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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 …

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 …

Fab personal planners from Juniqe

Positive personal planners to match your mindset

Now that we are well into mid-January and that we are back to work, school runs, food shopping etc, rather than chilling on the sofa stuffing our face with chocolate, how do we make this year a productive and positive one? If you are a check-list person like me, I find that the best way, is to consign all the things you want and need to do in a personal planner following the SMART goal framework: SPECIFIC MEASURABLE ACHIEVABLE RELEVANT TIME BOUND For instance, as one of my major goals this year is to make 2018 sugar free (and I’m talking refined sugars only!), I can easily focus on doing one week at a time and tick each day on the page of my personal planner as a mini success and then cross the whole week as a weekly success. Week after week, I’m building positive momentum and then I can write down other things that will help me to achieve this goal (i.e. finding food I really enjoy eating, food that gives me plenty of nutrients, finding a …

An inspiring creative space (DIY project)

DIY project: An inspiring creative space

Looking for some inspirations to create a desk and private space within a room, look no further! This beautiful creative space, filled with natural light, is a DIY project from Dutch magazine VT Wonen. You can find the tutorial to create this little nook (tutorial & instructions here). The instructions are in Dutch but if you are using Google Chrome, you can activate an add-on (Google Translate) in the toolbar to translate automatically pages written in a different language (very useful!). They’ve used Light Blue No 22 by Farrow & Ball, which I think, looks really pretty and summery. What do you think? It is a colour I wouldn’t usually think of using as I tend to go for hues of whites and greys (see our bedroom) but I really like how it softly contrasts with the rest of the room in white and it makes SO inviting, doesn’t it!? It’s always nice to work from a space filled with natural light, isn’t it!? I initially set up an office in one of the spare rooms in …

Jacqueline Morabito's home office

Jacqueline Morabito’s home office

French Interior Designer Jacqueline Morabito is by far my biggest inspiration in the world of interiors, shortly followed by Paola Navone. She was the one who inspired me to launch my concept store in 2005 and I’ve written about her work, a number of times on the blog here. I had the pleasure to meet her in 2010 when we were on holidays near Aix-en-Provence (beautiful region, do you know it?) and Steve was kind enough to drive almost two hours to her boutique and workshop in La Colle du Loup near Nice. Familiar with the numerous posts I had written about her and my admiration for her work, SHE kindly spent a couple of hours with me talking about her work and during which I took these pictures. Sadly, at the time my photography skills were not on par as they are now, and neither were my photo storage skills. I have no idea where these pictures are now…probably on the drive of a poor laptop that died. I had the opportunity to have …

how to optimise your home office: 4 ways

How to optimise your home office: 4 ways

Are you looking for ways to optimise your office space at home? The number of people working from home rises to its highest level since records began. In the UK alone, there were 4.2 million UK home workers in the first three months of 2014 (2015 figures TBC), amounting to 13.9% of the workforce. Whether you live alone, share your space with your partner or a full house with children, here are four clever, contemporary ways to maximise floor space and create a nice office space at home. Home office #1: If you have toddlers, you will agree that most of the time, they love hanging out around their parents, sometimes, much to our dismay when we need quiet time to meet a deadline. Mila certainly did when she was young and still does. Designed by Dutch Architects Van Wengerden, these minimalist wall-mounted desks (pictured below) have been designed with family life in mind. Fitted at different heights to accommodate little kid chair like a mini Eames style chair (available on NOTHS in white, yellow and blue), these workstations not only look …

Today I love…

This gorgeous workspace photographed by Sara Svenningrud, which is very warm, inviting and filled with natural light. Lovely mix of paintings and family photos and I love the contrast of the plexiglas chairs against the wooden worktop. You can get the paper bag from here. I’ve used them as placemats in the past but this Christmas, some of my customers are using them as Christmas stockings. As mentioned on Instagram, I’m currently re-arranging a few things on the blog in preparation of 2016 and I came across this oldie. Quite a gem actually! Beside Steve and Mila, I can safely say that I have pretty much changed, sold, given away, throw away, painted pretty much everything featured in our home in 2010 including my dodgy haircut :-)) What do you think? Do you like this space? 

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.