Started on this in October, with new rugs, artwork, bedside tables, chest of drawers, window treatments. Re-painting will happen in spring. Designers often say that paint should match the contents, not the other way around.

The idea is to create a room in which it’s perpetual summer, with a Varoise feel of Provence meets Cote d’Azur. Relaxing and gender neutral.

The striped wool rug from Dunelm is new and there’s one each side of the bed, £75 each.

The good thing about these rugs, is that they pull together the shades of cream and blue which have been used. They are also comfortable to walk on. In the photo, there’s a glimpse of Edwardian floorboards. Over the years, the original varnish has worn off to reveal a true honey pine. They are cleaned and maintained but the paint blobs need to be removed. Wood dye will match the paler patches back in.

Boat was brought back from Boulogne-sur-Mer. Nautical photo frame from Dibor is now 50% off Photo is of a man out on a boat, pulling into a cove near Antibes. Little wooden box with compass detail, from Oxfam.

Finding real wooden furniture which doesn’t cost the earth is difficult. The new additions are all from the Steens Group, made in Denmark and extremely eco-friendly. Retailers charge wildly differing prices. The chest of drawers came from Ryman and the bedside cabinets, from Amazon UK.

This photo was taken with the shade supplied by Dunelm on the striped Tenby lamp. Hand-made navy cotton shades have been ordered from Etsy.

Unfortunately, one of the lamps arrived in two chunks. It wasn’t feasible to make a 100 mile round trip to return it. Gorilla Glue fixed it perfectly, but there was further frustration however, when the lamp blew both light bulb and fuse. Another light bulb was tried with same result and another fuse.

Back to square one, for the other lamp !

Many charity shops won’t take lampshades, so the new and usable shade, will join the base in landfill, unfortunately.

The photo was just snapped on a phone without any attempt to stage it. The coaster is part of a set of 50s or 60s vintage unused ones, bought from Oxfam. Wallpaper is Laura Ashley Home ‘Trefoil’, bought in a sale. It covers the rough wall and can be painted. Still have four rolls left, so will get re-done in the spring. Dolphin is from Blue Mountain Pottery, bought at Bluewater.

First purchase from Redbubble, is a canvas from BravuraMedia in Everitt, Texas and features a 1759 map of Toulon harbour.

Print of Dufy’s Promenade des Anglais, from Homebase. The gecko came from The Red Gecko in Brighton. Similar ones can be found on the website.

The shuttered mirror, from Primrose, is actually designed for the garden. It’s antiqued shabby chic, and reasonably priced at 59.99

The fishing floats were a good price, at 14.99 from Nauticalia

In the mirror, can be seen an Edwardian-style ceiling light, from Freemans, an Argos pine and brass coat rack and a print of St Tropez in an IKEA frame. There’s also a glimpse of a roller blind, from Dunelm.

Wooden crate came from Dibor. Pine side table (designed for bathrooms) from Freemans. Jug, from Poteries Bormes les Mimosa. This table stands under the shuttered mirror.

To the right, is a matching pine bathroom tower with three shelves and a cupboard. Again from Freemans and again, designed for bathrooms.

This gecko came from Notcutts. The round glass platter has a sunflower design and came from Dartington. The Luna ochre blackout roller blind came from Dunelm

The rosewood chest of drawers is a family piece from the Victorian era. The box from Dibor, The canister from an antiques shop in Rye. Decorated photo frame from Homeplus with a photograph of the church in Ramatuelle. The lidded candy dish and small jug are from the Camargue range by Boots, dating back to the 90s and found at Oxfam and China Matchers. The large floral jug, is another from Poterie Bormes les Mimosa.

More photos to come.. it may be that quite a few of the objets get moved. The original idea was simple, summery gite style.

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