Year: 2016

DETAILS: WHITE WOODEN BENCH

A white wooden bench

As a white interiors lover, I had this image saved in my Pinterest forever Recently, I realised that this wooden bench was probably coming from Morocco where I have been for the past 10 days and was perfect for my DETAILS series. Last Summer, I bought a similar stool from the market near our home in France. Since then, I have been pondering whether I should leave it raw or paint it white like above. What do you think? The jury is still out but I do love the contrast of white wood against the concrete floor while I think raw wood would look better and more beachy on our deck. If you are wondering if you should go to Marrakech, my answer is yes. Marrakech has been an incredible source of inspiration from an interior design point of view. Each time, I came across an Artisan in the souk making something out of copper, iron, leather or even rubber, I was in awe. In fact, it has been such a positive experience that I’ve already booked our return …

5 Things I want right now: leather skirt & shearling-lined jacket

5 things I want right now!

I spotted this fabulous pencil leather skirt (5) and this new shearling-lined leather jacket (1) before flying to Barcelona and thought they would be perfect for a winter look.

Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 2

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | Week 2

WEEK 2 Last week, I forgot to mention that the reason why I had basmati rice most days is because I make a big batch on Monday for the whole week. This saves me a lot of time. Same with eggs… if I boil 2 poached eggs (3 min), I will add 2 extra eggs to hard boil (10 min) to have later on as snack. I had a massive headache on Monday afternoon from 3pm until 7pm when I eventually took a pain killer. I looked again at what I ate that day and it was just unprocessed, whole foods, fruits & vegetable and proteins. I also drank my daily 1.5Lt water so the headache could not have come from dehydration. However, it’s interesting to know that signs and symptoms of food intolerance can occur up to 72 hours after a trigger food. Here are a few signs and symptoms of food intolerance I found in the book I’m currently reading “Reverse the signs of ageing”: The revolutionary inside-out plan to glowing, youthful skin by Dr Nigma Talib …

5 things you want right now: chinos

5 things you want right now!

I recently asked Steve to bring me back a couple of chinos (4) from GAP and Boden I had in my wardrobe in London. I hadn’t worn them for a while yet and kind of forgot about them until Elodie mentionned she wanted to throw her yellow ones and I talked her out of it.

Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 1

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | Week 1

I have decided to reduce my consumption of refined sugars* (biscuits, brown/white sugar, cakes, sweets) and gluten and will share my food plan for a month. However, I’m not cutting sugars or carbs out of my diet. I will get sugar from natural sources like fruits and I will replace pasta and bread by rice, quinoa and occasionally gluten-free pasta. I’m not eating sugar-free, low-calorie food either which are packed with chemicals and salt. Why? As you may know, I have made several lifestyle changes over the years. I stopped eating ready meals packed with hidden sugars years ago, given up drinking my daily coke zero in 2013 and replaced processed food by whole foods (80% being organic). All these changes had a positive impact on my skin and well-being. Refined sugar are known to cause inflammation in our body which in turn leads to depression. Reducing my refined sugar intake means that I haven’t suffered from seasonal affective disorder for the past three years and I have moved on from the depression that hit me in 2013. …

5 Things I want right now! this Popeline blouse & Chloé bag

5 things I want right now!

My friends and I were discussing Chloé bag over the weekend…. One of them was obsessed with the Faye bag. You may have seen the brown version on Lucy Williams’ arm from Fashion me Now. It’s a nice Chloé bag, but personally, I prefer the more boho versions like the Marcie shoulder bag, the Hudson bag with its swishy tassel or even better the Marcie tote (featured above). Since I’m off to Barcelona next week for two days for the launch of a printing product which is going to be very interesting for interior designers and creative people like you, this week’s look is about looking stylish and fashionably sexy in town. So here are the few things I’m obsessed with this week. I’m totally in love with this ruffle poplin blouse (2) I spotted on Happily Grey. The blouse is available at Nordstrom and would look fantastic with these boyfriend jeans or these slim-fit biker trousers. I also love this tie-neck blouse from Mango which is more affordable, different style but it looks great too. This winter coat (1) caught my eyes too but if it’s out of your budget, check out this one under …

ceramics by Park Sungwook

Organic ceramics by Park Sungwook

Last time I went to Paris to deliver the “Jury Découvertes” Award at Maison & Objet, I came across the work of Korean Ceramist: Park Sungwook who makes beautiful handmade ceramics in neutral hues. Born in Seoul, Korea, Sung Wook discovered at a young age, his desire to make things. He wanted to work with his hands. He went on to graduate at the top of the Industrial Design Program at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University. There, he won first prize in Driving Design, a Canadian student design competition put on by Umbra and Audi. I haven’t seen his industrial design work. When I walked through the aisles of Maison & Objet, I came across Wook’s beautiful, handmade ceramics and thought you would love them too. Handcrafted small-batch ceramics are everywhere these days. In the UK, The Future Kept has a wonderful collection of ceramics from British Ceramists including the work of Jono Smart which is regularly sold out.Park Sungwook’s work is available from the Kogan gallery in Paris and you can contact him by email: [email protected] Do …