Sunday, July 30, 2017

The New Star Of Cottage

Living-Room Project - The Stove Reveal


Cottage and I have been waiting for a long time for this day. So have my readers... Here it is. The stove is here!

Cottage et moi-même avons attendu ce jour depuis longtemps. Mes lecteurs aussi... Nous y voilà, le poêle est là !


I was over-excited the day they brought it in and surprised that it didn't take that long to install since most of the technical work had been done the previous week.

J'ai été très contente le jour où le poêle a été livré et assez surprise de la rapidité avec laquelle il a été installé puisque la majorité du travail technique avait été effectué la semaine précédente.


They lit the first fire and told me to keep it alive for at least four hours, all windows open to get rid of the smell the enamel would produce the first time the stove is used. You can imagine that I was a very good girl and didn't let the fire die. It was a good thing it was summer, though, as all windows were opened... Even so, it did warm the room to a very comfortable 72°F, something that is rarey achieved in a stone cottage, even when it's hot outside !


Les ouvriers ont allumé le premier feu et m'ont demandé de le laisser brûler pendant environ quatre heures, toutes fenêtres ouvertes pour évacuer l'odeur que dégage l'émail lorsqu'il recuit lors de la première utilisation du poêle. Vous pensez si j'ai été appliquée à  ne pas laisser le feu s'éteindre. C'était une bonne idée de faire cette installation en été puisqu'il fallait garder les fenêtres ouvertes. Mais même ainsi, il a vite fait plus de 22°C dans la pièce, ce qui est assez rare dans une maison en pierre, même quand il fait chaud dehors !


The stove hasn't been lit again since it's summer... And I'm having trouble having the wood delivered for next winter... Can you imagine the delivery guy told me they would only deliver on tarry roads... The street Cottage is on is tarred, but not the pavement, so they told me they'll left the wood on the road and I'll have to carry it in my garden piece by piece... But our street is very narrow and if they do that it'll block the traffic, so it's not a possibility. I'm trying to find a solution...


Le poêle n'a pas été réutilisé pour l'instant puisque c'est l'été... Et j'ai bien du mal à me faire livrer le bois pour l'hiver prochain.  Le livreur me dit qu'il ne livre que sur terrain goudronné et que du coup, il me laissera le chargement sur le trottoir, mais il n'y a pas de trottoir et la rue est très étroite, s'il me laisse son bois dans la rue, on va bloquer toute la circulation... Bref, je cherche une solution.

 
I may have unintentionnally mislead a few of you when I wrote that we would be talking paint "colours" in this post... I should have written "paint" and that's it.  

Je crois que sans le vouloir, je vous ai envoyé sur une fausse piste dans mon dernier article en parlant de "couleur" de peinture... J'aurais juste dû écrire "peinture" et c'est tout.


I believe in harmony of colours in small cottages. I also believe in light colours in rooms that have small windows. I believe in having only one big feature in a room. I believe in simplicity to create a serene atmosphere.


Je crois qu'il faut une palette harmonieuse et limitée dans un petit cottage. Je crois aussi qu'il faut des couleurs claires dans les pièces qui manquent de fenêtres. Je crois qu'il ne faut pas trop de points qui attirent fortement le regard dans une seule pièce. Je crois en la simplicité pour créer une atmosphère sereine.


For all those reasons, I had decided a while ago that the living-room would be white. Now, which white was a question that kept my mind busy a little longer. I bought a few sample by Farrow & Ball to try them on my walls. But compared to the dining-room's beautiful white sand colour that is Pordic White, they all looked too grey or too muddy or too dull or too yellow. So the only way to go seemed to paint the living-room Pordic White as well.

Pour toutes ces raisons, j'avais décidé depuis un moment que le salon serait blanc. Quel blanc choisir est une question qui m'a occupée un peu plus longtemps. J'ai acheté quelques échantillons de Farrow & Ball pour les essayer sur mes murs. Mais par rapport au beau "sable blanc" qu'est Pordic White dans la salle-à-manger, tous les autres paraissaient trop gris, trop terreux, trop ternes ou trop jaunes. La seule solution était de peindre le salon lui aussi en Pordic White.


It's a little complicated because if you remember when I painted the dining-room, Pordic White isn't actually a shade by Farrow & Ball. It's my own mix of half Wimborne White and half All White. If it was easy to create the mix for the very small space the dining-room is, it was a little more complicated for the living-room as I wanted the stairwell and the landing to be painted in the same shade since they are all connected. I ordered the paint at my usual Farrow & Ball stockist and then I went to a local hardware store to get a big empty lidded paint bucket. Can you believe they didn't have any and didn't want to give me or sell me one from their mixing paint stand. So I went back home, left my pride there, put on my stripped dress and went back... Magically a male seller agreed to give me a lidded bucket that was used in their display ;)


Ce choix est un peu compliqué car si vous vous souvenez de l'époque où j'ai peint la salle-à-manger, Pordic White n'est pas une vraie teinte de Farrow & Ball. C'est une couleur que j'obtiens en mélangeant moi-même un pot de Wimborne White et un pot d'All White. Si c'était facile à gérer pour la salle-à-manger qui est une très petite pièce, c'est plus compliqué pour le salon car je veux que la cage d'escalier et le palier soient de la même couleur car toutes ces pièces sont liées. J'ai commandé ma peinture à mon revendeur Farrow & Ball et je suis partie au magasin de bricolage pour trouver un grand pot de peinture vide pour faire mon mélange. Impossible de faire comprendre à quiconque au stand où ils mixent les peintures que je voulais un pot vide. Je suis rentrée à la maison, j'y ai laissé ma fierté, j'ai enfilé ma robe à rayures... Et là, miracle ! Un vendeur a accepté de me donner un pot vide qui leur servait en décoration !


The two painted mixed together like a charm and as soon as the first coat began drying I fell in love again with the subtle white it is (it takes a few days for the pigments to give their real colour) and the way it changes depending on the time of the day or the weather.

Les deux peintures se sont très bien mélangées et dès que la première couche a commencé à sécher, je me suis dit que c'était le blanc qu'il fallait. Il forme un léger contraste avec le blanc du plafond et sa teinte varie subtilement suivant l'heure de la journée ou la météo.

 
One of the talks I had with myself was about the alcove behind the stove. I had seen some lovely examples on Pinterest of dark blue alcoves behind white stoves or of tiled alcoves... But I finally thought that simplicity was best given the fact that I have a stone wall that already catches the eye and also given the fact that the stove is a little busier than what I had in mind at first.

Une des longues discussions que j'ai eu avec moi-même concernait la niche dans laquelle est le poêle. J'avais vu de superbes exemples sur Pinterest d’alcôves peintes en couleur foncée ou carrelées pour mettre en valeur le poêle... Mais j'ai finalement opté pour la simplicité étant donné que j'ai déjà un mur en pierre qui attire le regard  et que le poêle a un design un peu plus chargé que ce que j'avais en tête au départ.


Now that the paint is mixed and stored in its lidded bucket, it's best to use it fast I guess. So I began working on the stairwell and the landing. I've made progress, I swear, though I really don't understand why a Petite Blonde thought it was a great idea to keep a peaked ceiling and showing beams in here!

Maintenant que ma peinture est mélangée dans son pot, il vaut mieux ne pas tarder à l'utiliser. Du coup, j'ai commencé à travailler sur la cage d'escalier et le palier. J'ai avancé, je le jure, bien que la Petite Blonde qui a pensé que c'était une bonne idée de garder la hauteur sous le toit et des poutres apparentes ne me facilite pas la vie !


I'm on a little paint break for a few days as my blood pressure suddenly dropped and I feel like I'm on a boat as soon as I stand up... So climbing on a step ladder with a paint brush taped to a curtain pole isn't really an option. I'm having trouble explaining to the doctor why I can't use my garden chair, though... Nevermind, I'll lay on the sofa admiring my stove and mantel!


Je fais une petite pause de quelques jours dans la peinture car ma tension a brusquement chuté et j'ai l'impression d'être sur un bateau dès que je me mets debout... Alors monter sur un escabeau avec mon pinceau scotché sur une tringle à rideau n'est pas vraiment la meilleure idée. J'ai un peu de mal à expliquer au docteur pourquoi je ne peux pas m'installer dans la chaise longue... Peu importe, je vais m'allonger sur le canapé et admirer mon poêle et mon manteau de cheminée !



See you next time,

A la prochaine fois,

Hasta la proxima,




PS1 : Just  in case you're a foreigner living the dream (or nightmare) of renovating an old cottage in Northen Brittany, the company that took care of gracing Cottage with a stove is  Maréchal & Brilleaud. You can read here if you want to see how the mantel was done.

PS 1 : Pour le cas où vous soyez en Bretagne nord et que vous cherchiez à installer un poêle, l'entreprise qui a travaillé chez moi est Maréchal & Brilleaud. Vous pouvez aller lire ici comment le manteau de cheminée a été créé.

PS2: The mantel is painted my usual favourite All White by Farrow & Ball. 

PS 2 : Le manteau de cheminée est peint avec mon blanc préféré, All White de Farrow & Ball.

PS3: Not pictured in this post: the mess that is behind the sofa, the right wall where I might have a "brand new" TV stand and the back wall on which the first coat of paint might already be applied...

PS 3 : Non représentés dans cet article : le bazar caché derrière le canapé, le mur situé à droite sur lequel il y a un meuble télé "tout nouveau", le mur de derrière qui a peut-être déjà reçu une couche de peinture...

PS4: I'm linking this little reveal with:






49 comments:

  1. Tu as su créer un ensemble plein de charme, je trouve ton poêle de toute beauté
    Moi qui suit une grande fan de bleu et de bord de mer la déco de ton manteau de cheminée me plait beaucoup... bravo
    Beau week end sous le soleil (enfin j'espère)

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  2. How lovely that looks Magali. At last you are getting there with your amazing projects.
    Take care of your health.

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  3. Magali, I am in love with your stone wall and your stove. You have my complete admiration for sticking to your goals and using whatever means necessary (the dress) to get there. I'm thinking you might hire a local handyman with a truck to pickup the wood and bring it to your house? Good luck getting everything ready for the wood burning season ahead!

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  4. It's perfect Magali! I love the white against the brick, which together creates a homey yet fresh look.

    xxx

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  5. I wish, I truly wish that you cold FEEL my excitement over this, Magali! This is a FINE UNIT! The design on the surface, that's one thing, but the fact that this is also functional is such a relief!

    You've got the look. YOU have achieved the look you've been sharing from other photos, and I love the white with the stone, with the accents of the blue from the sea, and it's all perfect. I am so happy for YOU! I wonder if I could find an electric version of this model...

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  6. So beautiful and lovely! I just love that wall...
    Have a great sunday :)
    Titti

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    1. Thank you very much! Uncovering the stone wall was a project some summers ago.
      Magali

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  7. The fireplace is beatiful! like a work of art. All that searching paid off. Cann't wait to see what's next! :) xo

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    1. What's next is painting the dreaded staircase walls... Thank you so much for your comment!
      Magali

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  8. lovely little fireplace stove - I would think maybe you could hire a handyman also to pick your wood for you to stack behind your house or wherever it will go - they have some very strange rules!

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  9. Ton poêle Jotul est absolument superbe ! Et cette fois tu as eu une entreprise efficace et compétente (pas comme ton plombier spécialiste des fuites) Je suis vraiment contente pour toi. J'espère que tu finiras par avoir ta livraison de bois... parce que, sans bois... un poêle, même magnifique ne fonctionne pas ! Bises

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  10. It looks just beautiful.....perfect choice!

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  11. The stove is perfection and I adore the clean shade of white.

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  12. Love the little stove, it fits so perfectly into the room.
    Hard to believe there are so many choices of white.

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  13. Hi...it turned out lovely..an i really like that stove..maybe you can ask a neighbor who they get wood from..trust me lugging wood isn't fun..the closer the better..an i bet the cats are going to love it..mine lay in front of it all winter..you'll all be toasty warm..you're white is perfect..it shows off your nice accents wonderfully..now i'm ready for a 360 of the room..with it's new tv.

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  14. so cute!! I love the embossed designs on that stove. Beautifully done Magali!

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  15. Oh Magali. I love it. So pretty and so cottage. Perfect Perfect!!!!
    Kris

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  16. Your new stove is gorgeous, Magali!! I bet you can't wait for that first crisp fall night to fire it up! What a nightmare with the wood delivery - you need to find a different person to deliver. My guy dumps the wood right outside my garage door, and I open the door and stack it right in the garage. And he doesn't complain a bit about my nightmare of a driveway! Anyway, you'll figure it out, and you'll be so toasty and warm and cozy this winter!

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  17. Beautiful! A warm welcome to the new kid on the block.
    Amalia
    xo

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  18. Perfection. Anything more would have been gilding the lily. I love it. xo

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  19. I love your stove, it is perfect at Cottage and I am sure Cottage loves it too. I really like the color you have chosen. It goes perfect with everything in the living room.

    Take care of your self - don't fall off the ladder. I hate when I get those dizzy days.

    Enjoy your week.

    Mary

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  20. Ooooo--so beautiful; so perfect. You and Shadow deserve a rest.

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    1. Thanks! I'm resting and drinking liquorice tea (for blood pressure) and Shadow is now running some errands (probably going to bring me back a mouse).

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  21. J'aime beaucoup ce que tu as fait de ton salon, c'est ravissant et très raffiné. Vraiment, tu as beaucoup de goût. Félicitations.
    Quand ton poêle sera allumé en hiver, ta théière sera bien chaude dessus. C'est pour ça que j'ai changé le mien, certes je pouvais y mettre une théière mais rien d'autre hors maintenant je peux y mettre plein de choses. La configuration n'est pas la même puisque le poêle est dans la grande grande pièce qui fait cuisine. Chez toi, une jolie théière y fera beaucoup d'effet.
    Caresses aux griffus. Bisous. Babette

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  22. l'espace du poêle est vraiment lumineux ! ce choix de blanc est une réussite !!! j'adore l'ancre marine posée sur le manteau rénové... bel été en peinture au Cottage - monique59

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  23. Love your stove! It looks amazing and I just know that you and your kitties are going to just love it!
    xoxo Jo

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  24. I absolutely LOVE your little stove! And to think that little stove will keep you warm this winter. Any thought about the space above the mantel? A mirror perhaps, to help keep the open feeling?

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  25. Your stove is lovely as is the rest of the cottage. It goes so well with your decor!! We have a Jotul and there is nothing like for heating the home!!

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  26. I'm so excited to see your new stove!!! She is beautiful and not so fancy as you think......but perfect!! Love the paint color, the mantel, the light fixtures, the objects on the mantel, the wonderful bouquet of flowers which includes a Butterfly Bush blossom (my fav) and especially the exposed stone wall, which all alone makes your room and cottage feel!! That was probably a run on sentence.....

    Love how you use your special dress, a girl after my own heart...

    About the wood.....get a different supplier, or hire a handy man to deliver to your door...wear the dress....

    Cleo.....xoxoxo

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    1. Now, that is an idea, for sure, I'll wear that dress the day they deliver the wood to see if that helps!

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  27. I hope you feel better Magali. I love your kitchen and dining room, so with time your living room will be beautiful and cozy too. Are you planning to put a painting above the mantel? Your kitty is enjoying your warm living room:).
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. The blood pressure is slowly getting better thanks to a lot of liquorice tea. I'm hoping to find a mirror to put above the mantel, because the one I had before isn't right now that the mantel is a lot higher than what it used to be.
      Magali

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  28. It is so beautiful! I am sure you will enjoy it in colder weather!

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  29. Hi Magali! I love your new mantel and stove, and all the pretty nautical decorations you used on the mantel--very pretty. I am glad to hear your blood pressure is getting better, and hope you continue to feel better. Take care and enjoy your summer!

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  30. Hi - the stove is lovely...beautiful fired up...and I love the blues and greens of the glass floats. A cozy seaside cottage...love it. :)

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  31. It looks perfect and love that you kept it simple behind the stove. Sure hope your blood pressure get more level...I have high and feel the same way when it is..the floor starts moving.. Here at The Charmer it never gets cool in summer and never warm in winter.. She was built with no insulation and we need a glass door to use in winter.. Older homes do present their challenges but we really wouldn't want it any other way..

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  32. Absolutely Perfect in every detail. The stove is perfection and gives the room such a perfect cottage lovely nuance. I have been so excited to see the revel and its just lovely. I love the mantel details and the lovely paint, furniture and simplicity of the room. You have created my dream living room. Its divine ! enjoy and do feel better, time to rest and put your feet up for a few days perhaps. Well done.

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    1. Thank you so much for all those kind words. I had to rest for a few days... And today I took care of the wood for the beginning of fall!

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  33. Magali que hermoso se ve tu sala todo cordina en los colores realmente espectacular te felicito esta bella bella. Cuidate y descansa unos dias gracias por compartir :) hasta la proxima...
    nelly

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    1. Gracias, Nelly. Podría haber descansado, pero empecé a pintar el aterrizaje ...

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  34. Hi, Magali! Your doing a great job. Sticking to any project for a long period of time is exhausting in and of itself. Contrary to the majority of opinions I think the large expanse of white up the wall is jarring...especially next to the deep colors in the rock and the lovely soft color of the stove. (Of course, I am looking from the perspective of a camera shot and not standing in the room). But, sometimes, this perspective lets you see a truer balance of color and shape. A very soft color or the essence of the color of one of the stones would look and make the room appear softer and cause the rock wall's variegated color to receed. The white color makes the beautiful rock too prominent in the room. A slightly darker shade would provide a beautiful backdrop around the lovely stove color. The mantel should be even one shade or two, darker yet. See if you can find an old large window frame and have the glass panes removed and glass added instead to the frame. Make the mantel color a deeper shade of a color on the rock wall. This will add up to three colors blended to make one cohesive long wall tone. The rest of the room can go as you like...but the focal point wall with the stove cannot handle a large white stripe up the wall...just soften with very light sand-shaded colors. It can really impart a "sea side" feel much better than solid white sometimes. A large or small plaid pattern on throw pillows and curtain (which you can make of course, lol) could also bring warmth and the cosy "cottage" feel to the room. I know, I just can't quit, ha,ha! Poor kitty! Yet another fight?! Geez, those nine lives are whizzing by, lol. Well, I'm off...I can hear the bushes and shrubs in my garden yelling that the weeds are trying to push them out of their comfortable homes...such whiners (lol).
    Keep at it, your doing great...I still have kitchen envy over your kitchen. What a magnificent makeover it was!

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    1. A huge thank you for your advice about paint colours, stone blending, pillows and curtains. "The rest of the room can go as you like" really made me laugh! I'm off to paint... or repaint!

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    2. As a retired designer sometimes my enthusiasm colors my judgement as to when I should give advice and when I should shut up. I'm so glad you gave such positive consideration to my suggestions. It will be beautiful as always by the time your finished...your penchant for honesty with lifes ups and downs (wood dilemma) I find very refreshing. Keep at it, girl, your close to the home stretch!

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  35. Your new stove is a beauty! Looks like she has always been there!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  36. Many cozy nights ahead of you with your lovely stove, Magali! Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

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  37. An absolutely beautiful stove, you will love it this winter! Love it 😍. So happy you found the perfect one.

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  38. Such a lovely reveal!I love all the sea themed things you put on top of your mantel!AriadnefromGreece!

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