Why oh why? -you ask- do we call thebedroomthathadnowindowandasaggingceiling the tulip room?
So, it got christened as the tulip room and it stuck, mainly because when we got home from our first viewing trip to France with this place at the top of the list, I found a pair of curtains in an Osborne and Little fabric with a design of red and aubergine tulips and chinese porcelain knick-knacks in a local charity shop, and they were SPOOKILY created by a French designer!! They fit- Call me spontaneous, I hadn’t even bought the house at that point…
As you may glimpse here –right- and top left-a false ceiling of vile tiles had to be demolished ( see DIY gets dan-ger-ous post) at great risk to life and limb, which revealed one of the three beautiful beams/tree trunks that hold up half of our hybrid house.
Then Trevor sawed through the false ceiling joists and we have an airy room, open to the rafters. We will insulate and plasterboard (painted white) between the roof joists which are lovely wood and retrievable with a good scrub and sand.The beam will be waxed. Demolition of the old shower room wall has accessed the original window-topmost left. I have hunted down and found a chic wallpaper for behind the bed with a hand printed look and a traditional design of exotic birds and branches printed in French blue and very soft metallic antique gold on a true red ground.
Once the old ceiling had been completely demolished, we could see old truss holes in the stonework and remnants of joinery which support our theory that there was a sort of sleeping platform up there with ladder access.