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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 …

weekend: let's go surfing in VW beetle

weekend

I’ve always longed to own a vintage VW bettle, about you!? Well it has been a busy and tiring week going back & forth between home & Hossegor, while fighting a nasty bug that left me really tired and feverish. For those who follow me on Instagram and stories, nothing I had planned when according to plan but that’s OK. Mila was in Hossegor this week to take part in the surfing French Championships and to cut a long story short, she got 4th place on the podium which makes me hugely proud! I have to say she was disappointed with her second series which wasn’t as good as the first one but given she has only two months of bodyboard under her belt, I think it’s pretty cool and I will need to share with her, a few of my tips to focus on the positive ;-) So this wekeend, will be all about recharging our batteries, eating healthily (that part went out of the window when I got ill) and go for a long …

How to create your own working nook

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This beautiful, creative space… It’s actually a DIY project from Dutch magazine VT Wonen and you can find the tutorial to create this little nook here. The instructions are in Dutch but if you are using Google Chrome, you can activate an add-on (Google Translate) in the tool bar 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. It’s always nice to work from a space filled with natural light, isn’t it!? I had set up an office in one of the spare rooms in our home in France but most days I work from the dining table in our lounge, because the room is filled with natural light. Ideally, at some point, I would …

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.

Waxed Coffee shop 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.

A beautiful family home in Biarritz, France

A feel-good, family home in Biarritz, France

I’m slowly getting over the jet lag from my recent trip to San-Francisco and start feeling like a functioning human being again so today, let me show you this beautiful French family home in Biarritz which is a dream! READ ON…

TODAY I LOVE....A wonderful curated collection of inspiring images to bring you happiness. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

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This wonderful shot snapped by Sofia. It just feels like a happy room… I don’t know if it was the natural light flooding the room or the quintessential collection of art displayed on the walls or maybe this inviting table setting but I was in love as soon as I saw it and I felt it lifted up my heart. What do you think? //Photography: Sofia at Mokkasin | Home of Linn Benediktson SHOP THE POST

DFS photoshoot at The Battery, Seasalter, Styling: Karine Kong, Photographer: Francois Kong www.karinecandicekong.com

The Battery (DFS behind-the-scenes photoshoot)

Last week, I flew back to London with François to style a Summer shot for DFS in Seasalter, Kent. The shooting location was a beach house called The Battery, located on the coast of North Kent and it was just such an amazing space.