Category Archives: Art, design and inspiration blog

paintings, photos, textiles & creative stuff

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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The Thursday Three – velvet and verdigris

I will miss aspects of the cottage in the UK. Although the cheap white walls and dark brown carpet upstairs are not my choice, they are an OK backdrop for photos. As you might know, I have been sourcing curtains, … Continue reading

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More paint ideas

Back on the subject of walls, here is  an atypical French house I have seen featured in several interiors magazines in France. It has parallels with our project in that although the house is twice the size of our place, … Continue reading

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The Romance of the Raw – mixing it up in the salon

If you have been following this blog you will know that I have been doing my best to preserve the old lime plaster walls and ceilings we still have at the French house .We have to accept that some walls … Continue reading

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More recycling musings

If you have followed this blog from way back, you will know that I have changed my mind about how to upcycle this Puginesque pine chapel table left. It was earmarked as kitchen furniture until I had the eureka idea … Continue reading

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