Month: January 2016

HOUSE TOUR: A beautiful, architectural house with black cladding

Beautiful, architectural home with black cladding

Having fitted cladding (see other picture here) to the back of our home in London, painted the front of the house and Steve’s tree house in black, the Ridge Road residence with its beautiful black cladding and its Butterfly chairs really stroke a chord with me. This beautiful, architectural home is on the Mornington Peninsula (south of Melbourne) and has been designed by Studio Four. Located within the Moonah Links golf course, the house is surrounded by nature and according to the Architect: “It is difficult to gain more than a glimpse of the dwelling through the surrounding vegetation. Where the house is visible, it blends within the landscape, the black timber cladding and dark reflective glass selected to help dematerialise the building form from its natural surrounds.”This is a grant building and project, which considering the size of the large windows fitted on steel frames, must have been quite pricey but I thought it was a great inspiring building to have in mind, should you consider adding black cladding to your home. The Ochre Barn in Norfolk is another good example of building with black cladding.The large front deck …

Look of the day

Look of the day

I’m a massive fan of this look. I think we all have similar things in our wardrobe…What do you think? Leather jacket Grey trousers Stan Smith Photography: Noholita

BODIE and FOU the shop, news 2016

BODIE and FOU 2.0 | news & updates

I kind of mentioned it on Instagram in an unofficial way but as the press release has now been sent out and it is now official news, I can finally share with you all the exciting plans for the BODIE and FOU shop. Read on…   PRESS RELEASE – JANUARY 2016 “Following ten innovative and successful years at the helm of the Award Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU, Owner, Founder and Creative Director Karine Kong is stepping down as Managing Director. Karine will be focusing her creative energies and retail and social expertise into an array of lifestyle and commercial projects beginning in 2016 under the BODIE and FOU brand name, with a dedicated readership and social following of over 100,000 design and lifestyle devotees. The e-comm concept store at will continue trading under the new direction of retailer Paul Wells. Paul brings a decade of retail experience to the brand following roles at successful multinational retailers, luxury lifestyle brands and boutique interiors stores. The new collections at BODIE and FOU, beginning with the launch of Spring ’16 will …

20 HUSH fashion must-haves in the sale. Read on...

15 Hush must-haves in the sale

Following last week post: 15 Isabel Marant must-haves in the sale, some of you asked me to come up with a selection of more affordable fashion must-haves. Hush is one of my favourite online brands (see mood board I did last year) and if you live outside the UK, you may not be familiar with the brand but trust me, it will soon become your go-to-brand for comfy cashmere jumpers, gorgeous PJs and all-around stylish loungewear. Read on…

My first video...this cracked me up so much

My first video #workinprogress

Coming soon to a blog near you….or not! #bodieandfouvideos OK so besides my 4 feel-good things to achieve in 2016, one of the things that I challenged myself to do this year was to make more videos and take my own photos. This is not going well and it’s defo #workinprogress but it was good fun! :–))))) Hope you enjoy it as much as we did here ;-) bises

A former mechanical workshop converted in a studio. Read on...

A former workshop converted in a studio

I’m very excited to start the first of my house tours 2016 with this gorgeous studio that was originally a mechanical workshop. Industrial spaces are a favourite of mine. This white and concrete loft in Eindhoven was simply stunning and so was this beautiful family warehouse in Amsterdam so I hope you’ll enjoy this one too. I would also be grateful if you could let me know what kind of house tours you would like to see on the blog this year: white interiors, vintage, industrial, small spaces, kids rooms…what would you find useful and inspiring? Let me know! In the meantime, let’s start this house tour >>

Monday's must-have

Look of the day

I’m loving this look for a Monday to ease gently back into the week, aren’t you!? Eton jacket (40% OFF) from Hunkydory (I’m having a serious brand crush!) Straight-fit trousers (50% OFF) from Mango (time to stock up on black trousers) Stan Smith (20% OFF on Zalando and MonShowroom)

5 things you want right now in the sale!

5 things I want right now!

Net-a-Porter is seriously a dangerous place to be at the moment. Each time I look at their sale, I spot something really nice like this pair of Chloé leather sandals Lucy from Fashion Me Now has been raving about. The thing for me is first, I hate clutter in the house. So I’m not going to get X amounts of paires of shoes just because they are in the sale. Secondly, I think now I have found the style that works for my figure and age, I want to get something that is really ME and I will wear as much as I wear my Isabel Marant pieces. Granted it took me a few months to get a pair of Stan Smith (they are 20% OFF on Zalando) but it turned out to be a good purchase (for me!) as I wear them weekly. The last thing I want and I suspect it’s the same for you, is to have things in my wardrobe that I don’t wear. So here are a few other things that I think are …