Happy Thursday...

5.31.2012

What a week it has been...our Spring Summer catalogue was mailed to our customers last Thursday in the UK and has kept us very busy. We even had an order from a postman who ordered the Rob Ryan plates after seeing them on the back cover of our catalogue he was putting in people's mail boxes. How cool is that!?
I'm really glad because I can't begin to tell you how much work this has been...but it was worth it! The response has been amazing and I really thank Vosges Paris, French By Design and The Lifestyle Editor for their wonderful write-ups.
I'm also over the moon that so many of you loved the shot I styled for our linen collection. I dreamt about this shot a long time ago and it came out exactly as I wanted it to be which was not a given since it was the first time I did something like this.
The large size of the blue linen duvet cover  and vintage pink duvet cover are now out of stock (hopefully back soon) and I will aim to style the soft grey duvet cover over the next few days to show you how gorgeous it is.
In the meantime, here is a quick update on products availability....
Our gorgeous pom poms and fluro confetti garlands are all back in stock, we have only 2 rabbit lamps left but more will arrive at the beginning of June, the Typed Love print is back in stock in the smaller size and we have a new gorgeous Un Dimanche a Paris kitchen towel in stock. Have a great day

Mila's 7th Birthday party

5.30.2012

This year, Mila didn't want a themed Birthday party like last year's Moustache party last so we went for a white & soft pink colour scheme. It was a gorgeous day!

Food: pink lemonade, pink cupcakes, strawberry/raspberry fruit salad, white & pink marshmallows with little pink flags Mila and I made with Japanese masking tapes and the 'famous' chocolate cake which, I admit was the only homemade thing this time
Party bags: Hello Kitty toothpaste, Bear Yo Yo, glittering glu stick and a pink pom pom
Deco: Striped straws bought in New-Zealand last year but Milk & Paper has some nice ones,   a pink entrance door (just kidding, we painted our door Bubble pink before Christmas!), pink & white balloons
Next time, if I have more time, I will...
- use these gorgeous pom poms (this set was out of stock but is back in stock tomorrow) and this lovely fluro garland
try to make these gorgeous heart-shaped marshmallows like these,
- make pink popcorn like this



In my dreams...

5.26.2012

Busy weekend ahead....between the usual Saturday morning errands for Mila, we are off to Steve's God-daughter's communion and are likely to come home late and merry tonight...
And of course, tomorrow Mila's Birthday party is on... and I'm half-ready for it.
I was planning to attempt making gorgeous, homemade marshmallows for my pink theme but this is SOOOO not going to happen this weekend, instead I got some fat-free ones from the supermarket.

Anyway, if you have a more relaxed weekend, you may want to try this....although given the hot weather, I think sipping mojitos outside in the garden would be a lot more appropriate!
Have a great weekend!

Image 1 from here | image 2 & recipe from here

WOW! 5000 fans + a gift

5.24.2012

WOW! So yesterday we reached 5000 fans on Facebook and I've got a stupid smile on my face.
I don't indulge in this often but I will take the time allocated to writing this post to appreciate how far we've come since the beginning (arrgh...no let's skip the beginnings...they were not fun at all!).
I saw this image earlier this week on Pinterest that made me laugh. It says 'there is no point telling me what I should do or shouldn't do because I will always do what I want" which kind of resumes my way of thinking :-)
When I started B&F, I had a few friends who told me it would never work and they were not even saying this to be mean to me. They are still very good friends and have admitted since then that they were wrong but I guess at the time, we were not looking at B&F from the same lens...They were judging it from a business perspective whereas I was daydreaming of creating something different and very special, very personal...
I have so many plans and projects in my head, I hope this keeps moving into the right direction but in the meantime, I'm enjoying the journey. I have met so many nice, creative people thanks to B&F and later on today, case in point, I'm actually meeting the talented Paul Raeside in one of my favourite places in Notting Hill, then I will check out the Clerkenwell Design Festival
Have a great day and enjoy 15% OFF until Sunday as a thank you gift for being part of our little adventure!

Happy pom pom!!

5.22.2012

SUN, S.U.N., SUUUUNNNNN 
I have to spelt it out because in London, we've been searching for it for a good 8 weeks and now it's back and I loooooove it! 
Let's hope it's gonna stay as beautiful until the weekend because on Sunday, we will have 8 gorgeous little girls celebrating Mila's Birthday at home.
So the minx does not want a theme this year, so no moustache party for us or anything else for that matter but I'm hoping to have some kind of lovely white and pink decoration on the table and in the room. 
I've already ordered pink & white Marshmallows and pink lemonade from Ocado and just need to sort out the party bags...(Just! Honestly, who invented party bags?? When I was young, it was the birthday girl that was receiving presents not the guests...anyway...)
Did you see these gorgeous pom poms we posted on our Facebook page this morning? 
I think I'm gonna use the Aubergine/Pink/Peach pom pom set to decorate the room and stick some pale ballons on the wall with washi tapes.
Right, that's it for me, I'm off to the book launch of Sweet Paris: A Love Affair with Parisian Chocolate, Pastries and Desserts in Notting Hill. The book was photographed and written by Michael Paul who shot our home last weekend and the one in France and by the same publisher of the Donna Hay one so I will have a little competition for you again at the end of the week!



Styling from the weekend

5.21.2012

How was your weekend?? I woke up with a nice sense of relief on Sunday, you know the kind of mood you feel after you've managed to put to bed a few big projects...


The photoshoot I styled with Michael Paul was done. He has taken some beautiful shots and I'm very excited to attend his "Sweet Paris" book launch on Tuesday evening in Notting Hill (I'm secretly hoping that Australian Chef Bill Granger will be there).
Our Spring Summer catalogue is being sent out this week to UK customers and that was a massive project in itself!!
So basically there were two more things to do:  Mila's Birthday party and another photo shoot with MILK magazine in June and that's it, I could relax...


So bright & early on Sunday, I made some pancakes for breakfast for Mila and her friend Clara and then bake a chocolate coconut cake for Mila to take to school.
OK I was one week behind schedule but as we say in French: "On ne peut être à la fois au four et au moulin" which means that you can be in two places at once.


Anyway, once the cake was done, it gave me an idea for the Christmas catalogue so I tried a few 'styling' ideas...


I won't share with you the recipe quite yet because frankly since my friend Verity gave me the recipe when we were in New-Zealand for Christmas, I must have done it a dozen times and put on 2 kilos so trust me YOU REALLY DON'T WANT the recipe before the bikini season but I promise to give it to you after the Summer because it's a very easy recipe and it is just amazingly de-li-cious!

Awesome WE read + a little creative project

5.20.2012

Hello! I realised this morning that with everything going on, I totally forgot to tell you that our gorgeous, inspiring, awesome Spring Summer 2012 catalogue was now available on issuu. The print version will be mailed to BODIE and FOU customers and those who requested a copy next Friday. Voila! job done and I hope you like it !
I also wanted to share with you these FREE downlodable vintage paper placemats from the Pretty Blog (I love the cutlery one).
Have a lovely Sunday.
I'm off to make a cake for Mila to take to school for her birthday (I'm one week behind) and I have to start planning her Birthday party. This year she doesn't want any theme, so no moustache party like we did for her 6th birthday, and no lovely decoration like we did for her 5th birthday. I cant work out if I'm relieved (because let's face it I'm exhausted..things have been a little bit crazy since the beginning of the year) or a bit disappointed...

Twig Hutchinson: Stylist

5.19.2012

Yesterday, I spent the day styling our London home for a photoshoot with Michael Paul - who shot our home in France in 2010. As we were talking about styling, we realised there were two stylists we both really like, although they have a totally different style: Twig Hutchinson and Lotta Agaton.
Prop/Interior Stylist and Art Director Twig Hutchinson is definitively of my favourite British stylists.
The shot of these woollen socks (image 5) she styled a few years ago for mail order company TOAST is one of my all-time favourites and she has done more beautiful shots for Toast, Joules and other British brands since then.
Twig's styling is very inspiring and creative. I love how she uses raw materials, textured fabrics and vintage pieces to enhance old, decadent interiors. She creates beautiful atmospheres with a relaxed feel and each time, my head wanders in the countryside where I would be living a very relaxed yet exclusive & stylish life with my friends and family.
And if you love this style, I strongly recommend you to cycle to Petersham nurseries in Richmond...it's a very unique and inspiring place and you will have a wonderful time.








Urbanears headphones

5.17.2012

Good news! The white Plattan headphones and all the other colours will be back in stock.
If you a runner "like me", I strongly recommend them. I used to run with the littles ones that came with my iPod but they kept falling off and between looking after Lucas (not so 4 months old anymore) and these things that didn't stay in my ears, it was doing my head in so I switched.


These Plattan headphones by Urbanears stay firmly on your head, the acoustic is fab and they have a Zound plug which basically allows your friend to plug into what you're listening. 



Mila's Birthday

5.16.2012

Mila is 7 today...
I could never have dreamt in a million years to have such a gorgeous, beautiful, smart and funny little girl and I wish from the bottom of my heart that she grows into a beautiful, smart and funny young woman...
Happy Birthday ma chérie, je t' énORmement!
Photo 1 & 2 by Chris Tubbs for the Grand Design photoshoot  | Photo 3 & 4 by Michael Paul for Home Beautiful Australia who is shooting our London home this weekend.
 

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