Month: September 2017

5 intérieurs avec la chaise NAP de Kasper Salto | Republic of Fritz Hansen

5 ways with the NAP chair

On my long list of things to do in our home (once I’ve won the lottery), is getting a new set of chairs (maybe the NAP chair) for our recently renovated dining area. Ten years ago, I bought a set of white dining chairs from AM-PM but unfortunately, out of the 8 purchased, only 2 survived. To replace them, I sourced an eclectic collection of vintage wooden chairs from second-hand shops which I then painted white (see here on Instagram, here and here) The Bertoia chair by Knoll was bought on Ebay and I’m selling a brand new one here which we are not using, if you are interested. The mix and match of style and genre gave our room a relaxed, holiday vibe which I love. However, I have been living with the same look for the past ten years and it would be nice to upgrade at some point. On my radar, is this beautiful, simple NAP chair designed by Kasper Salto for Republic of Fritz Hansen in 2010. Salto started thinking about the design of the chair in 2008 and …

Creating a wall display with Command Brand hooks

How to create a gallery wall without drilling into your wall

Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it!? For me, discovering that products existed so that I could hang picture frames without damaging our newly painted walls in our home in London after the extensive renovations we went through, was a major thing this year. For months, I couldn’t bring myself to make a hole in those perfect white walls… In our bedroom, I just used black masking tape to fix photos on the wall and left the picture frame on the floor. A look that didn’t bother me since I felt our home looked “kind of creative” that way and it suited my style anyway. In our lounge, things were a bit different. We had a lot more picture frames on the floor and our lounge started to look like I hadn’t finished the room. I had! :-) Once again, it was a look I loved and I was happy to live with it, but Steve wasn’t over the moon… In the loft conversion too, you will see that I can’t quite commit to drill a hole in …

15 chunky knits for a cosy fall

15 chunky knits for a cosy fall

Come September when temperatures drop down and it starts raining a bit too much for my liking, I often find myself reaching out for big chunky knitwear. The kind that makes you feel warm, cosy and safe somehow and the bigger the better… The one above, modelled by Sabrina Loffreda and featured in Vogue Ukraine in January 2016, is from the Acne Studios AW 2016 collection. Sadly, it’s no longer available but I love this picture so much that I had to share with it.. Saying that, I have rounded up 15 chunky knits and style outfits I love, to give you an idea on how to achieve the look. Enjoy!1. Mango Cashmere sweater2. ASOS chunky jumper with volume sleeve 3. Chunky jumper with roll neck 4. Acne oversized turtleneck sweater 5. Mango grey cashmere sweater The great thing about chunky knitwear is that not only it keeps your warm but it’s pretty versatile as you can wear it over skinny jeans or this fab metallic pleated skirt. The one below is from an old collection by …

Le weekend in bed

Le weekend

It has been a good week but I’m glad it’s the weekend… I put a few styling Xmas shots for clients to bed. I also got nominated again by Vuelio as UK Top Ten Interior Design Blogs (happy dance 1) and  Mila’s desk area makeover got featured on Babyccino (happy dance 2). This weekend will be all about stocking up on lemons for my seasonal detox (let me know if you have any questions about it), chilling out, surfing, re-charging my batteries ahead of next week. I’m planning to tackle Mila’s bed makeover and I’m hoping to be able to make her a new headboard out of plywood. For those interested, the light fitting is the Tolemeo by Artemide and our bed linen is the white King size from the Brisa collection by Made. I’m going to change them now as Plum just got sick on it while I was finishing off this blog post. What are you up to this weekend!?

How to do the 20 days lemon detox

How to do the 20 days lemon detox

Today is the change of season (hello Autumn!) so a few friends, my sister and I, are kicking off a 20-days lemon detox. As I got a few questions on Instagram last night, I thought I would quickly explain it if you want to jump on the wagon and do it too.

10 of the best oversized mirrors

15 of the best oversized mirrors

I’m currently planning a long-overdue refurbishment of the bathroom in our holiday home in France (see my bathroom board) and lately, I have been obsessing with oversized round mirrors. I was very happy with the minimalist look of the bathroom cabinet we got for our tadelakt bathroom in our London home, which would you believe, is from Ikea. I was even thinking of using it again for the French project as it ticked several of my boxes.

#weekly fashion edit

#weekly fashion edit

Before the start of the Summer, I packed all my Autumn/Winter clothes into several suitcases and stored them in a cupboard. Last week, I started unpacking them to re-organise my wardrobe for the new season… Having empty drawers to fill in, helped I think, as it felt like working with a blank canvas. I wasn’t in the mood to clutter my cupboard again and therefore, it was easy to part from some items that I couldn’t see myself wearing again and others (regardless of the price, brand) that I wanted to keep. Point in case, this sequin sweatshirt from H&M, grabbed in the sale at 2 euros,  is a keeper! “70% staple pieces, 30% on-trend pieces is the ratio I’m aiming for, in my wardrobe this year” Always aiming to be as minimalist as I can (and I have a long way to go…), this year I really want to streamline my wardrobe and have staple pieces with a few on-trend items to complete the look. I want pieces that will last me for a few …

How to create your own working nook

Today I love…

This beautiful, creative space… It’s actually a DIY project from Dutch magazine VT Wonen and you can find the tutorial to create this little nook here. The instructions are in Dutch but if you are using Google Chrome, you can activate an add-on (Google Translate) in the tool bar to translate automatically pages written in a different language (very useful!). They’ve used Light Blue No 22 by Farrow & Ball, which I think, looks really pretty and summery. What do you think? It is a colour I wouldn’t usually think of using as I tend to go for hues of whites and greys (see our bedroom) but I really like how it softly contrasts with the rest of the room in white. It’s always nice to work from a space filled with natural light, isn’t it!? I had set up an office in one of the spare rooms in our home in France but most days I work from the dining table in our lounge, because the room is filled with natural light. Ideally, at some point, I would …