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What an amazing day!

This afternoon, we received the first copies of our new catalogue, it just looks even better in real! I can’t wait for you to see it. I’m hugely proud of it. When I gave one copy to Mila tonight all she could say was: “wow maman, I l love it…it’s beautiful, i love it, I love it…” on every single page.
To top up this amazing day, I also received a fantastic email from a customer in Sweden:

First of all I want to thank you for a great service, very quick delivery and great products. ( I ordered Masking tapes and looking forward to use them).
Secondly, I
want to thank you for your blog which is a great source of inspiration. As a “frenchy” too I share Karine´s taste for simplicity, elegance completed by a “frenchy chic” touch! Besides I can see the values that lie behind your blog such as the importance of family and discover some traits of Karine´s personalities: honesty, hard work, fun, dedication, passion…There is a “heart” in this blog and I love it!
Karine: you are such a great example for “business women” as well ! You should also write more about “starting from scratch” or “combining work and family life”…

Now the truth to be told, I wasn’t that great on combining work and family life the first four years of the business and if it was not for Steve who never gave up on what we wanted to achieve as a family and constantly reminded me of that and forcing me to make changes I probably have worked myself to a death bed but in the end I managed year after year to make a few changes to achieve the work/family balance I was aiming for so yes I have a few advices to pass on…
As Linda, our au-pair, told me tonight: rule 1, get yourself an amazing au-pair! :-)
Have a fantastic weekend, I’m on a high and I’m gonna chill with a nice glass of wine.
Love to you all and Nadine, thank you so much for this wonderful email!
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Founder of Award-Winning Concept Store BODIE and FOU (now closed) & Photographer, UK's Top 10 Design blog, mum of one cool surfer, 23 years in London, now living by the beach in France, married to a kiwi.


  1. Congratulations ma chere amie xxx I feel like hugging you now as you have become such a close friend and I can so feel your joy and happiness in this post. I love how devoted you are towards your work and family (should have written that the other way around maybe haha) Have a wine and one for me , you can be damn proud of yourself and all you have achieved!

  2. Can’t wait to see more of the catalogue! What a great end result.
    And as for raising a family and working creatively; yes, yes lets hear a big YEAH for the women who manage to combine and absorb and blend it all in the mix! Its a fantastic achievement if not effort! It does help if you have a great support base.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Please share more of that catalogue with us. And keep up the good work!

    That comment from your au-pair is fabulous ;-) Was an au-pair myself when I was younger.

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