All posts tagged: high ceilings

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 …

Du bois naturel & du blanc: une maison dans la campagne suédoise

Natural wood & white interior: A Scandinavian home in the countryside

I love a beautiful Scandinavian home and natural wood + white walls is a combo that I find increasingly soothing and attractive. Maybe it is the fact that I spend more time out of the city, surrounded by nature and truth to be told, the first thing I do now in the morning, is (still wearing my PJs) putting my gumboots on to feed our chickens. Maybe, it is the fact that we live 20 minutes from the beach, surf twice a week and get a massive salty injection from the Atlantic Ocean and all its raw, wild beauty. With its high ceilings, white walls, pale wood and natural textured accents, this home exudes all these things that one can imagine in a home by the beach, don’t you think?Located in the south of Sweden, near Malmö (a city I only know from the extremely brilliant crime series The Bridge), this home combines tranquillity, modernity and embodies a very soothing, welcoming feel. Don’t you love houses filled with natural light and big windows where you can …

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 …

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 …

A blacksmith studio converted into a holiday home in Greece

A blacksmith studio converted into a holiday home in Greece

Today, let me show an old blacksmith studio built in 1930 converted into a great holiday home in Greece. This space was renovated by Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen, Louis Becker and Jens Thomas Arnfred, three Danish Architects who happen to be friends too. Eight years ago, they decided to buy this old blacksmith’s warehouse on the Greek island of Lesbos so they could all go on holidays together with their respective families, isn’t this wonderful!? The 1930s building had been abandoned for years before they started redesigning the space. Originally made of a single open room, they built a wooden structure in one end to make room for beds, a small kitchen area and a bathroom. The thing I love the most, besides their choice of materials: concrete, wood and metal, is that they made a point of preserving the old features that give the space so much character: the traditional iron stove, the original iron windows which are just beautiful and frame the seaside views throughout the home, the old blacksmith equipment, and metal tables as seen below.And the good news …

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

Story Deli | 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, the 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 less tables than it used to have, the distressed white floorboards at the old location have been replaced by a concrete floor, the space has still heigh ceilings and as today was a nice day, I particularly enjoyed the natural light flooding from two large sky windows.

A minimalist white kitchen with high ceiling

A minimalist white kitchen with high ceiling

The minimalist design, the white walls, the massive sky window to fill the room with natural light, the soothing combo of white and natural wood makes this kitchen one of my absolute favourites. From a design point of view, kitchens are my favourite room in a home and I’m absolutely loving everything about this white, airy kitchen. What do you think? This kitchen is from a block of 22 apartments built in a former meat factory by Swedish Architecture practice Arrhov Frick. Sadly I couldn’t find more pictures of the kitchen or the whole flat to share with you so we will have to make do with this sole photo and imagine how the rest of the flat could look like. The design of this kitchen is very simple but yet so effective and works wonderfully in a small flat as we all as a warehouse-type conversion. Subtle black touches are added throughout the room like this classic Vitra Eames house bird (available from John Lewis) sitting on top of the kitchen units. The square table and the chairs are …

BODIE and FOU House Tour: A stunning white & concrete loft, industrial lighting. Read more on www.karinecandice.com

A stunning white & concrete loft in Eindhoven

In the recent years, European lofts have been given New-York lofts quite a run for their money. The last family loft featured here was hugely inspiring, packed with beautiful details and an amazing chandelier from Anthropologie. Today, I’m taking you to Eindhoven to visit Jason’s beautiful loft. An amazing 87 sqm loft space with 4.60 m high walls which proved to be a bit challenging to paint.