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Further news on the wet room

Back on the ground floor wet room project again. We had a slightly anxious night waiting for the floor grout to go off, not only because it did not look anything like the carefully chosen grey shade on the packet … Continue reading

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Black hole

This is the smallest space in our French house. I took a couple of photos, and, windowless, it really is dark in there; the further photos are flash – assisted. But you get the picture? The external shot shows the … 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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Episode 161- the kitchen ceiling, inspiration from 13th century Domaine at Luc-sur-Aude

You remember the horrible kitchen ceiling?  The one I demolished and then started wondering about half way through if the insulation tile was asbestos? horrible kitchen ceiling post In common with most old and some new French houses, the ceilings … Continue reading

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Floored

We found the brick paviours. They will work in kitchen and the cave. We are NOT going to conveniently drop on the 34 square metres of reclaimed floor tiles or brick that we need, within our budget, the minute we … Continue reading

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Episode 151 Part 2 – “I name this bath…….”

I have actually named my long sought after bathtub. It’s practically a member of the family now. Though maybe I wouldn’t leave a member of the family all alone in a dark garage surrounded by junk. Trevor suspects  (not without … Continue reading

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Episode 149- Perceptions and the interception dance

I have been loathe to invite anyone into the French house whilst my vision for the whole place remains less than blindingly obvious in most areas. This couldn’t go on, so on our last trip we allowed in some curious … Continue reading

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An early Thursday Three – a marriage made in heaven

        So we picked up this mirror , purchased on ebay, on Sunday. Look at those feet! Beautiful carving, I’ll post better photos soon I promise. On Monday a very nice man GAVE us this cabinet below … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- 1901-1910

Did I introduce you to this chair? Who knows? I can’t remember. World, meet my Ewardian with a hint of Egyptian Revival chair. It will be a bedroom chair in either the cave or the tulip room. EER chair, meet … Continue reading

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Tread carefully….

Many moons ago; maybe six years, we decided that the lethal access to the terrace bedroom needed addressing urgently. ( HA!) The reason for the crazy perch of that doorway over the stairs is that the terrace bedroom side of … Continue reading

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Episode 128- So what’s happening downstairs?

So you have spotted the deliberate oversight. I haven’t mentioned what’s happening on the ground floor for a while. That’s because NOTHING is. There are a number of reasons for this, firstly I have instructed  Trevor  to make a quick … Continue reading

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Flipping French Floors #2 – floor envy

I have had floor envy for a while now. Investigations have not turned up any charming original tiled floors in the French house which we could have lovingly restored. There is a small area of tomettes on the first floor … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – Venetian style hand engraved mirrored sconces

I only wanted two, so the third one is a bonus. Each side of my black Venetian glass mirror Three words- Cave, candles, bathtub…..  

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The Thursday Three- a symphony of necessary neutrals

In the great scheme of French house stuff, the guest “suite” to be created in the cave has been a bit neglected both in planning and purchases to date. So, to redress the balance may I present some bargain square … Continue reading

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Episode 122- August achievements, and some bad impressions given

With almost three weeks in France, we got lots of  niggling small jobs done.These might not seem madly significant to those undertaking Grand Designs, but they gave us a great deal of satisfaction. Putting up coat hooks in hall- until … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Vintage whitework bed linen

You can’t beat a bit of provenance and a little story behind your antique or vintage pieces. I am a fan of the old textile companies which flourished in the the north west of England on the back of the … Continue reading

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Episode 117- Re-purposing old original doors

http://robbinsrealtygroup.com/2015/04/17/barn-door/ I have been obsessing for ages about what to do with the old cave door-below – https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/episode-16-the-doors-part-1/ ‎ It doesn’t fit, the wind blows around and through it and there is insufficient light coming through the two dinky little … Continue reading

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The pen is mightier than the sword- and considerably easier to write with

Thus said Marty Feldman, and he was right. When I write my little story on Campagne sur Aude, our French village of choice, I will be doing so as an incomer, but with the most honourable of intentions. I have … Continue reading

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Episode 116- back on the paper trail again

Yes, I am back pondering about wallpaper once more. This is odd, I haven’t included wallpaper in any of my decorative schemes for many years; paint is my go-to solution . France and this house are clearly steering my thoughts … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- square French style pillow covers/cases

Found these three in charity shop in UK, maybe the missing fourth suffered a terrible stain related accident? Large, heavy,  soft white cotton with cotton/linen centre panels with woven double squares in a natural/gold colour . Probably for the cave … Continue reading

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BANG!

    For those of you unwilling to trawl through my archives, I have just posted the following historical ( and hysterical) piece on the Period Living magazine website. It’s good to remind ourselves that,  actually, we HAVE achieved some … Continue reading

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Episode 102- Where do I begin? the cave story- part 1

Ok, so you may not want to trawl the archives for the full saga so I have decided to post some bite-sized summaries on progress in French house to date. Left- we have one end of the cave. On purchase … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- it’s curtains…………….

    because we are near the end of the French village house project (and because I am obsessed with textiles)  I am applying what is left of my mind to CURTAINS! I bought these chunky cotton canvas ones- Left … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- more hot topics and VERY EARLY

Whilst I spend many happy (and some less than  happy hours) considering exactly what we are going to put into our French “desres” WHAT, you may well ask, does Trevor think of all this pondering & soul searching? Well, I … Continue reading

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Episode 73- ” A light in dark places”

renovation restoration, considerations- César Manrique Apart from my admiration for Mr Manrique’s paintings and sculptures, our visit to his home/studio/gallery on the Canarian island of Lanzarote threw up some more inspiration for dealing with dark  places in style. http://www.cesarmanrique.com/fundacion_i.htm I … Continue reading

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The half finished house gallery

As our “before” and “during” photos of the village house are so relentlessly depressing, I thought an update on some of the worse (?) rooms/areas might cheer up my patient viewers, so here goes – (If you want to see … Continue reading

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Episode 34-How bad can it be? “before” images of French village house

renovation, restoration, reinvention Some newer viewers have asked just how bad the house in France was we when we bought it. As I can’t yet present the full French “before and after” story, we will start with some early photos … Continue reading

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