Tag Archives: white

Woo-hoo! L’escalier is painted

In case you were all wondering whether my Refined-Rustic vision for the village house was edging dangerously  toward just refined ( i. e the chandelier, or ” the shandAYhlia” as Trev now calls it in  a lousy Cockney accent) I … 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 138- I like whitewashed floors but they have to WORK- so- a practical and tough floor finish for you

We started with this Gascony Pin-maritime from France’s oldest managed forest. This is a clean, hard pine, with less knots than many, and those knots found have a low resin content, so bleed is less of an issue. Trev says … Continue reading

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Flipping French Floors #1

Builder’s debris, strong cleaners, constant sweeping and damp dusting, strong sunlight & no protection, years of benign neglect; no wonder My French Floors have had enough. Seeing the way the thirsty floor in the terrace bedroom soaked up the lime … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Recent Brocante finds

Here are some of this summer’s Brocante finds. Left- white work cotton cushion with self-embroidery, ladder work, & cut work. Right – Pair of hand made curtain panels         Below- stunning silk (?) embroidered cushion The star … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Vintage whitework bed linen

You can’t beat a bit of provenance and a little story behind your antique or vintage pieces. I am a fan of the old textile companies which flourished in the the north west of England on the back of the … Continue reading

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Episode 98: renovation, restoration, insulation

Well, there’s a striking ceiling treatment Thank you… http://parvum-opus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/michelde-montaigne.html What do they do in the winter?  where is the insulation? Combining the original,  the beautiful, and the practical is a whole art form in itself. Whilst I would love to … Continue reading

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