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Bodie and Fou founders's French family retreat

A gorgeous family home in France is an idyllic retreat for sisters Karine and Elodie Kong, the founders of Bodie and Fou

Posted: 1 September 2011
by Junior

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A solid oak floor was laid in the main living areas and a special insert was added to the existing fireplace so they could use the area during winter. “The redesign of the fireplace is where Steve really came into his own,” laughs Karine. “It’s his New Zealand upbringing. He can’t help gathering, chopping and burning wood. In fact, he gets so manly about it all that Elodie nicknamed him Charles Ingalls after the father in Little House On The Prairie.”

Each bedroom has been decorated to give it a unique personality. One has a French antique feel with a fabulous chandelier and a luxurious antique wardrobe. Another has a feature wall in a masculine charcoal grey from Farrow & Ball to give it a more contemporary look and is finished with modern white furniture. The third is a twin room, which, of course, has whitewashed walls, but Karine has introduced a fresh feel by mixing vibrant colours and patterns on cushions and accessories.

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