Sunday, November 6, 2022

Thank you

First of all, an enormous, grateful and massive thank you to everyone who responded to the last and previous posts. I was completely floored by the sheer number of comments; it was something that I had not expected at all. I am so touched and humbled to know that the blog is still loved and appreciated, and was amazed to learn that so many of you are not/no longer interested in, or simply wary of, social media or Instagram. 

Of course, I will continue with the blog (how could I not!) and will do so with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Thank you all (including those who replied via email) from the depth of my heart for taking the time to write; it meant so much and I am grateful to every one of you. My apologies for not having responded individually or personally this time ... I tried at first but couldn't keep up. Will give it my very best in the future, and hope some of you will drop by from time to time to say hello in the comments!

Today's post does not only mark the continuation of the blog but also coincides with the 15th anniversary of my first Kelly, a 32 Retourne in Clemence Ebene.


Nowadays perhaps considered a "boring colour", but I love the dark brown Espresso shade and still adore carrying this bag.

Left: Ms Ebene, brand new out of the box in 2007. Right, still looking fabulous in 2022.  The chair is the same in both pictures, only that it's been re-upholstered recently (Iliad fabric by Lewis and Wood).



In honour of the anniversary, I am wearing the same dress as in 2007. I don't know where the chain necklace (left below) disappeared to, so I replaced it with a long pendant necklace from my collection (available here). The same goes for the shoes, so I am wearing my tri-coloured Roger Viviers that go quite a while back too:


To celebrate Kelly's 15th anniversary, the necklace comes with a 15% discount (please enter the following code at checkout: Anniversary15). The same discount applies to the ivory version (black: here and ivory: here).


In exciting news, I am so happy and pleased to show you a further completed part of my workspace expansion and renovation project. What a lovely coincidence that the colour scheme is perfectly in tune with the birthday girl's dark espresso Clemence leather!

I wanted it to be a glamorous and multi-purpose space where I could bring my laptop and work, develop new recipes, host lunches and hold future workshops. An extension of my workspace, rather than a traditional-looking kitchen.  The workshop website is currently under construction, and I hope to come out with it soon! (if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below)

Instead of uniform cabinetry, I decided to mix plain stained wood surfaces for the top wall units and island, with a more classic look painted wood cupboards that have mouldings and cornices.


The walls didn't remain white for long ...


I went for a warm medium brown (Mouse's Back by Farrow and Ball), that also covers the ceiling:


For the cabinetry, I chose Farrow and Ball's richly pigmented "Off-Black", whereas the plain-surfaced island cabinetry and upper wall hanging units are dark stained wood.


For the stone surfaces I fell in love with an amazing piece of black African Fusion quartzite, which adds a glamorous and dramatic touch. The patterns in this stone have incredible depth and sometimes elements that sparkle. It feels like looking into space!



Although the main elements are dark, the overall atmosphere is rich and warm ... strategically placed ceiling spots (DH is fantastic with lights) and integrated cabinet lights cast a warm and inviting glow throughout.


It was an exciting day when the cabinetry arrived.  I am overjoyed with the end result, but it has been a fairly difficult process and it took quite a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get there. All this is forgotten now, and I could not be happier.



Here's to the next ten years of blogging, and I hope many of you will accompany me! It is amazing to think that by that point my Kelly will be a quarter of a century old.


Hope everyone is happy and well, and wishing you a beautiful remaining autumn xx



(There is no sponsored content in this post; all items were purchased by me. There is also no affiliation with any of the brands/companies mentioned above or below)

Appliances: Wolf range cooker and Subzero fridge by Subzero and Wolf
Paint: Mouse's Back and Off-Black by Farrow and Ball
African Fusion quartzite stone and installation by Anastay, St Remy de Provence
Cabinetry and installation by ACC Menuiserie 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Is there anybody out there?

Bonjour!

It has been a long time since I blogged last, and in recent weeks I've been asked by some if I'll resume posting.

I think it really depends on whether the blog format is still relevant to some of you, or if social media has made it obsolete. After nearly fifteen years of blogging, I felt increasingly as if I was talking to myself in an empty room … the lovely interaction of the early years has steadily gone down to nearly zero in recent times.

I thought I'd let you decide if we continue or not. Tell me in the comments below if you still enjoy the blog or if you think that Instagram has it all covered. You don't have to write a novel, a very short sentence will do.

So.. not to come empty-handed today; below is a picture summary of the past four or five months, which in short, can be described as a very happy, albeit hot summer.

Hope you are all well and have a beautiful fall season and autumn! 

xxx



Al fresco joys


Apple pie - scroll down to the end for the recipe 


Playing with a green, pink and blue color scheme, combining old and new. I've had the green Italian ceramic plate (Fasano Ceramiche) for more than 30 years, and I love how beautifully it goes with my "Mythical Creatures" china by Kit Kemp for Wedgwood.



Wiener


A simple Tomata/Mozarella dish with a mix of fresh, oven-roasted and sun-dried tomatoes.


Decoration project passage


Before and after:


A weekend at the beach at the dog-friendly Palace Plage (run by the Costes brothers)


Roley enjoying the room


One of my late summer favorites: stuffed tomatoes, courgettes and peppers



Garden terrace at the Pigonnet hotel in Aix-en-Provence


Dogs are also welcome here!



My grandmother's dressing table chair in a new look (fabric by Lewis and Wood)


The wallpaper in our bedroom is by the same artist (Melissa White), this time for Kit Kemp


My appliqué flower project - work in progress


Dressing room 


Clockwise from top left: Salsify picture by me, before, Casamance metallic textured wallpaper and with Jim Thompson fabric.


Bloody Marys on a Sunday 


Roasted figs (scroll down for the recipe)


Working on a new fabric collection for my inserts




Summer evening dinner for two



Apple Pie
5 large cooking apples, peeled and cut into quarters and then slices
2 eggs
250g sugar (8.8oz)
100g soft (almost runny) butter (3.5oz)
125ml milk (4.2 fluid oz)
150g flour (5.3oz)
1tsp cinnamon
2tsp baking powder
vanilla essence (optional)
Combine the egg and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in the butter, then add the milk (add the vanilla at this point, if wanted). 
Combine the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon and fold gently into the egg/sugar mixture. Then add the sliced apples and gently fold in until evenly distributed.
Line a baking dish with parchment, fill in the mixture and bake for 45-50min at 180 celcius. Take out of the oven and leave to cool. Gently peel the parchment off the pie's sides. Transfer it with a cake lifter (or a large spatula) onto a serving dish. Dust with icing sugar once completely cooled off.

Roasted figs
Cut figs in half and place on a baking tray lined with parchment.
Place a thinly sliced goats cheese on top of each fig.
Spread a small amount of honey across the center of the cheese and place half a walnut on top.
Place under a preheated grill until the cheese turns runny and golden. 
For a vegan version: leave out the goat cheese


Tableware
Kit Kemp Mythical Creatures china here
Kit Kemp's Mythical Creatures via Wedgwood here
Fasano Ceramiche on Instagram here

Wallpaper
Emily's Garden wallpaper by Melissa White here
Tall Tree wallpaper by Kit Kemp here
Platinium by Casamance here

Fabric
Iliad by Lewis and Wood here

Hotels
Plage Palace (Palavas-les-Flots) here
Le Pigonnet (Aix-en-Provence) here