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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. 

Gorgeous workspace taking wall display to the next level! Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Inspiring monochrome gallery wall

With its monochrome gallery wall, this gorgeous workspace takes wall display to the next level, don’t you think!? This is the studio of the talented Frida Ramstedt where Nina and Susanna recently shot a Christmas campaign. Given how all three have a knack for putting beautiful things together, I’m sure the result will be very nice. Beautifully put together, this collection of black & white picture frames featuring photography and illustration creates a striking visual effect with a real wow factor and if you’re looking on tips on how to hang I put a tutorial together here. I also wrote an article on how to hang picture frames without drilling into your walls here (yes it’s possible!). Have you ever tackled such a big wall display in your home? I have to admit, I never did but should I get to decorate a large wall with high ceilings, this workspace will be my first point of reference. What do you think!? Fancy doing this at home? PS:  I really would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for taking …

4 workspaces using plants to fight the holidays blues. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

4 inspiring workspaces with plants

What are your tips to cope with post-holidays blues? I usually start adding new prints on our walls to update the look of our home (loving my latest purchase here for our home in France) until I feel motivated enough to tackle a proper DIY job. I tackle little jobs like untangling this pretty garland or labelling all our house keys as if they were the job of the century, although they DO provide me with boundless amount of satisfaction :-) I sort out Mila’s clothes and bits and pieces that landed in our homes to clear our spaces and I add new plants to our home to forget about the ones I killed during the Summer. September is like New Year to me. It’s a new beginning, the chance to start over. Do you get that feeling too in September?