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A small, beautiful Parisian flat

A small, beautiful Parisian flat

I love discovering small spaces, cleverly designed and this small flat (42 m2) is a perfect example of what can be achieved in a small space. I first read about this flat in 2009 and while I have the memory of a goldfish for most mundane things when it comes to interiors, my brain seems to file things in a funny way and remembers very old stuff. So when I started working on this new interior design project, somehow I kept thinking about the bathroom fitted by Agathe Perroy in her flat. When Agathe visited the building for the first time, it was split into two small flats. One on the ground floor and the other one on the top floor of a small nineteenth-century house in a very bad state but full of charm. Being an Interior Designer, Agathe worked out how to link these two spaces to create one inviting home. She first started to knock down a few partition walls and removed the false ceiling to gain more height. Luckily, this unrevealed perfectly preserved oak beams which she kept …

My home in London. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

London calling

I’m heading back to London on Sunday for a styling job which I’m really excited about. Ideal Home magazine is also coming to photograph our kitchen and as my company BODIE and FOU is exhibiting our prints collection at Design Junction from 24th to 27th, I will be attending our stand there too (I hope to meet some of you there!) I was struggling to leave this place when the weather was nice but now that it’s pouring down rain, it’s getting a lot easier. Here is a random bunch of photos of our home I took with my iPhone a few months ago (I have so many photos to go through, it’s insane!) but I’m looking forward to spending some time in this gorgeous space. I have missed that room. I’m so in love with the resin floor we added throughout the ground floor – still need to source some chairs though….I can’t wait to hang out in our beautiful tadelakt bathroom, potter around the kitchen, and finish decorating our bedroom too. It’s almost there but I have a few …

A small family flat renovated with plywood in Melbourne. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

A small, beautiful flat re-designed with plywood

Since we stayed in a lovely loft apartment renovated with eco-friendly material in Cap-Breton, plywood is fast becoming one of my favourite material. It has the benefit of being affordable while adding warmth and textures to an interior. As we are currently tackling two renovation projects and will re-design a flat in Paris next year, I thought it would be good to show you how to make the most of plywood.

Karine Candice Köng, Creative Director & Founder interviewed in Sofa.com, May 2015 http://www.sofa.com/inspiration-corner/interviews/home-bodie-fous-karine-kong?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May_Newsletter_2

Interview in Sofa.com’s Inspiration corner

There is a little interview of me in Sofa.com‘s blog and latest E-news…Read on, there is a little something for you too. I’m off to France tomorrow to prepare Mila‘s birthday party at the last minute. Have a great weekend

White kitchen makeover

Our white kitchen makeover

After 10 months of renovations, our home in London is finally ready and today I’m really pleased to share with you photos of our white kitchen makeover. You can see photos of the kitchen before the renovations when it got featured in Bolig magazine,  VT Wonen and ELLE DECORATION. The kitchen counter is made of Corian. The kitchen units are by Ludlow of Holloway and they also fitted the long breakfast bar. All the appliances are from Miele.

white cupboards, Bertoia chair, linen bag. More on www.karinecandicekong.com

Our new wardrobe leather door handles

One thing that I found a bit tedious during the renovations of our home in London* was the number of times we had to make a decision on the final look of A) radiators: 12 in total, B) door handles and C) doors. For the loft conversion which was a room built from scratch and therefore more modern than the existing rooms with period features, I wanted a minimalist look meaning no door handle at all on the new fitted cupboards. I searched high and low for a push latch system and was advised to get them from top brand Hafele…Maybe they were not fitted properly but personally, they didn’t work for me so I replaced them all by the system from Ikea which bounces out more than the ones we fitted initially. In our bedroom on the first floor, there was already a fantastic fitted wardrobe running from wall to wall which actually looked quite Parisian. So we just painted it in white and fitted these gorgeous leather handles by Dutch company Nu Interieur. While the push latch thing …

A beautiful white home in London

After showing you Paul Massey‘s soothing, modern country house in Primrose Hill, I contacted him to get hold of photos of the other house he had renovated. The second one located in Crouch End has always been one of my inspirations, mostly because the layout of our London home is very similar (and I suspect similar to yours if you live in the UK) and I absolutely love what he has done with the two front rooms, which are very often small and dark when a house has not been renovated or modernised. We looked into doing this a few years ago and I think the costs to knock down the walls, add a beam across the room and a pillar to support the walls was something around £20K. Quite expensive but then you can really see the end result in his house and how this has completely opened up the space.