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bedroom concrete floor

New polished floor in our home in France

Following my last post on the renovations of our holiday home in France, here is a sneak-peek of the new floor in one of the bedrooms. I’m totally in love with it. Our builders took away the sisal floor we had laid down ten years ago, applied a new layer of concrete, polished it and paint it with hard-wearing floor paint. The walls are getting a new coat of pure white paint too. This option was a third of the cost of a polished concrete floor and still looks fantastic. We will see over time if it is hard wearing… You can select the colour of the floor you want so we opted for a soft grey (similar to our resin floor in London) to contrast gently with the walls painted in pure white and keep a feel-good holiday vibe. Mila’s room is being done too and I will share more photos once we’ve made progress in both rooms… For those renovating houses in France, here is what we used: To prepare the floor, we used Ragréage fibre forte épaisseur, …

How to get the effortless look in the bedroom

Real life bedroom

Real life bedroom or How to achieve the effortless look in the bedroom after a certain someone came for a cuddle and used our bed as a practice for her gymnastic competition next week…Yet I wouldn’t change a thing because one day, she will think it’s totally uncool to come and give us a cuddle. Have a great weekend SHOP THE STORY:

Hallway renovations BEFORE/AFTER

Last June, we updated the look of the hallway in this holiday home in the Bay of Arcachon. So today I would like to show you the BEFORE and AFTER photos so you can see how easily you could transform your home with a bit of paint and elbow grease. READ ON…

easy, peasy chocolate brownie by Lily & Mila. Read on www.karinecandicekog.com

The easiest chocolate brownie you will find

This is one of the easiest chocolate brownie recipes you will ever make! Mila and Lily made this chocolate brownie during half term all by themselves. My only contribution was to put it in the oven. I love when kids bake on holidays, don’t you!? It’s a good way to keep them busy, teach them something useful while having fun and on top of it, you get to have some cake to eat afterwards. The girls ‘ chocolate brownie is incredibly easy to make (only 15 minutes preparation!) and it tastes DE-LI-CIOUS! As I’m intolerant to gluten (I ballooned like a whale!), we used gluten-free flour to make this chocolate brownie so I could have a little slice but you can use normal flour if you wish. For this chocolate brownie, you will need: 200g cooking chocolate 3 eggs 2 cups of sugar, about 200g 1 cup of rice flour (gluten-free), about 100 g 150g butter Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC / 350ºF  In a bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar In a saucepan, melt slowly the …

How to tell your Airbnb guests about WC with a bit of humour. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

How to tell your Airbnb guests about the toilet?

I know… the last thing you were expecting me to write about was toilet but bear with me :-) I’m off to Paris next week to attend the Airbnb conference where I will be part of the Expert panel to share tips and advices on how to style your home, promote it via social media and get positive reviews.

office space in a tree house. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Office space in the tree house – Part 1

Steve started building the tree house in 2009 after we went for a run in Cazaux during which, I showed him a little tree house in someone’s garden. As it happened, he then spent the rest of our holidays building this “little” gem which is now 10.1 sqm (3.75 x 2.70 m) and about 5m high. Over the years, we’ve made small improvements to the tree house which is becoming a work of love. In 2012, Steve added Plexiglas windows. In 2013, he built a lower deck to make it more accessible to everyone and last year, we painted the outside black with used oil from cars, something fishermen in the area do a lot to protect their huts (yes it is a dirty job!) and the inside white. Mila had a tea party on the new deck when Côté Ouest magazine came to shoot the house. This year, we are turning it into a home office… In the last few weeks, Steve has insulated the walls, added large recycled plywood panels and fitted electricity. Half of the ceiling and a few other …

Mila’s homemade pikelets

As some of you know, we are a franco-kiwi family and while we are not spending as much time in New-Zealand as we do in France, we’ve always made a point of teaching Mila to be a freewi and to embrace both nationalities and cultures. She was doing the Haka at the age of 3 and the same way I taught her how to make crèpes (pancakes), Steve taught her how to make pikelets which she made yesterday and again this morning and they are delicious!!

French house renovations, new floor & sofa. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Lounge renovations in our home in France

Here are some photos of the lounge we recently renovated in this house in France and managed to finish before our first guests from Sweden arrived! I absolutely love how it looks.