Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Thursday three- “Rough luxe” embroidery, vintage shop display, something new.. but just right

Ok, what is rough luxe”? Apart from being a hot new buzz word in interior design ( which doesn’t really matter to me,as you may have deduced from my random style) it seeks to epitomise the spirit of “authenticity of … Continue reading

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Why buy in the Languedoc Roussillon?- Part two,living by the sea

Ten true reasons why we bought a little piece of seaside life in the Pyrenées Orientales in Southern France. 1) Because the dramatic mix of snow topped mountains, lush greenery, turquoise sea and sunshine  never fails to make us smile. … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- “un peu tôt”

There  is an interesting “rapport réciproque” or mutually beneficial exchange of antique and vintage pieces between the UK and France that is enjoying another surge in popularity right now. Nostalgic fabrics, textiles and homewares with a vintage French feel are … Continue reading

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Picture this #1- paintings and prints for a French village house renovation

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The Thursday Three- country cottage prints and classical engravings

I am fairly sure that this unsigned print is from a watercolour by artist and illustrator Helen Allingham. Whilst generally known as the “country cottage” artist (her work is so detailed  that it is studied by architectural historians ), I … Continue reading

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Why buy in the Languedoc Roussillon? Part one-country village life?

Ten true reasons why we bought a village house here in the Aude region of Southern France 1) For a small price we can live in an ancient village steeped in history and local culture 2) We can live simply … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- It’s all in the detail

Whilst we are a still a long way from finishing touches and putting the personal into our French village house, I am already mentally editing and allocating our stuff room by room for when the fun bit starts. Whilst “finishing” … Continue reading

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