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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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Decorating a French house

The time has come. We can no longer procrastinate and put off decisions about the detail. Clear plans must be made now as we move forward with the last of the hidden work that will underpin the final look. Although … Continue reading

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Episode 108- at last, some clues to support my ideas on paint effects and the answer to a vexatious question

Have a look at this link, number four “French country decor for walls”- http://www.dreamhomedecorating.com/french-country-decor.html I have seen this decorative paint treatment before, generally in French country interiors and specifically at this beautiful renovation job which has featured in numerous French, … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Rocking a bit of Rococo in the round

There is something about round frames that appeals to me . Maybe because they evoke period interiors with fading fabrics, family treasures  and hand carved furniture. Another place and another time. I bought this French Rococo inspired frame on ebay … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- HOW much is TOO much?

I have quite a few of these 19thc cotton tablecloths & table mats with lace and drawn thread work and was planning to hang a couple of small ones on the shower room doors to preserve the modesty of the … Continue reading

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The Thursday three- “Rough luxe” embroidery, vintage shop display, something new.. but just right

Ok, what is rough luxe”? Apart from being a hot new buzz word in interior design ( which doesn’t really matter to me,as you may have deduced from my random style) it seeks to epitomise the spirit of “authenticity of … Continue reading

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Newsflash- July 2014

Renovation, restoration, certification! Two very positive developments this week         Firstly, after squeezing in a distance-learning course on Interior Design on top of my demanding day job, renovations to village house in France, running the French holiday … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- three French interior design essentials!

How about these for village house in France? From ebay, carved, painted and gilded  pale French blue corbels How can the rest of the world  have  missed these? Someone has glued felt on the back to turn into bookends but … Continue reading

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A little French inspiration for 2014..

“what matters is not to add years to life but to add life to the years” We found this little vintage card in the French house, there is a calendar on the back in sepia ink .       … Continue reading

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