Author Archives: coteetcampagne

About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time

Restoration Meditation – is a totally cohesive style critical to success?

So, the question is, do you have to run the same style or colour palette from room to room to make a house restoration work? I’m with Frederic Mechiche again here Mechiche Hyeres He mixes both in a small house … Continue reading

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The cracks are beginning to show…………and I am very happy about this

Lived in and heated full time for the FIRST time in fifteen years, the French house is settling into itself. The old bones and the careful new additions are getting to know each other. It’s a kind of rustic romance … Continue reading

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Stark trees on the road to Limoux

These crisp winter landscapes are amazing. I just wish I could capture our heron, but he flies off if I get too close. Working on it.  Stay warm guys 

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Lots of small things that make a big difference

I know I haven’t posted much re progress on the village house for a while, but Trev has certainly been working hard on a whole host of small but critical projects. This storage cupboard, left , was created from part … Continue reading

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Twenty four hours in Occitanie

Here is yesterday’s sunset over the Pyrenees. Cold but dry. Today we drove back from Argeles-sur-Mer along the D117 to Campagne and saw the wintry colours of the vines, set out in their rows against a darkening sky. Still  no … Continue reading

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The “Roman Bridge” the coldest morning yet and Bronte takes a big step

We have been told that this partly collapsed walkway over the river is a Roman bridge. I have now incorporated it into the first book of a series that I am writing, based around our house and Campagne-sur-Aude’s ancient, rich  … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n – two and one

These are the three Pinterest photos that I have looked at the most over the last couple of weeks. I love the decorative frieze on what I presume is a stone chimney piece left and the ceiling treatment https://pin.it/thxb3iram3zm5r We … Continue reading

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