Month: April 2010

Happy Birthday to my beloved sister

From little sister… to in-house teenage model… to beautiful mother… To fashion icon… to business partner…. You are simply the best sister I could ever have.You’re inspiring, talented, smart, fun, kind, beautiful, hilarious and I love you. Kaxoxo http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Sunday morning yumminess: fromage blanc with berries

If you have friends over for a brunch this morning, you could make them fromage blanc served with berries…. 32 ounces fromage blanc1/4 cup heavy cream1/2 cup good honey4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zestVanilla seeds scraped from 1 vanilla beanStir the fromage blanc, cream, honey, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and vanilla seeds together in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. Fill the bottoms of clean jars with honey (your favorite will do), and covered it with the fromage blanc.Refrigerate until event. Recipe courtesy of the Ina Garten. Via Sunday Suppers The jars on the photo above are unfortunately discontinued but you may be interested in these pretty personalised jars http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Looking for cool, understated fashion accessories

BODIE and FOU is looking to expand its range of uber cool, chic fashion accessories so if you think your designs fit the bill and you have gorgeous photos, please email us at contact(at)bodieandfou(dot)com.Please note that we will try to respond to everyone but we may not being able to.Happy weekend! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Cool Kids party

Mila is turning 5 years old next month and if I go by the ‘kids party rule‘ which is to match the number of guests to the age of the B’day girl + 1 (so 6 guests), she is now almost 15 years old and I’m starting to think that I’m going to have stock of G&T to cope with this event…. Anyway, looking for some inspirations, I came across these cool pics on Fine Little Day. Fine Little Day is a lovely blog written by Elisabeth, a Swedish Designer who shares a studio with Studio Violet and Camilla Engman. These are the images of her daughter’s twelfth B’day party…the theme was Old Men….I’m loving it http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Blackboard inspirations: little DIY project for the WE

Last month, I mentioned Asia’s stunning house in Poland. What caught my eye was how she managed to make a banal cupboard tucked under stairs, a bit more interesting. To achieve this, Asia painted the door with blackboard paint and the surrounding walls in white which creates a striking, modern contrast. Since then, I have found a few more blackboard examples which look equally good and would work well in a family home. Personally I think the bigger the better as a large area creates a real contemporary feature and gives the room a bit of a Deli/industrial vibes which I quite like. However if you don’t have the space to paint a whole wall, here is a little DIY project that you can do in a couple of hours…First source a beautiful, antique picture frame from a second-hand shop. You should get a decent one for no more than £5. Then paint it. I initially painted mine in gold but hated it once it was on the wall as it looked too much like …

I’ve just melted…..

I’ve just read this beautiful, romantic gift message from a French customer who ordered La Tropezienne tote bag for his wife/partner who just had a baby…I don’t want to give away the surprise if she is familiar with B&F so I wont give away the name of the baby or the name of this adorable French guy but here is his French gift message and the English translation….“Quand tu recevras ce sac la cigogne nous a apporté XXX. Pas très pratique comme couffin mais je suis sûr qu’il te servira pour d’autres choses… Avec tout mon amour… Bisous“ “When you will get this bag, our baby will be born. Not very practical as a baby cot but I’m sure it will be useful for a lot of things….With all my love….xoxo“ Is this romantic or what!? So sweet http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Our tree house in the making….

Last year, when Steve and I went for a run near our house in France, I showed him a cute little tree house (hoping that he would feel like making one…and BINGO!)This was enough to light a fire under my favourite Kiwi (now re-named Charles Ingalls by Elodie) as he spent the rest of our holidays building us a tree house! Actually I use the term ‘tree house‘ very loosely as given the size of it and height (7m high/22ft high), it’s more like a DIY project that’s got out of hands but thanks to Steve’s folks over from New-Zealand, the tree house now has walls and a roof and my Kiwi is feeling extremely proud of his achievements (well he should be because frankly I think it looks really impressive!) Putting the walls up…Putting the roof…The view from the top….Almost there… For those who are familiar with the famous kiwi bach (beach house), this looks very much like a kiwi bach in a tree…I’m loving it big time! It’s not finished yet as Steve …

Birds clothes pegs in action….

I have to post this because Sophie from SKINFLINT DESIGN (one of my favourite websites for industrial/vintage lights by the way) managed to do what I have been planning to do in Mila’s new bedroom for ages….Using our Bird clothes pegs to hang her children’s artworks! A couple of years ago, a customer from the US sent us some gorgeous images of her wedding where she used the Bird clothes pegs to display her sitting plan which looked amazing but I really like how cute the pegs look holding onto kids’ precious drawings….and you have to admit that it’s a lot more interesting and creative than using standard drawing pins :-) http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs