All posts tagged: vintage

un escalier industriel à Paris

Industrial stairs in Paris

A picture of these industrial stairs was on my fridge in our London home for years. So when French Interior Designer Valérie Mazérat posted it on Facebook, I messaged her to have a bit more background info. It’s a project Valérie re-designed in 2008 . At the time, her clients & their children lived in a 150 sqm2 apartment. Having recently purchased the flat above, they hired Valérie to link the two apartments together. The recently purchased flat was laid bare. Valerie raised indoor partition walls with large windows to let natural light filtering through. She then re-configured the space into three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office and playroom. Mixing original features and adding new ones… Keen to maintain & restore some original features, she then designed the new flat with raw materials. Polished concrete, wood and iron add various accents 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 concept store …

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 …

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 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! Renovated by Constance and Dorian, this home of 150m2 is a dream space, filled with natural light and vintage treasures happily blending with designer pieces like the comfy Togo sofa by Ligne Roset which, by the way, celebrated its 40th year anniversary two years ago. There are so many lovely details I love in this home…the pastel colours, the door painted in black paint (an old decorating trick I know but it still looks good!), the strip of tiles on the kitchen floor and the fab wall-mounted dishwasher rack by Tsé-Tsé (now discontinued).I’ve always had a soft spot for interiors with a holiday vibe and this lovely home definitively ticks a few boxes. In my own home, I aim to create this effortless atmosphere vibes by using natural fabrics, textures, shades of white or injecting summery colours like the front door …

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

Today I love…

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 shooting location (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. The Battery was built in 1874 for the Royal Naval Reserve as a base for target practice with gunners firing out to sea and it was used later on as a holiday camp for children. Marilyn, the owner, told me that she still get pensioners who spent their childhood in this place, coming to visit and apparently it hasn’t changed. I certainly believe that.The Battery was like a time capsule and had an amazing, happy vibe to it. I really love the place and I would have been quite happy to hang out there a weekend watching the sea. Sadly, Marilyn doesn’t do B&B but she runs occasional workshops to teach painting to beginners and most recently beads. She is soon off to Africa to teach Masai how to look after their beads so …

a feel-good home in soft hues of greys in Bristol

A feel-good family home in Bristol

Last time I wrote about my friends’ home in Bristol was in 2009 and Gabrielle and Peter had just moved in. At the time, it was already a gorgeous place with very pretty Georgian period features and the most beautiful cast iron stairs I had ever seen…Fast-forward five years and G has turned the space into a wonderful, feel-good family home with soft hues of greys, vintage found and stylish pieces and beautiful hues from Farrow & Ball. Read on… Gabrielle, who is an Interior Designer (and TV presenter for BBCTV), designed the kitchen cupboards and got them made by a joiner. They were then painted in Strong White by Farrow & Ball The table belonged to her her granny and she updated the tabletop with a stainless-steel sheet (which I thought was a great idea the first time I saw it) and the green paint is the original from the 1930s…