Year: 2018

A fab minimalist Airbnb on the Mexican coast

Casa Tiny on the Mexican coast

There are quite a few things that get me excited in the world of interiors… a concrete floor, black cladding, little rustic cabins or architectural houses surrounded by nature and minimalist design are all things that I find extremely pleasing. As such Casa Tiny located on the Mexican coast ticks several of my boxes with the added value that you can book it on Airbnb! So if you are planning to travel to Mexico, make sure to bookmark it. Until then, let’s have a look at this little gem… Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”, Casa Tiny is a place to escape from society, enjoy a simple life for a couple of days, a week or a month in this minimal, low-impact, isolated abode. Ideal for people looking for a remote place to escape the city, casa tiny has everything you would want: a large big table outside to eat with friends, a hammock to enjoy your favourite book, a pool, a pizza oven and a private beach nearby.  Not far from the striking Casa …

Black surf house in Montauk

A black surf house in Montauk

After spending our Easter weekend at the beach, surfing two days in a row and soaking up the sun (still a bit of a hit and miss yet a major improvement on the constant rain from the last few weeks), I thought I would take you to Montauk to discover this cool and spacious surf house. The first thing that caught my eyes was the black cladding, which is a feature I really love and hope we do in our next home. Renovated by New York* studio T W Ryan Architecture, the house is located on a sandy lot in Ditch Plains – a famous surf spot in Montauk, which is a village at the east end of the Long Island peninsula. Have you been!? Montauk is on my list of places to visit… Walking distance from the beach, the house spans 1,905 square feet (177 square meters) and was renovated for a young family who lives in New York City’s West Village. T W Ryan Architecture retained most of the original outdoor structure but transformed the inside into a spacious open-plan living space …

A residence in Mykonos by Block 722 Architects

A residence in Mykonos

Since we relocated to our house in France by the beach, I have been eager to change the decoration to fit our new life and lifestyle. Not that the decoration is outdated, quite the opposite actually. I have been impressed how some areas in our home still look modern and timeless after 12 years like our master bedroom with its dark grey feature wall or the Ikea kitchen that hasn’t gone yellow despite being exposed to natural light. However, now that we have received our belongings from London, I feel it’s time to give our home a little makeover and a more beachy look. This is why I was really smitten by the natural touches highlighted in the rendering of this Mykonos residence designed by Block 722, an Architectural practice with offices in Greece and Denmark. Using a neutral palette, earthy materials, and natural soft furnishings, this residence is an invitation to wander around wearing this lovely Marina dress paired with a pair of sandals, or any of these fab bikinis before jumping into the pool. Having used a …

My belated Xmas gift: a SEN NO SEN wetsuit

Kicking off my 2018 surfing season

One of the things on my to-do lists when we moved to the beach was to take up surfing. At first, it was hugely challenging on various accounts. A part of me was very proud to start surfing at 40+ because I’m a firm believer that anyone of us can start anything we want, anytime, without caring about the age thing. However, the reality was a bit harder to process. First, I was the only woman over 40+ at my club to surf (and when I say 40+, I’m actually closer to 50) so often I ended up surfing with teens age 12-17… It was fine, they were all really sweet and they didn’t really care about me but I had a few lonely moments when I was wondering what on earth I was doing there or what was I trying to prove to myself… Yet I kept going. Second, the physical struggle was real. After ten years running my own business, working long hours and not paying attention to what I was eating, I was …

Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from Tea and Kate

The Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from Tea and Kate

In what seems the longest Winter ever, I have decided to ignore the weather and focus on creating a Summery vibes in our home in France. As it happened, we received all our belongings from our home in London the day before I flew to London to work with Command Brand again. Facing the content of two houses fitting in one on my return, raised my stress level a bit but I’m slowly making my way through boxes and I’m planning to re-decorate the whole house one room at a time to accommodate the living requirements of our family. Spending two weeks in the house on holidays doesn’t require the same level of storage than living there the whole year. I’m also working from home now and so does Steve on Fridays so they are quite a few things we need to improve to make space work for us. The great thing is that I have received some of my favourite objects and furniture including my beloved Ghost sofa and this beautiful Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from awesome online …

Limited Edition CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner

Limited edition of the wishbone chair

The wishbone chair in its natural finish, which you can see in this beautiful Scandinavian home, is by far, my favourite wooden chair. And if you love it too love or simply love Scandinavian design, you are in for a real treat and something very special! To celebrate Hans J. Wegner’s 104th birthday on April 2, Carl Hansen & Søn is releasing a special edition of the iconic CH24 Wishbone Chair in Ancient Oak. Wegner first designed the Wishbone Chair, known for its distinctive wishbone-shaped backrest, in 1949, and the chair has been in continuous production since 1950. It is the result of an intense and uncompromising partnership between Wegner and the skilled craftsmen who contributed to the design’s demanding development work. Almost 70 years after coming into existence, the Wishbone Chair continues to be manually assembled by skilled craftsmen who handle the chair’s 14 parts and hand-weave the seat from 120 meters of paper cord before the finished chair can leave the furniture factory in Gelsted, on the Danish island of Funen. Often I feel we forget why classic …

Serax | Ambiente 2018 Trend report

Ambiente Textures & Shapes Trend Report 2018

I recently attended the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt and while it was hard work (I walked an average of 12K each day) and there were a lot of brands exhibiting, I have really enjoyed the Fair and discovered many new Designers and companies that made my heart skip a beat, so in the end, all these steps and aching muscles were worth it. My top three favourite stands were Brands and Designers I had never heard of before and who also represent the trends for textures and shapes I spotted in Ambiente. 1/ Ceramic Designers: Kaas + Heger, a husband and wife team who have been Ceramist for 30 years in their own right and joined forces in 2016 to create their first tableware ceramic collection. Each piece is beautifully handmade using one local clay and natural pigments to achieve these beautiful, complementary earthy hues. A ceramic collection that will add warmth and textures to the most minimalist interiors. 2/ Concrete being one of my favourite materials to use in interior design, I was really impressed …

Ham, cheese & yogurt muffins with St Helen's Farm

Ham, cheese & yogurt muffins with St Helen’s Farm

Since I’m on a detox sugar to avoid eating refined sugars (#week 9), I have been trying to find delicious, healthy recipes to keep me on the right track while enjoying my food. This ham, cheese, goats milk yogurt muffin recipe has been a major success in our household! It is exactly what you need to make healthy snacks for your children or if you are traveling and want to avoid eating all the junk food on the road. The original recipe was initially with wheat flour and cows milk yogurt but since I do not tolerate gluten and I find goats milk easier to digest than cows milk, I swapped both respectively for buckwheat flour and St Helen’s Farm goats milk yogurt which we have been using since Mila was little. The health benefits of goats’ milk Steve was the one who introduced me to the benefits of goats milk Vs cows milk when I stopped nursing Mila thirteen years ago. He has always been interested in health and well-being and as the son of a kiwi …