kids bedrooms

The new Pigmée collection now in grey

September 22, 2013

Quick hello to let you know that the beautiful Pigmée dolls are now available in a beautiful grey. I love those dolls. I love how they are made, I love their shape, texture, feel and the two white, Mila had in her bedroom, look amazing so I’m over the moon to have these in grey now.

Have a great Sunday bises
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The Escapade by Le Train Fantome

July 15, 2013

ok this print is a bit of a treat for me…and you
For me, because The Escapade print has been designed by Fanja Ralinson, the talented girl behind The Train Fantôme and she is someone who I have been wanted to work with for a long time so now it’s 
A treat for you (hopefully!) because I’m hoping that you will love it as much as I do.
I think it’s  a very pretty print and its soothing, pastel hues, makes it perfect for a  nursery or a kid’s bedroom. It also comes with a small price tag of £15.
In fact, in the new collection, I’m planning to work with a lot of designers I’ve admired for a long time, to bring you a gorgeous collection to decorate kid’s bedroom without breaking the bank so stay tuned.
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ok cette affiche, c’est un peu un cadeau que je me suis fais…et aussi pour vous
Pour moi, parce que l’affiche The Escapade  dessiné par Fanja Ralinson, une  créatrice bourrée de talent (The Train Fantôme c’est elle), est quelqu’un avec qui je voulais travailler depuis quelques temps donc ca c’est  
Un cadeau pour vous (du moins je l’espère!) parce que d’abord j’ai envie que vous aimiez cette affiche autant que moi. 
Et puis ensuite, je trouve que c’est une belle affiche et avec ses couleurs douces et pastels, elle est parfaite pour une chambre de bébé ou d’enfant. Elle a aussi un petit prix de £15.
En fait, dans la nouvelle collection, je prévois de travailler avec plusieurs désigners que j’admire depuis longtemps pour vous concocter une collection, qui vous permette de de créer de belles chambres d’enfants à petits prix

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Create a pretty French kids’ bedroom on a budget

April 23, 2013

Mila's bedroom. © Photography: François Köng, Styling: Karine Köng |  http://www.karinecandicekong.com| All rights reserved

I recently updated Mila’s bedroom which you can now see in our catalogue (on issuu here), and made a few changes to show you how to create a French style kids bedroom for very little money I think.

Stylish French homes love grays and the ones I mostly use at home, are from Farrow & BallWhen we moved in three years ago, the first thing I did, was to paint all the floorboards and the walls in white (except the one behind her bed which I painted in Down Pipe).

To soften the whole look, I then painted her wardrobe in light gray. I can’t remember whether I used Pavilion Gray or Lamp room Gray because I used gray in our bedroom at the same time but it doesn’t really matter as you should always get a a few samples first to try different grays on your walls and see how they look in your room at different times of the day.

Then I created little vignettes in each corner of her room. Needless to say that her choice of toys (bright pink and 100% plastic) differs from the toys and accessories I like to buy for her room (handmade, wood, vintage) but I tried to achieve a balance & find storage solutions so she can have her toys with I can have her bedroom looking nice and visually pleasing.
I used a lot of cotton bags (you know the ones fashion shops give for free with your purchase) and I store her socks/swimming gears/headbands in various bags so each bag has a purpose but at the same time, they all look very pretty together.

My must-have storage solution though is this basket which is amazing (I also use it in our lounge to store throws)
The other great piece of decoration I think which adds instant value to a room are these paper pom poms which you can also use for a party, birthday or to brighten up a corner of your home. On this photo, I used the bright version for a photoshoot and you can see how much it changed the look of  Mila’s bedroom.

Seriously cool gifts for kids…

November 27, 2012

We had so many orders and press coverage for our decorative animal heads that I totally forgot to post about them here. So here they are!
For those, who have read me for a while, you will know that I’m not a huge fan of licensing toys like Barbie, Bob The Builder, etc… I think our children, our homes deserve better and I see so many talented designers out there that I make it my mission to show you things that are beautiful, creative and unusual to create inspiring, happy family homes.
When I put the BODIE and FOU Kids collection, I searched for things that would be beautiful to decorate a child’s bedroom but also out of the ordinary – We don’t like boring rooms, do we?
I love these animal heads because they change the look of a  child’s bedroom in a positive way and break a plain wall. 
In Mila’s bedroom, I painted one of her walls in Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball and the other 3 in bright white and you can see from the photos below that these lovely animals work equally well on a pale or dark wall.
All our decorative animal heads are handmade in India, ethically produced and then definitively add a striking decorative note to a kids bedroom (although we had one lady who bought the fox head for her kitchen :-)
Boys love jungle-themed bedroom so it’s probably why the Elephant head is so popular (my favourite was the polar bear but I’m often in a white Xmas kind of mood) and I think these, are a great way to encourage creativity & imagination while decorating a kids bedroom.
For more animal themed bedroom, check out the Bat print or the Monkey print

Photography: François Kong  | Styling: Karine Kong | star garland from here

Nous avons eu tellement de commandes et de couverture de presse pour ces Têtes d’animaux, que j’ai complétement oublié d’en parler ici!
Comme vous le savez, je ne suis pas méga fan des jouets avec des licenses genre Barbie, Bob The Builder etc, donc lorsque je travaillais sur la collection enfant de BODIE and FOU,  j’ai cherché des objets de décoration qui soient beaux mais un peu différent pour créer une décoration dans la chambre des enfants qui soit belleet originale.
Si vous avez envie de créer une chouette chambre d’enfant qui sort de l’ordinaire, vous allez adorer ces Têtes d’animaux

Elles sont toutes faites en Inde selon le commerce équitable et elles sont juste parfaites pour ajouter une note de décoration a la chambre des enfants (bien qu’une cliente a acheté la tete de Renard pour sa cuisine :-)
Les petits garçons adorent tout ce qui touche a la jungle, c’est surement pourquoi la tete d’elephant a le plus de succes (ma préférée est celle de l’ours polaire parce que je suis plutot du genre Noel blanc) mais toutes sont parfaites pour encourager la créativité et l’imagination des enfants.
Si vous souhaitez trouver d’autres accessoires de décoration avec des animaux, jetez un coup d’oeil à l’affiche Bat ou l’affiche Singe

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