Project Studio

Our french house has two rooms and a bathroom which are slightly separate from the rest of the house. They have their own front door and are on the other side of the house away from the main living area.

Cleaned paving, new green shutters

We had been thinking about what to do when suddenly it became obvious… we could create a separate apartment by putting in a kitchen and we could split the house into two potential properties. Genius!

Inside the studio… before

Once inspired there was no stopping us and so this weekend was spent starting to work on the studio.

We went brocanting and found some lovely green iron chairs (€40 for two) and a rustic (rusty) green bistro table (€20). Combined with a glass mason jar with some lavender from the garden, we were “Pinterest Perfect.”

New seating area

The bed frame had been left behind by the previous owner. I dismantled it (which for some reason was incredibly hard) and moved it into the other room.

Free bed, now ready to be painted
Inside the studio, room for a small kitchen

My next project will be to paint the bed and stage the bedroom. It has a low ceiling but a lovely little window with a view to the pool.

View to the pool

We do like a project!

Sewing Stripes

I’ve been busy lining up projects for my next visit to France.

We have a lovely outdoor setting with armchairs, a sofa (and a dead animal) but something’s missing and that something is cushions.

Lovely but missing something…

Today my lovely striped outdoor fabric arrived in France, all ready to be made into cushions when I’m there for a couple of weeks in August. Ordered from a French company Les Toiles du Soleil, I’m excited to see how it works out.


It appears I’ve embarked on the slippery and expensive slope of optical care… that’s right, I’m officially holding the menu at arm’s length and can’t thread a needle without a great deal of squinting. I trotted off to an optometrist for an update…

Apparently I’ve done well to get this far. I am long sighted so nothing to complain about there but small type has become a massive problem and it’s looking like five years to bifocals for me. 

I fought the good fight but have to accept that my glasses-free days are officially over.

The Hobbyist

As I’m now spending the working week in London temporarily single and dogless, I’ve decided to take up some hobbies.

I’ve cleaned and repaired everything in our flat which now feels like a rather nice airbnb and so this week, I enrolled in a ceramics course.

I’ve fancied doing ceramics for a while, in fact since watching “The Great British Throw Down” (a BBC pottery programme) and so come September, I’m embarking on a twelve week evening class of throwing pots on the wheel. Potential disaster or future career?!

I think I last touched clay in primary school but I’m sure my future lies in homewares, whether that means making or more likely, buying!

Vert de Terre

While I’ve been in New York, Big T has been bravely soldiering on with the shutter painting.

The special paint arrived and he sent me a photo of the final colour. I think it looks fantastic and is a huge improvement on the dark shiny brown varnish we had before.

Only thirty more to go…

With white window frames

And exposed metal

 The colour is Farrow and Ball, Vert de Terre.

London Rain

Coming home it was a relief to have a rainy afternoon.

The temperature was half of yesterday’s and I spent a couple of hours semi conscious under a light blanket as the rain fell outside. I was tired!

I had watched another tear-jerker, this time “Lion” which did the job perfectly. A five year old boy gets lost in India and spends the next twenty five years trying to find his way home. I can certainly pick ’em.

So on the agenda is a couple of days relaxing and then I’m back on my trusty steed to cycle to the office on Monday. Back to France on Friday so I’m interested to see how summer commuting works.

The summer continues.