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STORY DELI | LONDON

May 7, 2015

Inspiring place to eat in London: Story Deli Read on www.karinecandicekong.comMy favourite place to eat pizza in London is Story Deli because visually, I think it’s one of the most inspiring places to be. As a lover of white interiors, textures and vintage, Story Deli feels like a second home to me. Over the years, the Deli has moved around East London and is now located at the end of Bricklane on Bethnal Green Road. The new Story Deli is a lot more pared down than it used to be, like a more balanced, grown-up version, yet still so beautiful (you can glimpse the old one here). It has less tables than it used to have, the distressed white floorboards at the old location have been replaced by a concrete floor, the space has still heigh ceilings and as today was a nice day, I particularly enjoyed the natural light flooding from two large sky windows.

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21 Easy kitchen updates

February 21, 2011

This is long overdue post but on my way to Paris, I bought Elle Decoration and only managed to go through it recently. One of their articles was on 21 Easy Kitchen updates and I was really thrilled to see they had used my kitchen cupboard from our house in France (where I’m right now to celebrate my Dad’s 65th B’day) as example no 9!

If you haven’t got a copy, I’ve just listed these easy updates for you because I think a lot of do are easy and also inexpensive.
1 Show your cupboards some love by adding new fronts or wallpaper them with the scrapwood wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek2 Cheer your ears with a whistling kettle
3 Treat yourself to proper tools
4 If you can, position your sink station by a sunny window (or add one of our cool roller blinds!)
5 Add some character to your kitchen with quirky tea towels
6 Look for imaginative ways to organize your space
7 Decant cutlery into large glass tumblers for instant deli-style chic (I have been doing this at home since I saw it done at Story Deli in Bricklane)
8 Take the plunge with a colourful tap and inject a jolt of fun

9 Give the inside of cupboards a lick of paint (which is honestly the easiest thing to do! I bought a second-hand cupboard for 15 Euros in France, painted the inside in blue grey and the outside in white and then add white crockery). I really like this B&W version too.

Norrgavel via Emma’s Design blog

10 Swap standard cupboard handles for something more unusual
11 Raise the heat with a sexy new oven
12 Add some pizzazz to your walls with patterned tiles
13 Make an impact with colourful storage
14 Commission glassworker to make you a decorative splash-back
15 Store spices in magnetic mini containers on the side of your fridge
16 Create a dynamic display with pots and pans
17 Transform shelves by covering with patterned oilcloth (you can use these large blind fabric samples too to achieve the same result)
18 Grow a herb garden and keep it near the hob so you can add straight to the cooking pot
19 Make recycling your New Year’s resolution!
20 Enjoy eye-catching crockery every day
21 Collect colourful cookbooks





En allant a Paris, j’ai achete Elle Decoration et il n’y a seulement quelques jours que j’ai pu enfin lire. Un de leurs articles etait sur 21 facons faciles de renover une cuisine et j’etais super contente de voir qu’ils avaient utilise le placard de ma cuisine de notre maison en France (ou je suis actuellement pour feter les 65 ans de mon pere) en exemple no 9!
Si vous n’avez pas une copie du Elle Deco, je les ai liste ci-dessous parce que je pense que la plupart sont faciles et faire et pas trop cher.
1 Montrez un peu d’amour a vos placards de cuisine en remplacant les portes ou en les couvrant de papier peint comme le papier peint Bois de Recup de Piet Hein Eek2 Ajoutez une jolie bouilloire qui siffle ou en couleur
3 Equipez-vous avec de vrais outils
4 Si vous pouvez, positionez votre evier pres d’une fenetre ensoleillee (ou ajoutez un de super cool stores!)
5 Ajoutez du charactere a votre cuisine avec quelques torchons un peu funky
6 Essayez de trouver des facons imaginatives d’organiser l’espace
7 Mettez vos couteaux et fourchettes dans des gros pots en verre comme dans les cafes our Delicatessen (je fais ca a la maison depuis que je l’ai vu a Story Deli a Bricklane)
8 Ajoutez un peu de fun avec un robinet en couleur
9 Peignez l’interieur de votre placard de cuisine (ce qui est honnetement super facile a faire! J’ai achete un placard d’occasion pour 15 Euros in France et peint l’interieur en bleu-gris et l’exterieur en blanc en une weekend et ensuite je les remplie avec de la vaisselle blanche). J’aime bien aussi cette version N&B.

10 Changez les poignets de vos placards pour quelque de different
11 Ajoutez un nouveau four aux lignes sexy
12 Ajoutez un peu de vavavroum a vos murs avec des carreaux a motifs
13 Creez un impact avec des meubles de rangement haut en couleur
14 Commissionnez un artisan pour creer une plaque
15 Rangez vos epices dans des petits containers magnetiques sur le cote de votre frigo
16 Creez un mur dynamique en exposant votre batterie de cuisine
17 Transformez vos etageres en les recouvrant de tissu impermeable (vous pouvez egalement utiliser ces larges echantillons de tissu pour arriver au meme resultat)
18 Faire pousser des herbes et gardez les pres de la gasiniere pour les ajouter a votre casserole lorsque vous cuisinez
19 Faites du recyclage votre nouvelle resolution pour l’annee!
20 Faites vous plaisir avec de la jolie vaisselle
21 Collectionnez des livres de cuisine qui vous font faire envie

Now that the B’day Boy party is over, we’re off to Andorra for a few days of skiiing with Lily and Mila. Have a great week!

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The story of a hat….

April 6, 2010

A day trip to Biarritz….the men off to a rugby match, the girls off shopping in town…
Un coup de foudre for a hat from Galeries Lafayettes, followed by hours of fun shooting Mila and her ice-cream…

I’m now officially on holidays for the week. Have a great week!

PS:
Mila wears a cashmere dress from Zadig & Voltaire, black boots from Cos and woman hat from Galeries Lafayettes

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10 cool things to do in London like a local

December 15, 2015

Weekend in London, things to do, things to seeSteve and I have been travelled back and forth between London and France for a few months now while Mila is at school in France but it felt really good to be all back at the same time in our home in London.
Catching up with friends, brunch, playdate, sleepover, pub, shopping, museum, we did it all and here are 10 things you can do in London like a local in one weekend (with kids!).

1/Have diner at the pub
As you may know, we (French) take young children to restaurants kids, which is not very common in England, but as a result, she has learnt from a very young age to behave in a restaurant or public place.
As a foodie, I think there is no better feeling than hanging out with our friends and their children in a warm pub in Winter, having a roast when it’s cold outside.
Friday night, we went to The Duke of Sussex in Chiswick (10 min bus ride, great food & customer service!) but there are a few other nice gastro pubs in West London, all walking distance from our home: The Havelock (great outdoor space from Spring), the Princess Victoria on Uxbridge road (superb features inside) or the Anglesea Arms (maybe a bit pricey but the food is good) near Ravenscourt Park.

2/ Have breakfast in a café
One of my me-time guilty pleasure at weekends when we are not making pancakes or pikelets, is having breakfast in a café, eating Egg Benedict, sipping Earl Grey and catching up on all the weekend newspapers.
The Brackenbury wine rooms opens at 7.30am and has kids menu for £3. I also love cycling to High Road House in Chiswick or Granger and Co in Notting Hill.

3/Take the children to see a movie
We often go to the cinema on Saturday or Sunday morning. If you go to the Kids AM cinema, it’s only £1.99 per child and adult. 10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local10 things to do in London in one weekend like a local4/Head to a Farmers market
London has some fantastic Farmers markets to get fresh, organic veggies from the Farmers’ allotment. The Brook Green Market is small but family-friendly and has always wine tastings or cooking classes on. If you get up early, I highly recommend Marylebone’s Farmers marketBorough market (a visual feast!) and Columbia Road Flower market.

4/Go for a walk
There are so many beautiful parks in London besides the obvious Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. Near our home, Brook Green and Ravenscourt Park are very good for children. The latter is especially good for running too and there is also a lovely café in the Garden Centre. I also love a good walk/run along Hammersmith river to escape the noises from the city.

5/ Take photomaton pictures
Each time I travel to Paris with Mila, we try to get our photos taken chez Bonton to build happy memories. In London, you can get photomaton pictures at Urban Outfitters in Westfields (8 min walk from home).

6/ Shop in Westfields
If it’s your first time in London, you will likely want to go to Oxford street, Carnaby street in the centre of town, which are insanely busy. After nineteen years in London, I’d rather go to Westfields (where Net-a-Porter head offices are) to shop from MajeTopshop, Ugg Australia, L.K. Bennett, Ted Baker, The Kooples and have sushis.

7/ Pamper yourself
Malika is the place I head to, when I want a manicure and get my eyebrows done. It’s in Westfields too so very convenient and while I think threading is flipping painful, the girls know what they are doing and will do your eyebrows in 8 min (bookings often required at weekends).

8/ See an exhibition or a museum
Over the weekend, I was trying to explain to my daughter how important it was to make an effort to go to museums and see various exhibitions so that they would fuel her creativity and open her mind.
London is great for this and has many amazing museums with free entrance like the British Museum, Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery to name a few and there is always some great exhibitions on. This time, we went to see the Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at The Barbican which we loved and then walked through the city to Liverpool street to pop in Anthropologie.

9/Spend the afternoon in Bricklane
Make sure you give yourself enough time to hang out around Spitafields market and Bricklane. The place is really vibrant, creative and there is a lot of nice, little shops to discover and street food to try. When it comes to a great example of various cultures living/thriving together, I can’t think of  a better example than Bricklane.

10/ Have a pizza in Story Deli
One of my favourite places in London (which may close as the owners have the opportunity to run a gastro pub in Buckinghamshire), Story Deli is my little haven of inspiration and the pizzas are really nice (see previous post).

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