How do you describe your style? Minimal, effortless, simple
What is your favorite thing to do on weekends? Going surfing with my daughter
Favorite music genre? Pop and Rock & Roll
Favorite bands & singers? Vanessa Paradis, Eminem, The Stones, Maroon 5
Any pets? A beloved Australian Shepherd Lucas, a little bunny Lou & 8 happy chickens who give us fresh eggs every day
What’s important to you when it comes up to fashion? Looking effortlessly stylish
Best holiday ever? Comporta in Portugal, Marrakech, Croatia, New-Zealand to see my in-laws, Hossegor to be with friends, France where our holiday home is and anywhere in the world with my family.
Design hero? Jacqueline Morabito more than anything else then Paola Navone, Norm Architects
Favorite fashion designer? Isabel Marant
Favorite thing in your wardrobe? My white t-shirts
Things we don’t know about you? I did sixteen years of ballet. I was a good windsurfer when I was a teenager and I started surfing in my forties
Any siblings? I have a younger sister Elodie (5 years) who lives in Paris and a younger brother (16 years) who lives in Bordeaux.
Quickies! What is your favorite…?
Car: a Mehari (which I have) and an old classic MG which my husband never let me buy on the basis that it would cost too much in repairs
Season: Summer. I could spend days by the beach
Favorite food: Healthy and if not, Indian
Karine Candice Köng is a bi-lingual French & English Blogger, Stylist and Brand Consultant with over twenty years of experience in communication and interior design.
Founder of the Award-winning concept store BODIE and FOU, which she ran for 10 years before selling it in January 2016, Karine has spent years creating and curating collections, styling for clients and writing stories for magazines including Elle Decoration and The Simple Things.
She has also designed a cult collection of black & white prints, which featured in numerous international decoration magazines and a limited edition Vipp15 with Danish acclaimed brand VIPP, which was purchased by her H.R.H. Princess Marie of Denmark.
Based in London for 19 years, she now divides her time between London and her childhood Summer haven: the Bay of Arcachon (France) with her New-Zealander husband Steve and their daughter Mila.
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WHAT THEY SAY
“Karine Candice is a French expat living in London who shares her inspirations, life and all-round creative ingenuity with the world via this blog. Go to the My Home section and sigh at the beauty of her residences (note the plural there). Then click on other links to check out the wonders she’s worked in different rooms – the naff old kitchen cupboards that she has transformed with black paint and a stainless-steel worktop, the charcoal-grey daughter’s nursery, the old pallet turned into a chic (no, really) coffee table. THE TELEGRAPH
“A French girl with Norwegian heritage, married to a Kiwi and living in London, Karine Köng loves to fill her home with family mementos and personal touches, proving that white, design-conscious interior can be welcoming and family friendly too.” RED MAGAZINE
“If you love European design and interiors, then you’ll like this find: a blog and an online store by the super cute sisters, Elodie & Karine Kong. BODIE and FOU is originally a business, an online store featuring some of the most stylish, contemporary European designs for the home and some of the World’s finest luxury gift ideas, but then Elodie and Karine added a blog which they call their “little black book”. The sisters enthusiasm for connecting people to great resources comes through and you get the feeling that their store benefits from this spirit.” APARTMENT THERAPY
“She swears by green smoothies, a good cry and quotes Galaxy Quest in the same breath as Steve Jobs. An hour in the refreshingly honest company of Karine Köng, Founder & Creative Director of online concept store BODIE and FOU is just what we need to kick off the year” NETTEMENT CHIC
“I’ve watched and admired so much your online store, blog, lifestyle, and openness with huge amounts of admiration. I hope 2016 brings you much happiness, health and exciting new adventures. “ Nicole, Reader
“Just a little email to say I absolutely adore the store, the whole vibe, the blog, the Pinterest and absolutely everything BODIE and FOU. I’m finding myself obsessed with it more than a normal person should be, I just love it so thanks for being inspiring and having an amazing online presence” Fiona, Reader
“Thank you. You are my inspiration! My family is a lot happier since I discovered your blog :-)” Ana, Reader