Month: May 2013

Crush on Hannah Lemholt’s photography, NYC, The Simple Things…

We’re off to HERE (Hell yeah!) on Friday and as usual I’m trying to fit a 5-day week into a 4-day week without getting stressed out, organising the photo shoots we will be doing for The Simple Things magazine, preparing my meeting with my Publishing Agent (read the great news here) and organising our family holidays…Well, it’s not really working out…. I’m mega super stressed this afternoon but it’s OK. I know I’ll feel like a little Buddha after Bikram Yoga (last night I managed the toe stand pose for the first time in 2 months) and I will eventually get things done right on time (or kind of).I had this big plan to schedule wonderful, inspiring posts for you guys next week but let’s face it…it’s not gonna happen :-))) I may be able to schedule 1 or 2 in advance if I’m lucky but next week, I’ll probably more on Instagram than behind the laptop writing blog posts.In fact, I’m not even sure I can be bothered to take my laptop with me! These past few years, …

Gwyneth, Quinoa, banana cake & the Kale project | FOOD

After being proud of myself for making all theses healthy changes to my diet without too much of a struggle (I actually felt my new way of eating was better and tastier), I was told yesterday that I had to leave dairy out for a while which really p$$&8*d me off.Luckily I received some great advices on Twitter (thanks Tina) and Instagram and managed to find some nice alternatives so I’m all set for this week before heading off to New-York (read comments here if you want more info on alternatives).To cheer myself up, I baked this gluten-free banana cake for the second time: 300 g (10  1/2  oz)  smashed ripe banana3 free range / organic eggs60 g ( 2 oz / 2 tablespoons) raw honey or organic maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla60 g (2 oz/  1/4 cup)  macadamia nut oil or cold pressed olive oilhalf teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2  tsp baking soda ( bicarb soda) + 1 tbsp lemon juice200 g ( 2 cups/ 7  oz) ) almond meal (I still don’t have almond meal in my panty so I’ve …

The bedroom of my dreams

Earlier this week, Francois and I shot our new stonewashed linen collection (see more pics on Instagram).I wanted to create a happy, uplifting, relaxed bedroom because I was getting fed up with the gloomy weather (I’m still wearing jumpers for crying our loud!) and this beautiful, soft mint stonewashed duvet cover was just perfect. I added textures and brought nature indoor by adding this beautiful natural basket (good for storage throughout the house), the MILK table lamp on the floor and this gorgeous Bamboo pendant light (they are so nice it’s insane!).The industrial clothes rail is from here and I’m not sure I’m going to give it back…The white t-shirts come from Zara, Des Petits Hauts (a French fashion brand) and the market near our holidays home in France.The wooden rosary on the American Vintage linen dress (far left) is from here and it looks really beautiful on a white wall or displayed like this on a white garnement.Tomorrow, I’ll have the pleasure to work from this bedroom to sort out Mila’s clothes and will put everything for …

Off to New-York…Any tips for me?

D-7 and we are off to New-York City for a family holiday (and a bit of work!) and I’m super excited!  Before becoming une maman I used to go there every two or three years dreaming that one day I would live there but I haven’t returned since I had Mila so a catch up between the Big Apple and I is long overdue! I’m also going to meet up with my publishing Agent and the team to discuss my decoration book and now that I got used to the idea, I’m getting really excited to start on it. This is going to be such an interesting and creative project! Since it has been ages I went to NYC and Brooklyn, I was wondering if you could help me with a few tips: places that I really need to so, things to do/to buy (I’m going there with an empty suitcase!) and gorgeous cafés to eat. I’m looking for independent cafés that have an amazing atmosphere and very cool interior design details (either in Manhattan or Brooklyn) …

My best DIY tip & a massive crush for this kitchen

What’s your kitchen like? You may have seen mine in Elle Decoration…We haven’t done anything to it since we moved in, three years ago except when I painted the units in blackboard paint because I couldn’t take any longer how eyesore the old units looked (see more photos of the units revamped with black paint in Scotland on Sunday)In fact, painting the units with blackboard paint was probably the cheapest and best DIY project I’ve ever done. £25 paint + a lot of elbow grease for a “new” kitchen was not bad at all I think.However, who doesn’t crave for a brand new kitchen!? I know I do.Steve and I are currently considering opening the kitchen onto the garden and adding an island with bar stools. I like the idea of having bar stools. They add a convivial, relax atmosphere to a kitchen..Kids love them.. and they bring people together as often everyone rallies around the island to talk and drink wine while the host is preparing the meal.I think it’s important to feel inspired in your kitchens. They are often …

How to create a home that feels like a holiday home despite the weather

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had a gorgeous lunch yesterday with Mandy and Rupert, Founders of HUSH that felt very summery and woke up this morning to a weather that feels very automnal… #depressingweatherI wish we could just all embrace a proper Spring, we all need it!One of the reasons I like our home to be white is that it gives me the feeling that we are in a holiday house and to achieve a relaxed feel, I use natural fabrics with texture in the bedroom like these stonewashed linen duvet covers and white crockery and tableware in the kitchen.Which brings me to tell you about our new white ceramic bowls from our NATURALS // collection which are selling like cupcakes.We’ve received so many orders for these that they temporarily went out of stock but I’m pleased to say they will be back in stock at the end of the week along with this crinkled vase and these beautiful wooden chopping boards (yes! we managed to source more of the medium so you can now have a complete …

Such an inspiring workspace & some really great news

// Credits Photo workspace; Styling: Cleo Scheulderman @vtwonen photo: Jeroen van der Spek   Well…I don’t know about your week but mine has been pretty eventful with some really great news!  The first one is that Francois and I are going to be Contributors to The Simple Things magazine and I’m really really excited about it. This is a magazine I loved from the start, it’s beautiful, inspiring, has a great balance of creative things, interiors, soft industrial and food (everything I’m passionate about) and I love the concept we’ve put together so I’m sure you’re going to love it too!   The second one is that I have signed a contract with a fabulous US Literary Agent to write an interior book and I’m really really freaked out about it (but very excited too!). Writing a decoration book has always been on my list of things to do when I launched BODIE and FOU 8 years ago but it takes time to build a business and this year was finally the year to make that dream comes …

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: COFFEE TABLE

When it comes to decorating, I think it’s very liberating to allow yourself to think outside the box.I used this pretty owl vase mostly as a pen holder and until recently this stool was the perfect side table to have by my sofa.My inspiration for the shot above was a coffee table made out of African stools spotted in an old Living Etc issue (circa 1998). Unfortunately I can not check the credits any longer as I threw away lots of magazines when we moved from Bristol back to London but I’m pretty sure it was a Dutch house.In all these years searching for similar stools, I only came across dark African stools or lighter ones that cost an arm until I used this wooden stool.What do you think? Would you mind sharing what ‘outside the box thinking’ you’ve done at home with your decoration?I’m also very excited that the God of Design aka Philippe Starck has chosen 20 of this stool to decorate his new MAMA SHELTER in Istambul. How cool is that!!?? I wish I …