Monthly Archives: August 2016

Wooden ships on the water…..

Today sees the Port of Blyth in beautiful Northumberland (North East corner of England) host the start of the 2016 North Sea Tall Ships Regatta. Thirty of these beautiful vessels will sail to Gothenburg, Sweden over the bank holiday weekend. … Continue reading

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Episode 143 – More decorative finishes- lambris wood panelling

There are a number of elements we see time and time again in humble French houses. One is lambris, or narrow wood panelling. It’s been popular here for centuries though the default finish seems to be dark treacly varnishes and … Continue reading

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Episode 142- Decorative finishes update – mettre en valeur

You might remember that I posted about the first two stages of the process I have developed for stucco-stencilling walls. Check it out here in French house salon.   https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/can-you-stucco-stencil-it-yes-you-can/ I have now completed stage 3 and it looks even … Continue reading

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Les Chaises- repaired, restyled, refinished- Part 2

So you remember these four dining chairs posted a few days ago? https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/saving-four-special-dining-chairs-for-someone-part-1/ below is after photos-  & if you want it, details of how we rescued these trashed pieces and turned them into desirable treasures are set out here. … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- 1901-1910

Did I introduce you to this chair? Who knows? I can’t remember. World, meet my Ewardian with a hint of Egyptian Revival chair. It will be a bedroom chair in either the cave or the tulip room. EER chair, meet … Continue reading

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Les Chaises -saving four special dining chairs for someone – Part 1

This is what we started with. Four interesting and slightly unusual dining chairs in a terrible state. They had been in a  cellar in several inches of water and had rotten feet, damaged and stained seats and various bits of … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n Fix

Five more lovely rooms                 top-bottom & left to right decorbydesign.blogspot.com http://www.mysweetgite.com/la-maison-verte/ http://sottoilmontevineyards.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/interior-designer-frederic-mechiche.html    http://www.anindiansummer.in/2014/11/frederic-mechiche.html decorology.blogspot.co.uk I have posted photos of Frédéric Méchiche’s medieval village house in Hyères before. The red toile bedroom is … Continue reading

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