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Black surf house in Montauk

A black surf house in Montauk

After spending our Easter weekend at the beach, surfing two days in a row and soaking up the sun (still a bit of a hit and miss yet a major improvement on the constant rain from the last few weeks), I thought I would take you to Montauk to discover this cool and spacious surf house. The first thing that caught my eyes was the black cladding, which is a feature I really love and hope we do in our next home. Renovated by New York* studio T W Ryan Architecture, the house is located on a sandy lot in Ditch Plains – a famous surf spot in Montauk, which is a village at the east end of the Long Island peninsula. Have you been!? Montauk is on my list of places to visit… Walking distance from the beach, the house spans 1,905 square feet (177 square meters) and was renovated for a young family who lives in New York City’s West Village. T W Ryan Architecture retained most of the original outdoor structure but transformed the inside into a spacious open-plan living space …

A residence in Mykonos by Block 722 Architects

A residence in Mykonos

Since we relocated to our house in France by the beach, I have been eager to change the decoration to fit our new life and lifestyle. Not that the decoration is outdated, quite the opposite actually. I have been impressed how some areas in our home still look modern and timeless after 12 years like our master bedroom with its dark grey feature wall or the Ikea kitchen that hasn’t gone yellow despite being exposed to natural light. However, now that we have received our belongings from London, I feel it’s time to give our home a little makeover and a more beachy look. This is why I was really smitten by the natural touches highlighted in the rendering of this Mykonos residence designed by Block 722, an Architectural practice with offices in Greece and Denmark. Using a neutral palette, earthy materials, and natural soft furnishings, this residence is an invitation to wander around in one of these lovely dresses, sandals, or any of these fab bikinis before jumping into the pool. Having used a natural lime-based paint by Kalklitir on …

Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from Tea and Kate

The Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from Tea and Kate

In what seems the longest Winter ever, I have decided to ignore the weather and focus on creating a Summery vibes in our home in France. As it happened, we received all our belongings from our home in London the day before I flew to London to work with Command Brand again. Facing the content of two houses fitting in one on my return, raised my stress level a bit but I’m slowly making my way through boxes and I’m planning to re-decorate the whole house one room at a time to accommodate the living requirements of our family. Spending two weeks in the house on holidays doesn’t require the same level of storage than living there the whole year. I’m also working from home now and so does Steve on Fridays so they are quite a few things we need to improve to make space work for us. The great thing is that I have received some of my favourite objects and furniture including my beloved Ghost sofa and this beautiful Lappalainen brass handmade mobile from awesome online …

Limited Edition CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner

Limited edition of the wishbone chair

The wishbone chair in its natural finish, which you can see in this beautiful Scandinavian home, is by far, my favourite wooden chair. And if you love it too love or simply love Scandinavian design, you are in for a real treat and something very special! To celebrate Hans J. Wegner’s 104th birthday on April 2, Carl Hansen & Søn is releasing a special edition of the iconic CH24 Wishbone Chair in Ancient Oak. Wegner first designed the Wishbone Chair, known for its distinctive wishbone-shaped backrest, in 1949, and the chair has been in continuous production since 1950. It is the result of an intense and uncompromising partnership between Wegner and the skilled craftsmen who contributed to the design’s demanding development work. Almost 70 years after coming into existence, the Wishbone Chair continues to be manually assembled by skilled craftsmen who handle the chair’s 14 parts and hand-weave the seat from 120 meters of paper cord before the finished chair can leave the furniture factory in Gelsted, on the Danish island of Funen. Often I feel we forget why classic …

Serax | Ambiente 2018 Trend report

Ambiente Textures & Shapes Trend Report 2018

I recently attended the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt and while it was hard work (I walked an average of 12K each day) and there were a lot of brands exhibiting, I have really enjoyed the Fair and discovered many new Designers and companies that made my heart skip a beat, so in the end, all these steps and aching muscles were worth it. My top three favourite stands were Brands and Designers I had never heard of before and who also represent the trends for textures and shapes I spotted in Ambiente. 1/ Ceramic Designers: Kaas + Heger, a husband and wife team who have been Ceramist for 30 years in their own right and joined forces in 2016 to create their first tableware ceramic collection. Each piece is beautifully handmade using one local clay and natural pigments to achieve these beautiful, complementary earthy hues. A ceramic collection that will add warmth and textures to the most minimalist interiors. 2/ Concrete being one of my favourite materials to use in interior design, I was really impressed …

London print and others

London print and others

How strange to write about our London print and a few others, the day I left our London home for good. If you didn’t see the news on Instagram, we’ve sold our family home to live in France by the beach. I finished packing our belongings last night including the London print we had in the lounge, Steve is finalizing everything over the weekend and the removal company is coming on Monday. It is still too new for me to write anything about the move, leaving our family house and turning the page on 23 years of my life in London but I will eventually. However, I have received several messages and emails asking me about the BODIE and FOU prints we produced when I was running the shop so I thought I would share with you all the prints I have left in stock. I have only 4 designs left: LONDON, NEW-YORK, YOU ARE LOVED and BE HAPPY All the other designs are now sold out and I don’t think I will start production again …

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 …