Year: 2017

A visit to the Vitra Campus (Switzerland)

A visit to the Vitra Campus (Switzerland)

About 16 years ago, I was working for Universal Pictures International when the company started to refurbish the offices. During the renovations, they threw away two brown leather chairs (these). At the time, I wasn’t aware of what they were (Eames Aluminium chairs). I just loved how they looked (beautifully designed) and I thought they would look great with the first ‘grown-up’ piece of furniture I had bought: a Robin Day leather sofa (do you remember when Habitat had it in-store!?) to furnish my flat in Stoke Newington. Little did I know that they were designed by Charles & Ray Eames and produced by Vitra. Since then, I have developed a profound love for Charles & Ray Eames’ designs and consequently for Vitra so I was super excited to fly to a two-day press trip to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, just outside Basel, Switzerland, which turned out to be pretty full on, very tiring but also very inspiring and interesting. I’m sure most of you have heard of Vitra and Charles & Ray Eames but you …

Grey on grey minimalist speaker by Urbanears

Grey on grey minimalist speaker

There are a few things that fill me with joy when it comes to hanging out at home. One is being surrounded by visually pleasing objects and two, is listening to music and this new minimalist speaker combines both. The new, multi-room speakers Stammen (small) and Baggen (large) from Urbanears are a far cry from the usual, bulky speakers with eyesore cable and if you both love music and design, you are going to love them! Plus they come in 6 colours! The Baggen speaker in concrete grey matches perfectly our grey wall in the lounge and I’m thinking of getting Mila, this pink Stammen to match the hues from her recent bedroom makeover in pink. The Baggen speaker is currently available at £309.99 instead of £399.99 from Selfridges but if they have sold out by the time you read this article, you can find both speakers from Smallable in France and Urban Outfitters in the US. And I also forgot to show you this fab little black notebook I bought in Tiger last time I was in London It only costs only £1!! GET YOURS Disclaimer: …

5 special Christmas moments

The few weeks leading to Christmas are the perfect time to build special memories for our children (if you have any) and family members. The kind of memories they will cherish for years to come and maybe pass on. In the past few years, I have tried to be more organised to make sure that Christmas is indeed a special and not a stressful time… {Planning the look of your Christmas table ahead} This year, I wanted to create a very soothing look and introduce textures, warmth and simplicity around a natural palette of off-whites, brown and greys. I paired a vintage textured cotton table cloth with some beautiful linen napkins and these simple but gorgeous Artisan plates from The White Company. For the final touch, I decorated the table with some timeless and stylish glass candle holders and grey candles, which I will be able to use throughout the seasons. “When it comes to styling your table, have as many candle holders as you can afford and mix and match sizes. A cluster will always create more of a …

Industrial stairs in Paris | BODIE and FOU

Industrial stairs in Paris

I had this image on my fridge in our London home for years so when French Interior Designer Valérie Mazérat posted it on Facebook, I DM her to have a bit more background info. It’s a space Valérie re-designed in 2008 in Paris. Her clients (a couple with children) who lived in a 150 sqm2 apartment, had recently purchased the flat above of the same surface and hired Valérie to re-configure the space and linked the two apartments together. The recently purchased flat was laid bare, indoor partition walls with large windows were raised to configure the space into three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office and a play room while letting natural light filtering through. Valérie’s design included maintaining and restoring some original features mixed with raw materials like polished concrete, wood and iron to add industrial accents all around a palette of muted colours. I have been a long time admirer of Valérie’s design style and if you’re not too familiar with her work, she is the Interior Designer behind the inspiring space that MERCI …

3 Christmas stylings to inspire you

How to create a nice Christmas wall display without damaging your walls

Since you loved so much this article on how to create a gallery wall without drilling into your walls, I have put together three Christmas stylings to decorate your home without (again!) damaging or drilling into your walls. Christmas styling #1 For this one made in our home in France, I used Command Brand clear hooks (see below) which are great to hang paper balls, garlands or fairy lights. However, should you wish to hang a Christmas lights curtain like the one I’ve hanged in our lounge here, I suggest you use Command Brand clear medium hooks which will be stronger and more suitable to bear the weight of the lights. Either way, both are very easy to fix on the wall and providing your walls are healthy and you follow the instructions when removing them, these little hooks will not damage your walls.To hang my gold NOEL sign, I fixed one of Command Brand plastic hooks on each side of the wall, then I run a clear string through the hooks of the inflatable letters and …

How to warm up an all-white interior

Adding natural touches in your home

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen (or not… thanks to Instagram’s new algorythm…) that a Photographer came to shoot our home in London last week. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the final look I put together or any beautiful images he shot as they have to be kept under wrap until the feature is out but I wanted to show you these beautiful and inexpensive natural wooden stools and a few other natural touches I added around our lounge. I brought similar versions but much smaller stools for our home in France after my first trip to Marrakech.  In fact, I was almost in tears when I came across these stools and these gorgeous baskets in the Souk the first time I visited Marrakech. I think if I had still the e-shop, I would have come back to the UK with a container full of beautiful things but as it happens,  I sold it in 2016 to focus on more creative projects like this blog and my portrait photography. The ones I brought back from Marrakech were …

Beautiful, handcrafted ceramics for your home by Zakkia Homewares

Beautiful, handcrafted ceramics for your home

When Mila, Lily and I got stranded in Singapore last June because there was only 6-months left on her passport to enter Bali, we stayed with my friend Sofia for a week until we received Mila’s New-Zealand passport. During that time, Sofia took me to a lovely home decoration shop in town and that’s where I discovered Zakkia Homewares. A Sydney-based studio founded by Swedish Sara Lundgren, which produces beautiful handcrafted objects to love and cherish for a lifetime. I fell hard for the two black ceramic pots (above on the right) and really pondered whether I should be backpacking for three weeks with ceramics in my bag. In the end, common sense prevailed (for once!) and I just took a picture of the brand to look it up later. Once back in Europe, I spent a lot more time on Zakkia Homewares website and when I found out that our home in London was being photographed to feature in a magazine, I immediately thought of them to complement the recent rugs I put in …

A few new things in our home to add warmth & textures

A few new things in our home to add warmth & textures

If you watched my stories yesterday, you probably saw the amount of brown boxes in my lounge. It was a mess and it freaked me out a little but our home is being photographed on Monday (and I will use this opportunity to promote my portrait photography). I also thought it was the perfect opportunity to finish styling the house properly. I always find that when you go through major renovations, you tend to be on top of things for 90% of them and by the time, the heavy work is done, you have no energy left to finish the remaining 10%, which is in fact the fun part. It was also a challenge to source everything in the UK when I was stuck in France but apart from a few things, it went pretty smoothly. As I mentionned in this article about adding textures to your home, I moved this lovely Berber rug to our bedroom and put a much larger and beautiful rug from a company called Larusi in our lounge. They have …