Year: 2008

Karina wrote ‘I do not dream of super luxury hotels, I dream of beautiful places, I dream of sea or lakes, I dream of a pretty but simple home, I found this home and it is very close the home I dream of. It makes me think of a certain lifestyle, adventures,family,time for reading,fishing, a glass of red wine looking at the water when the sun falls.’And I’m with her on this. As I can only escape to our house in France just a few times each year, seeing relaxed, unpretentious places like this make me feel good and help to beat the winter blues… http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

The Design work of Stephen Crowhurst

Stephen Crowhurst is a surface and pattern designer living in Toronto, Canada. He recently sent me a link to his site Hello Hello (cool name). I really like his style…. Creating unique and life inspiring pieces, Stephen works on a wide range of freelance commissions while at the same time creating his own line of fabric prints and other interior products. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Trendy eco chic accessories for kids

I just received an email from Shelly about this sweet, eco-friendly range of cardboard furniture for children designed by Green LullabyI like the idea that kids can customize their own furniture and develop their sense of creativity. It’s quite cute and at least when the kids grow out of it, you can just dispose of it and be good to the Earth at the same time.Via Erayo http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

BODIE and FOU in Vogue’s Secret Address Book

In Vogue (December issue)‘Euro vision: BODIE and FOU is home to chic continental furniture.Run by French sisters Elodie and Karine, this furniture website is a collection of stylish home accessories by European Designers, including everything from minimal four-poster beds to garden furniture and armchairs. The Blog is their little black book of interiors, with tips on how to recreate their effortlessly stylish French chic’ http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Bonjour mon coussin

Today I received a lovely email from Claire Eglizeaud et Paul Moreau, the French stylist and designer behind Bonjour mon Coussin. They’ve designed a fantastic range of cushions which are inspired by vintage maps of Paris or vintage bus and tube tickets….and their cushions are very affordable! Only 34 Euros which is perfect if you want to update a tired sofa in no time. I had read lots of good things about Bonjour mon Coussin before and remembered thinking it was cool to see some great designs coming from Bordeaux, which is where I went to Uni. Here are my favourites…inspired by Russia, old advertising, a vintage optician poster and even a copy of a wedding certificate from the registry office. All the cushions are made in France To buy one of these lovely, quirky cushions, simply go to www.bonjourmoncoussin.fr Their site is available in English too. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Fab fonts

I’ve just discovered these fabulous (free!) fonts on Poppytalk so I’m just adding them to remember where they are because I’m likely to use them in the future Milho CozidoBotellasClementine SketchWoodstamp http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Great review in EASY LIVING

We have a great review in Easy Living this month… ‘It’s three years since French sisters Karine and Elodie set up online boutique BODIE and FOU. An Easy Living favourite, its cyber shelves are filled with the most covetable items, from pretty framed prints to elegant practical items, such as this silver ceramic vase.’ Sadly the silver vase is now sold out but the Aqua vase is still available and of course the striking Grass vases (below) by Normann Copenhagen which are still flying off the shelves… http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Our French home in Grand Designs magazine, July 2008 www.karinecandicekong.com

Grand Designs photoshoot in France – Sister Act

Flying back from France yesterday, I picked up a copy of Grand Designs magazine at the airport and here it was…. running on 7 pages….the Grand Designs Master feature about our holiday home in France…. We are all very happy and proud mothers I can tell you and it is such a great coverage for our little business, I can’t thank enough the team at Grand Designs, Nonie Niesewant for her wonderful article and Chris Tubbs for his amazing pictures, his kindness and generosity so here is the article….I hope you enjoy it!