtag #bodieandfourenovations.I was keen to keep the wall (photo 1) as raw as possible to contrast against the clean lines of the room and pristine white walls. However, my super perfectionist Painter tried to cover as much as he could to make it as white as possible and by the time I got home from work, the only ‘raw’ industrial area I could salvage, was the bottom part. It would have …

4 ways with a black suit

One piece of clothing I always have in my wardrobe, is black (or dark grey) suit which I wear with sleeves rolled up à la Emmanuelle Alt. I love how low maintenance yet stylish and classy this look is. I also realised years ago that it is a must-have look when you feel like death after a night out… These day, I hardly drink but teamed up with a crisp white shirt, it’s the perfect combo to look the part even when you’re feeling under the weather. I haven’t gave in to the Stan Smith mode so I usually team up mine with an old pair of white converse during day time and high heels or Isabel Marant sneakers if I go out.  As Autumn in upon us in the UK, at weekends, I wear mine with this new jumper I got a few weeks ago or this cashmere one, next on my wishlist…the more I look at it the more I want it :-(However, my most favourite look which I wear throughout all seasons is with a white t-shirt, which I team up with either a …

Life with Mila …at the beach

Here are some photos of Mila I took in France last week before flying to Amsterdam.It was wonderful, we had a gorgeous Indian summer and between rescuing this little chap (briefly called Chocolat), losing him and then getting LOu (love this video!), we enjoyed some wonderful family time at the beach… // Mila wears a skirt from COS and a Bobo choses sweatshirt from Elias & Grace Sharing is caring ❤️ Leave a comment and let’s have a chat… http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

SUKHA | AMSTERDAM

One shop that I always visit when I’m in Amsterdam and which never ceases to inspire me and provide visual inspiration, is Sukha on Haarlemmerstraat 110.There is something very soothing about Sukha…Painted in white, with a floor to ceiling window adorned by greenery, the shop is filled with natural light filtering from the glass roof. As soon as you walk in, you feel good. Everything around you is beautiful, handmade, textured, calming…I love how this inviting and welcoming space regularly becomes a large blank canvas to display the most wonderful and inspiring styling.And the styling changes often. Sukha regularly commissioned a local Illustrator to create new window displays or write poems in Dutch on the walls.I told them, they should make wall stickers out of this beautiful writing…I know I would have one in my home. So if they are available next time you go there, you will know where the idea comes from ;-)The photos below are from past displays.When I took my mum and sister last weekend, they had a giant white teepee with mezzanine instead …

Design bloggers united dinner | Amsterdam

Last Friday I attended a dinner in Amsterdam, organised by friends who are behind Design Bloggers United and it was just perfection. From the choice of the venue at Pistache to the catering by Lady Grey catering and the styling of our table with blue tableware from French company Pillyvuyt, everything was just perfect and I had a really great time. I absolutely loved the venue! My first reaction when I was walked in was the same when I first spotted the glass panel in our new kitchen…WOW…so cool and airy, the kind of place you wish you could move into. The overall feel of the room was amazing but the organisation was just ace. They had planned everything to the perfection. We had drinks from V2C Gin, a Dutch company that makes 100% organic gin and I tried the oaked gin which was very nice. I wish now, I had brought back a bottle for Steve. I absolutely loved the soft, industrial feel of the venue and look at this fab open-plan kitchen… One of the best …