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Summer campaign Styling for DFS. How to get the costal vibes. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

My styling for DFS Sofas

Last month, I flew to London to style the Summer campaign for DFS which took place in a magical place in Seasalter, Kent. As the photos have been featured in the press, I’m now allowed to share them with you here. The brief from DFS was to achieve a costal look around this beautiful sofa which is part of the French Connection collection (the coffee table too is from DFS, stunning isn’t it!?). I wanted to stay away from the costal shabby chic look we often see in magazines so my inspiration for the photoshoot was the beach houses that line the coast of Cape Town in South Africa. The location was just perfect for this! To achieve the look, I introduced textures using this striking Z1 pendant light with a black sisal shade as a centre piece to complement the blue of the sofa and this pretty basket  and added soft furnishings with patterns using handmade indigo throws and cushions.

Indian Summer in France…

When I arrived in France this morning, it suddenly hit me how I’m drawn to white interiors with soft, industrial pieces when in London and as soon as I arrived here, I switch to white interiors with textures and hues of blue and indigo… 1. Gorgeous, woven bench | 2. Blue tumblers | 3. Denim One thing I love when I arrive to our home in France is seeing our blue shutters…somehow, this tells me that I’ve “arrived home” and I mentally switch to something else and become drawn to things that remind me of the Atlantic coast nearby. As we usually go there to relax and enjoy the beach, I’ve made a point of creating a home that would feel like a holiday home without being high maintenance. The way I use blue at home without going all costal (a nice style but a bit too cliché for my taste) is mixing modern and vintage accessories while keeping more valuable pieces of design out of reach from little hands so if something gets broken, it’s not the …

denim + blue shirt | Outfit perfection

DENIM + BLUE SHIRT | OUTFIT PERFECTION

Totally loving this look (minus the cigarette)… I gave up two years ago after saying goodbye to her one more time and never looked back and between changing my eating habits, drinking water and not smoking, my skin is looking a LOT better…for a 40 something. I wish I could stop sugar as easily as I gave up smoking… Come on! Hands up, who gave up smoking and is proud of it!? via Crawford Denim

How to style your bedroom for the Summer in no time

As the lovely Kate from Katie & The Kids bought our Ikea bed of me on Instagram, I re-arranged a few things to freshen up the look of our bedroom and bring a Summer vibe into…Did you notice how changing/re-arranging just a few things can make you feel hugely better!? I feel I have a new bedroom…. Here are 6 tips to style up your bedroom for the Summer in no time. ✔️ Move things around: I do this regularly and it’s a great way to freshen up the look of your home at no extra cost. I swapped the white stool bought in Amsterdam a few years ago for this wooden stool which was in our lounge (this one is also a nice and a more affordable alternative). ✔️ Upgrade your bed linens with summery colours: In Summer time, I love using white & blue touches throughout the house. It reminds me of our holidays in our home in France by the Bay of Arcachon. As you know, I’m a big fan of stonewashed linens and since it’s my birthday on Sunday, I treated myself to this soft Summer …

BODIE and FOU NEW SS/14 | THE BLUE COLLECTION

I’m so so excited! The first part of our new SS/2014 collection is now online and I can’t tell you how much I love it!So let me talk you through our new HAPPY HOME COLLECTION and my favourite pieces to create an effortlessly chic and relaxed, feel-good, summery vibe in your home even if you live in the city… 1/ These turquoise blue tumblersJust having them on the table with white ceramic plates, homemade salad and fresh lemonade make me feel like I’m on holiday in my house in France.2/ This beautiful embroidered pouffeA really, gorgeous piece to have at home. It will look amazing on natural or white floorboards and if you’re on a budget, just paint a couple of cheap, wooden crates in white and put a few blue and white cushions around for your friends. You will feel as if you are in Ibiza or Greece in no time…The Nomad pouffe is also available in coral here 3/ The Souk embroidered cushionA great alternative if you can’t afford the Nomad pouffe but …

Weekend inspiration: hues of blue to remind us of Summer time >> www.karinecandicekong.com

Weekend inspiration

I wish you a fabulous weekend. I’m going to spend the weekend clearing our top rooms in preparation for the building work starting in our loft so I’ll be adding more things on Ebay. Bises// 1. Salt & Pepper Jacket from TOAST | 2. Stonewashed linen duvet cover from BODIE and FOU | 3. Japanese linen apron | 4. Boyfriend jeans from HUSH

LIFE WITH MILA | MY AGE

Sometimes, Mila (9 years old) gets worried about my age. She doesn’t think I’m old or look old, she thinks the number is old… Mila: “…mamaaaan, I don’t like you being 40” Me: “yes I know but that’s ok…I mean technically I’m 44” Mila: “Yes I know but I don’t like it! Can’t you be…30 for instance?” Me: “:-) yes if you want…I’m 30 in my head anyway..” Mila: “Ok…let’s say you’re 34” Me: “ok cool, let’s do that. What about papa? What age shall we give him?” Mila: “Umm…46?” (he is turning 47 this year) Me: “Really? You want me to be with someone older than me”* Mila: “OK…44” Mwouahahaha * For the records, I dont have an issue with it.

In the mood for Black & Blue

A few of my favourite designs from our new collection are back in stock. The Rock Flag print will arrive tomorrow and I just love how it looks in our guest bedroom along with the denim stonewashed linen duvet cover. It makes me feel on holidays.All our beautiful rugs are also back in stock + these leather shopper bags in gold, black and silver (soon online).I took the gold one to New-York and I highly recommend it. It was just perfect to carry everything around town while still looking stylish. //Photography: Waves | Bedroom Photography François Köng*, Styling Karine Köng | Coffee table Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photography Jeroen van der Spek* Check out his new website!Quelqu’uns de mes désigns préférés sont de nouveau en stock. L’affiche Rock Flag arrive demain et j’adore la touche finale qu’elle ajoute à notre chambre d’amis avec la couette en lin lavé bleu denim. J’ai l’impression d’être en vacances.Tous nos beaux tapis sont aussi tous de retour + ce sac en cuir disponible couleur or, noir et argent (bientôt en ligne).J’avais pris celui en or pour aller New-York et …