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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bedroom Makeover - Part 3

Wallpaper gone and carpet removed. Yeah ! 

Talking with my friend, Sophie yesterday, about a new use for the carpet she came up with a great idea and she deserves to have a good chunk of it. I was going to reuse it in the garden to suppress weeds in the raised veggie beds (when there is nothing of value in there) and on top of the compost.
But Sophie said smaller pieces (like a square foot, or more) would be ideal to suppress weeds around trees, fruit trees more specifically. There ! Sorted !

Never mind the linen cabinet. It will go temporarily on the landing upstairs, but not before the bath tub has been removed, which will happen today.

The wall which was adorned with the wallpaper will need a slight sanding too.

We can probably start with a first coat of paint later in the day.  I chose a Brilliant White (matt) for ceiling and most walls.  You can't see it properly in the photos, but the white that was there had a very beige look to it.
Some walls, like behind the bed and in the bathroom will get this colour . 

That's all for now. 
Hasta luego,
Patricia xxx...x


  1. Good use for the carpet, the previous owners have used carpet underneath the pebble path here.
    Love the colour, it will be lovely xx

  2. That wall is looking better already now that the ghastly wallpaper has gone, good restful shade of light sage ?

  3. Brilliant use for the carpet, I thoroughly approve :-)


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