I want to share more of the details that make this house so interesting. But there are so many! Too many to share all at once, so I’ll start small. With the tiniest room in the house. A little halfbath on the main floor located under the staircase.

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The first thing I noticed was a row of little metal plates nailed to the door. I’m not sure what these plates were originally used for, but I think they’re so pretty. Do you know? I’m guessing some kind of printing.

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There are a couple more metal plates on a little paneling ledge on the wall. See the gorgeous wallpaper? It’s actually not paper at all — the pattern is painted on!

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This is a funny little knocker on the outside of the door.

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And this is how the door latches closed — like a little gate.

By the way, I’ve said it before but it deserves saying repeatedly. I am very aware how lucky we were to find this beautiful home. It truly feels like a gift that we get to live here. I write these posts about La Cressonnière partly because I know readers are curious, and partly because I want to acknowledge and appreciate our good fortune. Thanks for reading along!

Update: Here is more info from the homeowners. “Those little metal plates are actually from Greece. They are called ‘tamata’ and we have collected them passing through Athens over the years on our many holidays to the Greek Islands (where my father lives). These wonderful symbols convey wishes for many purposes: the new house, the healthy baby, the new love (the heart symbol is a wonderful Valentine at any time of the year!), the successful operation, the watchful eye. Tamata are similar to Milagros in the Latin tradition. The Greeks buy these tamata then take them to the church of their choice and tie it with a ribbon to a horizontal pole under the icon or painting of their chosen saint. I’ve read that hey can also be used as holiday tree decorations.”

You clever readers, you guessed exactly right! : )