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Table & chaise Ramatuelle 73' par Grosfillex 7

The Ramatuelle 73′ table – modern French design dining table

*This post includes gifted items While I’m finishing the renovations at CASA PYLA, I’m helping my mum to modernize and redecorate her home. Last Summer, she mentioned she would love a nice, modern garden table big enough to host all her three children and families. She was also keen to have one that she could use inside her home during Winter to tackle all her sewing and crafts projects. Crafty and gifted she is! So we decided upon the extensible Ramatuelle 73′ table by Grosfillex which can be extended from 160 to 210 cm. At 160 cm, it’s the perfect space for her to spread fabrics and set up a sewing machine. Once we add the extension and move it outside, it’s the ideal outdoor table to gather around. The nice dark grey color of the Ramatuelle table was also key to our decision. Ultimately, her future kitchen will be all white (similar to the kitchen we renovated in our home in France) and we both felt it was a good addition for the more modern look …

Throwback to our home in London

I was going through some old pictures and came across this one of our home in London. The lounge with its resin floor and high ceilings was my favorite space in our home. It felt really spacious and airy and I love that in wintertime, we could also have a fire going. Apart from the wooden stool which I sold when we moved to France, I have pretty much everything. The NEW-YORK print is available here. The Milk lamp is stored waiting to find its spot in CASA PYLA  and the dining table is now in our home in France (available for rentals here). I’m sometimes nostalgic about our 23 years in London. Mostly when I looked at old pictures ;-) I miss our family brunches in Chiswick, going to Columbia Road flower market, hanging out in the old Spitalfields market, and grabbing a bagel in Bricklane. Yet that old market had been destroyed by the time we left London and replaced by a new, property development. However, would I move back there and leave coastal living? …

Le relooking de notre cuisine blanche, minimaliste

Our white kitchen makeover

I’m so excited to finally reveal our kitchen makeover which you may have spotted on Instagram. Having used it daily for the past three months, I’m delighted to say that this is now the perfect kitchen for us in terms of storage, usability and design. I absolutely love it! In fact, there isn’t a single thing I would change. At home, our living space (kitchen, dining, lounge) is open-plan. So this is really the heart of our home and the room we spend most of our times as a family. We eat, cook and entertain friends and family. It’s where we all gather and hang out together. I also work from there on a corner of our Norman Copenhagen dining table. SHOP OUR TABLE: The kitchen before The first time we did the kitchen up (and the whole house) was 12 years ago. At the time, I wasn’t cooking much and a lot of my decisions were based on look, design and budget. The kitchen had decent storage. Not so much after we relocated from London with …

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). …

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. Their collection includes organic, eco-friendly stonewashed linen in various colours. …

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 …

Our bedroom update with natural accents

Our bedroom update with natural accents

Follow my blog with Bloglovin As you may have seen from the “Renovations highlights” on my Instagram profile, I’m currently working on the re-decoration of our home in France. The renovations will include four bedrooms & hallway makeovers, the complete refurbishments of the bathroom and kitchen and the creation of an outdoor shower so let’s start with a look at our master bedroom… Our bedroom: from a place to sleep to a place to really relax and wind down After ten years of having a beautiful feature wall in dark grey, I’m now planning on having a softer colour scheme to create a more relaxing, soothing atmosphere in sync with the beautiful beaches available around the Bay of Arcachon. To tell you the truth, the bedroom has never been a space of heaven for me in the past like it is for some people. It was mostly a place to sleep and I much preferred hanging out in the open-plan lounge or kitchen. Resting or remaining still was something I had always real trouble with until I sold …