Grey love love


In our home in France, I painted one wall in dark grey using Down Pipe by Farrow and Ball (see other view here), leaving the other three pristine white. The contrast of this dark, deep colour against the rest of the room gave this guest bedroom not only a modern, boutique feel but it also enhanced the basic Malm bedframe from Ikea. A trick I used again in Mila's bedroom and you will see that a dark colour works also very well in a child bedroom. Ikea has always some fantastic pieces of design but like fashion, it is important to mix pieces from the high-street with designer labels and vintage finds to give your style and your home a personal touch.
Once your canvas (walls) is ready, then it is just a matter of adding a few decorative accessories and beautiful prints to give your room the final touches.
I think that if I had a bedroom like any of these gorgeous bedrooms in our home in London, I would probably spend my day writing posts from my bed for ever and ever (and incidentally becoming a huge frog...). No seriously, don't you love how the creased white linens look against the grey wall? And grey against grey?
For those in need of a more romantic feel, the two-tone wall will work wonder and will be a less daunting approach to introduce grey in the bedroom.
It's also interesting to see how linens and floorings can change the whole look of a room, how white floorboards soften the whole look while a dark grey wall appears more contemporary...something to remember for future projects.

Images Bella Note Linens via Heather

I like this...very calming

and I need this because I just got a call from Mila's school telling me I had forgot her lunch box!!! Bad bad bad mother!
Image via Emma

I fell asleep amongst the flowers...

I love this photo...

Jolies poupees (dolls) de Happy To See You, stylism by Emma Cassi for the latest issue of Papier Mache and a gorgeous Paris map print in the background by Julie

If I could I would frame it!


We just had the most amazing review in the FT's How to Spend it online magazine so we will have to blow our own little trumpet here...
Pleaase forgive us...It may not mean a lot to you but for us this is HU-GE!
How to Spend It is part of the Financial Times and is a very high-profile luxury magazine and their review is just amazing...
A big thank you to Nicole Swengley for writing such a wonderful review!

House Tour: Fredensborg Home

Last weekend, I had a bit of a decorating block with our bedroom...When my mum was around a few weeks ago, we made a gorgeous, contemporary headboard with grey linen but since I have been stuck because I can not find the vintage French chandelier I had in mind to create a striking focus point - Well... I can't find it in London at the price I would have found it in France should I have time to go there.
However, looking at this lovely kitchen or the room below from Jacqueline Morabito's home, I'm seriously tempted to forget about my big chandelier and go down a complete different road, using something like this simple pendant light with a twisted flex to create an airy feel in the room. What do you think? We often go for big, statement lighting but if less is more, a simple pendant light may just work its magic...I will aim to hang it this weekend and let you know if it works....

What do you do when you have a decorating block that lasts for weeks...?
Do you go through magazines? Go for a walk? Walk away from your project until the inspiration comes back?
Personally I pin inspiring images around the room and I try to relax going through all my decoration mags hoping that something will trigger something clever in my busy head...

So until the inspiration kicks in, I'm just going to lose myself in this beautiful, soothing white Fredensborg Home designed by NORM Architects, a talented duo of Danish Architects I've previously mentioned there. I'm so in love with the long white Conrian table....

My head in L.A clouds Part 1: Jeana Sohn


Lately, I have been spending a lot of time my head on the East coast reading two great fashion blogs and I'm sure you are going to love them!
The first one is Jeana's who I mentioned in Happy thoughts for the weekend.
Jeana is a thirty-something Artist who lives in Los Angeles. You can see some of her work at Taylor De Cordoba (such a cool name by the way) but she is also a great photographer, a model for Poketo and she makes gorgeous videos. I've watched the one below several times when showing it to friends and I love everything about it...the music, the poetry of her images...
Same with her blog...I adore the little poetic path she seeds here, her little "tranches de vie" (slices of life), the lightness of her writing...
Jeana started a very cool feature on her blog where she goes to stylish and inspiring people's houses, check out their closets, and photograph them wearing their favorite stuff.
And today she wrote a fabulous post about Clare's not only Clare designs gorgeous bags we all love (her new messenger bag in black and gray totally rocks!) but she has amazing legs!!

So what do you think??

La Tropezienne tote bag at home

At home waiting to go out shopping or worn with cargo pants, on holidays in the south of France or in L.A. London, Norway, Belgium....we love Clare Vivier's bags

Photo by Charlotte from Sprink

Last post for the day but I couldn't resist....


OK one last post for the day because if I spent my day in front of the computer, I'm not gonna get anything done but I couldn't resist this white cotton pendant light and the whole atmosphere of the room....simply beautiful
What do you think?
This light designed by Nelson Sepudelva for Ay Illuminate reminds me a bit of the spirit of the Koushi XXL pendant light (with Coton Kandhi, 350 €) by Mark Eden Schooley I fell in love with at MERCI in Paris.
(C) Image from Dutch magazine VT Wonen
Ay Illuminate:

Loving this kitchen....

I'm loving this open-plan kitchen...It seems like the perfect spot to make a huge yummy pizza and enjoy a chat with the girls or have fun with the kids...
Now if my hungover kiwi was getting out of bed at some point, maybe I could do some work in our bedroom and finish the moodboard in my wardrobe and see if this bone china pendant light is going to work....I may send Mila to jump on him...C'mon it's almost 11am!

Pics above are from the home of Katrin Arens and she designed the gorgeous wooden pieces of furniture you can see.
Have a great sunday!
(C) Photos Marie-Claire Maison

Sunday morning yumminess: grilled pizza

When Mila went back to school, we made pizza together to celebrate her first day. Now...I'm not trying to become the Queen of pizzas but if I could crack their recipe, it would mean endless yummy pizzas at home on a tap and what did Sunday Suppers did recently!? Pizza classes...pffuu I really wish I was living in Brooklyn right here we go...

Grilled Pizza Dough

1- envelope dry yeast
1- cup water – room temperature or warm
1 teaspoon honey
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup fine ground flax meal- corn mean can also be used- I even sometimes substitute semolina flour
3 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tablespoons good quality virgin olive oil
3 cups all purpose flour

1- in a large bowl add the water, yeast and honey
2- after all is dissolved slowly stir in the flax meal, whole wheat flour, salt and olive oil
3- slowly stir in the flour until a firm dough has formed
4- remove all contents from bowl and continue to knead on a floured surface until a smooth dough has formed adding additional flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
5- after you have achieved a smooth sough clean of any lumps transfer to a large bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil. add oil to the top make sure a skin does not form while rising. cover the bowl and let rise for about 2 hours. remove dough and knead again.
6- let the dough rise again for about 30 minutes.

(C) Photography: Karen Mordechai

Happy thoughts for the weekend....


What are you up to this weekend?

Tomorrow, we'll be having a yummy pizza there with friends from New-Zealand before heading to this book launch in Bricklane.
Sunday, Steve is off to France for a boys weekend so....
Mila and I will watch (again!) this uplifting French movie with Sophie Marceau
Take some photos with balloons

This week, I loved....

The new issue of this inspiring magazine

The blog and videos of Jeana Sohn

This lovely, personal account on Irene's blog

This which made me laugh but if you have one, you must get one of these

Heidi Klum's tips on how to look gorgeous on, who wouldn't want to look like her?!

Mila telling me she had something "unbelievably beautiful" to show me...the cutest paper cut I had ever seen

Seeing our kitchen on Emma's blog

And this photo taken by Christophe, my brother-in-law . Have a wonderful weekend!

Wish I had hair like this...


I have the fringe, I have long hair, I have the colour....
and yet my haircut looks nothing like this ...sigh
Francoise Hardy circa 1966

XXL Famille Summerbelle Paris map print

Dutch magazine Ariadne at Home featured the gorgeous Paris map print by Famille Summerbelle in their latest issue and asked Julie, the designer if they could enlarge it into a wall sticker for the photoshoot....

And it looks FA-BU-LOUS! I hope it will encourage Julie to make them into wall stickers or even wallpapers now. I think they would go down a storm!
By the way, if you are looking for the the Paris map print in hot pink...sorry guys it is no longer available. Julie makes each colour available for a limited time to keep the collection fresh and the hot pink has been replaced by this lovely coral pink which you will agree is looking very very nice!

Lucas' Fuora dog house


I don't know if you've seen these .... I took one home recently because Lucas has chewed his wicker basket in less than 2 weeks and I thought the design was really cool for a doghouse. What I didn't know was how easy this thing was to put together.
The Fuora doghouse comes flat pack and I have to admit that for me 'flat-packed' meant 'flat-packed a la Ikea'...i.e. stressful but it wasn't! It is created from a clever slot system in which 6 wooden panels slide together and Steve and Mila put it together in less than 8 min (including unpacking and disposing of the cardboard boxes).

The other good thing about the Fuora Dog house is that it is made with multi-layered birch wood from a programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) sustainable source so not only the Fuora Dog house is well-designed but it is also eco-friendly.
The final result is a super stylish, yet practical dog house which requires no maintenance at all and it is easy to clean....Now having this super cool, modern white doghouse made our outdoor space looking like...well it needed some serious TLC but that Steve's job. He has already started taking off the ugly 70's looking concrete slates and by next Spring, we should have a neat, contemporary kiwi deck with a bit of grass.

Cargo pants and La Trop

Via Jeana Sohn. To order La Tropezienne tote bag, click HERE

Vanessa Bruno Fall 09/10 video starring Lou Doillon...beautiful

House Tour: Solenne de La Fourchardiere


I love when this kind of chance encounter over the net happens...
It all started with an email from Julia who wrote to tell us that she was going there every day to get her daily fix of La Tropezienne tote bag and that she has been saving since the first time she spotted it in December 2009. I waited for this bag too so I know how it feels/aches to crave for it when you just know that is going to be simply perfect for you!
I suggested Julia to go there where she could get 10% OFF which may help towards her saving plan and it did. Then Julia told me that her boss (also French) read our profile and said she could have written it herself... Now the funny thing is that Julia's boss is Solenne de La Fouchardiere, one of the three talented designers behind Ochre (the other two being Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald), a UK Interior Design company which I have long admired. So thanks to Julia, here are some nice images of the gorgeous loft Solange de Fouchardière owns in East London (Shoreditch).

I'm very envious...Before embarking on a committed and happy relationship (with me!), Steve lived in a couple of great lofts first in commercial street (opposite Spitafields market) then next to Borough market and I've always longed to live in loft-type spaces except that when it came to having a family, West London seemed more school/family friendly than East London so I let this little bit of dream go (temporarily...walls are going to come down in our home!).
What about you? Did you ever dream to live in a special place when you were single and had to let go of the dream when you started a family (for the best of course!)?

PS: Special thanks to Julia for sending me these beautiful images..
PS2: and may I add too (because I'm super excited about it!) that we are also going to work with Andrew Corrie, Harriet Maxwell Macdonald's husband and this will involve their NY venture...oh oui!

Sunday morning yumminess: chilled corn soup


I've just made some pancakes for Mila and her friend Clara who stayed with us last night...what a treat! Pancakes are such a nice, easy to make comfort food.
This Chilled Corn Soup spotted on one of my favourite foodies site would also be great for lunch time today.

Chilled Corn Soup - Serves 7
3 1/2 cups whole milk
8 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut from cobs, cobs broken in half and reserved
1 pound piece of smoked ham shanks or ham hocks
4 1/2 cups water
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled, thinly sliced
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large fresh thyme sprigs
4 bay leafs
1/2 cup smoked ham, diced
fried corn and ham for garnish
salt / pepper to taste
Bring milk, corncob halves and ham shank just to boil in large stock pot. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep while sautéing vegetables.
Melt butter in large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion; sprinkle with salt and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add corn kernels, carrot, celery, and garlic; cook until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add water, thyme, bay leaf, and milk mixture with corncobs and ham shank. Increase heat and bring to boil. Cover partially, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes to blend flavors.
Cool soup slightly. Discard corncobs, herb sprigs, bay leaf and ham shank. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until very smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain soup into large bowl, pressing on solids. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Cool over ice water bath. Cover and chill.
(C) Photography: Karen Mordechai

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