Renovation in Provence #ExpatLiving @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

DIY Stores and Builders Merchants in France

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: It can be difficult to find stores near you in a foreign country. Your common knowledge of simple store names just isn’t there. If you’re renovating a house in France, depending on where you’re located, this is where you’ll find your building materials: DIY Stores …

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How to Renovate in France on a Budget @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

How to Renovate in France on a Budget

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: How to Renovate in France on a Budget So you’ve bought your fixer-upper in France. The romanticism of Peter Mayle has snared you into the dream (or perhaps my blog?). You’re not a millionaire but you’ve got essentially a ruin of stones to work …

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Renovation in Provence @VaucluseDreamer
Julie Whitmarsh

Bring on Winter in Provence the Woodburner has been fitted 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: The last 2 days have gone by in a blur of builders, rubble & dust, but it’s been worth it. Having got rid of the hideous pellet burner (affectionately known as Growler) back in August, we’d been keeping our fingers well and truly crossed …

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Renovation in Provence #ExpatLiving @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Before and After Renovation in Provence: Living Room

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Here are a few pictures of the before and after renovation of our living room. Can you believe the difference? The locals are, unfortunately for us, still so curious that I’m often confronted with a face pressed against our window… But thankfully, everyone seems impressed. …

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House in Provence Renovation @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Full Before and After DIY Renovation in Provence: Kitchen

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Our Kitchen before and after the renovation If you’re interested in the full Before and After of our house renovation here in Provence; voila! The kitchen, when we first bought the house, was entirely brown. The last time the house had been renovated was …

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Renovation in Provence Bedroom #ExpatLiving @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Renovation in Provence: Bedroom Reveal

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Well, it’s missing some art on the walls, and a few finishing touches. This is the result of the upstairs room from our renovation in Provence. Behold the Bedroom Reveal! I just love the stairs. Blue wasn’t planned. It just seemed to happen! The …

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Livingroom renovation @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Renovation in Provence: Living Room Reveal

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: We still haven’t hung any art yet! Soon. Notice we kept some of the blue on the ceiling. The living room reveal from our Renovation in Provence! More photos to come. When we first put this rather large bookcase in the room Robin wasn’t …

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Renovation in Provence @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Renovation in Provence: Garden Transformation

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: This tiny garden of ours has endured quite a lot since we started renovating last December. There’s been so much debris, stones, machinery, and all sorts to the point where we often could barely get in and out! It’s not much to work with, …

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Renovation in Provence: Kitchen Transformation @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Renovation in Provence: Kitchen Reveal

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: These images don’t do the final result justice; and everything is also not quite done. However, here is the first version of our almost finished home in Provence. After 8 months of renovation, and with the limited budget and awkward dimensions we had to …

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Renovation in Provence: Bedroom and Bathroom Transformation @CuriousProvence
Ashley Tinker

Renovation in Provence: Bedroom and Bathroom Transformation

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Our tiny house is an awkward triangular shape. This is most evident in the upstairs room and the kitchen. Basically, anywhere you would need to put a large rectangular object– like a bed! Everything has been a compromise to make the space appear bigger …

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