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

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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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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