Stage 2

Hello again!

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We are well rested after our holiday on the Cote d’Azur.

IMG_5489 - 2015-04-21 at 10-04-29My coffee and Tarte Tropezienne at Senequier.

IMG_5490 - 2015-04-21 at 10-22-36No sign of Brigitte Bardot though.

IMG_5509 - 2015-04-21 at 10-33-41The St Tropez market at Place des Lices.

IMG_5447 - 2015-04-21 at 09-47-16Traditional fishing boat.


Oliver, Ruby and Rose were expertly cat-sat by our house sitters J and M from Vancouver, Washington (Oliver came out of hiding eventually) – thanks guys!

On Friday I had a meeting with our builder and we are now ready to embark on Stage 2 of the renovation! The starting date is likely to be May 11 or 18.

$_57I purchased this stained glass lead light window on eBay for the coal store conversion. It doesn’t come with the wine bottle.

More to follow!

Master Bedroom: Before and After

Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.01.30 PMThe master bedroom was basically finished months ago but only today were the roman blinds installed. Until now we just had old sheets pinned to the window frames, which let a lot of light in during the night (there’s a streetlight opposite) and I’m not sure how opaque they were in terms of privacy… All that is just a memory now as these new blinds have block-out fabric that I will test tonight.

Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.06.39 PMSo what have we done in this room? Walls have been stripped of the old wallpaper, patched and plastered. New electrics installed and the radiator was moved. The ceiling was overboarded and skimmed because the old ceiling had severe cracks. I never had the heart to rip out the built-in wardrobe on the right, and I’m glad, even if it makes the room asymmetrical.

Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.12.52 PMWe redecorated of course. The carpet was replaced. The wallpaper is Laura Ashley – Linen. Paint colours are Farrow and Ball’s ‘Dimity’ on the non-papered walls and ‘Wimborne White’ above the picture rail.

Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.11.53 PMThe penetrating damp was fixed when we repaired the downpipe. A wasp’s nest was exterminated in the ceiling above the bay window. The fireplace was opened up.

Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.10.25 PMThe old sink that used to block this door from opening was removed and the door reinstated for the en suite conversion in the room next door.

Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.08.17 PMWe added the ceiling rose, which we feel is in keeping with the house, though originally there would have been gas lights on the walls. And the windows were cleaned yesterday – for the first time in over two years!Screen shot 2015-04-09 at 2.09.29 PMAnother room complete!