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More recycling musings

If you have followed this blog from way back, you will know that I have changed my mind about how to upcycle this Puginesque pine chapel table left. It was earmarked as kitchen furniture until I had the eureka idea … Continue reading

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The most wanted list – qu’est-ce que l’on veut?

So, what’s the old stuff we all want these days? I may not be able to give you the definitive answer to this burning question, but I can reveal the top five UK best sellers that the third quarter of … Continue reading

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Les couleurs pâles, poussiéreuses et fanées- Pale, Dusty, Faded

These subtle colours, in French they’re called “Les couleurs pâles, poussiéreuses et fanées”. My favourite shades, that faded, dirty, dusty,”washed “palette. Greyed pastels, warmed neutrals. They work so well Chez Nous The word “couleur” is feminine in French, suprisingly, I thought … Continue reading

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Episode 147 part two- in which we show why we blew the b****y doors off

So, there were two of these horrible doors.We took them off and removed the chipboard lower shelves.   We put up these carved and gilded fruitwood panels that came from a Georgian house in the UK (1817) not as deep … Continue reading

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I’m not saying my partner is displaying a degree of ocd, but…..

Its weird. Trev is happy to exist in the necessary chaos around us in France but I am reaching the end of my patience with this project now. I want clean. I want to go look for something in it’s … Continue reading

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Episode 132- Adding Architectural Antiques

I see absolutely no good reason not to add in old pieces where they merit it. If they are the appropriate style and period for your project, then go for it. I just found these carved wood panels in the … Continue reading

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Episode 114 – It’s all in the detail, SSSWC- skip, strip, sand, wax, curse a bit ….

SSSWC, SSSWC, that’s my new exercise programme. Is it effective? on me and on the French house?…yes Again these are phone photos, so not great but I want to show you the fruits of some of our labours. STRIP- Newly … Continue reading

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