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

Small steps and hot French finds

Little bits done this week. Finished laying terre cuite hearth in salon, edging next. Also finally decided on floor finish for wet/cooker wall in kitchen. Whilst loading said option, I spotted this chaux (lime) based natural paint in Brico-Depot in … Continue reading

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Oh Fuite-ing Hell!

OK, what is this?  Let me just confirm that it’s not one of my paint effects. It’s on the dining room ceiling. What’s above? The terrace. Dern, dern dern, dern, deeeerrrrrnnn…….. 

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Paper, boxes, benches

Whilst shredded paper won’t be in short supply en France, I am wondering if we will still be able to get recycled cardboard boxes to post out our pieces? Maybe someone can tell me a source for these ? And … Continue reading

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Ready, Shreddy, GO!

So, the logistics of making a relatively simple move. Why does no one ever blog about the sheer slog and the practical detail of moving to another country? Boring? Is it? ………….Tough! This is the “warts and all” blog diary, … Continue reading

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Episode 152- To Hull And Back

Most of my biggest decisions are taken on a Thursday. I was born on a Thursday so maybe it’s connected? Anyway, I had a high pressure, high preparation, contentious and stressful work commitment in Hull on Wednesday. I have nothing … Continue reading

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Mixing materials

I am fascinated by the gorgeous mix of materials and colours in this one French house found on http://www.cotemaison.fr I like the change in colour on the stair risers at the door way. And the raw wood panelling on the … Continue reading

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Another old French village house

In my self appointed ongoing mission to bang the drum for Small Village Houses, here is another from Lost In Arles- see here I note the many common features shared with our place, inset cupboards, terrazzo stairs and modest dimensions … Continue reading

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