La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Kitchen Makeover

It all started in the summer, that we did a ground floor overhaul.
I already showed you the sitting room makeover here, now it's about time I let you take a peek at the changes we made to our (my) kitchen.

When we moved into this house, the kitchen was okay-ish. I mean, I could cook in it, sit in it, had a great view onto the garden and woodland behind, but it had seen better days. The layout wasn't very practical and I hated the floor and worktops.
We chose an IKEA kitchen - √Ądel series, that suited the house and us perfectly and hopefully the next occupants of this house (yes, that's another story).





I am not particularly proud of this. It wasn't even part of the kitchen, but a small hallway/coridor between entrance hall and kitchen. A proper dumping ground. Dark and dingy. The door on the right we had closed off and instead had a door fitted between entrance hall and sitting room, which made more sense to us.
We also knocked the wall out (for most part) between the dump and kitchen.
Next photo will show you the exact same wall.


Very happy that this fake slate floor was replaced by ....
Real natural Beijing bluestone and French limestone.

Now, wherever we might end up, our old Welsh dresser will always get pride of place and any future kitchen units will need to complement this piece of furniture we both love so much.

Hope you enjoy the end result. I know I do ;-)
Patricia xxx...x



  1. Heel erg mooi!
    En een prachtige vloer. Ben jaloers :)

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  3. Wow, what a fabulous makeover!! The floor is gorgeous. You muct be very happy cooking in there!


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