I like visiting decorating (cottage style mostly) blogs during my morning coffee break (which happens only on days when I don't work). I am always amazed at all the work people do in their houses every week... I was a bit jealous... I still am, but now I'm only jealous of the wonderful ideas they have and of their great taste... I'm no longer jealous of the pace of their renovations. I'm all alone and I have a job, a job I love by the way, so I don't have much time for my house between September and June... I'll just go my own pace... "Doucement, mais sûrement"!
I'll post about all these inspiring blogs during the winter...
Here is an hymn that always comes to my mind when hearing/writing/thinking of the words "Welcome Home". Not the best recording, but the only one I could put on the blog...
Here is one of the very little transformations I was able to do before winter.
In front of the front door of the house, there is a tiny veranda that is really typical of the French fifties or maybe forties (I will try to find the date of birth of my house someday). It is really old and people before me didn't show a lot of TLC for this veranda, so it looks a bit sick. I have ideas to change it, but I don't have the money right now, as my money is kept for an other project I will tell you about later on... Still, without changing it yet, I just added a few things to make it more welcoming for my guest and for me when I come back from work every afternoon. Here the before:
On the veranda, the previous owners had put a canopy (or "marquise" in French, it's one of those times when I like the French word better!)... But it was made of plastic (doesn't really show on the picture, does it?)!!! And plastic just doesn't go with my cottage style. I don't know if you notice that awful rug they left me?
Well I removed the "marquise" and the rug.
And after I went shopping:
It just changes the atmosphere, doesn't it?
Then in the town I worked in last year, there used to be a lovely shop where you could have tea and find ideas for your garden (it's now closed, though)... And as I was wandering around one day during lunch break, i found this little bell...
When I took a friend at the end of the summer to visit the medieval town of Dinan, I found an other shop closing with everything on sale, including this:
So here is my front door as it looks now:
On the little heart-shaped chalkboard, I wrote the name of the house on one side and "I'm in the garden" on the other side, so that people know where to find me if I'm not answering when they ring the bell!
It's just an "in between" look, really, as I have more radical projects for it... But, I need time to think things through properly... Right, now, I'm thinking a lot about that picture of Beatrix Potter in front of her house...
I'd like to have that kind of roofshape on top of my little veranda in the future... One can dream!