Marble or Quartz: Which countertop is for you

Everyone loves the bright, clean look of a white Marble countertops. Both classic and modern, the beautiful veined stone will never go out of style. Yet like many things of great beauty Marble is high maintenance and needs a lot of a tender loving care—something not suited for everyone.

No worries.

There is a Marble alternative: Quartz.

The article,  The Pros and Cons of Marble and Quartz Countertops will help you decide which is best for your kitchen.

Vacationing family decides to restore abandoned French chateau


They’ve unearthed mysterious medieval tunnels, uncovered ancient artifacts that hint to what daily life was like , and uncovered a beautiful fresco in a salon on the first floor. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.) It sounds romantic, but the process of buying and restoring a property of such size and significance has been an arduous labor of love.

Join this Australian family who had been on the hunt for a vacation home in France and then stumbled on a property in need of some major TLC that captured their hearts.

“We had never planned on a chateau. Our French friends warned us about those,” says Karina Waters,  “But after driving down the snow-capped mountains and seeing the chateau’s grounds from the village, we were sold.”

Click here to visit their website and see how things are going.

Île Saint-Louis – Complete Paris Apartment Renovation

Once in a life time you have a client that you just don’t get along with. At first you think things are manageable but things go sour and no matter how hard you try it never gets better.  It’s not the fault of either. It’s just one of those things.

Then once in a life time you have a client that changes everything. Once in a life time you meet someone that is so dynamic, so artistic, so engaging, so maniacal, so passionate yet at the same time so ‘normal’, who can put on a face that is congruent to what people think he should be, he challenges the boundaries of your own perceptions about what is available in for use as an individual in the world.

We are going to call him the Maverick.

On and off, for circumstances we could not control, the better part of three years we were isle-in, like a villain, on penicillin with the Maverick.

It was  a glorious time.

When we met Mavs, we had no idea that he was ‘renting a womb’ as he put it, to have children with his partner.

We eventually met his partner, his wonderful children and enjoyed the company of his warm loving family.

He would bring us simple yet thoughtful and caring gifts from America.

Once he said, ‘Guys, don’t listen to me. There’s a saying ‘Get your hands off my ears. I know what I’m doing.’

How do yo not love a guy like that?

If you are reading this, Maverick we miss this time we had together.  So here is a video in honor of and that begs the inside joke from.

It’s the Isle. Do you know what time it is? 😀

Picture This: Get The ‘Lowe’ Down On Hanging Around

It’s no different in Paris than any other part of the world. No renovation is totally complete until you hang the pictures on the wall. At that point a house or and apartment becomes a home.

This video is a made to sell products sold from the hardware store Lowe’s in America but it does have a number of handy tips on how to hang pictures on drywall, plaster and masonry.

What did you think of this video? We would love your feedback! 🙂

Renovation sites in paris

This is a video of just a handful of jobsites and renovation projects we have been on over the past few years in and around Paris.