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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 …

5 positive habits that will improve your wellbeing

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: …

Industrial stairs in Paris | BODIE and FOU

Industrial stairs in Paris

I had this image on my fridge in our London home for years so when French Interior Designer Valérie Mazérat posted it on Facebook, I DM her to have a bit more background info. It’s a space Valérie re-designed in 2008 in Paris. Her clients (a couple with children) who lived in a 150 sqm2 apartment, had recently purchased the flat above of the same surface and hired Valérie to re-configure the space and linked the two apartments together. The recently purchased flat was laid bare, indoor partition walls with large windows were raised to configure the space into three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office and a play room while letting natural light filtering through. Valérie’s design included maintaining and restoring some original features mixed with raw materials like polished concrete, wood and iron to add industrial accents all around a palette of muted colours. I have been a long time admirer of Valérie’s design style and if you’re not too familiar with her work, she is the Interior Designer behind the inspiring space that MERCI …

Menu space in Copenhagen by Norm Architects

Cph Menu space by Norm Architects

Visiting Copenhagen is always a good idea especially when there is a new cool space to discover designed by all-time favourite Norm Architects. So if you’re planning a long weekend there, I’m inviting you to add the Menu space to your must-see list.

Our Tylko shelving + discount code

Our new Tylko shelving

As you may have seen on my Instagram, we have recently gone through some refurbishment works in our home in France, taking the old and ugly fireplace down, re-plastered the walls and added beautiful, modern shelving from Tylko to increase storage. The former has been quite messy and dusty but I’m really pleased we did it. It has completely modernised and opened up the place and the Tylko shelves are the perfect final touch to our lounge.

Carl Hansen & Son limited edition CH23

Limited edition Carl Hansen & Son CH23 chair

I’m back from a girls weekend in Marrakech (which was so good on so many levels!) and I have to admit that after spending days in the souk surrounded by beautiful woven baskets and shades, hand carved wooden home accessories & furniture, the natural look is really high up in my mind to revamp our home in France. So when I received the press release from Carl Hansen & Son in my inbox, their re-edition of the CH23 chair caught my eye… Unveiled in 1950, the CH23 chair was one of the first four pieces, Hans J. Wegner created exclusively for Carl Hansen & Son. After decades out of production, the CH23 will become available on 16 June, and all pieces sold on this date will be engraved with the designer’s signature and the reissue date. The chair is available in three finishes (black, soap oak and walnut oak) but I’m particularly fond of the soap oak finish (above) for its light, natural look. We are in need of new chairs in our home and I can see how wonderful the …