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a beautiful Swedish flat with white wooden floors. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

A beautiful Swedish flat with white floorboards

I’m not sure if it was the kitchen units which reminds me of my Ladurée scented candle (it’s so rare to see pale green kitchen units isn’t it?) or the white floorboards but I found this beautiful Swedish flat very soothing and calming, don’t you?

Pre-loved things & vintage treasures for sale. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Pre-loved things & vintage treasures for sale

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my secret to keep our home clutter-free is to regularly raid our cupboards. I go through everything, papers, bathroom cabinet, socks, shoes, everything. I think deep down I have OCD tendencies :-) I’m OK with mess for a little while but then after a few days, I can feel it starts boiling inside me little by little until I explode and I want to set everything on fire! Living with a kiwi and freewi that love leaving their clothes on the floor is not always making my life easier but I’m working on it.

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? 

Vintage treasures for sale

I bought these two wooden crates in Bristol from a lovely shop in Clifton where we used to live when Mila was born. I’ve always loved their vintage and rustic look and over the years, I’ve used them as shelves, side table, storage for Mila’s toys, props for my styling but now they can be yours… Mila is also selling her big Mister Bear and as she said to me this morning: “It should go, it’s a very cool toy…”Take her words for it :-) Price for each crate is £35 + postage and Mister Bear is £20 + postage. All items can be collected from W6 or W3 or posted internationally. If interested, please leave a comment or email me to [email protected] more items listed on ebay here. I will add a lot more over the weekendUPDATE: The two crates and Mister Bear are now sold!Sharing is caring ❤️ Leave a comment and let’s have a chat… http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Something old, something French

I sourced this gorgeous, vintage French chandelier in the South West of France when I was renovating my first owned flat in Stoke Newington…As we are now about to embark on massive renovations, I need to clear our house so this gorgeous piece is now up for sale…. As far as I can remember, even as a student in Bordeaux, I used to paint all my walls in white and mix contemporary pieces from IKEA (back then that’s all I could afford) and vintage pieces. When I moved in, everything was bright blue and magnolia so I painted everything in white, sanding the floorboards to bring them back to their natural colour, used an old wooden door found in the street as a large coffee table and purchased my first designer sofa: the Robin Day sofa re-issued by Habitat (will be selling this one too soon).I didn’t re-wire this chandelier when I used it in my flat but for peace of mind, you may want to.A few glass pieces are missing but this is a …

Café Culture in The Simple Things magazine | Contributor

As some of you know, François and I are now Contributors to The Simple Things magazine and here is our first 4-page feature called Café Culture.I’m SO SO proud!Not only I love this magazine but being commissioned to share with you all these cafés and places that I love and inspire me to be more creative when I work away from the office is really amazing.I hope you like it. The first one features Petersham Nurseries…a truly magical place.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Certains d’entre vous le savent déjà, mais François et moi avons une série mensuelle de 4 pages qui s’appelle Café Culture dans The Simple Things magazine et voici la première.Je suis HYPER fière!Non seulement, j’adore ce magazine mais en plus, être engagée pour partager avec vous, tous ces petits cafés que j’adore et qui m’inspirent quand je travaille loin du bureau, c’est simplement du pure bonheur! J’espère que cela vous plaira. Le premier article est sur Petersham Nurseries…un endroit vraiment magique. // Photography: François Köng | Styling: Karine Candice Köng | Want to talk about a project, email [email protected] A COMMENT THANKS! http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

On my travel wish-list…Bruxelles

I’ve always wanted to go to Bruxelles for a weekend.  I would also like to go back to New-York for a week and Koh-Samui for 4 weeks….In fact, if you ask me, the list of places I would like to see is quite long. I’ve been suggesting a long weekend in Bruxelles to Steve but he’s not really feeling the love yet and that is because we come from two different views.  Steve thinks flight/queue/hassle/tootired/traveltoomuch/Europeanparliament/weather I’m thinking inspiration/decoration/design/vintage/coolplacestosee and yes I could go there by myself like the big girl that I am but the truth is, I’m done travelling on my own. I don’t enjoy it as much as I used to, mostly because I miss my little family as soon as I’m away  So here is list of places I would like to see when we go there (because we will! :-) ICI (photo 1) a lovely delicatessen launched by Saskia et Marine  {35 Rue Darwin, 35 1050 Bruxelles Tél. : 02/343 88 57 You can follow them here} The ALEXIS VANHOVE Gallery and SHOWROOM (photo 2): Dedicated to mid-century furniture, the …

Vintage filing cabinet love

Thank you for your lovely comments over the weekend…My Dad goes in hospital on 8th, will know better then. A few years ago, Elodie sourced a beautiful vintage filing cabinet which successively has been used in her home as a kitchen cupboard (in Lille), a shoes cupboard (in Barcelona) and is now being used as a filing cabinet to store all the family papers in Paris. Eventually I found one for our home and this month, I also found one for the shop. Last year, while Mila and I were making cards, I also made labels and allocated one drawer per family member including Lucas, which now allows me to store all our paperwork (bills, mortgage infos, insurance, Mila’s drawings, Lucas’ vet details etc) in one place rather than having them spread around the house… total bliss and it looks good! Now that all our papers are sorted, the next thing I want to do is a gorgeous moodboard on the wall with masking tapes like Tine K did in her home (pic 1). 1. …