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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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Eric Ravilious and 20th century British Art

I found this painting in a junk shop in Birmingham. It was filthy; but oil paintings are tough and almost always clean up well. Even in that condition I could see the strong composition, colour & form. It’s unsigned (unusual … Continue reading

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French interiors- four alternatives to white walls

          Celebrating interesting old walls in small spaces. Above left-above right and right Or,if you have the space & the ceiling height-below-why not celebrate those cracks too?                                              http://www.hemis.fr/?idPageWeb=95&afficherVignetteDuSujet=519&nouvelleRecherchePhoto=1   http://thebridescafe.tumblr.com/tagged/Home/page/7 http://thepoetryofmaterialthings.tumblr.com/Continue reading

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Episode 141- French property P*** again!

Whatever the climate, politically, creatively, economically or meteorologically I still need a French Property P**n Fix today. Left-From this handcrafted life via Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/541909767644586378/     Right- from paintingsilove.com Link seems to have disappeared That is a PAINTING! Look at … Continue reading

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I dream about French murs, or, how walls are my new obsession

I am obsessed with looking at options for  Our French Walls. If they are flat, I will capitalise on that and consider  a little wallpaper or wonderful paint colours.I will judiciously introduce light and dark where aspect and proportions permit … Continue reading

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French style made simple- another humble house

Thinking about rough French country decor again; (always) Look at this for inspiration. Not grand at all, but a sweeping statement of personality and good taste. Such simplicity, such style, such authenticity, such a successful re-imagining of an old house. … Continue reading

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Episode 126/2- In which I strip, Trevor slips and the grandson gets “hip”

This last French trip, we needed , or I needed to get to grips with some décapage ( paint stripping ) at last. I have been putting this off with various excuses, but the truth is I just hate strong … Continue reading

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