Category Archives: Art, design and inspiration blog

paintings, photos, textiles & creative stuff

First furniture piece from the French studio

Here we have the first furniture rescue project since we installed ourselves in France. This little console table has been sitting around waiting for repair and tlc for a few years but kept being sidelined for major house projects. More … Continue reading

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I Troc therefore I am- Carcassonne

It is true. I love to Troc. We were driving around the industrial estate behind Casino supermarket in Carcassonne looking for the Orange Boutique. Googlemaps said that we were virtually sitting in it; then Trev suddenly remembered that Phil had … Continue reading

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Argeles-sur-Mer late spring cleaning #1

One of the many benefits of living here at the French house is that we can actually spend time at, or even have a holiday at the Argeles apartment! Many others have benefited, including family and friends, just NOT US.This … Continue reading

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The door stalker

So, dear readers and loyal blog-buddies, you know that I like a bargain; and the bestest bargain is a freebie. Recycle, Re-use, Restore, Repurpose. Just after we arrived in France last month we noticed these three doors/windows stacked against an … Continue reading

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Episode 155- Chez Nous le dimanche

The reality of being here in France, and not having to fill every waking day with work on the house because we go back to the UK tomorrow, is kicking in. Little milestones (we will have been here a month … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – Esperaza Vide-Grenier

Let me just say that I am not unaffected by what is happening in the world. I may be idyllicly located now, but life is not rose-tinted and terrible things are happening elsewhere. My child works an inherently dangerous and … Continue reading

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Photographer Dan Bladen

We are right in the middle of what I will refer to as a bureaucratic issue with the move. Don’t ask. You really don’t want to know. So, sometimes stepping away from a trying situation is the best policy. As … Continue reading

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