It's been a long time coming but finally the day has arrived to take out this gorgeous 70's beauty and replace it with something that matches the feel of the rest of the house, classy, practical, warm and inviting with a twist of character.
The kitchen renovation is in full swing and I'm looking for inspirational ideas to help me create my space. My first port of call was De Tonge established in 1967 in a workshop in Provence with a jaw dropping showroom in Mougins.
I love everything about this provencal kitchen from the beautiful work surfaces to the stunning chandelier.
If you have been following me on this journey you will have seen the transformation of this old stone cottage's interior from a tired 70's look to somewhere that I am proud to call home.
For the past 2.5yrs I have been dreaming of putting the last piece of the puzzle in place and I am so happy to say that today is the day. I have trawled through numerous interior design books, websites and home magazines to find my inspiration. After several quotes, exploring ways of cutting costs and trying to stay true to not buying another piece of new furniture I think we have reach a happy compromise.
We are all getting high tonight as the house is rife with fumes from the sealants used for the tiles in the en-suite. I've thrown all the windows open to try and shift the smell but it is just lingering. I'm not lighting any candles tonight because I think it's a highly infammable situation! God knows how addicts can sniff glue because all it's giving me is a horrible taste in my mouth and a headache. Yes I know I'm moaning but I can ........sometimes and I promise to keep it short!
The renovations are nearly complete, only a rogue plumber stands between me and an en-suite bathroom! I also need to buy shares in a local paint company as we have litres of the stuff to buy and it's not cheap at all here in France. Although it makes financial sense for us to paint the house ourselves, I'm not yet fully committed and can imagine after applying two coats of paint to one, maybe two rooms, I make take an indefinite sabbatical so this needs a bit more consideration.
After two days of fitting, we now have wooden flooring in the corridor downstairs and all the bedrooms. I am so happy with it, it looks fantastic. Originally we chose a warm oak colour but it just didn't seem right and on a second visit to the shop I found this wonderful 'cottage/shabby chic' flooring with a grayish tone which will go fabulously with our furniture.
Work on the house has been going great guns, all the big jobs have been done and although we are still not at the finish line, we are not too far off. Here is a peek at some of the renovations we have been busy with over the past couple of months. To give you perspective I have added pictures of what it looked like when we bought the property, the work in progress and how it looks today.
The Main Entrance Hall
The main entrance was dark and oppressive with a lot of arches and doors so we decided to remove a couple of walls to open up the space and bring some light onto the stairs. It also brought the stairs into the hall rather than the original design where the stairs were hidden behind a door.
We had to widen the steps as they were really tight, bit too scary for me especially if I have to use them in the middle of the night, for that reason, we also added LED's to give some low lighting.
Creating a TV/Family Room
Previously used as a large storage area, this space was too good to go to waste and a space that I just know my kids will get excellent use out of.
What a difference and an incredible amount of liveable space gained!
The house is void of all bathrooms, although one was removed by mistake! Walls have been removed, en-suite has been formed, demarkation of rooms has begun. Take a look at the album on line to see for yourself the progress that has been made.
Welcome to my vintage life where I am living my dream renovating an old stone villa in the hills of Grasse, spending my time scouring the local flea-markets finding all things old, vintage and shabby to give this little old house a soul.
Here is a snap shop of my garden where I have big plans to grow as much home grown produce as possible, a place where the children can learn and experience hand's on where their food is coming from and I can learn to live with the land.