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Reclaimed materials. Some thoughts

The views expressed in this post may be deemed provocative. I stand by them. To avoid any inference that I am pointing the finger, I will use the original shot of our French house. Well, about 2/3rds of it as … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n – two and one

These are the three Pinterest photos that I have looked at the most over the last couple of weeks. I love the decorative frieze on what I presume is a stone chimney piece left and the ceiling treatment https://pin.it/thxb3iram3zm5r We … Continue reading

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Lovely building for sale in Limoux

Here is a business opportunity (G & D?) Lovely stone building with historic bones and large two storey space atop a former restaurant/cafe on the corner of the beautiful main square in Limoux, Occitanie, France. I cannot confirm if it … Continue reading

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Good Friday French Property P**n

Joyeuses Pâques! For no reason other than that I need a French Fix. I am currently in quicksand             http://www.zsazsabellagio.blogspot.com/ http://www.terresetdemeuresdefrance.com/ Not France, actually Amsterdam, but for the colour palette and painted ceiling http://www.peterkorver.com/ By … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n- Des tissus antiques

3 days late FFPP!….This photo made me smile. Not just the fabulous fabric, door surround and floor, but the big lean on that wall to the left. I have a wall like that in every room of the French house. … Continue reading

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Cold feet – and why just a few square metres of flooring is giving me another hovel related headache

Why do these small decisions choke up the narrative on these projects? The biggest decision is what property to buy, everything else after is relatively less onerous ; Right? Wrong! – and I am still “sweating the small stuff” here. … Continue reading

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Friday French Fix- Old and Bold spaces – Chambres anciennes et audacieuses

When engaged in old French property rescue, we should be bold and daring Yes? Let’s be Aude-acious in the Aude! http://www.weranda.pl/domy-i-mieszkania/rezydencje/rezydencja-w-kolorach-piasku-i-oceanu http://decoholic.org/2014/12/17/fireplace-styles-100-design-ideas/ http://wingsviewathome.tumblr.com/?og=1                

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Friday French Property P**n – Four modestes maisons

I know it’s Saturday, but I had a very, very, long and arduous day yesterday so forgive my tardiness.   I would love to find a big, old wall panel like this-left. The inset cupboard- right is very much like … 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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Friday French Property P**n Fix

Five more lovely rooms                 top-bottom & left to right decorbydesign.blogspot.com http://www.mysweetgite.com/la-maison-verte/ http://sottoilmontevineyards.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/interior-designer-frederic-mechiche.html    http://www.anindiansummer.in/2014/11/frederic-mechiche.html decorology.blogspot.co.uk I have posted photos of Frédéric Méchiche’s medieval village house in Hyères before. The red toile bedroom is … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n Fix

My current obsessions are- *Kitchen dining storage –Left-http://decordeprovence.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/spring.html I love open shelves, I know many don’t . We have them in the UK and they are no more hassle, cleaning wise, than cupboards with doors. *Small bedrooms- Right- thedecorista.tumblr.com I … Continue reading

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Maison or Museum? Save or Skip? #1

Forget OCD. Those embarking on the giddy path of French House Rescue; and who have any sensitivity to the building they buy will have to wrestle with  a seemingly endless list of  OHD’s Old House Dilemmas Though, thinking about that … 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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FPPF – French Property Porn Fix of the day

For absolutely no other reason, apart from the fact that it’s Friday and I am losing the will to live, I present for your delectation some beautiful French or French flavoured interiors.           What have these … Continue reading

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Sensitive skin- and a greater sense of loss

            I have had a weird few days. I should explain that I have spent decades developing coping strategies to deal with the hyper sensitivity/empathy I was seemingly born with which has, historically, proved to … Continue reading

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Episode 99 – Project mis-management

Renovation, restoration, prevarication If you are thinking of trying to mastermind a property project from another country, which you can only visit to oversee about six times a year (for a few days) using guys who don’t speak your native … Continue reading

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Episode 91- In which I wrestle with renovation & restoration related guilt

Renovation, restoration, reflection…. So,  I found this old photo of Trev with signs of his original brown hair colour  still evident and realised that, in just seven years of double property renovation & restoration projects  in the south of France, … Continue reading

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Episode 86-Some thoughts on dust, squalor, chaos & the psychological phenomenon that is “project syndrome”

Renovation, restoration, indoctrination I am recognising a syndrome that may affect those of us undertaking major builds, renovation and restoration property projects. We have been living in our “every room a half finished building site ” French hovel for so … Continue reading

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Episode 84- What changes can be made to an old building?

Renovation, restoration, regulations. If you are planning to buy with a view to restoring and/or renovating an old building in France, I have three pieces of advice for you- 1) Do your homework 2) Take the advice of, or better … Continue reading

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Episode 77- The sunny side of the street- “en plein soleil”

renovation, restoration, orientation A little advice for French house hunters…….. I like this photo, it shows a portion of the our French village house to the right- bathed in sunlight ( I can’t get it all into any shot, street … Continue reading

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Episode 76- Panic in the Pissoir!

renovation, restoration, vegetation-September 2013 The trees are coming in!!! Let me explain- the big house behind Maison Priest was owned by an English lady who  has decided to sell and had been unable to visit as often as she would … Continue reading

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Episode 65- French living for beginners

renovation, restoration, forced relaxation…2014 I don’t want to relax, but we don’t have a choice right now. Trevor is not in any state to Do It Himself so we nearly have a proper holiday. (I say nearly, things are never … Continue reading

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Episode 60- Tall Tales.. A journey toward terrace chic

Renovation, restoration, elevation The most dramatic change, to date, in our ongoing project to renovate and restore a village house in the far south of France  has been the genius addition of the roof terrace. We started (see episode 2 … Continue reading

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Episode 51- Letting your holiday home “for fun and profit”!

renovation, restoration, make it a destination The title of today’s post is inspired by a series of little handbooks published many years ago and which I recall from my very distant childhood. Unless you are over 50 and UK born, … Continue reading

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Episode 45- Angst and Anguish at Apartment 45-AAARRRGGGHHH!

renovation, restoration, bureaucratic frustration…..Summer 2012 It is a truth universally acknowledged ( As a famous lady author stated in a somewhat different context) that just when you are are congratulating yourself on how swimmingly things are pootling along, at last,  … Continue reading

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Episode 42- TULIP FEVER!

renovation, restoration, yet another explanation …………. Why oh why? -you ask- do we call  thebedroomthathadnowindowandasaggingceiling the tulip room? Because, dear reader, it has the unrestorable (sadly) remains of vintage hand printed authentic French wallpaper with red and aubergine tulips on … Continue reading

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Episode 38- A little street in France, part 1

renovation, restoration, revelations……………. What is it that makes you want to look beyond the obvious, embrace the unexpected, and take that leap into making something beautiful from the basest of raw materials? This is not the first time I have … Continue reading

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Episode 1: Haunted Hovel funds French Folly

renovation, restoration, recollection May 2005…………… Aftermath When  we first embarked on our adventures in French property renovation we were living a relatively “normal” life (well, as normal as I, who have always danced to a different drum , could sustain..) … Continue reading

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