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decorating with old painting

Decorating with old paintings

I like the idea of decorating a modern home with an old painting…I grew up in a cluttered home, which is probably why I’m going the opposite and go for clean-looking, relaxed interiors but I love the idea of adding a bit of history into a modern home and mostly let the painting breathe rather than being lost in clutter. What do you think? 

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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

2014 – The Year of the Yang Wood Horse

Last night, I had the weirdest dream… We were at a sea side town walking down towards the beach. It was warm, the sun had just set but we could still see a bunch of white wild horses playing in the sea.On our way, we walked past the house of a famous person (no idea who!) who was swimming. Her pool was at street level so some kids jumped in the water to mess around and take her picture of her. She was furious. We carried on walking watching the scene and I wondered she was hadn’t put some walls  around her pool if she didn’t want this kind of things to happen.As we looked at the horses again, suddenly the sky opened to let a beautiful ray of white, sparkly, festive light coming down on the horses who started rising and moving like they were dancing.The whole scene was amazing and it felt so unique that I really tried hard to remember everything. Then I woke up and realised today was the start of the …

What are you up to this weekend?

Tomorrow, we are having lunch with friends who moved back to France a few months ago so I think I’ll make my gluten-free banana muffins again since the last batch was a success. I will share the recipe with you afterwards because they are delicious and it’s a great way to use all those bananas that go black and that the kids refuse to eat. Sunday morning, I’m off to Pariiiiis! Mega excited to see my mum and my sister for a week! While I’m here, I was wondering if there was a specific topic you would love me to cover… 1/ great gluten-free restaurants in Paris 2/ cool kids shops 3/ inspiring design & interiors shop Let me know…. Le programme de la semaine: //Sunday: lunch time off to trade show Playtime to catch up with friends and see Michelle’s stunning exhibition //Monday: off to Maison & Objet followed by diner with Will from Bright Bazaar, Arianna from Heart Home magazine and Igor from Happy Interior //Tuesday: Hairdresser (the one my sister hasn’t killed yet) so will see…frange ou pas frange. Then M&O) again, then diner with my my …

Re-energising blues and whites

Today is my first day back at work after two weeks well dodgy. I can’t tell you how happy I’m to be here. I’m still feeling a bit weak and can’t stand on my legs for two long but I’m feeling bright & alert which is a massive improvement (according to Steve, last week the kitchen table was more alert than I was!)So, following my post from yesterday about starting the first day of my new (healthier) life, this morning I started by having a glass of spirulina (and I promise you it doesn’t taste as bad as it looks!). Spirulina is an algae full of good nutrients which will boost anyone’s immune system. I’m also taking probiotics on my Osteopath’s advice and I have already switched my usual usual toast for gluten-free and yeast-free toast this morning which I had with avocado – it was really yummy and filling! I  got everything from here but you should find them in any health, organic shops.If you have any yummy, tasty salad recipes to share by all means, please do. I …

I always knew the kind of woman I wanted to be….

I hope you’re having a wonderful Easter Bank Holidays weekend so far… Mine was certainly fantastic and relaxing…We played tourists in Notting Hill, went to a a show at the Sadler’s Wells, had a great lunch with friends at Stoke Place, an amazing venue outside London (see photos on Instagram) and today my best friend from Paris is arriving and I’m taking her to a Bikram Yoga class. On Saturday which was my birthday, I received a wonderful email from Kelly Rutherford ‘s office saying how much she loved BODIE and FOU. I’m always amazed and grateful when I get this kind of email. I mean this email had a WOW factor (I’m a huge fan of Gossip Girl and Kelly’s style) but I get touched the same way when I get a heartfelt email from a customer on the other side of the world. We are still a niche independent concept store without a massive marketing budget and it always surprises me when people feel a connection with the BODIE and FOU style and somehow hear about us even if they are miles away.It’s the …

Have an inspiring, relaxing weekend

I had such a busy (but good) week that I think I’m gonna stay offline for most of the weekend to recover except the odd Instagram update .We’ve almost finished shooting our SS/2013 collection and are starting the design of our Spring summer catalogue on Monday. If you want a copy of our catalogue and you live in the UK, make sure you request a copy here . If you live abroad go here.I would also like to welcome my two new & beautiful sponsors: La Cerise sur le gateau and Lab.which I will introduce better in the next few days…. I have to confess…I started Bikram yoga a couple of weeks ago and since then, I’m feeling more inclined to look after myself and have time away from the computer. I’ve done 3 classes each week and I can’t believe how much of a positive impact it has already on my complexion (and may I say lines around the eyes), my figure, sleep and mood (according to Steve). It’s probably down to the 2 Lt of water …