All posts tagged: industrial

Industrial stairs in Paris | BODIE and FOU

Industrial stairs in Paris

I had this image on my fridge in our London home for years so when French Interior Designer Valérie Mazérat posted it on Facebook, I DM her to have a bit more background info. It’s a space Valérie re-designed in 2008 in Paris. Her clients (a couple with children) who lived in a 150 sqm2 apartment, had recently purchased the flat above of the same surface and hired Valérie to re-configure the space and linked the two apartments together. The recently purchased flat was laid bare, indoor partition walls with large windows were raised to configure the space into three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office and a play room while letting natural light filtering through. Valérie’s design included maintaining and restoring some original features mixed with raw materials like polished concrete, wood and iron to add industrial accents all around a palette of muted colours. I have been a long time admirer of Valérie’s design style and if you’re not too familiar with her work, she is the Interior Designer behind the inspiring space that MERCI …

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 …

An industrial flat in Barcelona with an amazing kitchen

A white apartment with an amazing kitchen

Another white interior…however, this white apartment in Barcelona is very different from this beautifully styled 20 sqm2 flat in Sweden. Or this other white apartment with natural accents I showed you a few weeks ago. Nonetheless, it has a lot of inspiration to offer… Let’s start with the kitchen which was the room that first caught my eye. The kitchen, filled with natural light, manages to combine several styles I like at once: Scandinavian, industrial, contemporary and vintage. Yet everything is beautifully done with a great aesthetic and strong personality. The black Jieldé black lamp and Tolix chairs bring a stylish, industrial touch to the room. Similar white crockery and chopping boards can be found at The White Company. In fact, these heart-shaped oven dish and heart-shaped ramekins are great to serve pudding. However, my favourite collection remains the handmade artisan stoneware plates which have a timeless appeal so you can use them all year long. Do you have a kitchen with two sinks? Providing you have space, having two sinks in the kitchen is hugely practical when both partners love cooking, which is hardly the case in our home ;-) …

Waxed café in Hossegor

Waxed café in Hossegor

There were so many cool cafés, bars and restaurants to hang out in Hossegor and Seignosse this year that I will soon share with you a list of my fav. In the meantime, let me show you these photos of WAXED, I took with my iPhone. From a design point of view, WAXED ticks a lot of my boxes… An interior simple, almost minimalist with muted hues of greys, taupe and white, a few nice green plants to add a bit of urban jungle, free wifi and overall, a great feel-good vibe, nice food and a proper full English breakfast which I have missed badly (need to schedule a trip in London soon!) Launched by two Welsh guys Cai and Will in June this year, WAXED has the cool vintage industrial feel of a coffee place from East London (think Bricklane or Shoreditch) but with the sea and surf nearby (pure bliss!). In addition, this place would make a fantastic space for temporary exhibitions, workshops, pop-ups…Mila and Lily wear both Bensimon shoes (in the sale here and here). I wear a dress from Isabel Marant and clogs from …

A former mechanical workshop converted in a studio. Read on...

A former workshop converted in a studio

I’m very excited to start the first of my house tours 2016 with this gorgeous studio that was originally a mechanical workshop. Industrial spaces are a favourite of mine. This white and concrete loft in Eindhoven was simply stunning and so was this beautiful family warehouse in Amsterdam so I hope you’ll enjoy this one too. I would also be grateful if you could let me know what kind of house tours you would like to see on the blog this year: white interiors, vintage, industrial, small spaces, kids rooms…what would you find useful and inspiring? Let me know! In the meantime, let’s start this house tour >>

Bedroom with a view

Bedroom with a view

I had a real coup de coeur for this bedroom with a view, filled with natural light. The separation wall was knocked down and replaced by these large windows. The result has increased the sense of space and make everything flow nicely. This is the home of Danish Artist Gitte Svendsen. On one side, there is the kitchen and artist’s studio and on the other side, the bedroom and a dining table by the window. I’m planning to do something similar in Elodie’s new flat in Paris, between Lily‘s bedroom and the lounge to open up space and bring more natural light into her flat. I think this is a beautiful example of what can be achieved, don’t you think? I also love the mix of throws, rugs and wooden vintage furniture that add warmth and textures to the room. I would be quite happy to hang out there for the day, wouldn’t you? You can see more pictures here

Today I love...this inspiring styling which blends beautifully textures, B&W photography and industrial furniture. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Today I love…

  First of all, I’m loving this Bank Holiday Monday, don’t you!? We went for a bike ride early this morning to grab breakfast at Artisan, a really nice café in Stamford Brook that François and I shot a couple of years ago for The Simple Things magazine. I’m now sitting on my bed, admiring the view and working on my impeding interior design project in France while answering booking enquiries about this house (this one has only one week left available in August).

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My perfectly imperfect wall

This area used to be a terrace on the second floor of our home in London. As nobody really used it and we had a back garden, Steve re-designed the space into a home office fitted with a large window overlooking the garden (see picture). We hide the outside 80’s looking wall with cedar cladding (you can see the whole house here), a large window facing trees and fitted two auto-cleaning sky windows, slightly angled to catch the sun at different times of the day (see below). The floorboard is pine wood painted white. If you are interested, you can view the whole renovations album on Facebook here and on Instagram under hashtag #bodieandfourenovations.I was keen to keep the wall (photo 1) as raw as possible to contrast against the clean lines of the room and pristine white walls. However, my super perfectionist Painter tried to cover as much as he could to make it as white as possible and by the time I got home from work, the only ‘raw’ industrial area I could salvage, was the bottom part. It would have …