Month: July 2008

Bringing Africa to France

I was really seduced by the colours and style of this kitchen. It is very different from I would go for my own interiors but at a weekend retreat (which is what it is), I think it works wonder and I admired Carole’s vision for doing so. Her kitchen, in fact the whole house….. looks wonderful, inviting and relaxing. I love the turquoise door against the soft pink of the walls and the little touches of blue given by the broom, the kitchen clothes and ceramic bowl… Carole, the owner, lived in Cameroon for a while and one can really the influences of african old village houses in her house in France, which makes it so special, simple and relaxing. The spare room is in an old barn…doesn’t this look absolutely gorgeous!! Look at the space, the light and they found the bed in the attic! It’s such a wonderful find! I could seee myself spending summer nights there and lying until breakfast timeAnd look at the children’s room…. I can already imagine a bunch …

Nice review in the Saturday Telegraph

We have a great review today in David Nicholls’s Design notebook in The Telegraph magazine… BODIE and FOUThere is a lovely balance of styles and products on this site, which was set up by the sisters Elodie and Karine Kong three years ago. For pretty and decorative, there is lighting by Flavia del Pra, whose ceramic lamps sells for about £300. Quirky kitchenlia comes from the Danish brand Normann Copenhagen: shown here is the stainless-steel Familia casserole with lid by Ole Jensen (£169.50) and the oak and melamine salad set (£24). There is also sleek and modern in the shape of Reno Bonzo’s Gaivota rocking chair (£832). A nice added touch is the ‘Portrait of a designer‘ tab, which introduces some of the names that appear on the site, including the ceramicist Polly George and the lighting designer Birgit Ostergaard (0845 120 4648, www.bodieandfou.com) 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!