Bambou vs. Noisettier, le match

Nos canisses en noisettier, vieilles de 3 ans, se délitaient doucement. Des paillettes de bois pleuvaient sur la table Fermob à chaque averse.

J’ai tout enlevé il y a 15 jours et depuis il faisait chaud en terrasse!

J’avais prévu de commander en ligne des canisses en tiges entières de bambou de diamètre 2/3 cm (reliées entre elles par un fil en acier galvanisé). Mais bon, fin d’année chargée entre le boulot et les fêtes d’école et autres vadrouilles de week-end…

Ce week end, on est passé chez ma grande soeur…et c’est finalement mère nature qui va nous fournir! Elle a une petite forêt de bambou qui a besoin d’être un peu allégée…

On a fait une petite séance de coupe-coupe et d’effeuillage, et me voilà revenue avec un 10aine de grosses tiges (et des ampoules au doigt).

Il m’en faudrait au moins 40 de plus il va falloir que j’y retourne!

Ca va être canon. Merci grande soeur!

Avant:

Avec les premiers bambous:

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Game on!

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Almost 10 A.M…(yep, I took 2 coffees)
List: 3 chairs, 2 nightstands, 2 stools, 1 broken table to upcycle.
Ambitious?
Ok, phone off, music on, and game on!
PS: My only issue is: there is no off button on our 3 boys…

After…

Brother and sisters together, we checked away the to-do list items…in good spirits and with good music.
Outside work was cut short because of snow…in May!
I love my siblings. Very very dearly.
Before is here.
After below:

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Outside work, on the terrace, was cut short by the snow fall…and the cold!

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Brainstorming a kitchen

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Brainstorming a kitchen….After nearly 4 years in our house, we want to explore some improvements. Primary objectives: more storage space, and more light, with some constraints… I spent the afternoon with my pencil and eraser. I’m “houzzing” a few pictures for inspiration too.
And guess who we’ll be consulting? Our favorite Manue now CEO of “1411Intérieurs”!!
Beware….work ahead?!
High time to start saving?
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Testing WordPress galleries 2: garden, before, during, after

Testing, with more pics and a different format…this time the evolution of the garden

Frames 101, and shuffling furniture

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I like shuffling furniture around from time to time. The couch has been around the living room since we moved here.
Last Friday I decided to reshuffle a bit, and also, it was high time, to hang a few frames together. I read a couple of blog posts providing advice and different layout options, and then I went ahead.
Ok, now I have to chose art to actually put into the empty frames!

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Testing, testing…

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Still work to do!
But that will be enough for a weekend.

Testing WordPress galleries: living room before, during, after

Testing WordPress galleries which I have never used before…
Here with a living room before, during, after, our renovation.
For instance, I wonder can we create a gallery directly with pictures from our phone, or do they have to be loaded on the blog before? I’m not a techy, so happy to hear about your experience with and tips for WordPress galleries.
Thanks!

Houzz: petits changements grands effets (chambre)

Encore de bons conseils en provenance du site Houzz, une mine d’or d’inspiration, de jolies couleurs et de belles photos. Ici les conseils de l’architecte d’intérieur Agnès Conté (cabinet acdesign à Neuchâtel) pour relooker une chamber en quelques étapes et à moindre coût.
Lien par ici
Merci Houzz et ses contributeurs!

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Front door, front Dior! Before-After

When I type ‘front door’, the French autocorrect types ‘front Dior’…how very chic!

So here it is, thanks to the ideas, advice, and shared enthusiasm of Houzz users, we finally chose a color, sanded and prepared the door, and painted 3 layers of…. ‘petroleum blue’!
We changed our mind a few times, between teal and dark red, and light grey. In the end, the choice happened in-store, on an instinct… this Teal-meets-NottingHill-blue just felt right.
See before -after pictures, what do you think ?

Now there is another debate on Houzz: painting the living room door… Would you be for or against?
Aaaah the joys of the never-ending to-do list…
Bonne nuit!

Front door, before:

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Front Dior :-), after:

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Amazing Houzz!

Vous connaissez l’appli gratuite Houzz? Non? C’est dingue. Vraiment puissante la communauté ! Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous, vous allez comprendre: http://houzz.com/discussions/1158368

I have recently downloaded the Houzz free app. I found it very nice for browsing but I was not doing anything else with it. Today I asked the Houzz community for my first advice…about our front door color options.
In a few hours, I received several replies, suggestions, pictures for inspiration, and even a few photo-montages with different colored doors!
I’m truly amazed at the power of such a community, the collective creativity bubbling there.
Check out my advice discussion thread on houzz.com to see for yourself-
http://houzz.com/discussions/1158368
Have you use it before?
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