Month: July 2016

A wonderful & inspiring back garden

A wonderful & fun boat trip to the Cap-Ferret

Two days ago, Mila and I took the boat to spend the day with Catherine who was staying with friends in the Cap-Ferret. Taking a boat trip to the Cap-Ferret for the day is one of my favourite thing when I’m in the Bay of Arcachon. It feels like a mini adventure and it’s a really nice way to spend the day and do something completely different. You can get a ride from Le Moulleau, Pyla or Arcachon and crossings varies between 20 min and an hour and will drop you at different spots on the island. 

Skating is a dirty job but someone has to do it

Summer ’16 The Edit | Tanned, bruised and sweaty

The first month of Mila‘s Summer holidays is almost over and boy…we’ve been really busy living and I’m happy with that. With Brexit and Nice, I’m more than ever determined to give my child the happy childhood she deserves and create happy memories she can cherish in years to come. I have been practising photography a lot which you may have noticed on my Instagram and Mila’s and it has allowed me to gain some peace through the recent events and our first Summer without dad. I still feel tearful when I think about it but photography has given me an escape and has enabled me to focus on the beautiful side of the world and remain hopeful. I have been watching a lot of tutorials from Creative Live (in English) and Objectif Photographe (in French) and I feel I’ve made some progress since our trip to Portugal but I still have a long way to go. I haven’t tackled digital editing yet but I’m trying to show my face more and do more style & fashion shots. Both are a big challenge. …

Life with Mila | The credit card

Life with mila | the credit card

Mila: “Papa…at what age can I have a credit card?” Steve: “31” Mila: “Really!? But Hayley has one and she is like 21” Steve: “Yeah but its 21 in New-Zealand. In France it’s a weird rule but it’s 31” Mila: “OK…”

A blacksmith studio converted into a holiday home in Greece

A blacksmith studio converted into a holiday home in Greece

Today, let me show an old blacksmith studio built in 1930 converted into a great holiday home in Greece. This space was renovated by Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen, Louis Becker and Jens Thomas Arnfred, three Danish Architects who happen to be friends too. Eight years ago, they decided to buy this old blacksmith’s warehouse on the Greek island of Lesbos so they could all go on holidays together with their respective families, isn’t this wonderful!? The 1930s building had been abandoned for years before they started redesigning the space. Originally made of a single open room, they built a wooden structure in one end to make room for beds, a small kitchen area and a bathroom. The thing I love the most, besides their choice of materials: concrete, wood and metal, is that they made a point of preserving the old features that give the space so much character: the traditional iron stove, the original iron windows which are just beautiful and frame the seaside views throughout the home, the old blacksmith equipment, and metal tables as seen below.And the good news …

How to pack the best natural First aid kit for the Summer

How to pack the best natural First aid kit

I’ve never been one known to pack the whole house when we travel around Europe. I like to travel light without constraints but I have a child who likes climbing trees and spend hours in the water so here are some of my favourite organic products I pack for the whole family in our toilet bag.

Un appartement suédois dans des tons naturels

A flat in Sweden with a neutral palette of white & wood

Today, I’m taking you to Sweden to see a beautiful flat with a soothing, neutral palette of whites and wood. Starting with the kitchen, the neutral palette is achieved through the use of plywood. Plywood kitchens are a favourite of mine after white kitchens and the kitchen in this apartment is one that you will want to bookmark for future references. Most the plywood furniture here is custom-made. I really love the discreet kitchen hood and the stand-alone kitchen which somehow, reminds me of Atelier September in Copenhagen. Add a few bistro chairs, a nice table in a light, natural wood to match the colour of the plywood, white walls to bounce back the light and you end up with a very soothing and peaceful space. PLANTS IN THE KITCHEN Plants and flowers are two things that will add a feel-good, homely vibe to the kitchen. I really love the idea of using a large plant like a Monstera Deliciosa or a tall cactus as a design visual statement. We often see plants in nice inspiring workspaces or in the lounge …

Life with Mila the bug

LIFE WITH MILA | THE BUG

Steve and I have been feeling low in energy these past few days… Me: “I’m drained” Steve: “So am I” Me: “Do you think we’re fighting something?” Mila: “I’m good!” Steve: “Yes a bug called Mila” Mila: “It’s the best bug in the world!!” (silence from both of us) She carries on…“Let’s go with that!”  Mila wears a sweatshirt I got from Topshop a few years ago. Here are few of my favourite sweatshirts currently available [show_shopthepost_widget id=”1762391″]

Practical tips when travelling with kids to Barcelona

Travelling with kids to Barcelona

If you’re travelling with children this Summer and are looking for a sunny place with great kids facilities, private beach, top-notch customer service, a gorgeous spa and the chance to combine great food with culture,  I just have the place for you!