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…

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Today is DIM day!

After looking at, and pinning, so many DIYs online, it’s high time I get organized to do a few Myself.
The list is long.
Very long.
The question is: how many, if any, will I manage to do today?
Ok, first, coffee.

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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!

Painting the old damaged mirror

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This old family mirror was quite damaged. Some of the gold and pieces of old plaster were long gone, and it was looking battered.
Superman had bought plaster and a little pot of gold to take a shot at an amateur yet proper restoration.
The missing plaster was replaced and molded manually… And then we changed our mind on the gold and decided to use some left over gris zinc paint from Leroy Merlin.
I’m happy with the result.
On this one, I think a proper restoration could not have suffered our amateur skills!
This was a year ago, but a post on “Our French Oasis” blog just reminded me of this!
Finding a battered treasure, and deciding what to do with it , and then actually doing it (my weakness definitely), is an interesting journey, every time.

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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