Tag Archives: panelling

In which I admit it . I mostly hate new things

Another day in which I wear so many different hats that I need more than one head. A morning of intensive day-job work; then Very Quickly painting the kitchen wall because Trevor’s Monster Fridge is arriving earlier than expected. Congratulations … Continue reading

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Mixing materials

I am fascinated by the gorgeous mix of materials and colours in this one French house found on http://www.cotemaison.fr I like the change in colour on the stair risers at the door way. And the raw wood panelling on 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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Episode 139- The perfect off-white, and it only took eight years to find it

It took  a long time. OK, I was distracted by other renovation and restoration debates, decisions and doubts, but I ran out of prevarication time and when we marched down to the shops, this new option was on offer, details … Continue reading

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Episode 110- The squirrel made me do it….

I have finally found the critical nearly white and neutrals for ceilings, walls, panelling and  painted furniture at the French village house.It has only taken several years to source this.The kitchen/diner has so many nearly white paint samples, tried and … Continue reading

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Episode 90- The Pipework of Doom-The Return ( down the drain)

Renovation , restoration, evacuation… Regular readers may recall that we had a plethora of pipework down the front wall of the salon already, dropping from the room above which had a basin and shower ( but no toilet, naturally) Short … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – antique crochet, vintage embroidery, perfect finds

A late post today, it has been a crazy couple of weeks. I finally found a perfect shower curtain for the French village house –left, Sainsbury’s home collection- http://www.sainsburys.co.uk . It picks up the pale fig ground colour on the … Continue reading

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