My name is Karine Candice Köng. I'm French but my surname has norwegian origins. I'm married to a kiwi (not the fruit!) who is the love of my life and we have an amazing, funny, kind and beautiful kid called Mila Sienna
I'm the co-Founder & Creative Director of BODIE and FOU, a Stylist and Blogger.
WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE
Effortless chic, French I think (you can take the French out of France...), inspiring and relaxing.
I aim to create homes, interiors and workspaces with happy vibes. Places that make people feel good, that inspire them to be creative and make them feel like they are on holidays throughout the year.
WHY DID YOU MOVE TO LONDON?
An intuition, the guts feeling that London was the place I had to be. I had only been there once before deciding to move but I knew it was where I was meant to be living. I went back once more with my best friend before the big move just to be sure and as we were driving at 6am through the streets of London, after a sleepless night spent in a Eurolines bus from Paris, I just knew that was it. A few months later, I left Paris and my job in advertising in Paris and moved to London at the age of 25 - I never looked back. Interview en français ici
DID YOU GET A JOB IN ADVERTISING AGAIN?
Sadly not. My English wasn't good enough so I had to start from scratch. I got a job as a Sales Assistant in the Swatch store on Oxford Street and asked for 3 months customers whether they were serving me instead of were they being served....
After that, I started a Master of Arts in Film & Television at the University of Westminster at evening classes, which I passed with Mention.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CULTURAL SHOCK WHEN YOU ARRIVED?
Personally I was fine and very open but Eric Cantona had just kicked an racist supporter during a match while he was playing for Manchester United and the French touch at the time was a bit like Marmite, you loved it or hated it.
However, I had a very positive image of England and anything English thanks to my mum who would have moved in Liberty's if that had been an option. I grew up surrounded by Liberty fabrics (sadly had to wear tartan skirts at school), Burberry's and metal boxes of tea.