Walls must be white!

It may surpise some to know that Simon and I have quite set ideas in some areas. We call them The Rules. For example we have rules about coathangers - must be wooden, and china - must be white (OK a little bit of blue is acceptable too). Well, walls must be white and especially in Provence. The Provençale often favour a yellow sponged effect on their walls - you also see it done in an ochre colour too, and purple. Definetly not our cup of tea (English Breakfast). We like white walls. And so Le Vieux Platane has just been painted white throughout. It looks great - clean and fresh and ready to have some artwork. The exposed wooden beams look great aginst the white backdrop. The painter, Ray, h

Grey and Yellow

The floor in the living dining area of Le Vieux Platane is a mix of original tiles - some grey and yellow and the reminder are the old yellow and white terrazzo. Not the worst tiles I have ever seen but not something I would ever have chosen. Given that we don't want to spend the money retiling in the near future it was something we would have to work with. What to do? It was funny how suddenly I started to notice grey and yellow being used together everywhere I looked. I saw gorgeous throws at Laura Ashley, stunning grey and yellow rooms on Houzz and every decorator magazine I opened had an advertisement for a room that was grey and yellow. The way the majority people had used them was to

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