This year, I will be travelling quite a lot back and forth between London and the Bay of Arcachonso I will take this opportunity to share with you my favourite addresses in this beautiful region, starting with a few updated photos of our open-plan kitchen/dining room in our home in France.
We quickly renovated our holiday home 8 years ago on a budget and did a lot of the work ourselves like laying down the solid oak floorboards above, putting plasterboards up, painting the whole house and dealing with local cowboys builders. It was gruelling and not fun at all, which is why I’m glad we are doing things differently to renovate the London house (#bodieandfourenovations) The kitchen (it bugs me each time I look at this skirting board!) is from Ikea and the Vipp bin is a limited edition we did with iconic Danish brand Vipp(a creative collab’ I’m hugely proud of).
As we did everything on a budget, I mixed great design pieces from BODIE and FOU like these beautiful bone china pendant shades (above the kitchen counter), with things from Ikea and vintage objects & furniture sourced from “vide-greniers” and second-hand shops.
The result is a very relaxed home, which can host 8/10 people at the time. This year, we will focus on insulating the house, doing the bathroom up, add a large deck at the front of the house and hopefully converting some of the space in the three garages into additional rooms to welcome friends & family…Renovating is a bug, isn’t it?! :-)
The kitchen and stainless-steel light are from Ikea.
This utilitarian kitchen cupboard that hosts a collection of white crockery from Ikea and vintage pieces was found at a second-hand shop for 20 euros. It had nothing special except the perfect size to fit in this space and lots of shelves so I painted the outside white and the inside with left-over blue grey paint and created a feel-good holidays mood board with inspiring, blue images from magazines.
Initially I had ordered 8 modern chairs from AM-PM but out of the 8, only 2 survived (and we only used them during the Summer) so in the end, I sourced various vintage chairs which I painted in white. I like the look better now…