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8 favourite Summer spots in the Bay of Arcachon. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

8 favourite summer spots in the Bay of Arcachon

A few people coming to stay in our holidays homes (this one for 6 people and this one for 8 people) have been asking me about places to eat and what to do with young children so here are my favourite spots to eat in the Bay of Arcachon and they are all child-friendly.

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.

A relaxed, effortlessly chic white & grey bedroom

A relaxed white & grey bedroom

We have a new hue in our linen collection called Cloud grey…dreamy isn’t it!? I just want to spend the rest of the day in this room. What do you think? Shall we have a cup of tea, GF free brownies and a chat?

BODIE AND FOU NEW SS/14 | THE WHITE COLLECTION

I can’t say if WHITE & BLISS is my favourite collection out of all the beautiful mini collections we put together for our SS/2014 collection but it is definitively the one that makes me feel the most peaceful and calm so here are my favourite pieces for a blissful Summer… 1/ This Beaded chandelierShot last week in my home, it is an extraordinary piece of design. In fact, it is very similar to the chandelier seen in this beautiful family warehouse in Amsterdam but a lot more affordable as this one is made of wooden beads and not clay. Still, it is a very striking and gorgeous piece! 2/ These beautiful white cast iron candlesticks These are the kind of candlesticks I use in our home in France. They are inexpensive but they really look great and add a very nice French touch to a table. I selected three different sizes ans shapes for you because I think they look much more interesting when mixed together and they are great for an extended dinner party alfresco. 3/ These white ceramic bowls Smooth, tactile, …

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 …

ZARA GREEN COAT + BOYFRIEND JEANS

Did you see this on Saturday? It really made me laugh… I mean, yeah it’s not all about shopping, etc (quoique…) but once in a while, it just feels good to go for it just because we want to!So I got myself this very bright green coat from Zara to wear with my boyfriend jeans and my black Bowie’s Suede Wedged trainers. I don’t think I ever bought anything so bright since Uni but I had actually seen someone trying it on, in a more conservative colour last weekend in Westfields and thought the cut was really good. It looked so good on her that I almost told her.Retrospectively I think I should have, because its always nice when someone pays you a compliment out of the blue…So when I saw it in green, I just thought…why not!!?  2014 feels good, really good. I have a huge amount of energy and like our pink door, this will be my happy coat for this Spring.What do you think? What’s the brightest piece of item you bought? Here are my favourite ‘green pieces’ …

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 …

Clemence Poesy's sexy hair. More on www.karinecandicekong.com

Clemence Poesy’s sexy hair + black clutch

I spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest (for work of course!) and once in a while, I see something and think…WOW! And that’s exactly what I thought when I saw Clémence Poesy’s new haircut…She has always been a very attractive girl but her new haircut has made her even more sexier.