The Style Files No. 3prepare to get mega house envy
Welcome to the third edition of ‘The Style Files’ – for those of you who aren’t clued up, each month we feature someone who has an inspiring home. Last month we spoke to Diane whose oriental vibrant home got us all energised – click here to view. But this week we’re taking a trip to Karine’s home, which has a more Scandinavian vibe. Think lots of neutrals, whites, monochromes and understated cool…
… To introduce you to Karine, she’s a blogger, stylist and founder of the BODIE and FOU brand launched in 2005. She ran the Award-winning BODIE and FOU concept store for ten years until she sold it in January 2016 to focus on other creative areas around the brand.
What was the design process behind your home?
- My husband is from New-Zealand and grew up on a farm with a lot of spaces around him and I’m a minimalist at heart so for both of us, it was important to open up the space and get as much natural light into the house. During 10 months, we knocked down walls, added lots of very large windows from the ground floor to the fourth floor, built a home office onto the second floor and converted the loft into a spacious bedroom with ensuite. By the end of the renovations, we had added two new rooms and a bathroom, opened up the space while preserving the original features and character of the house. You can see photos of our renovations on Instagram under hashtag #bodieandfourenovations.
What is the inspiration behind your home?
My biggest design inspiration is French Interiors Designer Jacqueline Morabito who combines minimalist, white spaces with Italian baroque vintage treasures but I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels and how I feel in a home. White spaces calm me down and enable me to be creative. It’s very busy in my head and I’m very passionate so I need to work and live in an environment that is going to calm things down a bit and act as a blank canvas so I can project my ideas.
- What would be your advice to someone who wants to create a home like yours?
Either have heaps of storage or go through your belongings on a regular basis to clear your wardrobes. I do both. I regularly go through everything in our kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and recycle, give away to charity or sell anything I feel we are not using enough to justify taking space in our home. And then take your time. Don’t just copy a look but feel it. Understand how, you as a person, feel in a space, how you react to a certain colour, how things make you feel. Do you like touching linen or are you more a satin kind of person? Is a white home for you or would you feel safer in a room painted with dark walls. It’s very important to listen to our emotions and see how we react in a certain space. For me, I worked out a long time ago that uncluttered, white spaces with natural touches was the space I was feeling the most happiest in.
How would you define your style?
Timeless, relaxed and welcoming
How would you define your style?
Timeless, relaxed and welcoming. I always aim to create interiors that feel like holiday homes with lots of natural light and natural material like linen, cotton, wood, concrete.
Whats you best piece of advice for working with white in a home?
Use waterproof paints so you can wipe out smudges without having to paint the whole room again. Add textures to bring warmth to a room and have plenty of storage to let your space breath. I tend to use pure white to capture as much light as possible on the walls and then add off-white, light greys with home accessories but sample different whites on your wall before committing to one as some whites will turn grey and gloomy depending on the light filtering in your room.