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Our home in France: New Light

Spring DIY & home renovations projects

A little glimpse of peace and quiet before we start the renovations in our holidays home in France… It won’t be as major as our last renovations in London but I know from experience that home improvement projects are always dusty and disruptive so while I’m soaking up the peaceful vibes of the house before it all starts, I’m also preparing the rooms for their makeover.

Hallway renovations BEFORE/AFTER

Last June, we updated the look of the hallway in this holiday home in the Bay of Arcachon. So today I would like to show you the BEFORE and AFTER photos so you can see how easily you could transform your home with a bit of paint and elbow grease. READ ON…

Calvin Klein beddings

Winter bedroom update

It’s that time of the year where I start “hibernating”…it’s getting cold and dark far too early for my liking (how do you guys manage in Norway!?) and as a result I do whatever I can to make our home cosy and comfy. So when Calvin Klein Home asked me to try their beautiful Acacia bedding collection, to commemorate the brand’s 20th birthday, I jumped at the chance of making our bedroom a little bit more gorgeous and cosier.

easy, peasy chocolate brownie by Lily & Mila. Read on www.karinecandicekog.com

Easy, peasy chocolate brownie

This is one of the easiest chocolate brownie recipe you will ever make! Mila and Lily did this chocolate brownie during half term alone. I put the oven on and they did the preparation alone. I love when kids bake on holidays, don’t you!? It’s a good way to keep them busy, teach them something useful while having fun and on top of it, you get to have some cake to eat afterwards and seriously…this chocolate brownie is so incredibly easy that it won’t take you no more than 15 min to prepare but it tastes DE-LI-CIOUS! As I’m intolerant to gluten (I ballooned like a whale!), we used gluten-free flour to make this chocolate brownie so I could have a little slice but you can use normal flour if you wish.

How to tell your Airbnb guests about WC with a bit of humour. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

How to tell your Airbnb guests about the toilet?

I know… the last thing you were expecting me to write about was toilet but bear with me :-) I’m off to Paris next week to attend the Airbnb conference where I will be part of the Expert panel to share tips and advices on how to style your home, promote it via social media and get positive reviews.

office space in a tree house. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Office space in the tree house – Part 1

Steve started building the tree house in 2009 after we went for a run in Cazaux during which, I showed him a little tree house in someone’s garden. As it happened, he then spent the rest of our holidays building this “little” gem which is now 10.1 sqm (3.75 x 2.70 m) and about 5m high. Over the years, we’ve made small improvements to the tree house which is becoming a work of love. 

Mila’s homemade pikelets

As some of you know, we are a franco-kiwi family and while we are not spending as much time in New-Zealand as we do in France, we’ve always made a point of teaching Mila to be a freewi and to embrace both nationalities and cultures. She was doing the Haka at the age of 3 and the same way I taught her how to make crèpes (pancakes), Steve taught her how to make pikelets which she made yesterday and again this morning and they are delicious!!

French house renovations, new floor & sofa. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Lounge renovations in our home in France

Here are some photos of the lounge we recently renovated in this house in France and managed to finish before our first guests from Sweden arrived! I absolutely love how it looks.