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Moodboard in the home of BODIE and FOU Founder >> www.karinecandicekong.com

Design updates in our lounge | Renovations

One thing I was looking forward to doing once the renovations* were over, was to re-do my family B&W mood board. You may have seen the original one in Bolig magazine here, VT Wonen here, Elle Decoration here and Milk magazine here. If you are using masking tapes, it’s a very easy project to do and one that I find very uplifting and versatile. Ultimately I want to make a family mood board out of all the smiling family photos we have. I realised when I put this montage together how amazing it made me feel to look at Mila‘s infectious smile over and over but I haven’t got around to print them all so for now I’m using printed photos I had. It’s also a great, creative project if you rent a space and you don’t want to damage the walls.

le paper bag, New-York print, typography, urban jungle

An alternative to the traditional planter

Since I came back from Amsterdam last October, I have been keen to add large plants in our home to use them as design pieces. I got the one above from Ikea over 6 weeks ago and I’m glad to say it is still alive and looking very well. I was so excited over the weekend that I even started talking to her/it. This one (can’t remember the name but I can find out if you want to know) is great because it has a really tropical feel to it and with all our white walls, some mornings when the sun filters through the glass roof of the kitchen, I feel I’m in L.A. rather than in London in December.

white cupboards, Bertoia chair, linen bag. More on www.karinecandicekong.com

Our new leather door handles

One thing that I found a bit tedious during the renovations of our home in London* was the number of times we had to make a decision on the final look of A) radiators: 12 in total, B) door handles and C) doors.

My home featured in the VT Wonen Special Edition

VT WONEN – OCTOBER 2014

Last October, I was very honoured to be featured in the Bloggers Special edition magazine of  VT Wonen, which is one of my favourite international interior magazines. It’s always a visual treat and if you read the online version on Google Chrome, you usually get the content translated into your own language so it’s all good. Looking at the social media figures they published at the time, I can’t believe how the numbers have changed so much on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook (thank you so much!). If you still have the old blog address bookmarked on your blog, please update it to the new one above. You can also follow me on Bloglovin’ which is super practical to keep track of the recent posts from all your favourite blogs. I’ve started working on the 2015 version of the blog to introduce new features and I will pick your brains in the next few days to see what works for you, what you would like to see, etc or what doesn’t rock your boat so that we have things I love …

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The home I grew up in…

What do you love the most about your home? For me, it’s first the people who live in it but it’s also the memories we have as a family….Mila’s Mustache Birthday party when she was 6  and her pink party when she 7, when we got Lucas…an astonishing, to die-for ball of fur who proceeded to wreck my vintage fur jacket, chewed my brand new Swedish Hasbeens and a few other things. When MILK magazine came to shoot our home …we had had so many photoshoots since then. It’s the weekends where we make pancakes for breakfast, pretty much every weekend except on Pancake Day….Something my mum was doing in the home I grew up in and a tadition I carried out for Mila… It’s Steve’s amazing Kiwi roast on Sunday with friends around and then curling up on the sofa to watch a family movie together with a bowl of soup in front of the TV because we’ve eaten so much! It’s the mornings when Mila was younger and jumped on our bed…. So when Hiscox asked me to write a piece for their latest …

A sneak-peek of our kitchen | RENOVATIONS

After 4 1/2 months of intense renovations and an insane high level of dust throughout the whole house, our kitchen is almost ready (see old one here) and I really thank you all for all your very kind comments when I posted this photo. I spent last weekend unpacking and re-discovering pretty ceramics I hadn’t seen in over four months and I even bought some fresh basil in a pot. Once we are settled down, I will defo add one of these beautiful plants. Was four months without a kitchen worth it? Oh yes! We’ve tripled our storage space and created a white kitchen that I loved (I really hated the previous one), with a beautitful, smooth Corian worktop and a very long and inviting breakfast bar. At some point, the level of dust in our house was so high that it was a real challenge to have a ‘normal’ family life, let alone finding a space or the energy to write a blog post so I’ve posted most of the renovation updates on Facebook (you can view the whole renovations album …

My perfectly imperfect wall

This used to be a terrace on the second floor of our home, that nobody really used so we converted it into this… fab new room, which Steve designed.It has cedar cladding outside (like the whole back of our house now), a large window facing trees (neighbours are quite far out) and two auto-cleaning sky windows, slightly angled to catch the sun at different times of the day (see below). The floorboard is pine wood painted white.If you are interested, you can view the whole renovations album on Facebook here and I posted all the renovation updates on Instagram under hashtag #bodieandfourenovations. I was keen to keep the wall (photo 1) very rough to contrast against the clean, modern lines of the room and pristine white walls but my super perfectionist Painter tried to cover as much as he could to make it as white as possible and by the time I got home from work, the only ‘rough’ industrial area I could salvage, was the bottom part. It would have been nice to have the whole wall in its original state but …

MY HOME IN BOLIG LIV MAGAZINE

Thank you so much to Bolig Liv magazine for featuring my home and thanks again to Stylist Lykke Foged and Photographer Morten Holtum for their wonderful photos. If you live in Denmark, I have some great news!To celebrate the launch of the BODIE and FOU SS/2014 catalogue, we will have a BODIE and FOU pop-up store from 17th til 25th May in the beautiful VIPP flagship store in the centre of Copenhagen!How cool is this!!!? More info to follow soon… Sharing is caring ❤️ Leave a comment and let’s have a chat… http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs