Month: September 2012

Two DIY projects that fire me up!

OK I have DIY on the brain…Mila & I spent the afternoon painting her old desk (you could see the result on Instagram.com) and then we made white pom poms to hang in her bedroom.I have to admit the desk looks good. I’m not a massive fan of pink but she chose a gorgeous soft pink from Dulux and against her grey wall, it looks beautiful. I will post pictures later on this week.In the meantime, these two DIY projects fired me up.The first one is an idea from Emily Henderson to style shelving units for one of her clients. You should follow the link as she describes the whole creative process and I think it’s a brilliant idea! I would love to do something like this on our house in France.The second one are these house numbers inspired by the work of Architect Richard Neutra, found on Curbly and when you know the price of contemporary house number, I think you will find the result pretty impressive!As I have been offered tickets to go to The …

Behind-the-scene photoshoot with a Danish team

Yesterday, my home was photographed & styled by a Danish team…I was busy working on our new site in the kitchen so I let them get on with it. After 3 photoshoots in the space of a few weeks including my favourite in MILK Decoration, I wasn’t sure how different their shots could be from what we had seen before but the stylist was very good and they made some great photos.The photo on the wall next to the BAU pendant light (photo 2) is one of Mila taken by Francois (who has now a new website here). I will show later on the whole series we did around this gorgeous black tutu – it looks fabulous!The Monkey print is part of our AW 2012 collection and should arrive this week. If you haven’t requested a copy of our new catalogue, make sure you do it here.Have a great day! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Home of Karine Candice Kong in MILK magazine. To see the whole feature, visit www.karinecandicekong.com

My home in MILK DECORATION

One major highlight for me, was seeing our family home in the very inspiring MILK DECORATION which is now available in French and English. I have been a fan of this magazine for years so I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am and their new version is fantastic! (C) Photography: MILK magazine, Text: Vanessa Boz Photo 1: Batgirl print, Mila wears a grey tutu from here Photo 2: The MEOW print is no longer available and has been replaced by Mima Le Chat print, the BAU wooden pendant light is from here, wooden stool Photo 3: The Angels wings were made by my mum, the print on the mantelpiece was a gift from the talented Imke Klee, the dark cross was something I brought back from Cuba, I bought the ceramic cross and two white mugs when I met my design hero Jacqueline Morabito Photo 4: I made the B&W family moodboad with masking tapes, the MILK table lamp is from here and white Ball chair here Photo 5: the cross was a gift from Steve …

Our AW 2012 catalogue is going in production!!

Gosh! it has been a busy month!  2 photoshoots in my home, a new website going live next week, the new collection to style and shoot with our talented photographer and this baby…our third mail order catalogue which is full of new, gorgeous things and styling ideas. If you have to do ONE thing today, make sure you request your free copy here  If you are a journalist/blogger etc and you wish to receive an advance copy, please email us at [email protected] http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

My latest DIY project with the Scrapwood wallpaper

I have wallpapered twice in my whole life.  Mostly, because the task has always seemed more daunting and difficult that it really is and I tend to paint walls in my home in white or Farrow & Ball grey paint anyway.  However, since we added the Scrapwood wallpaper collection by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek to BODIE and FOU, I have been dying to do a feature wall with either the PHE-2 design or the PHE-3 in our holiday home in France. So last month, after spending a week on the boat doing nothing, I started a bit of DIY the second week. The last time, I wallpapered our bedroom, it was with this lovely wallpaper (which we no longer carry) and while I managed to do a fairly good job for a first time, I was hugely disappointed that the glue stained the wallpaper. There was no chance, this would happen with the Scrapwood wallpaper because the quality was way better and there are really two things that did for me: First, you don’t need a pasting table …

Life with Mila…and La Princesse au Petit Pois

When we were on holiday in France this Summer, I bought a gorgeous, vintage smock dress for Mila. It reminded me the kind of dresses we were wearing when Elodie and I were little.London, 7am:Me: “What do you want to wear this morning?” (knowing the answer)Mila: “A dress!”Me: “Well, why don’t you wear the beautiful dress we got in France?”She puts it on and look herself in the mirror…Mila: “Don’t you think I look like an orphan?”Ok not quite the look I was aiming for but she went ahead with it. This gives me the chance to introduce you La Princesse Au Petit Pois, a beautiful, poetic collection of clothes for children designed by the talended Alexandra Darcissac.All the clothes are made in France and are simply beautiful. My favourite pieces are this gorgeous Notre Coeur dress and the Ilo blouse and the bloomers are just adorable!No chance to look like an orphan with this magnificent collection…in fact, it’s quite the opposite… http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

One gorgeous new print and new hair…

It’s not very often that I post images of myself (like never!) but yesterday we had a photoshoot + interview in my home for The Scotland on Sunday magazine (which will get featured this weekend) so I went to the ‘haircoiffeur’ (hairdresser) as Mila says.Once the photoshoot was over with Debra Hurford Brown, the photographer sent by the newspaper, Francois and I carrying on styling the new BODIE and FOU collection which includes this gorgeous SMALL TALK print I took home and he also took a few portraits of me while the blow-dry was still looking good… The print is by One Must Dash, a creative label set up by two talented Swedish girls: Anki Josefsson & Anneli Sandström who made a gorgeous collection of prints exclusively available for BODIE and FOU. I hope you’ll love this one as much as I do.Ce n’est pas très souvent que je partage des photos de moi (genre jamais!) mais hier, il y a eu un photoshoot chez moi + interview pour The Scotland on Sunday magazine (l’article va paraitre ce weekend) et donc je suis allée …

Styling from the weekend: Paulistano chair love

I have the chance to have two of these beauties at home, the Whisky Paulistano with the stainless-steel frame and the White Paulistano with the black iron frame. It’s by far my favourite piece of design. I can’t tell you how much I love the lines of this chair…. The frame is made of a continuous 17-foot single bended steel bar (shaped under 200 lbs of hydraulic pressure over 24 hours) and then welded in a single spot and it looks simple and beautiful and for something that was designed in 1957 for The Athletic Club of São Paulo, it has not aged at all.Last week, Francois and I shot several Paulistano chairs including this shot below which was taken in  a beautiful family home in West London but could have well be taken in a home in Paris… don’t you think it has a gorgeous French vibe?The new UP poster by Fine Little Day on the wall is available from here and the Milk lamp from here. Photography: François Kong | Styling: Karine Kong http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs