Saturday, November 16, 2013

my french house

I was in France for 2 months and 15 days.
the renovation is being under taken.

It is so good to be home in down under but I left my heart un France.
my next visit to my french house is next April. 
how can I wait that long !!!!

julie xx

Home Sweet Home

Hello friends

It's been a long long time . I just returned from my French House .
It was like a dream which I did not want to wake up.

I have so many exciting news to share.

julie xx

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fireplace in French House

It's very windy and cold in Melbourne .
I wish I were in My French House .

There are 6 fireplace in French house .
It will be fun to decorate the mantle .

I will be in France , Less than 2 months time .

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A few more photos of my French House

It's beautiful sunny Saturday in Melbourne , however My mind is wondering how gorgeous my French house would be around this time.

I love peony , but unfortunately we can't plant peony in our garden in Melbourne .

When we looked at the French house with the the Agent, he was so proud to point out that there are a few peonies in the garden.

My French house is set on just little bit of two acres, separate veggie garden and the pasture for horse and all .

I am planning what I will do when I go to France day and night.

Here are some more photos of the house.

Enjoy your weekend

Julie x

This is one of  my favourite spot from the second floor 

A big barn, behind the house, This is my future studio spot.

Looking outside from the main entrance.

This is the view from the entrance to outside.

View from a room upstairs.

Front of the house view from the left side

exterior , need a lot of work around the top floor windows.

A beautiful and dirty pond.. (lol)

Can you guess what this is?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My French House - interiors

I am not a good blogger, I admit it.
It's been so busy with two houses in two different country .

I just booked a flight to go back to France in first week of September. My life at the moment is full of waiting and full of international travelling . I am not complaining but I tell you it involves a lot of arrangements and juggling.

I also need to plan to go to England to get all necessay supplies for the French House renovation. But first pf all , I am giving myself a little treat to stay in Paris before I head down to Loire valley to start the renovation

I will be going to 2013 maison de objets in Paris for 2 days and just wonder around for a few days.

Now you know why , I am keep missing in action on blog land .

Anyways , here are some interior photos of the French house .

Have a great day or night
Wherever you are

Julie x

Friday, May 17, 2013

My French House - Dream came true.

I just came back from my 2 months trip to Korea and France.
I loved my recent french trip you will know why shortly.

France is a great place for shopping as you all know, but I am not interested in beautiful clothes or shoes. I am interested in old French Chateau, French Farm house and Maison de Maitre.

My dream is to live in France before I die ( LOL).

My trip to France this time was  for " House hunting " My family and I spent whole month to look for a house. I was determined to find a chateau but after we learn what to expect having a chateau from a close friend in France, A Chateau was off the list,so I was looking for a farm house or Maison de Maitre.

I am proudly announced that I found the house I love to live in beautiful Loire valley. We signed the contract ( Yes, we will be a new owner of the house as soon as everything finalized)  Unfortunately, My family won't use as a main resident for a while. There will be many flying between France and Australia for next 5 years. Meantime we will be using as a holiday home and holiday renting once house is renovated. I left my heart in this beautiful Country Maison.

I will be  posting  more about my dream home in Loire valley in France in the future.

Here is the overview on the house.

It was built in 1850 .
Maison de Maitre . ( A Master's House)
Located in Pays de la Loire.

6 bed rooms,
Formal Living room,
Formal Dining room,
2 bathrooms.
Chapel (but unfortunately, the chapel was donated to a local church so we don't own it even though it is in our garden)

and two out buildings, all set in little over 2 acres.

The house need a renovation and a lot of painting to do, but I am willing to do whatever it takes.

Here are some photos of my French House.

 Previous owner has a photo of the house. I guess it was taken a long time ago.

the trees next to the house is now taller than the house itself.

Welcome to My House. 
The Grand Gate.
Once we are inside the gate, you will have a very private surrounding.

This is the back of the house.
I like the back of the house more than the front of the house. don't get me wrong, the front of the house is as beautiful as the back of the house.

Can you see the car on the left hand side of the house?
you can judge how big and tall is the house. (smile)

This photo was taken our first visit with a Realtor followed by my hubby and a little princess.

Entrance to the house.

Ground floor hallway.
Look at that beautiful tile floor!!

This is a living room on the ground floor.
I felt in love with the fire place.
Yes, I bought the house because of the beautiful fire place that is 163 years old. (lol)

The house is not very visible when you drive the circular driveway to the front because of the big trees in front of the house.(I see a lot of trimming to do)

A lot of gardening to do. 
There are small pond which need a big cleaning job.
but I can imagine it will be gorgeous after the cleaning up.
Can you imagine water lilies and koi fish in that pond?

This is the corner of the Kitchen which need a total renovation.
New cabinets, new plumbing, new everything. 

I will keep update on the house.   A lot of paper work to do before we get the key to the house. I can't wait for my next trip back to the house. 

Hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you are

Julie xx

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brocante shopping in Loire valley

Hello friends

I am still in Loire valley.
Looking for a house to buy.
I 've been driving everywhere where there is a road .

Found some goodies .

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day 1 in Paris

I arrived in Paris in the pouring heavy rain. struggling to adjust the jet leg.
I think I am 60 % adjusted to Paris time.

The next day I left to Musee du Louvre. 
It was fine when I left the Apartment.( I am renting an apartment for a week not far from Arc  du triomphe) but it stared rain again so I had to buy an umbrella. I wanted to experience real parisien life. So far so good. I think I can live in Paris, but still prefer to live in Country side of France.

It is easy to take a Metro wherever you go. You can buy 10 tickets at once for discounted price.  My Metro destination was Opera from here I walked forward Louvre, stopped at Pierre Herme which is famous for marcaron, 

The weather was fine most of the day, so I walked and walked.
The map is how far I walked in a day. about 9 km.. I don't like to walk but
Paris is definitely walking city, walking is the only way to view everywhere in Paris.
if you are planning to come to Paris, make sure to bring your most comfortable shoes.

This is the neighborhood of where I am staying. 

The famous Opera .

It was cold and raining but I didn't mind it.

This is the shop front of Pierrer Herme

Tea shop in front of the Louvre.  

the Antique place in front of the Louvre.

Flower shop is wherever in Paris. 

pont neuf. 

Some photo's from Left bank antique shop and galleries.

 I walked toward Eiffel tower - in front of Invalides 
I couldn't make it to Eiffel tower because it started pouring down again after this photo.

on the way to the apartment. 
after all day walking around the Paris. I stopped at supermarket to buy some water and groceries. 

Tomorrow I will be posting , vanves flea market.

Have a wonderful day, wherever you are.

Julie xx