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10 novembre 2012 6 10 /11 /novembre /2012 17:51

Dear readers,


Chers lecteurs,


It's funny how really tiny things can throw a whole idea off.


A few months ago, I discovered that the first floor of my house had to be entirely redone.



So all the walls were torn done. I wasn't sad to get rid of the sliding door cupboard whose sliding doors only slide once a week... Always nice when you need a scarf in a hurry in the wee hours of the morning...


Il y a quelques mois, quand j'ai découvert qu'il fallait refaire tout le sol de ma maison et donc tomber toutes les cloisons, j'ai dit sans émotion au revoir à ce placard à portes coulissantes que je détestais et dont les portes n'avaient de coulissantes que le nom!




At some point it looked like this...




Yes, the cupboard used to be where the broom is. And, yes, I know it's completely useless to get your broom out when you're floor is this messy!



Mais, non le balai n'a pas l'air du tout ridicule dans tout ce bazar!

A ce moment-là, il a fallu refaire le plan avec les nouvelles cloisons, portes, prises, interrupteurs et autres appliques.


At that point I was asked to draw them a blueprint with the new walls and the new electricty system.


I took me a few sleepless nights to think of where it was usefull to have doors, sockets, switches...


And I remember very well I thought it would be convenient to have two scokets at the entrance of the house...


Je me rappelle très bien avoir prévu des prises dans l'entrée parce que j'imaginais bien une petite lampe sur un buffet. Sauf, que les ouvriers m'avaient oublié ces deux prises... La semaine dernière, j'ai craqué et j'ai fait revenir un éléctricien.


But the electrician forgot those two... So for a while, the wall that's on the left side of the front door looked like this...


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I meant left side when you come in... So obviously to the right on this picture...


It was already an improvement... which scared my "borrowed cat"!


But I really wanted a lamp on that sideboard. So last week I called an electrician and had the sockets redone.




I took that picture in the evening so that the lamp seemed to have a meaning!


Now can you see that very French and very vintage handbag of mine? Have a closer look...





If you like French and vintage handbag, don't forget to visit La Minuinette, a great etsy shop where you'll find what you're looking for.


The lamp was found by my mother on the side of the road... Some neighbours thought it was trash...




But I thought it was like no other.


Cette lampe avait été jetée par des voisins de mes parents, mais ma maman a tout de suite pensé qu'il fallait la sauver. Merci Maman!




I mean, look at the base!




This is not a picture perfect before/after... It's more like a before/in between...


This wall still needs:

  • painting! (it's not white, it's only primer!)
  • new baseboard
  • new or rather old sideboard (I'm browsing the Internet everyday, till I find THE ONE)
  • something above the sideboard... I have several ideas... Don't tell me this wall is blah for now, I know!
  • a blooming amaryllis! That would be better than those two green sticks...

Thanks for visiting my Little White House and come back later to check on the renovation and on the blooming of the amaryllis!




Magali, from the Little White House xxx



PS: Yesterday at an attic sale, I found some old engraving that could be perfect above the sideboard...





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Athena at Minerva's Garden 08/12/2012 15:50

I love your lamp and the gorgeous French purse--beautiful! Glad that you enjoyed my little "tree," and I can't wait to see your real tree when it's time. Have a lovely weekend!

Kathy 15/11/2012 16:23

Our home is old and needs some electrical work - we've gone through some renovations too and I know how it feels to want to clean things up during demolition - the room looks lovely now and I am
glad you were able to get an electrician to put an outlet so that you could display that amazing lamp! Imagine - someone threw it away - it is beautiful! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return
to Loveliness,

Mam 10/11/2012 21:07

Oui, cette lampe a du chien ! Enfin du chat... puisqu'on est dans une maison de chat. Tu en as vraiment fait quelque chose de chic !

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