La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, 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 we did and 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, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bedroom Makeover - Part 1 - Planning Stage

The green light has been given by Bert to redecorate our bedroom and en-suite.
It's on my list  of things to do during the first three months of this year.
As I said in a previous post, we inherited the decor and furniture. Nobody had lived here before and the house was badly 'home-staged'. The furniture has long been repurposed elsewhere (just not in my home). The decor however, is still preventing me from a good night's sleep.

 Our guess is that this partition wall's only purpose was to hold the TV.
We don't watch TV in bed, so it was of no use to us, neither was the space behind the wall.
After a few months of living in the house we replaced the wall with a new partition.
Wider and moved it more into the room.
 It was never finished off and I've been looking onto this for two and a half years.

My idea for this wall ! Oh, have I got ideas ?!
Since we have built the house extension we don't have much of a view anymore. There is still light and fresh air from the windows but only a roof for a view. It made me look through umpteen websites with wallpaper posters. There are some great ones, but most are too generic for my taste.
Then I found this one, here in Ireland where I can upload my own photo. I only have to enquire if the resolution of my pic is suitable for enlarging.
And here is the one I chose.
If we tore down the walls in that direction, that would be our view (depending on the weather).
Anyway, behind that partition is our 'dressing' which will need a bit of tweaking too.

The en-suite as it was when we moved in.
As it is now. Not much has changed, only cosied it up a little.
We will be losing the tub. Not using it and there is still a bath in another bathroom.
The tiles in there are lethal and the grout is coming out in bits and pieces. There is too much movement in the floor, seeing it is OSB panels and not concrete underneath.

On Saturday we went window shopping for vinyl flooring which will be installed throughout bedroom and bathroom.  I need to be able to clean the bedroom floor with a mop and a bit of soapy water. Our first choice would be real wood flooring, but it isn't in our budget. So we kind of like the vinyl in the pic above.
You see, our style is somewhat different from what the house looked like when we bought it. It is after all a cottage in the countryside surrounded by mud and water, not some swanky villa in Cheshire.
Walls and ceiling will be painted in some shade of white or other. Maybe a muted blue or green behind the bed. The colour of the walls now is not necessarily offensive (it's beigey) but it doesn't reflect enough light for my liking.

That's it. I'm about to make some sketches and drawing up a few plans next. It's exiting  !
Patricia xxx...x


  1. How exciting, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a house that never seems finished x

    1. Never finished ! But at least that's good. There is always something to look forward to in the planning department. xxx...x

  2. Exciting indeed, a great project to get your teeth into! That view is stunning, what a great idea to have made as wallpaper I hope it works.

    1. We've been in contact with the company and they said the picture is of very high quality (boast boast) and it is possible to enlarge to the size we want (240 x 160 cm)
      Ordered and paid already ! Woohoo ! xxx...x

  3. It looks much better now you're losing the 'footballers wives' look. Much more homely and comfortable, which is exactly how a bedroom should be.

    To have the view on the wall that you would see if the wall wasn't there is a brilliant idea.

    1. Thanks Sue. The 'footballers wives' look always seemed cold to me an impersonal. All bling and nothing else. Brrr !xxx...x

  4. Can't wait to see the full transformation, I'm sure it will look lovely x x x


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