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A white industrial kitchen with Smeg appliances

A white industrial kitchen with Smeg appliances

I’ve always loved white kitchens. If I was a Property Developer or an Architect (my preferred choice) and I had plenty of houses to renovate, I would have fun trying different things. Maybe I will start by fitting a plywood kitchen or a gorgeous grey kitchen or even attempting to fit one with pale green units like this one in a beautiful Swedish flat. However, when it comes to living with it day in day out, a white kitchen will always be my first choice. How about you!? The high ceiling of this kitchen reminds me of this white, airy kitchen designed by Arrhov Frick, the duo of Architects who converted a former meat factory into a block of 22 apartments. The one below is from Rye London, a daylight kitchen photography studio in East London. You can also rent the space for events and workshops. I always think it’s tricky to find good, natural-lit, airy venues for an event so it’s definitively one cool address to bookmark. But let’s talk appliances for a change… This SMEG dual fuel …

Weekend in London, things to do, things to see

10 cool things to do in London like a local

Steve and I have been travelled back and forth between London and France for a few months now while Mila is at school in France but it felt really good to be all back at the same time in our home in London. Catching up with friends, brunch, playdate, sleepover, pub, shopping, museum, we did it all and here are 10 things you can do in London like a local in one weekend (with kids!). 1/Have diner at the pub As you may know, we (French) take young children to restaurants kids, which is not very common in England, but as a result, she has learnt from a very young age to behave in a restaurant or public place. As a foodie, I think there is no better feeling than hanging out with our friends and their children in a warm pub in Winter, having a roast when it’s cold outside. Friday night, we went to The Duke of Sussex in Chiswick (10 min bus ride, great food & customer service!) but there are a few other nice gastro pubs in West London, all …

Inspiring place to eat in London: Story Deli Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Story Deli in London

My favourite place to eat pizza in London is Story Deli because visually, I think it’s one of the most inspiring places to be. As a lover of white interiors, textures and vintage, Story Deli feels like a second home to me. Over the years, Story Deli has moved around East London and is now located at the end of Bricklane on Bethnal Green Road. The new Story Deli is a lot more pared down than it used to be, like a more balanced, grown-up version, yet still so beautiful (you can glimpse the old one here). It has fewer tables than it used to have, the distressed white floorboards at the old location have been replaced by a concrete floor, space has still heigh ceilings and as today was a nice day, I particularly enjoyed the natural light flooding from two large sky windows. We (Steve, Mila and I) usually go there at weekends which is always packed so it was a real treat to have a late lunch today (Thursday) with my friend Catherine and share the space only with a …

KIN CAFE | LONDON

If you are after a great little café in West London that provides fresh, honest, healthy food, check out KIN. They have gorgeous, fresh salads and lucky me, they also have great gluten-free options. As I’m changing my whole lifestyle and eating habits, I’m currently in a “refined sugar free zone” which means that I have replaced refined sugar found in biscuits, processed food (anything coming with a packaging basically!) by natural sugar from fruits but I’m a foodie and their gluten-free chocolate and mandarin loaf cake sounds delicious! It’s a really nice space with lots of natural light and a great place to escape from the madness of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road if you are in the area shopping… The beautiful grey high-stools are from HabitatThe stools and tables were designed by Dean Edmonds and the tiles on the counter were bought from the Tile Studio in Putney but I also highly recommend Castlenau Tiles where I got the tiles from for our en-suite in our loft conversion (check #bodieandfourenovations on Instagram) // Photography: French & Tye

Café Culture in The Simple Things magazine | Contributor

As some of you know, François and I are now Contributors to The Simple Things magazine and here is our first 4-page feature called Café Culture.I’m SO SO proud!Not only I love this magazine but being commissioned to share with you all these cafés and places that I love and inspire me to be more creative when I work away from the office is really amazing.I hope you like it. The first one features Petersham Nurseries…a truly magical place.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Certains d’entre vous le savent déjà, mais François et moi avons une série mensuelle de 4 pages qui s’appelle Café Culture dans The Simple Things magazine et voici la première.Je suis HYPER fière!Non seulement, j’adore ce magazine mais en plus, être engagée pour partager avec vous, tous ces petits cafés que j’adore et qui m’inspirent quand je travaille loin du bureau, c’est simplement du pure bonheur! J’espère que cela vous plaira. Le premier article est sur Petersham Nurseries…un endroit vraiment magique. // Photography: François Köng | Styling: Karine Candice Köng | Want to talk about a project, email [email protected] A COMMENT THANKS! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Columbia Road Flower market

Last month, I mentioned a photoshoot in Columbia Road Flower market for a feature Time Out was doing on creative people shopping at London’s best street markets. The article came out yesterday so I picked up a copy on my way to a business meeting and ending up smiling like an idiot in the train stopping myself from saying to complete strangers in the tube “Look! c’est moi la… on the page!”… A big thank you to the lovely Maggie, Shopping & Style Editor at Time Out who is also behind Chic Little Baby. Here is the article and below a few photos I took at Campania. Yours, Karine, Design Expert (so they say :-) ★★★★ For botanists Columbia Road Flower Market Our market insider: Karine Candice Kong, design expert (I swear I didn’t tell them to put this but I LIKE it!)When should you visit Columbia Road Flower Market? “The Market starts at 8am every Sunday and it’s best to get there as early as possible. It gets very busy if the weather is …

London Family Style by PAUMES

A very big thank you to Editions PAUMES for asking us to be part of their new book London Family Style and to Helena from Agence Violette, their press agent in France, who co-ordinated the photoshoots with all the families (must have been tricky to fit so many families in such a short time). I have always been a big fan of their books so

Maison Martin Margiela exhibition

Yesterday, I took my mum and Mila to see the Maison Martin Margiela Exhibition at Somerset House which ends next weekend. So three generations, three different reactions…. My mum told me that she wouldn’t have gone there by herself but she enjoyed it and thought it was interesting. My five years-old daughter to who I was saying that it was important that she saw other creative things than Cbeebies or Ben10 told me that ‘nothing was really important‘ but she loved the Fashion Show invit’ done on a plate and the people who were filming themselves at home wearing Margiela’s clothes and I really enjoyed finding out more about this unique fashion designer, understand the inspiration behind some of his clothes and have a peek at his inspiring offices in Paris. Maison Martin Margiela is one of the world’s most influential fashion houses and is especially known for its deconstructivist approach, its fashion shows in unexpected places and its taste for recycling materials. One of the most remarkable characteristics of Maison Martin Margiela is its …