Interior styling

Grey Minimalism in the bedroom

January 25, 2017

How to get the look: 50 shades of Grey Minimalism in our bedroomI just came back from shooting my Artist friend Perrine Fifadji (check the African Queen visual story) while she was performing at La Mediathèque of Mérignac. It was a great experience as she has an amazing voice…

The pictures will be used for her press kit which is very exciting but after going through 300 pictures, all I want now is my bed…

We have a new cute addition on our bedside table which I’m looking forward to using outside this Summer.

I also don’t think I had shared with you our new floor…

We got rid of the sisal carpet which was nice but after 10 years, I fancied a change and painted the floor with hardwearing parking paint…well so we were told. I think it’s not hardwearing as I would love it to be but it’s definitively easier to clean and it looks more modern and was not as expensive as the resin floor we did in our home in London.

As you may know, Steve and I are off to a biking road trip to Portugal in February so the house is available for rent from 18th February to 03rd March 2017. If you are interested, drop me a line.

Disclosure: Photography & styling by me, the light was supplied by Fatboy.

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Domotex 2017: The things I love the most

January 23, 2017

Domotex 2017: The things I love the mostLast week I flew to Hannover as I was invited to attend Domotex.
When it comes to interior design trade shows I usually attend Maison & Objet in Paris and a few in London and I have to admit, both Domotex and Hannover were not on my list of places to visit but I’m so glad I went because it was a visual feast and I met a lot of interesting people including Award-winning Designer Alfredo Häberli (see his site).

If you don’t know anything about Domotex, it is The world’s largest flooring trade show and if you are a Retailer, Designer, Architect, Interior Designer, Manufacturer or Journalist, this is the place to be to discover the latest trends and technologies in flooring from rugs, tiles, carpet and wooden floors.

The rugs area was by far, my most favourite hall and the one that caused my heart to skip a beat more than once, especially the designs of Berlin-based creative company: Rug Star which I’m sharing with you today.

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Personal handmade gifts for the people you love

December 15, 2016

Personal handmade gifts for the people you loveI really like the idea of giving handmade gifts to loved ones.
The problem with handmade gifts is that first, you need to have the time to make them. Second, you need to be fairly creative or good at something to come up with something that will look really stylish and not looking as if it has been done by a five years old.

I’ve made a few scented candles this month but they are more like little tokens of love rather than proper gifts. I didn’t have time to craft anything so I decided to offer my friend Perrine, one of the photos I took of her when we did this photoshoot.

Now… I don’t have the presumption to assume that anyone receiving one of my photos is going to say “wow” out of excitement but last time I saw Perrine, she told me that the photoshoot really boosted her confidence and made her re-connect with the person she was a few years ago.

This really strokes a chord with me.

I have know Perrine since we were sixteen. I was there when her dad died and she was only a teen, she was there when mine left last year.

I have known her as a teen, as a Student and then as a transformed (physically and emotionally) woman when she discovered her true calling as a Singer, Dancer and Choregrapher.
I’ve known her in a relationship, pregnant, grieving, happy, hurt, as a single mother, as the amazing woman she is and no longer can see and I thought if just one photoshoot can help her to boost her confidence, then I want her to look at this photo of her where she stands tall, confident and beautiful and tell herself “this is who I am”.

I got the photo below printed in 50 x 70 cm when I attended the HP Printed Interiors forum in Barcelona, just before I flew to Marrakech last month. It is printed with a beautiful, quality glossy finish, using Latex Printing Technology, which is not only eco-friendly but incredibly versatile. This technology is really transforming digital printing.
You can basically create your own wallpaper, canvas or self-adhesive vinyls to create and make your home more personal and unique. If you are in London, your can get your photos printed in poster size like me (or even bigger!) at Clicks in east London while you wait. If you’re out of London, just leave a comment below with your city & country and I will get the info for you.

Seeing my photos on a big size like this was quite a wow moment for me but knowing that it is going to boost Perrine’s confidence is making me really happy and I know she will appreciate this kind of personal gift.Personal handmade gifts for the people you lovePersonal handmade gifts for the people you loveHow about you? Have you managed to make any handmade gifts this year?

// Photography by Karine Köng | Posted in partnership with HP; all views my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support BODIE and FOU

10 beautiful Xmas gift wrapping to inspire you

December 14, 2016

10 beautiful Christmas gift wrapping to inspire youSince my last post on these 10 inspiring Christmas wreaths to makesick days have taken over and it has been a daily struggle to stick to my December to-do list but I really wanted to show you these 10 beautiful Christmas gift wrapping which I’m sure you’ll find useful when you find yourself wrapping presents at the last minute.

I have also included my favourite gift labels and wrapping paper free to download.

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