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My next DIY challenge is….

Pimping up our kitchen units by Sunday evening!You can see how it currently looks there. In fact, nothing has changed since it was photographed by Edition Paumes for their London Family Style book last year but to be honest they shot the nice part of the kitchen (high glass ceilings, natural light, French door leading onto the garden). On the right hand side, things aren’t so good….Kitchen units are really old and Steve & I really can’t stand the ugly stone tiles on the floor.We had our hearts on a polished concrete floor to replace the tiles but we’ve been told that we will need to dig down quite deep for the company to pour enough concrete and achieve a lasting, hard-wearing look. So, I think we are going to settle for painted white floorboards a la Story Deli a few years back to achieve something between the kitchen of Li Edelkoort (below) this one by the owners of Balthazar’s Keuken, that has rocked my boat for some timeand ultimately this one (shot by Frederic …

I love this!

Busy weekend…BBQ friday night, brunch yesterday morning, diner at the pub last night, re-brunch this morning, we spent the whole weekend eating and to top it up, this afternoon, I’m making chocolate pecan brownies for Mila to take to school as she turns 6 tomorrow!I’m also planning to hang a few art prints in the hallway, take photos of the treasures I brought back from France and potentially start painting a pallet in white (yes white again!) to make a coffee table out of it so I’m off.Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon wherever you are! 1. Have a seat stool by House Doctor DK 2. red metal letter Weekend tres ‘busy’…BBQ vendredi soir, brunch hier matin, diner au pub hier soir, re-brunch ce matin, on a passe le weekend a manger et pour couronner le tout, cet apres-midi, je vais faire des brownies au chocolat et noix de pecan pour que Mila les emmene a l’ecole car demain elle a 6 ans! Je vais aussi accrocher quelques illustrations dans le couloir, prendre en photo les …

DIY project: How to style your toilets

I’ve just finished my contributor post on Poppytalk to explain how I re-styled our toilets in France…I know there is more glamorous subject than this but bear with me on this…It looks better than it sounds :-) You can read the full article here. Have a great evening. This is stock take evening for us at B&F and as I don’t intend to spend the evening at the warehouse, I shall leave you. Bises (C) 1. Kong bar re-designed by P. Starck, 2. Shot styled by Sweet Paul Je viens juste de terminer un article sur Poppytalk expliquant comment j’ai re-style nos toilettes en France…Je sais, il y a plus glamour comme sujet mais faites-moi confiance…C’est plus joli que ca en a l’air :-) Vous pouvez lire l’article en entier ici. Passez une bonne soiree. C’est la journee ou nous comptons nos stock a B&F et vu que je n’ai pas l’intention de passer la soiree au bureau, je vous laisse. Bises

White stairs….

Half-term is coming to an end…Two more days left in France until our next get-together in April and some great memories of our few days skiing in Andorra with Mila (5 1/2 years old) and Lily (7 years old) before heading back to London (I strongly recommend Andorra to any families who want to go skiing with young children…).And to top it up, Steve has finally agreed to try white stairs at home so now I can’t wait to get back and get rid of our old carpet to get something like this!I’m also thinking that I may even revamp one of the top bedrooms using Piet Hein Eek’s scrapwood wallpaper on one wall…I’m still hesitating between PHE-1, PHE-2 and PHE-3 but I think it would look great against white floorboards. What do you think? Stairs from Paul Massey’s house Les vacances de Fevrier arrivent a leur fin…Encore deux jours en France avant de tous nous retrouver en Avril et de super souvenirs de nos quelques jours au ski en Andorre avec Mila et Lily …

21 Easy kitchen updates

This is long overdue post but on my way to Paris, I bought Elle Decoration and only managed to go through it recently. One of their articles was on 21 Easy Kitchen updates and I was really thrilled to see they had used my kitchen cupboard from our house in France (where I’m right now to celebrate my Dad’s 65th B’day) as example no 9! If you haven’t got a copy, I’ve just listed these easy updates for you because I think a lot of do are easy and also inexpensive.1 Show your cupboards some love by adding new fronts or wallpaper them with the scrapwood wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek2 Cheer your ears with a whistling kettle3 Treat yourself to proper tools4 If you can, position your sink station by a sunny window (or add one of our cool roller blinds!)5 Add some character to your kitchen with quirky tea towels6 Look for imaginative ways to organize your space7 Decant cutlery into large glass tumblers for instant deli-style chic (I have been doing this …

I like this….

A ‘countdown to Christmas’ tree…beautiful photo and stylism by Annaleena

Our tree house in the making….

Last year, when Steve and I went for a run near our house in France, I showed him a cute little tree house (hoping that he would feel like making one…and BINGO!)This was enough to light a fire under my favourite Kiwi (now re-named Charles Ingalls by Elodie) as he spent the rest of our holidays building us a tree house! Actually I use the term ‘tree house‘ very loosely as given the size of it and height (7m high/22ft high), it’s more like a DIY project that’s got out of hands but thanks to Steve’s folks over from New-Zealand, the tree house now has walls and a roof and my Kiwi is feeling extremely proud of his achievements (well he should be because frankly I think it looks really impressive!) Putting the walls up…Putting the roof…The view from the top….Almost there… For those who are familiar with the famous kiwi bach (beach house), this looks very much like a kiwi bach in a tree…I’m loving it big time! It’s not finished yet as Steve …

DIY project: gorgeous lighting al fresco

I have obviously DIY projects on the brain! It’s 2am in France and I’m still up, blogging about some jars…err hello!! Well, I couldn’t help sharing this lovely idea….I’m looking at these gorgeous jars and I’m thinking casual al fresco parties with my friends, romantic diners with Steve on our terrace or even weddings like Ben and Chelle did it for their wedding. Alternatively, you can also use the beautiful Cap-Ferret tea-lights and hurricane lamps currently at 20% OFF in the Summer Sale. (C) Photos Ben & Chelle Kutil/Chelle paperie