Category Archives: Renovating in France

Juliet would’ve been in trouble

Sometimes, a fairly simple thing ends up turning into a saga – like the tale of our ill-fated balcony… When we were first browsing the internet for a house in France (as you do), anything with a balcony beckoned us. The traditional ironwork … Continue reading

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The cold was the culprit

Coming back to our house in Argenton-sur-Creuse, France, after an extended period in Australia, I noticed some water spots underneath one of the old cast iron radiators… part of the central heating system on our “guest floor” which consists of a gas … Continue reading

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A few photos

“Show me photos of your house in France” people say, and I smile (though inwardly cringing as I think of the 25,000 photos sitting on my laptop, snapped over the last 5 years, waiting patiently to be properly edited, tagged … Continue reading

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Karaoke anyone?

Anyone who knows us, knows we love karaoke, so we were surprised and delighted on our very first visit to Argenton sur Creuse in France – way back in early 2009 (to see firsthand the town and the house before … Continue reading

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Accidental colour matching

I was chatting to someone the other day about the difficulties in choosing paint colours, and remembered our own accidental colour matching episode in France… I had decided to make a start on the main hallway on the guest floor and stripped … Continue reading

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A little renovations update

Before we went on our side trip to Spain, we did manage to complete the small second bedroom on the guest floor, spurred on by the fact that our friends from Lyon were arriving to stay with us in central France for … Continue reading

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What was lost is found

Now how many of you girls (or is that being sexist??) have lost an earring, and kept the remaining one for years on end hoping the pair would magically turn up? Well a funny thing happened the other day – … Continue reading

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Bright and white

The shower room downstairs is finally complete! You’d think I would realise it by now, but I am always astounded at how much work goes into renovating even a very small room. First, Tony dismantled and removed the shower and vanity … Continue reading

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A hint of history

I would like to be able to share some photos of our completed projects… unfortunately, instead of having finished any one thing, we are in the middle of doing a multitude of tasks, and every room in the house is currently in disarray. Our … Continue reading

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Stripping and getting plastered

I’ve finished stripping and getting plastered for the moment… renovating the small bed room downstairs that is! (Now what did you think I meant??) I couldn’t wait to get started – that wallpaper was dreadful… – so it was with pleasure that … Continue reading

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