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10 inspiring things to do in Cap-Breton (France). Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

10 great things to do in Cap-Breton

We had the best of times recently holidaying in Cap-Breton (I really love the vibes in Hossegor & Cap-Breton). We did lots of sports, the girls had a ball skating, we ate healthily, slept well, caught up with friends and in the end, everyone had an amazing holidays and we all trimmed down. Less than 2 hours away from our holidays home, it’s an area we know well. We had planned a trip to San-Sebastian or Biarritz if the weather was bad but it turned out absolutely gorgeous for two weeks so no sightseeing for us but we did a lot of sports and a bit of shopping. If you are looking at visiting the area in the future, here are 10 of my favourite things to do in Cap-Breton & Hossegor.

Adorable holiday rentals in The Bay of Arcachon, France. Home from home...read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Holiday rentals in the Bay of Arcachon

We always spent our holidays in France in this home which is now fully booked the whole Summer except the week from 22nd August but we also have this pretty house for 6 people near the Bay of Arcachon where I stayed for three months after giving birth to Mila.

Tea party in our tree house | Our holiday home in France www.karinecandicekong.com

Tea party in our tree house

These are behind-the-scene shots I took when Côté Ouest magazine came to shoot our home last June, which I never shared with you. We moved a lot of things around in the house for the sake of the photoshoot to create new images but I’m especially fond of these photos in our tree house which was built by Steve and was a really work of love. Sadly Mila no longer fit in this fabulous denim jumpsuit which we got from Gap but you can probably find similar ones on Elias and Grace or Smallable. I’ll sell some of Mila’s clothes on Instagram soon.

Something old, something French

I sourced this gorgeous, vintage French chandelier in the South West of France when I was renovating my first owned flat in Stoke Newington…As we are now about to embark on massive renovations, I need to clear our house so this gorgeous piece is now up for sale…. As far as I can remember, even as a student in Bordeaux, I used to paint all my walls in white and mix contemporary pieces from IKEA (back then that’s all I could afford) and vintage pieces. When I moved in, everything was bright blue and magnolia so I painted everything in white, sanding the floorboards to bring them back to their natural colour, used an old wooden door found in the street as a large coffee table and purchased my first designer sofa: the Robin Day sofa re-issued by Habitat (will be selling this one too soon).I didn’t re-wire this chandelier when I used it in my flat but for peace of mind, you may want to.A few glass pieces are missing but this is a …

Café Pinson in The Simple Things magazine | Contributor

 Did you get the latest copy of The Simple Things magazine?It’s looking fabulous as usual!I’ve bought a Kindle for my mum over the weekend as a pre-Christmas gift so she could read French books while staying with us and I need to work out if I could also get her a Simple Things mag subscription to download on her Kindle. Do you know if it’s possible?Café Pinson, the fab vegetarian café François and I photographed last time we were in Paris is in it and if you are off to the French capital, I recommend you go there for breakfast. The team is very lovely and you will only eat healthy, gluten-free things good for your body and your soul. I got so wrapped up in the making of our Christmas catalogue (you can request a copy HERE) that I never got a chance to share with you the café we shot in Brooklyn so I will post it this week.Have a great week! xoxo———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Est ce que vous avez acheté le dernier numéro de The Simple Things magazine ? Il est superbe …

My latest DIY project..

Always have a little DIY project in the kitchen, you never know what crazy hours of the night you will end up tackling it! I tackled mine at 2am (thx to Madame Insomnia) and ended up chatting with some nice people (thanks Instagram) I found the chair above in the street last year. I wasn’t too keen on the dark wood (which i sanded) and the blue fabric (see how it looked like when my home was featured in ELLE DECORATION) but the shape was perfect to achieve the style of Jacqueline Morabito (below). follow my Pinterest for more J. Morabito inspiration But then Lucas started sleeping on it…. Then Lucas started chewing the cushion… In the end, my lovely dog wrecked it completely (see picture on Instagram) so rather than re-upholster it, I decided to paint the fabric in white and use the chair as a prop. I had done this last Summer on a French armchair in my house in France (credit to my creative mum who suggested it) and the result was fab…very Maison …

SS 2013 collection | Behind the scenes

As we were staying in our home in France, Francois and I started shooting our SS 2013 collection* in the four bedrooms.Here is a sneak-peek of the new collection (more to come next week) and this beautiful blue stonewashed duvet cover and matching pillow cases are now online.*Make sure you request a copy of our next catalogue out in May Comme nous sommes restés dans ma maison en France pour les fêtes, Francois et moi avons commencé à shooter la collection Printemps-Ete 2013* dans les quatre chambres.Voici quelques photos (j’en posterais plus la semaine prochaine) et cette magnifique nouvelle couette en lin lavé bleu et les taies d’oreiller sont maintenant en ligne dans la boutique.*Make sure you request a copy of our next catalogue out in May http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Holidays snaps from the Bay of Arcachon

We had a lovely time in our holidays home in France near the Bay of Arcachon. We went to the beach… Had some ice-creams and new strippy t-shirts… Stayed on the boat for a week… Climbed trees… Picked up trees… Climbed walls…and then admired the sunset… Had a laugh…and more ice-creams…. Played in tree house….and painted the walls inside in white…. And I even managed to do some DIY here (more of this later), caught up with some friends and made some new ones who stayed in this house http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs