OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME IN PARADISE – a conversion of an ancient storrage into a lovely guest house

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It may not be surprising to many people who renovate or build but obstacles always appear when you expect them the least – and that’s when also interior designers reach their limit of influence. The painter suffered from an hernia, a week later the joiner from a lumbago, and last not least the plumber had a loss in his family….I guess that’s what you simply call life.

Things like this (unfortunately) happen but we tried to reschedule works so not to lose too much time.

The garden side of the house used to be fairly plain and had more the look of a Swiss cottage than a farm outbuilding in the South-West of France as already mentioned earlier…

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We decided with the client to add a spacious terrace of stone with a rustic ‘rusty” look balustrade. Stone stairs are planned which lead down on the ancient cistern and make a 1/2 turn to lead further to the garden level, which will look more interesting and playful than strait stairs. The wooden covering of the gable was taken off and replaced by stone, more in keeping with the style of the region.

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Fortunately, by now everybody in our team has more or less recovered and works continue at pace. We have decided to go for Lamp Room Grey from Farrow & Ball for the window and door frames, as well as for the shutters. It is a congenial and soft colour which beautifully marries with the warm tone of the stone but it is neutral enough to give us more freedom for further colourful additions of accessories…

The tiler, who is so far in good health has finished the tiling of the bathroom. In this room the tiles we have chosen are Antic Blue from Porcelanosa. These tiles are an interesting match with the rustic style of the property, a bridge between old and modern, and will certainly always be classic.

 

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The bathroom door has been made by the local joiner in the typical farmhouse style.

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That’s it for now from the beautiful Lot Region of the South-West of France.

We will keep you posted – shortly!

Sonja