Old houses are like any relationship. They need care and attention. There’s a lot of ongoing maintenance. They are a work in progress. In that spirit, here are a few of our recent changes here at La Pommetier.
In our La Mirabelle room we finally have an antique daybed installed. Sounds easy enough, but this has been over a year of drama believe it or not. It has involved tappissiers (upholsterers), ebenists (furniture makers) and a charpentier (carpenter) to get it fitted in the space in the room. Fabric has been sourced from all over and the lovely people at VV Rouleaux in London sent emergency supplies of braid when we ran out. I haven’t got the cushion set up right yet – my tendency is to be a bit matchy-matchy rather than mix and matchy – so I’ll keep working on that. But here it is for now…
Next door to La Mirabelle in our La Campagne room our little art collection has grown. I absolutely love those rooms where the walls are absolutely covered in paintings and interesting things (nearby Chateau de Balleroy does this well). It doesn’t have to be of Louvre quality – just fitting with the room and the house. And in this room, which doesn’t have a view of the garden like the others, we wanted our guests to know that they are in the Normandy countryside. So slowly, were collecting up paintings from our local auction houses and antique dealers that reflect our setting. Its going to take a while before we get to Balleroy levels… but work is in progress.
Now I just need to finish the banquette I’ve been working on in upholstery classes for the past nine months.
Work in progress.