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Project La Maisonnette du Coteau

• 24 September 2009

 over at Design*Sponge featuring "before" and "after" shots.

Home Tour on Houzz - more images and details about the cottage.

How it all began - the story behind how it all happened and why.

ALL La Maisonnette posts (the real deal, the full story, the project in its entirety--you get the idea!)

Before it became crazy - looking back, we were a bit naive about the project and what it entailed...ignorance is bliss?!

Chipping away, literally - we couldn't bear to cover up any of the cottage's gorgeous stone, but it was a tedious process to remove the plaster.

Sandblasting ancient stone - 4 tons of sand later...

The Town Oven/ La Four Banal...La Maisonnette du Coteau in a previous life

Our daughter attending school in France, her school menu (next year's menu too) and scenes from the playground - she learned a lot and her American accent hit the road.

Kitchen installation part 1 - the kitchen, to me, is the most important part of a home.

Unglamorous side to it all (and it continues here) - a renovation in southern France sounds glamorous, but it's still a big mess until it's all said and done!

Logistics behind purchasing a home in France - it's not easy.

Moving in the furniture - it does not get more creative or complicated than this!

Observations on France, it's culture, and our experience (more here a little later)

You can also reference a magazine article we wrote about our story in Simply the Sweet Life Magazine (summer 2011 issue).  They did an amazing job with the layout and capturing our vision.

image by Sigfrid Lopez 


  1. France would be a lovely trip for me without my soon to be ex!

  2. Please pick me, I need a vacation

  3. A customer turned us onto your blog...we have a shop in Oceanside, CA called MAISONNETTE!! So we would love to see and stay in a real Maisonnette! Check us out at!!

  4. Oh, how lovely! My cousin lived in a Chateau for two years, while in France. After my Mother and Aunt visited her, they could not say enough about the architecture and countryside. It is so nice to be able to see a little of what they saw!

  5. I have just discovered your blog and I am so excited to read about your French home renovation. Another blogger, Vicki Archer, has done something similar and published a book about her experience. I will save your story to read over the Xmas holidays!


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