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Christmas styling table with Portmeirion

Grey & white Christmas styling table

Have you planned your table settings for Christmas yet? If you haven’t, maybe you are in for some inspiration. This year, my table setting is in soft grey, white, black with a touch of green and I’ve used the beautiful Spode Pure Morris tableware which can be mixed and matched. William Morris designs are timeless. His work can be admired at the William Morris gallery in East London and earlier this year, H&M released a beautiful collection bearing his prints (there are some pieces left here). My aim was to bring together William Morris’ classic designs and a modern, table setting to create an inviting and beautiful Christmas dinner table. Tableware To create a stylish table, I first used the large 11-inch plates with the Strawberry Thief design as the base, then add the pasta bowls and these cereal bowls that I will be using for serving soup. If you already have plain white plates at home, these are perfect to complement your existing tableware. I also added these beautiful Droplet red wine glasses which I love. I’m not sure the picture does any …

How to make your own advent calendar

How to make your own advent calendar

I know that all children (including Mila) are eagerly waiting to open their advent calendar and get a little treat before going to school. This year, I’ve made our own advent calendar with plain white matchboxes and hung them with Command Brand transparent plastic hooks. Both can easily be found on Amazon. These Command™ Clear Decorating Clips hooks are fantastic to hang Christmas decorations without damaging your walls. I also use them on styling projects, to hang garlands in Mila’ bedroom or for her birthday party. The other thing I use a lot all year long is their picture hanging strips. I think is worth mentioning this article again because I regularly see people on Instagram asking how they can hang picture frames without drilling into their walls. Each time I’m like “Command Brand people, Command Brand!” (please read it if you haven’t done so, you will thank me). Once you have everything listed below, it should not take you more than 20 minutes to make your own advent calendar. To make this advent calendar, you will …

Basal table by Normal Studio

The Basalt table by Normal studio

Black dining tables and black coffee tables add, without a doubt, modern luxury to a home. The Basalt table designed by Normal Studio adds warmth and textures too. Founded in 2006 by Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï, Normal Studio is a French industrial Design agency located in Paris (Montreuil). Both have designed products for Ligne Roset, Tolix, SEB, Tefal and more recently the stylish Mimic mirror for Muuto and many more. SHOP MY FAVOURITES FROM THE MUUTO COLLECTION Cut from a single oak trunk to get an even aspect, each piece is handcrafted and burned with a blowtorch (see video below) to get this deep colour becoming close to a mineral aspect. Once finished, the designs retain their natural tree rings and represent the history, beauty, and destruction of nature….basically life.   You can watch below how the Basalt table is made. It’s fascinating, don’t you think!? Burn wood was also used on the outside of French Fashion Designer Aurélie Lecuyer’s home, a beautiful family home designed by Atelier Ordinaire. If you’re looking for a similar finish for your …

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 …

The beautiful home studio of Photographer Ditte Isager

The home studio of Photographer Ditte Isager

I’m always interested in discovering people’s home studio, creative spaces and workspaces, aren’t you!? This is the home studio of Ditte Isager, a great Photographer who has shot Gwyneth’s books “It’s All Good” which I love and her second book “It’s All Easy”, but also numerous campaigns for H&M, Fritz Hansen, Toast and many more. After seven years in New-York, Isager moved back to Copenhagen with her husband and son Wilder (what a cool name!). As a huge fan of plywood and interiors featuring heavily natural wood, I was drawn to Ditte’s home studio which is covered from floor-to-ceiling in wooden planks of Dinesen’s Douglas Pine (another great Danish brand). The studio is right next to their home and can be accessed via an old re-purposed staircase yet, it feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, like on its own little island.I’m especially fond of the little mezzanine they build which allows Wilder to play or nap and which can also host a couple of friends over, Defo, one idea to keep in mind for a future renovation project ;-) What do …

How to create a mood board for your home in 3 steps

How to create a mood board for your home in 3 steps

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Creating a mood board is one of the most exciting steps when re-designing or refurbishing a room. If you’ve gone through major renovations before, you know that while it is a creative project to start with, it can also be stressful as you rely on other people/tradesmen for the project to come together and one thing you can’t control is what others will do. We always hope to work with tradesmen who are professional, conscientious and who will deliver on time but sadly, it is not always the case. The trickiest thing is finding reliable and available tradesmen that can do the job on time and within budget AND nurture the relationships while they work for you (in case you need them in the future)…but let’s focus on the fun part of a project ;-) Why should you aim to create a mood board? A mood board is a great way to show your tradesmen what your vision is for the room rather than emailing them thousands of pictures from Pinterest. It will give you a better sense of …

A warm, minimaliste lounge in neutral hues

A warm lounge in neutral hues

Follow my blog with Bloglovin While doing some research for Mila’s bedroom upcoming makeover to add storage and give her walls a fresh coat of paint (see the most recent makeovers here and here), I came across this soothing lounge in natural hues in the home of Interior Designer, Susanne Swegen. Since we sold our home in London and relocated to the beach in France, I have been moving towards interiors with a more natural feel, textures, and hues of whites and soft greys rather than the all-white Scandi look we had in London. A trend that I can see happening on my two Instagram accounts too: @bodieandfou and @peoplefromthesea (did you notice the change!? :-) As we now surf a lot more and go to the beach at least twice a week offseason, it was inevitable I guess, that the beauty and natural vibes of the surrounding white sandy beaches would rub on me. At first, it was the soothing blend of neutral colours that caught my eyes. Those light grey walls work beautifully with …

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 …