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5 ways to use your natural basket at home

When I was running the shop, this natural basket was one of our best-sellers. I still have a few at home and regularly change the way I use them. Here are five practical ways to use your natural basket at home and if you haven’t got one of these yet, I’ve added a small selection at the bottom of the article. {#1 USE YOUR NATURAL BASKET AS A PLANTER} Talented Stylist and Photographer Line Kay used hers as a planter (while the other way round probably wouldn’t work) and in the process, add some textures to her room. The natural basket fits nicely with the green of her Papyrus plant and all the items she has in the room. Urban Outfitters has a nice selection of rugs here. As an alternative to the traditional planter, I’m using this paper bag in our London home. {#2 USE YOUR NATURAL BASKET TO STORE THROWS & BLANKETS}  When I first added the basket to the BODIE and FOU collection, our mostly used mine in our lounge (below) to store our throws and hide …

A minimalist home in London built around a plywood kitchen 1

A minimalist home in London built around a plywood kitchen

Thank you so much for answering my little survey last night in my Instagram stories. Since 98% of you wanted to see more house tours, I thought I would kick in with this home in Islington (nice area in north London to visit if you’re planning a little trip) featuring a minimalist plywood kitchen, which I find really inspiring for several reasons. First, it’s filled with natural light which in a city like London, is always a good thing. We added a lot of large windows when we renovated our home in London and I can’t stress enough the positive impact it had on our well-being and the overall vibe of our home so if you’re planning a renovation, think large windows (I’ve compiled some great examples of windows here). It has also a polished concrete floor, which is what I’m hoping to have in the next home we renovate (not that there is anything in the pipeline but you know…it doesn’t hurt to plan and add it to the vision mood board, right!?) A brilliant …

our new Urbanears home sound system

Our new Urbanears sound system

Just before Christmas, I got this beautiful minimalist grey speaker (see below) from Urbanears which has provided me with a lot of joy and our home got a new sound system which was badly needed. I often work from our dining table so it has been very relaxing and mood-enhancing to listen to some music or podcasts while working. I’m also a huge fan of the simple design of these speakers that come in 6 different colours. The Baggen speaker in concrete grey, fitted perfectly the wall I  had recently painted in the lounge. I mean, how often can you match your speakers with your walls or interior!?? I loved it SO much that I ordered the smaller version in pink for Mila to go with her recent bedroom makeover (see her teen’s desk area makeover here and how I made her bed comfier and cosier here). We had both her pink Stammen speaker and my grey Baggen speaker in the lounge over the Christmas holidays but now that everyone is gone and I’ve tidied our home, hers is going back to her bedroom …

Create your own magic...

Create your own magic

I love the days between Xmas and New Year Eve when we have no real concept of what day of the week it is or how long they will last. It feels like we are in a little bubble, eating good food without feeling guilty and chilling out. I have been listening to a lot of podcasts on positive thinking and visualisation. My favourites are from Louise Hay and Abraham Hicks, both can be found on Youtube but if you have others to recommend, please do share them with me. I also started to meditate using Headspace. I’m only on day 4 but that is something I would like to do regularly in 2018 because I can see how just tuning in for 10 minutes, helps me to get a feel for everything. I don’t have specific resolutions for 2018 other than feeling good and that may take many forms or shapes but that’s all I’m planning to achieve in 2018 and I’m looking forward to this new year which I think it’s going to …

5 petites habitudes à instaurer pour améliorer votre bien-être

5 positive habits that will improve your wellbeing

If you always end up feeling exhausted by the time comes Christmas/the end of the year or if you are just interested in doing things that will improve your wellbeing, I think you will enjoy this article. I am, for the first time in over a decade, feeling great, fairly energetic, happy and definitively excited by the year ahead and the things I’m going to do and the fact that it is something I achieved despite a very painful loss, gives me a tremendous amount of joy and pride. It’s quite a good feeling when you finally manage to do something you’ve set yourself to do ages ago isn’t it!? So what did I do to come to this “blissful” state of mind… Well…I spent the last couple of years reassessing what was working for me and what wasn’t. What made me laugh, feel good Vs what made me feel stressed out and I made a few changes. So here are a few positive habits that will improve your wellbeing if you apply them in the forthcoming …

A visit to the Vitra Campus (Switzerland)

A visit to the Vitra Campus

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 …