Year: 2018

US road trip: 2 days in Wrightsville Beach

We are 4 days into our road trip from North Carolina to South Carolina and already I feel again that I could spend months on the road with my two favorite people. I regularly bring up the idea of touring the world to Mila and Steve but until now Mila was against being homeschooled and leaving her friends. Now she is warming up slowly to the idea. Temperamental wifi and time zone difference have also made this trip so far very chilled. I mostly open my emails to mass delete newsletters I won’t read and respond to my mum. The OOO is on and the weather is so nice here that by the time, we’ve spent 4 hours in the water surfing, the last thing I have energy for is to sit in front of my laptop so this post will be short. I loved Nags Head beach. It was unpretentious and some food places felt tucked in the 70-80s with had its charm from a photography point of view. No fancy, modern coffee places …

GIVEAWAY: Win a Limited edition pair of Bensimon x Nils plimsolls

Bensimon x Nils Inne + Giveaway

If you were a French kid growing up in the 80s, it is very likely that you would have owned at least once a pair of Bensimon. My sister and I lived our Summers in Bensimon… At the start of each Summer, we would pick a new colour and wear them in and out during the next Summer months at the beach. As a mother now, I realised how convenient it was to get your kids a pair of Bensimon. It was the perfect, light, easy-to-care-for pair of shoes to pack for the holidays with the added value that it looked great with a pretty dress or a pair of shorts. A no-brainer really! Like my mum, I kept on the family tradition by getting Mila her own pairs of Bensimon as the start of the Summer. Recently, Bensimon did a collab’ with Nils Inne, a French Artist born in Nice (south of France) who is greatly inspired by Artists like Mark Gonzales, Dave Kinsey, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. A great skater too, Nils designed a …

How to create a gallery wall without damaging your walls

How to create a gallery wall without damaging your walls

As some of you guys know, I’m a Brand Ambassador for Command and a big fan of their products that I use regularly around our home to hang picture frames (see Mila’s desk makeover) or lighter items like this beautiful Lappalainen brass mobile which I hung from the ceiling in our lounge. Discovering products that would allow me to hang all my photos without having to drill into our new painted walls was a major lightbulb moment when we renovated our home in London and I’ve never looked back since then! So today, let me show you how you can create a beautiful gallery wall in your home with this series I photographed on the beach near our home in France.Command has a range of different products to hang picture frames but my favourite are by far, their picture hanging strips, which are super easy to use and can hold up to 7.2 kg. They are super quick to use, allowing you to display your frames on your walls in less than 10 min. without pulling the drill out of …

My first photo exhibition (bucket list #15)

My first photo exhibition (bucket list #15)

My first photo exhibition is kicking off on Monday and as I’m sitting on my bed in a bedroom far from being finished and the rest of the house looking like a building site (see Instagram stories), wondering if our home will be ready by the 14th July when we have people staying over, I can’t help smiling. Doing a photo exhibition was on my bucket list but not before 4 or 5  years so when the city of La Ville de La Teste asked me to take part in their Summer exhibitions which feature numerous Artists from June to August, I got excited and then freaked out. In fact, during my meeting with the city’s Communication Director, which, funnily enough, was on International Women’s Day (how is that for an omen!?) my reaction was to say that I needed to think about it. What is there to think about!? you are going to tell me… Well, a few things like budget as the city takes care of the marketing and communication but production costs are …

An effortlessly chic & natural style bedroom

Our effortlessly chic & natural style bedroom

I have recently found out that our home in London is going to be featured in the UK edition of Grazia magazine (mid-July issue 688) which, in the middle of the renovations of our home in France, got me super excited. When I left London a few months ago, I was feeling extremely tearful and grateful at the same time, to the extent that I ended up kissing our walls and thanking our home and the universe for the happy years we had there as a family. Have you done this before!?If not, you should try, it’s good karma :-) Here I was saying goodbye to a home, I had loved and cherished but which was also our first family home. It was where I first painted Mila’s bedroom walls in dark grey, where I designed our first (and probably not the last) Tadelakt bathroom, where we completely refurbished the kitchen to create an inviting, open-plan kitchen filled with natural light, transform the loft into a spacious bedroom with black floorboards with en-suite bathroom etc. A few months before …

How to redecorate a teen's bedroom on a budget

How to redecorate a teen’s bedroom on a budget

If you’ve missed my stories on Instagram on Friday, I was explaining that a friend of mine is giving Mila maths lessons every Friday while I’m doing conversational English with his thirteen years old. Victoire is a good student and her English level is good so we had great fun talking about her recent family holidays in Corsica, the sports she does, boyfriend, movies and we came to the subject of things she wanted to change in her bedroom. As we covered quite a lot of topics, I suggested to her that for our next lesson, I do her mood board to re-decorate her room and we spend some time on Pinterest to find inspiration. As soon as I say this, her face lit up and clearly, she was super excited by the idea :-) So here is the mood board I did for her… Victoire’s bedroom: Her room is in her modern house. Her walls are painted white except the one behind her bed which is mauve. She had a lot of knick-knack in fuschia or …

Our home renovations Part 1

These past few months, I mentioned several times that we were planning to renovate the bathroom which is a real eye-sore (you will see that I wasn’t joking in a few weeks). Unfortunately, we also had water damages just before last Summer. As we needed to take off the oak floorboards Steve and I had painfully glued twelve years ago, I thought it was time to make a few design changes to make the kitchen work better for us. So today, I’m going to take you through the first steps of this renovation project, what they involve and the mistakes I feel I made when I designed our kitchen twelve years ago. There will be also a small section about the renovations of our hallway which took place a few days later. THE KITCHEN RENOVATIONS Our previous kitchen was a single counter running against the wall and fitted with a SMEG hob, a SMEG oven and a dishwasher. The fridge was a large American stand-alone fridge (very similar to this one). We also had a vintage …

Natural leather slides for the Summer

Natural leather slides for the Summer

I’m so ready for the Summer… Straw hat in hand and these beautiful slides on my feet… They are from Protest, a surfing brand from The Netherlands. I have to say that they are very comfy, look great with pretty much everything and are SO inexpensive! Check them out HERE! Plus I really like the natural colour, don’t you!? The other pair of slides I love are these from Isabel Marant but of course, not quite the same budget or style and these rope sliders from Topshop Since “someone” in our household was a bit grumpy on Mother’s Day, I treated myself to these fab Soludos platform wedge sandals which I found on Nordstrom after extensive online research. Let me know if you find a pair you love xoxo SHOP THE STORY: [show_shopthepost_widget id=”3154643″]