The house next door, that we bought and renovated in 2016 has seen a steady stream of guests. It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you. I finally got around to taking some photos. Rene did a fabulous job, making it new without taking its spirit away.
The dining room and kitchen are in the same room.
For those of you who have been following my blog forever, you will notice pieces of furniture that use to be in our home that now reside in this home. The fainting chair in the background was given to me by friends years ago (Victor). I had Melaine's dad reupholster.
One friend to another, a circle of friendship. Interconnected giving and receiving.
Such happiness in this blogging community.
The dining room and kitchen are in front of this photo, the bathroom is where the door is opened.
The tiled floor looks like wood. They are textured so they appear to be true. I had the joints made smaller, and used a darker stained grout.
Everything in the house was found at the brocantes.
The ceiling. I love it. There used to be hideous foam board ceiling that I had removed. It never occurred to me that this beautiful ceiling was underneath it. What a pearl! Or as I say "Bingo"!
The back wall that Rene calls, "The modern Monet", was layers and layers of old chalk paint that was covered with multi-layers of wallpaper. When Rene gently peeled it away this is what he found.
We kept it.
The kitchen counter and backsplash are tadelakt:
"Tadelakt (tadla:kt) is a waterproof plaster surface used to make baths, sinks, water vessels, interior and exterior walls, ceilings, roofs, and even floors. It is made from lime plaster, which is rammed, polished, and treated with soap to make it waterproof and water-repellant." via wiki
The cupboards and fridge are behind those curtains
For the shelving I used old beat up scaffolding boards, of course I cleaned and dry waxed them before putting the ironstone on them. The top decorative piece is the only piece left from an 18th century armoire. I mixed a tad bit of paints together and dry waxed it too, it was dark brown before.
The curtains my Belle-Mere made as I wanted to hide the fridge and cupboards.
The door by the kitchen leads to a small terrace, and outside.
The window looks into our garden.
The bathroom is on the left side of the kitchen pass the fainting chair.
Left to the table are the stairs that go up to the bedroom, it is the same surface as downstairs.
The bathroom has an oversized 1800s copper tub, with a shower head.
Upstairs is the bedroom.
If you would like to come stay in our village which is a very French,
non-touristic, off the beaten path sort of place let me know.
It rests at the base of Saint Baume with protected foothills behind it, miles of trails and nature walks.