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oh it looks very exciting, I love the idea of the french doors into the garden, oh and the lintels that stop the house from falling down!!!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

Your healthy attitude through the renovations will sevre you well. I am watching with fascination! A welcome change from standing in front of the easel. With one month to showtime, I am now working in earnest. There are quite a lot of paintings in progress and a handful of finished ones posted on my Gallery Shows page. If you take a look at by Blog page, you'll find a link to our Easter photos. Keep the tradesmen supplied with tea and treats! Cheers, Alice


Just keep thinking of the
Farrow & Ball colour chart...
and make sure you have
a nice glass of wine
while you both study it !!!

Alice C

I can quite see why you might have sympathetic aches and pains. Poor little house - at least you have a clear vision of what it will be afterwards!


Tea is the key to keeping in with the builders! I should know, I had to endure a 15 month (yes, you read that right) build at my house 7 years ago... Just keep that kettle on!


ohh I am so excited for you! But what an ordeal.
I am rubbish at picturing how things will look so I shall just wait for the finished pictures!!


Wow! It really does look orderly. I'm so glad you're sharing this with us, I have less fear about my own upcoming reno.


It's great to see the "before" and "during" pics. Looking forward to seeing the "afters".

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