Tag Archives: renovating

A post script

Thank you all for your support, but I’m not at all sure where to go post wise next. Certainly I cannot go back to posts about antiques or pretty features or decorating or new kitchens. I can’t just use this … Continue reading

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Episode 95- Misadventures in restoration- some facts for those of you thinking about it

Oh, the glamour! the romance! the fun of renovating and restoring your very own French hovel! Why do those romanticised tales of property developing in books and on TV never show the reality? When we walked into our newly purchased … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- “un peu tôt”

There  is an interesting “rapport réciproque” or mutually beneficial exchange of antique and vintage pieces between the UK and France that is enjoying another surge in popularity right now. Nostalgic fabrics, textiles and homewares with a vintage French feel are … 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 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 16- The Doors: part 1

renovation, restoration, repetition…. 2009 Let me tell you a little story about DOORS. We had thirteen. This count has now gone up to sixteen (actual or conceptual at present) thank goodness. I am not superstitious but we need all the … Continue reading

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