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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’s, many … Continue reading

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The Romance of the Raw – mixing it up in the salon

If you have been following this blog you will know that I have been doing my best to preserve the old lime plaster walls and ceilings we still have at the French house .We have to accept that some walls … Continue reading

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Moroccan tables- tables marocaines

These are rather festive, a saturated red. Basically they are Annie Sloan Emperor’s silk over an ochre-ish base. The top has been rollered, which on this surface gives a slightly, dimpled finish; ideal for rubbing antique wax into. Layered with  … 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Episode 144 – In which we muse upon time and chaos and order and how long it takes for paint to go out of date

So, a few of you might recall that, although we thought the roof was fixed, there was evidence of water ingress earlier this year , mainly in the form of some small damp patches on the ceiling lambris in the … Continue reading

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Episode 143 – More decorative finishes- lambris wood panelling

There are a number of elements we see time and time again in humble French houses. One is lambris, or narrow wood panelling. It’s been popular here for centuries though the default finish seems to be dark treacly varnishes and … Continue reading

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Les Chaises- repaired, restyled, refinished- Part 2

So you remember these four dining chairs posted a few days ago? https://coteetcampagne.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/saving-four-special-dining-chairs-for-someone-part-1/ below is after photos-  & if you want it, details of how we rescued these trashed pieces and turned them into desirable treasures are set out here. … Continue reading

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