Done

• 22 September 2009



































Can you believe it? The renovation of La Maisonnette is finally completed and we couldn't be happier with the results! We are very, very satisfied. Funny enough, we hardly know what to do with ourselves now that we aren't running around at 80 mph :) I am so grateful for this project, for the opportunity to live in France for a season, and to see this beautiful cottage restored to it's old, beautiful self. La Maisonnette du Coteau exudes such a wonderful feeling and I have great confidence that she will bring happiness to all who sleep within her walls. She is happy to be beautiful again and we are happy to still love each other :) Extensive renovations are not easy as some of you may know all too well!

I am getting so excited to share all the post-renovation images of La Maisonnette du Coteau and hope to do just that very, very soon. It's funny, as I look back on the "before" pictures I can't help but ask myself, "what were we thinking?" They are s.c.a.r.y.

Stay tuned as I'm steadily rounding everything up...she's well worth the wait.

31 comments:

Natasha - Kia Kaha Mama said...

Hey Stephanie, many congratulations to you both! All your hard work well worth it, though I'm sure that'll only be felt only after you have a chance to decompress and b-r-e-a-th-e!

...now go have some fun! ;-)

xoxo Natasha

susan said...

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to the before and afters!

amyks said...

Congratulations on undertaking and finishing such a big project in another country, no less. I can't wait to see the pictures!

Leslie said...

congratulations, what an accomplishment!

Susan said...

Steph, congratson a job well done. Paul and I are seriously so excited for you guys to finish this amazing project. We'll see you SOON!

Anderson said...

Are you back in Utah, then? I somehow missed that official notice. And I'm so happy for you- on both accounts: 1- that you finished La Maisonette, and 2- that you're still in love. :) I can only imagine the strain. But just think- you've done it and survived. That must mean you're pretty strong, right? Thank you, again, for sharing your fun adventure with us. It was delightful. We got to see the fun progress without doing any of the work. Now THAT's a renovation! ;)

the linen queen said...

Steph,
I have been a follower of your blog for about a year.
I am elated to find someone who is documenting their experience, as I also have dreams of living in France for a time.
Your blog has been extremely inspiring for me, so you can imaging how thrilled and surprised I was to randomly have dinner with your dad last night in NYC, whom I met through mutual friends--such a small and (in my case) fortuitous world.
With admiration, inspiration but mostly jealousy,
Jane

Incase you are interested; I have done several home renovations myself. Here is one: http://jordanferney.blogspot.com/2009/05/rennovated-nyc-studio.html

Tish said...

I'm so excited to see pictures of the final product! I plan on seeing France so I hope to stay at La Maisonnette du Coteau!

Kyle and Lesley said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see more pics!

Alisa said...

Congrats on the completion of the incredible renovation! I hope to be able to stay at your beautiful cottage someday! We had a trip to Italy planned last summer and had an unexpected pregnancy that change our plans…so, I’m hoping to make-up for the trip soon, and include France in the plans. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us! I’m quite impressed with how well you and your family did under the pressure, stress, and change! I have four little ones, so I can’t begin to imagine how you balanced everything in a foreign country!

Lisa said...

Congratulations Stephanie & husband!! and children!! What an amazing feat you've accomplished. Can't wait to see all the photos!

Karen said...

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!! What a wonderful and rewarding accomplishment! I've added a new line to my travel wish list!
Enjoy!!

Kris said...

Woohoo! Now, head to Boston and I'll treat you to some ice cream at Christina's. Oh, wait, I guess you kind of want to get home, huh? I guess I'll have to eat some in honor of you both.

stephmodo said...

Jane, I cannot believe it! A small world indeed. I did see your studio on Oh Happy Day (my favorite blog) and love how you renovated your space. Amazing. I'm dying over this connection...

Sharnel said...

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to both you and your husband! I can't wait to see the photos!
xx

Jenn said...

Stephanie,

What an accomplishment. It's gorgeous and I hope to be one of your tenants soon. I will look forward to seeing the warm glow of occupancy coming from your long empty house. It looks so lonely every time I drive to my in-laws...

Jenn

Lulu Belle said...

How wonderful to be have finished and finished well! I am waiting with bated breathe to see the photos and then one day to see it all in person!

Sam and Josh said...

Congrats. I bet if feels good to have it done.

hannie bailey said...

I have been keeping tabs on you Steph! I am so happy to know that it is finished! Wow! To think, last time I saw you... what progress has been made! Can't wait to see the finals! High five girl!

Elaina said...

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the journey with all of us. It's beautiful.

sws said...

We were all pulling for you! WAHOOOOO!!!! Can't wait to see it!

Allred Fam said...

as one who has done multiple renovations, large and small, I say congrats!!!!!!! a million times over!!!!! you have done an amazing job managing workers and also doing some yourself, you have done an amazing job buying real estate, going through all the red tape, choosing everything for the house that goes along with the character of the house, plus in another country, you have done an amazing job finishing a HUGE project in a timely manner, you have done an amazing job doing it with grace and love for your husband and kids at the same time. I am thoroughly IMPRESSED!

paula said...

so exciting. It's gorgeous! Can't wait to see more.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very exciting!!

Joslyn said...

how incredibly fantastic!

congrats!
xo

amy smart said...

HOO-ray and good for you. This is simply one of those things I can't imagine ever doing in my life time, so I'm SO glad you shared your experience with us. And gorgeous photos as always. Can't wait to see more!

Horsley Family said...

I am DYING- DYYYYING to see the finished product!

Sovereign said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed the transformation through the many words described and multiple photos to visually see the renovation. What a major accomplishment. You have shared a wonderful experience with many, many friends and your hard work will be remembered for many, many years. Great job!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! We will visit as our first 'grown-up' trip to Europe. Someday...

Tanner

Becky said...

congratulations. I've really enjoyed watching the progress!

pve design said...

"avec" your permission, love to illustrate your maisonette....I am an artist and love illustrating shops, homes, pets and things full of heart.
can you contact me and send an image....
pve

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