Decided to get into French mode this weekend as that always cheers us up. My grandson stayed over & I showed him the photos of the new loo in the shower room at the French house , he was suitably impressed.
We cracked a bottle of Southern French vin rosé, though I bitterly begrudge paying English prices for something I could buy for under three euros in the village.( should the thought police be checking this out, the grandson did not partake)
Today I am cooking scallops with pasta, pesto, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes for dinner- a few black olives too I think.
I am sorting out and putting on ebay anything we don’t need now and isn’t going to France with us.( I bought some oatmeal linen blinds thinking I could make them work with inward opening windows, but I can’t!)
This means refining exactly how I am going to do the rooms and what is going into them. This has been a slow organic process as have changed my mind a few times. My usual modus operandi is to buy things I love that feel right for house and then decide 1) where they are going and 2) what needs to be done to get them looking right. The house & I are deciding the look between us.
Colours need to be subtle for this house, and a linking colour/theme has finally been set as only about 125m square in all, however, both sides of the house have a distinctly different character which creates a challenge as far as a cohesive style goes. The chalky palette in the terrace bedroom, which is closest to completion, reflects that it is the newest bit ( 80 years old) You may detect a hint of 1920’s styling, but more Chinoiserie chic than Art Deco.
All the wood in here will have a light finish, no heavy treacly varnishes, and at least half the cupboards/furniture will be painted in a neutral matte finish. I am edging toward a pale stone colour which exists only in my head at present. Here is the kitchen now- don’t laugh..