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.

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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.

6 feet and perfect

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Le père noël (oui, je sais, c’est Superman) m’a commandé une très belle photo chez 6feetandperfect, notre galerie basque en ligne préférée!
Depuis hier je réfléchis à mes options pour son futur emplacement…
Jetez-y un oeil, si vous aimez la mer, la montagne, ou tout simplement la photographie. www.6feetandperfect-gallery.com/ 
Santa spoiled me with a gorgeous print and oak frame from ou favorite online gallery in the Pays Basque! Can’t wait to put it up at home… If you like photography, you should enjoy
www.6feetandperfect-gallery.com/
Which would you choose?

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Christmas Eve rendez-vous

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Angers, December 24:
As I walked towards the square on my way to a last minute Christmas errand, from quite a distance, I saw a man under that kiosk. He was holding a bouquet of wrapped flowers. I got closer, and I could see he had obviously made some efforts to look good: fresh haircut, a suit, the flowers. I got closer still. He seemed to have waited a long time. He was pacing under the kiosk bright light, as if on a stage. He looked anxious, wavering between impatience and hope.
As I reached the scene, only a few meters away, suddenly he rushed down the kiosk stairs. I looked the other way to see if his date had arrived, but no, he was just leaving. As we crossed paths, I simultaneously noticed three things: the scent of his perfume, his face -he was young, 20 at the most, and the incredible sadness of his eyes.
Being stood up on Christmas eve is doubly sad.

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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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S’il te plaît, dessine moi un abri jardin?

Question du jour: quel dessin pour notre cache-poubelle / abri jardin / rangement divers?
On utilisera les restes de la terrasse pour le construire- du mélèze donc puisque notre choix est à priori fait.

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Nouveau projet… la liste est longue!

Voici un nouveau projet sur ma longue liste de bricolages à faire. Le temps manque!
J’ai trouvé ce meuble aux puces il y a plusieurs années. Le pin n’était pas très beau et j’ai fini par le peindre il y a peu; vous avez reconnu? Il me restait du gris zinc n°1!
Maintenant, je voudrais m’attaquer à l’interieur. Plutôt que de peindre les étagères et le fond, j’ai bien envie de tenter l’experience papiers japonnais. Ca m’est venu en lisant les posts et les conseils de Green Vintage ici. Ca sera plus technique que la peinture sans doute, mais tellement beau! A la reflexion, je pense que les vraies difficultés seront les suivantes:
1- Choisir les motifs japonnais,
2- et faire ça avant 2015!
Des conseils?

Below is a new item on my long, very long, to-do list. I would like to decorate the inside of this piece of furniture with Japanese papers, as seen on Green Vintage. I have never done this before, and hope I will manage. But in the end, I think the real challenges will be:
1- chosing my papers
2- doing this before 2015!
Any advice?


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