Monthly Archives: June 2014

Episode 76- Panic in the Pissoir!

renovation, restoration, vegetation-September 2013 The trees are coming in!!! Let me explain- the big house behind Maison Priest was owned by an English lady who  has decided to sell and had been unable to visit as often as she would … Continue reading

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Episode 75- Papier peint, oui ou non? to wallpaper or not to wallpaper

I had absolutely no intention of using any wallpaper anywhere when we bought the French house. Almost all my recent decorative treatments have been paint based. I liked what was left of the wallpaper in the  tulip bedroom, but it … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- three French interior design essentials!

How about these for village house in France? From ebay, carved, painted and gilded  pale French blue corbels How can the rest of the world  have  missed these? Someone has glued felt on the back to turn into bookends but … Continue reading

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“One of those days in England”

With thanks to Mr Roy Harper, who provided the title, I would like to share  some great photographs  taken as Trevor and I had a healthy but sedate country walk along the canal by Stourton Junction where the Stourbridge canal … Continue reading

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A Georgian cottage in England- a look at our UK house (shoestring budget)

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Episode 74 – In which we reminisce on deceased vacuum cleaners..

renovation, restoration, suction (or lack of it) We have  managed to wear out three vacuum cleaners since we started the French village house project. The yellow one glimpsed left- in our scary kitchen/diner/guest bedroom was part of the three essential … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Light fittings and Lions (GGRRHH)

The annual vide-grenier in our French village has thrown up some real gems over the last few years. I purchased a pair of these Empire style  appliques (wall lights) from our Mayor. If he ever comes round for an aperitif, … Continue reading

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