Comments on: Our Little Piece of France http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:13:30 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Susan http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-505975 Susan Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:38:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-505975 Congratulations! This is wonderful. Can’t wait to see more pictures on how you will decorate this charming cottage!

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By: Rene http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-505003 Rene Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:34:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-505003 Congrats! It looks lovely!

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By: Marti http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-504393 Marti Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:36:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-504393 I feel houses have souls and when someone takes on a project like yours and breathes life back into a house it is nothing short of a wonderful miracle. I think your project looks like a tremendous challenge and that you will do a terrific job! Good luck.

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By: rose http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-504190 rose Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:02:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-504190 Congrats!!! What a great project! You are absolutely right to start with the roof. That’s what we did…we are renovating an early 17th century townhouse in nearby Bayeux. You can read about it here: http://www.rockrosewine.com.
Again, it’s wonderful that you are doing this. What a great way to keep ties with a beautiful region. Cheers!

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By: Alexandra http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-504041 Alexandra Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:59:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-504041 Hi Gaby,
I’ve been reading your posts for the last 3 years and in my dreams I hoped that one day I’ll be’ part of your “living with kids” section :). But halas, it will take a while apparently.
I live in the outskirts of Verona, Italy together with my husband and 2 sons and last year we have signed a pre-contract for an old house that is on the towncity’s maps since the 18th century. So big rennovation needed.
Because of the economic colapse in Italy, we have asked the owner for a 1-year delay for paying for the house because we needed a loan from the bank. Fortunately we got the loan and bought the house on February. Since then we contacted 3 contractors to get their offers and are still waiting to start the works.
I’m sorry if I sound pesimistic, but Europe works at a different rythm than US. I talked to my cousin in the US, who’s friends bought a house somewhere in Georgia last summer, teared it down, rebuilt a new one and since this spring they live there.
Europe is nice for the history, for having a relaxed kind of living, for sipping your cappuccino in an old piazza in a summer morning, but when it comes to building/rennovating an house I wish I could live somewhere else.
Good luck rennovating your beautiful house and please keep me a spot in your “Living with Kids” posts :).
Alexandra

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By: Rose http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-503116 Rose Sat, 15 Jun 2013 03:28:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-503116 Congratulations! Amazing. Poetic.

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By: stephanie kraus http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-503060 stephanie kraus Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:37:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-503060 lucky you– would die for a cottage in france no matter the shape! Congrats!!

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By: Dee Wilcox http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-503044 Dee Wilcox Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:54:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-503044 Wow, that is so exciting! I can’t imagine doing a trans-atlantic renovation, though. That intimidates me to the core, but good for you! And the payoff will be well worth it, I’m sure. Not too long from now, you’ll have a home away from home in France. Sounds lovely. :)

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By: Justin Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-502573 Justin Hackworth Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:54:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-502573 I love that you now have this photograph. I just don’t think it would feel the same if you found a CD that had a bunch of pictures of the house. There’s something beautiful and wonderful about holding a tangible image. And artifact. An actual piece of history. That’s why, as a photographer, I focus on selling prints, not a CD of images. As time rolls on, some things stay the same.

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-502123 Lauren Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:23:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-502123 Congratulations! I have always wanted to own a piece of history. When we were house hunting in Virginia I fell in love with an 1822 plantation house.

Even better, my husband was just offered a job in London, and I am looking for a place on Sabbatical Homes. I found a medieval home, “built in 1107, with additions in 1336 and 1665. ” It’s too far from work, but can you imagine?!

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By: teresa http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501987 teresa Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:59:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501987 Sweet happy Day….I hope you are just doing the Happy Dance…I know I would be.
I would find it hard to concentrate … when you get back to the states…my mind would be forever drawing up plans for the cottage.
Enjoy and good luck in your adventure!

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By: Katy @ All Sorts of Pretty http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501821 Katy @ All Sorts of Pretty Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:16:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501821 Oh my goodness, you and Jordan both, just a day apart! That must be a good sign :) Congrats!!

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By: Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTER http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501784 Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTER Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:25:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501784 I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! The beauty of being a designer and having vision is that you can envision the future of that adorable little home. So excited for you and your family Gabrielle!

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By: Anneliese http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501773 Anneliese Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:35:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501773 I’m so excited for you! Sounds like a dream come true, and it will force a physical connection–something to look forward to. My advice is to make it as low-maintenance as possible. I’m sure you will come up with great design solutions, but I have to tell you we became responsible for my in-laws home, which is literally around the corner, but it has been full of surprises and headaches despite having someone stay there for a week every other month. They just come when a home isn’t occupied full time. Can’t wait to see how you plan for and solve those kinds of problems. I know you will do it brilliantly.

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By: Gea http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501755 Gea Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:41:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501755 Congratulations for finally owning the house, patience is a must here in France when buying a property. Very moving the old postcard!
We live about an hour from you in Basse Normandie and have just started on the renovation of our third farmhouse (a bit like yours). It is so rewarding to be able to bring a piece of history back to life ! We simply love granite!
I saw your house has an old breadoven on the side, do you also have an old granite fireplace inside?
If you ever need any help or want to know about our experiences, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can see some before and after pictures of the holiday cottage we renovated on our website http://www.espritdubocage.com , sorry still only in French and Dutch. You can find photo’s of the renovation on the Dutch version only under the title Actueel.
Good luck and enjoy!

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By: Barchbo http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501723 Barchbo Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:22:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501723 How exciting! I cannot wait to see the process unfold!

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By: Sheila Kaminski http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501722 Sheila Kaminski Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:22:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501722 I saw a re-do of an old barn on the COCOCOZY website today that is a must see for some great ideas for the French house. The bunk room alone is fab!

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By: Julia-life on churchill http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501707 Julia-life on churchill Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:24:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501707 oh my goodness, so excited for you guys!! Will you do renovations long distance? Will you rent it out when you are away? (I’ve always loved the idea of owning a vacation rental/2nd home). congratulations!

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By: Grace@ Sense and Simplicity http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501701 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:07:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501701 Congratulations. What an exciting adventure. I would love to know how big the building is and if you are planning on adding on or just keeping it small and bunking in when you visit. I love that it is close to the friends you have made while you were there and places you feel connected with. I would love to do something similar – it’s on my bucket list. Oh, and that photo is the best. I just got goosebumps when I saw it. I could see a larger version of it printed on a canvas and hung with pride in the new cottage when it is finished. One of the features I love the best is that funny little corner on the doorway to the right where the stone was left rounded – my eye is drawn to it every time.

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By: Maria http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/our-little-piece-of-france/comment-page-1/#comment-501677 Maria Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:45:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=37384#comment-501677 We seem to love renovating… We are on our second home that we’ve been redoing for 2 years now. (It’s actually called a French Chataeu style house, but in the US) and its stressful but having the vision is the most important thing. As the project starts to come together the stress melts and the joy of seeing your vision become real is the best pay off. With your situation, on the hard days I’d remind myself that what you are doing will create long lasting memories for your family for generations to come. It’s amazing, congrats!!! Can’t wait to watch the transformation!

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