Month: March 2010

Une fille, un sac…..La Tropezienne tote bag

Yesterday, we had a bit of fun shooting our gorgeous French intern Marion who after two months with us, is now leaving at the end of this week to go back studying.Ahh Marion…..adorable, efficient, helpful, legs to die for, a fabulous sense of style that got me thinking 3 times a week …’ummm I like that!’I’m talking fur (fake of course) sleeveless jacket on top of a stylish black blazer, jeans shorts paired with biker boots…White romantic top on skinny jeans….Marion rocked the ‘rock chick look’ big time. Coming over for a 2-month internship with us, she brought no less than 4 handbags in her luggage (and she will go back with a gift from us that will make it 5) so of course, it was pretty obvious that she would be the perfect girl to model the black version of La Tropezienne tote bag. And as I was looking at all the shots and this gorgeous black La Trop unpacked, I was wondering if it would be really indecent to treat myself with the …

Imke Klee…..forever and ever

Imke’s photos are always making me feel calm….I discovered her last year when I came across this beautiful shot called ‘Jeune Fille Rural’ below and since then have been hooked on her photographic style and stylism. She still works for Trend Queen Li Edelkoort and her shots get really featured in Trend Union which is a collection of seasonal trend books.I would love to work with her one day…. See more of her work here and her blog here http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Morabito’s inspired mood board

Last week I promised I would put together a Morabito – inspired mood board so here it is…Achieving her simple, timeless, inspiring style is not just a matter of painting a room in white and adding a few white accessories.Bearing in mind also that not everyone is married to an artist like her late husband and Architect Yves Bayard was, it also a bit more challenging to achieve the Morabito look if you do not live in a contemporary home with concrete floors, superb volumes, high ceilings and natural light.However challenging it is, this is not impossible if you have at least wooden floorboards (and maybe if we really really want to stretch it….laminate flooring..argh..just writing ‘laminate flooring’ makes me cringe).Ok let’s run with it because I’m aware that a lot of property developers didn’t refurbish their investments with Morabito’s style in mind.So of course the first thing to do is to paint all the walls in white which will not only create a blank canvas but will bring a beautiful, natural light to the …

BODIE and FOU listed in Bolig’s Best Interior Blogs

We were thrilled last night (and a bit slow on the news front since this came out in Feb) to discover that the BODIE and FOU Blog had been listed in Bolig’s Best Interior Design blogs along with our favourite blogs and friends: Decor8, Style Files, DoorSixteen, Design*Sponge, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy, Bloesem, Casapinka, Sfgirlbybay, PoppyTalk et Une Cigale a Paris and a few more who we did not know but love already: Nestled In, My Scandinavian Retreat Bolig magazine wrote: “Interiørets lille svarte bok” – slik beskriver de franske søstrene sin egen blogg. Elodie og Karine Kong er opptatt av hva som er chic og in akkurat nå. I tillegg er de glade i mat og gode hoteller og restauranter, tydeligvis“…. Quoi? You don’t understand Danish?! pfuu bon allez I translate it (very loosely) for you…. “Interior’s little black book is how to describe this blog by two French sisters. Elodie and Karine Kong write about what’s chic and in right now. In addition, they are fond of food and good hotels and restaurants…”Nice, isn’t …

1 egg, 2 eggs, 3 eggs…Happy Easter

Last year, we were still living in Bristol and were lucky enough to rent a place in Clifton Village in a crescent that had the most fabulous communal garden (not thanks to my gardening skills I reassure you but to the good, dedicated people who lived there) so Mila (below) and her friends had a ball searching for chocolate eggs at Easter.If I’m really honest, for me Easter is just about eating as many chocolate eggs as I can get away with….but since the egg cube holder by Kathleen Hills is one of our best-sellers, I have a duty…que dis-je?…an obligation to share with you the gorgeous gifts we have for Easter :-) So let me introduce to my two favourites designs….First the simple yet sublime egg cube by Kathleen Hills….Now I can hear you saying…why, it’s just an egg cube!?….Oh oh oh not so fast! You should now by know that Elodie and I only put beautiful things on our site and this egg cup has nothing to do with cheap and cheerful egg …

My Design hero…Jacqueline Morabito

We should all have heroes, people who inspire us to be more creative and adventurous, whose life, achievements, talents encourage us to better ourselves and get out of our comfort zone.When I was growing up in France, my heroes were my sister Elodie, Robert Doisneau, Andy Wharol, Vanessa Paradis, top model Roberta Chirko (do you remember her in the 80s?) and Jacqueline Morabito.Fastforward 20 years later and now I relate more to the photography of Veronique Vial – and can not recommend enough the sensitive and beautiful portraits of women she took for a book Women before 10 am – the style of Helena Christensen’s home, Vanessa’s simply perfect choices in cinema and music, my sister forever for being a beautiful person inside/out and Morabito… Morabito’s minimalist almost monastic style at home has always made me feel incredibly calm. Out of all the interiors she has done, her house in Saint Paul de Vence, a 16th-century sheep barn, located amidst an olive grove and re-designed by her late husband architect Yves Bayard, is my favourite.Where …

House tour to inspire/ Owner: Asia Gwis, graphic designer

For the past three weeks, our household has been in DYI-action mood…(and I’m tired – hence my lack of postings..or maybe it’s just the wine I drank last night…).I started by Mila’s bedroom, painting one of her walls in dark grey and her cupboards in light grey and yippee Miss “I only love yellow or pink” loves it!….I also painted bedroom 2 in white and Steve sanded the floorboards to reveal nice, Scandi feel floorboards that I will try to bleach over the weekend and I’ve tackled bedroom 3 with the most annoying paint ever…One that goes back on the roll if you roll over areas freshly painted and takes ages to dry.This is driving me nuts! I spent 4 hours painting the first room with brand no 1 and almost 2 weekends painting the 2nd room with brand no 2. However, how annoying this paint is, the finish is a lot nicer so I will keep my head down and spend a 3rd weekend trying to get it done for good so I can …

We’ve been GRUFFALO-ED again!

Yes, we’ve been GRUFFALO-ED again truly and we love it….After the lovely Gruffalo mug, the Gruffalo plasters and the Gruffalo chunky pencil set for creative little hands, we have now added the Gruffalo lunch box (how cute is this?!) and the Gruffalo money box to our range of little cute things for kids. Born from the imagination of Julia Donaldson with fabulous illustrations by Alex Scheffler,The Gruffalo is now a timeless classic and a publishing sensation that has sold over four millions copies worldwide! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs