We just returned from the most amazing two weeks in Paris and Provence with the loveliest group of ladies … and then we had to pinch ourselves, because our favorite blogger, Joni Webb of Cote de Texas, wrote a fabulous blog about our trips to Les Murets , and we got to relive everything all over again. It’s called, “Do you need a place to stay in France” and the rest is history!
You can read the Cote de Texas blog here.
Reading Joni’s beautifully written and thoroughly researched blog, which is mostly about the redesign of Les Murets, reminded me of the days when we actually “suffered through” the renovation – when I begged Meg for a few day’s off and subjected Sam Jones, our in-house designer extraordinaire (who is singly responsible for my perusing real estate listings because we have SO MUCH FUN renovating houses together!) to round the clock labor for 6 days straight , at Les Murets in Gordes, France.
For those of you who will go on and read Joni’s wonderful blog, just remember that the end result wasn’t always rosy. Just take a look at my sweet house when the outside walls were crumbling from terrible water damage and the roof needed to be replaced, along with the stucco resurfaced! Oh, it pains me to see this photo!
And even worse is the memory of our rushing to choose the stucco and shutter color, which are so essential in the overall look of a house, from the teeniest little sample. For some unknown reason, we couldn’t get our contractor to give us paint samples so we made a monumental decision from the most minimal paint chips.
It wasn’t without many sleepless nights that I returned, a month later, holding my breath, to the complete and utter realization that with Sam’s help, and a lot of luck, we had totally nailed the paint color! I can’t tell you what it is … but I love it every time I see it!
While Joni will take you through “before and afters” that chronicle the house’s sad state when we bought it to its subsequent happy renovation, I’m just a little embarrassed to show you my own early decorating snafus, BS (before Sam), and prior to our most recent redo. And to think this room wasn’t even on the agenda for a make-over.
And that’s probably one of the reasons I love working so much with Sam Jones. I knew I didn’t love the decor but I wasn’t sure why, and I certainly didn’t have the energy or conviction to fix it. When Sam got involved, there was no stopping her. Plus she has this uncanny secret weapon of always making you feel like it’s your wonderful idea, which magically turns the whole process, along with the adrenaline rush and sleepless nights, into pure fun.
What started as one tiny project, of adding an upstairs bedroom, snowballed into a huge effort that completely tore the whole house apart – and had the two of us working non-stop, pretty much 24 hour days, until it all came together, as viewed in Joni’s beautiful blog.
So for all of you who have ever considered undertaking a renovation, just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And while I hope you will enjoy Cote de Texas’ generous blog about the beauty of Les Murets (for which I am very grateful!), just remember that it took two crazy ladies, six sleepless nights, and acres of grey paint and “stitch witchery” for the house to go from this:
Happy reading! Enjoy the wonderful blog from Cote de Texas. And feel free to leave a nice comment for Joni. We love her!!
Ta ta …
PS Oh and by the way, please don’t ask Sam Jones about the view of the Luberon valley (since she never got to see it) or the delicious restaurants in Gordes that she never got to eat in. She is still complaining about that!