Friday French Property P**n Fix

19a unknown, kitchen, dining cabinetMy current obsessions are-

*Kitchen dining storage –Left-

I love open shelves, I know many don’t . We have them in the UK and they are no more hassle, cleaning wise, than cupboards with doors.

*Small bedrooms- Right-


I am particularly taken by the fact that the small size of this bedroom has not precluded statement curtains.



and Bizzyella, didn’t you stay in the room below?


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Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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14 Responses to Friday French Property P**n Fix

  1. poshbirdy says:

    I have shutters rather than curtains at home in the UK. I love them. But in France there will be enormous (and enormously expensive) curtains, and muslins. It’s going to take years just to save up and then make them!

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  2. “Statement curtains”. Now that’s a term I like. I have no curtains at all in my house – not because I don’t like them, but because I need 3m long ones that will cost me a mint 😦
    As for the open shelves, I join the “out of sight out of mind” brigade – Any available surface in our place immediately gets invaded by things people need to get off their hands quickly, so I reduce the available surface to a minimum. On top of that, Smelly dog’s hair gets everywhere and so dust the dust from the earthen track outside the house.


    • Well, you appear to have a variety of offspring coming and going & putting stuff down, whereas my offspring are off cleaning their own homes now. That makes a big difference to the use your kitchen gets.


  3. Chris says:

    I love the bedroom, wow. We did not have open shelves in England but I wanted to stay in the character of our 1840′ home so shelves in the kitchen was a must and I find it a lot easier to find my pans etc

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    • I agree. It’s not easy is it, striking the right path between authenticity and practicality?! Incidentally, our buildings first became a house in 1837, so we have similar conundrums here


  4. Osyth says:

    I’m with you on the open shelves …. It’s a myth that things get dirtier if they are things you use daily. I am OCD so keeping things displayed perfectly is my (irritating if you are my husband) default. Love the bedroom, agree with Bizzy about the ceiling height but have to add that I have never been afraid of statement curtains in any space 😳

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    • Yes, I can’t help having stuff displayed aesthetically! If Trev moves ANYTHING I know.
      He is, however, trained to hang the bath towel properly as has useful elements of OCD himself.

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      • Osyth says:

        My husband is a two brained boffin but neither brain is hard-wired to tidy and organised. He is however trying hard and Kearns quickly hence the fact that after 9 months if actually living together perpetually rather than being married on opposite continents, he is still in command of his manhood 😂😂😂😂

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  5. bizzyella says:

    Yes, I did stay in that pink room. Chateau de la Goujonnerie, if I remember correctly, and a delightful place it is, too. Highly recommended and for what you get, a total bargain. That smaller room above can handle the statement curtains because of the high ceiling. The curtains draw the eye upward, which in that room is a good thing. Me and open shelves in the kitchen, not so good. Unless I have really good ventilation, it’s just not pretty.

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    • Mmm, it’s a divisive subject on blog already!
      I agree about high ceilings being important in small rooms, both our second floor bedrooms are smallish but both have lovely high ceilings open to roof


  6. francetaste says:

    I had open shelves for five years and hated them. My cleaning man (yes) hated them even more. Things got very dusty. This was at a time when I worked 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, so I never cooked (I had a jar of Dijon mustard, from Dijon, and a bottle of champagne, from Champagne, and nothing else in my fridge. Or other cupboards). Just dust. It was intended to be a two-year gig that grew, so I never bothered to change it.
    That last photo is extremely appealing….


  7. Nadia says:

    I have always worried about dust settling on everything if in an open cupboard.

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    • I used to, but we keep every day stuff like pans & plates out and they get used and washed anyway. To be honest, I wipe down the open shelves regularly but I also used to clean out my cupboads and wipe the doors down too so no more work really.
      PLUS you can see what you’ve got instantly and de junk!

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