Year: 2018

15 chunky knits for a cosy fall

15 chunky knits for a cosy fall

Come October 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 (now sold out). However, FEAR NOT! I have rounded up 15 chunky knits and style outfits I love to inspire you. Enjoy! 1/THIS WOOL-BLEND KNIT SWEATER – Click here I love this look. In fact, I’m sold on the whole Diane Keaton vibe going on here with this all off-white outfit. These high-waist Palazzo trousers are a must-have. 2/MANGO’S FUNNEL NECK SWEATER – Click here With its funnel neck and long sleeves, this sweater oozes style & simplicity. I’m also in love with this girl’s haircut, aren’t you!? 3/A CLASSIC CABLE-KNIT CASHMERE JUMPER – Click here Cashmere and grey always get my vote in Wintertime. With its ample cut and classic knit, …

Our pared-down & natural London home in Grazia

Our pared-down & natural London home in Grazia

I never got around to share with you the new pared-down and natural look of our London home after the renovations (you can see various stages of the renovations here). We have since then, sold the house, moved to our holiday home in France where I started more renovations (see the rooms I’ve already tackled here) Luckily, we managed to squeeze a photo shoot with Photographer Michael Paul who had already photographed the house for ELLE DECORATION before the renovations and the new house got featured in Grazia UK (yeah!!). As many of you reside outside the UK, I have managed to get hold of the pdf to share the whole feature with you… Downstairs, we gave the existing grotty kitchen a massive makeover (read all about it here), painted the brown beams in white and added a large floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the garden. The latter is one design feature that I will do again. Being able to watch the changes of the seasons was beautiful and very special (see what I mean here and here and more under this hashtag). …

10 timeless pieces to rock style like French women (from the Arket sale)

10 timeless pieces to rock style like French women (from the Arket sale)

In less than a year, the NEW brand on the block ARKET has established itself as the go-to brands for timeless, simple and beautifully made fashion staples and their collection keeps getting better.   The latest brand launched by the Swedish giant H&M, joins the ranks of other brands we love: Monki for quirky, fun fashion, COS for minimal pieces and & Others Stories – a brand whose branding I adore but I have to admit, I often struggle to find things that would work for me (how about you!?) However, finding things in ARKET is defo not an issue! Oh no!! In fact, as the ARKET SALE IS ON, I’ve selected 10 staple pieces that grace the wardrobes of us French women because I think you will love them. #1: The black fitted shirt When I saw this beautiful black shirt, I immediately thought of Emmanuelle Alt (Editor of the French VOGUE). I’m sure you’ve seen a few pictures of Emmanuelle Alt on Pinterest. If you haven’t, you can follow the new Pinterest board I dedicated to her style here. BUY IT NOW …

Stonewashed linen by Magic Linen

Stonewashed linen by Magic Linen

As much as I love travelling, there is nothing better than coming back to your own bed knowing that you will be warm, comfy and feeling secure under soft stonewashed linen sheets. For years, I checked the beddings and mattresses in all the nice hotels I slept in as an attempt to achieve the same level of comfort in my own home. I feel I have finally achieved this. For me, it comes down to a few things: first a great mattress and if possible a Super King size so you can get up without waking up your partner (check ours here), comfy memory-foam pillows, and finally stonewashed linen bedding. Besides the effortlessly chic look of naturally crumpled fabric which suits my interior style, I’ve never achieved with cotton duvet covers, the level of comfort I get from stonewashed linen bedding. I guess it’s a matter of personal tastes but I’m team #stonewashedlinen. Before the Summer holidays, I discovered the beautiful linen collection by MagicLinen. Based in Lithuania, they ship around the world and they have a wonderful collection of organic, eco-friendly stonewashed …

Kitchen renovations update

Kitchen renovations update

I know I owe you a full-length post on our kitchen renovations but for those who followed our adventures on Instagram, dealing with the Swedish giant hasn’t been plain sailing. Besides the 5 weeks delay, they also managed to deliver seven kitchen doors with the wrong finish. Mistake that we sadly noticed only when the doors were fitted and the protective film was off. An expensive mistake that costs me 200 euros to get the guy back to take down the wrong doors and fit the right ones. Sadly, I’m pretty sure that it is not something that IKEA will refund, despite the fact that the mistake was made by their kitchen planner at the time of my order… On the plus side, I absolutely LOVE our kitchen. It’s becoming my personal laboratory to create and test new smoothies and green juices recipes. Soon, I’m hoping to tackle protein balls so if you have any great recipes, please share!! The new layout works perfectly for us. Steve and I can be both in the kitchen without being on …

A garage converted into a Summer house

A garage converted into a Summer house

A garage converted into a Summer house is an old dream of mine… We have 2 garages and a workshop filled with junk at the back of our home in France and every now and then, I long for the space to be converted into a Summer house. A place where we could host friends, a space I could use as a photography studio in Winter time, and somewhere where my growing teen Mila could hang out with her cousin and her friends. However, whether or not you have space at the back of your home, this inspiring garage converted into a Summer house is one to bear in mind for future projects. This converted garage has the same long rectangular shape than ours which makes visualisation easy. It has also a lot of features that I’m sure you will love too. Simple, modern lines and high-ceiling. Open-plan living, plywood walls (check these other amazing plywood kitchens projects). Large bay windows and consequently lots of natural light. Last but not least, views of the ocean… Dreamy, isn’t …

Our minimalist, beachy hallway makeover

BEFORE & AFTER: Our minimalist, beachy hallway makeover

I’m excited to finally show you some of the renovations I started in our home in France before our Summer holidays. As some of you know, our holidays home became our main residence when we relocated to the beach in France after twenty-three years in London. When we bought the house about twelve years ago, it was really in a sorry state. Yet, both of us could see the potential of the house which had a good layout and came with a 2175 m2 private garden. For Steve, who grew up on a farm in New-Zealand with a lot of space, the garden was everything. To this day, the outdoor space we have is one of the things I appreciate the most (that and living close to the beach!). Since it was 12 years since we renovated the house, it was time to freshen up a few corners… THE BRIEF: Turn our entrance and hallway into a welcoming, summery space with a beachy feel, Add storage to put away things we use often, Make it easy to clean THE …

The neutral tones home of Kaja Møller, head of Danish furniture brand Fredericia

Four days away from Mila going back to school and myself “officially” going back to work, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things. I have started a few comprehensive articles on our recent kitchen, bathroom & bedrooms renovations in our home in France (see #bodieandfourenovations on my Instagram) but none of them are finished. So today I’m showing you the home of Kaja Møller, head of Danish furniture brand Fredericia, decorated with Scandi-inspired neutral tones – a look that at the best of times I find soothing and at its worst, a bit too classical.  How about you!? What’s your take on neutral tones!? Kaja Møller, who lives there with her husband and two children, designed the interior herself and creating a succession of rooms in neutral tones, drawing inspiration from French and Italian interior design. In the dining area, the walls are painted in a light shade of grey which contrasts nicely with the black timber ceiling beams and the steel cabinet. I wish we could see more of this steel cabinet as it …