Category Archives: Renovation and restoration diary- France

Diary of the renovation and restoration work on our village house and seaside apartment in the Languedoc Roussillon, France

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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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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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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Renovating and Restoring in France, a broader view

As we walk around the village, I notice signs of renewal here and there. This is encouraging. I see new windows, new paintwork, a newly re-pointed little stone man-cave down by the river see below left. Houses that have stood empty … Continue reading

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Gluten free Tiramisu – and why you should unpack all your kitchen & dining stuff before you try to play hostess with the mostest

Here is a new Handy Hint for Restoration and Renobuddies who are planning to offer “Restauration” Chez Vous.  Check if you’ve got enough serving dishes, serving spoons, glasses and appropriate cutlery unpacked before your lunch or dinner guests arrive. (Note … Continue reading

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