Our bathroom renovation #2
More than two months after the first update, it's time to show you some new images of our bathroom. Unfortunately the renovation was paused for more than four weeks due to illness, but we're back on track! I really like that with the new walls we're now aware of the real volumes of the bathroom. The double walk-in shower will be HUGE.
And some things never change: Wally still loves hanging out in the bathroom, although he's a little confused when a new wall is up ;)
In the shower, we decided to create an incorporated shelf, to avoid adding a shower caddy and still have enough room for shampoo... and maybe a plant?
Wally being his adorable and clumsy self:
As we are going for a clean & sleek look without visible wires or tubes, the new walls are like a 3D puzzle. The floor will also hide some drains and water tubes. And for the Restaurant letters I need electrity in the exact right place, because I'm replacing the old neon tubes with new lights!
And of course we're only wearing sexy glasses:
By the way, we're still not sure about the wall finishing. I checked for special bathroom paint which would be a nice option. But then: the guy at the store gave me a color book with 1200 colors. Which means the options are endless! So for now, I'll continue pinning ideas to my Pinterest board ;)
For more before & after pictures of the renovation of our home click here.
Wandering around Gerberoy
While I just told you I was working while everyone seems to be on holiday, these pictures have a pretty real holiday vibe, right? Well... my stepson and stepdaughter spent a few days with us in France, so we decided to visit the prettiest village in our Oise region: Gerberoy. The village is part of this national ranking with the most beautiful French villages, just like Roussillon that we visited last fall.
Gerberoy is really small with a population of only 115, and no traffic lights or billboards. It's known for the Rose Festival and the famous impressionist painter Henri Le Sidaner who created a wonderful garden on the remains of the castle. From the top of the monochrome gardens (in white, red & pink, blue & yellow) we appreciated the view over the rooftops on our countryside. A stunning view!
The people of Gerberoy really love their village, it looks pristine and very well maintained. I don't think I could live in a small village like this with so many tourists visiting all year round, but at night when they're gone it must be rather special to live here.
We wandered around the village with cobbled streets and timber framed houses, watched the geese and sheep in the surrounding fields and walked up to the Temple de l'Amour:
Rose loves roses and the love temple too: <3
There were very few roses left, but in June Gerberoy probably smells (and looks!) amazing. We may have to come back during the Rose Festival next year...
Les grandes vacances
Not going on holiday in the summer months is such a joy. Don't get me wrong, I love to travel and would hop on a train, boat or plane in a second. But it's nice to work while life slows down around you. Many of my French clients are en vacances, which means my phone doesn't ring as often. The harbour in front of our home is empty, the school and the snackbar are closed. The cordonnier is on holiday and we find cheesy postcards in our mailbox from dreamy destinations. And I love that my instagram timeline is filled with sun drenched holiday pictures.
It also allows me to sneak out of the house and spend a random weekday at the Castle of Pierrefonds and eat violet & liquorice icecream. Or to make lots of ice cream myself and work on nice projects for La Rentrée. Because life starts all over again in September ;)
These are a few of my favorite details of the Château de Pierrefonds, a half hour drive from our home. The BBC series Merlin was filmed here and really, it's how you'd imagine a real fortified castle. I'm particularly fond of the hand painted hedgehogs with golden details. There are thousands on the walls in one room, they're all slightly different and the reflections of their gold stripes in the light is so gorgeous.
Are you working this summer? Or did you already enjoy a little break? If not: at least enjoy the weekend!
Blueberries and pinkberries
It's August! Can you believe it? These are some pictures of the 63 blueberries before I turned them into yogurt granola bars. We picked almost a kilo of blueberries at the wonderful Jardin de Montplaisir. I loved their pink, blue and purple hues and the way my sister's dress matched ;)
Have a wonderful weekend! (Oh and there's still time to join my giveaway and win a Flower Power!)
Blueberry Yogurt Granola Bars
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm currently slightly obsessed with making icecream. It's summer and we're not going on holiday anytime soon, so a (n)ice cold treat is more than welcome.
With exactly 63 of the blueberries (picked at the Jardin de Montplaisir) I made these frozen yogurt granola bars. The berries looked amazing on the bushes in the jardin and they tasted just as good in my mouth ;) Almost a kilo of blueberries disappeared in no time. Fruitjunkie!
My recipe is, as always, simple. Mix 750gr of full fat yogurt, 150ml of coconut milk and some sweetener (honey, agave syrup or sugar substitute). Taste the mixture and add more sweetener or coconut milk if needed. Pour it in a flat baking pan and make sure it's about 1,5 cm high.
Neatly place the blueberries (or raspberries, blackberries) and hazelnuts on top of the cream. And then: the most fun part: push the berries & nuts in the cream. It feels like drowning these little buds, pop, pop, pop. On top add a thin layer of granola. Put it in the freezer for 2 hours. Cut the yogurt in bars. And voilà: your desert is ready! Bon appétit!
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