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4 days and counting....

{image from here} a new start. It is almost like wiping the slate clean and starting again.

I am so looking forward to 2010 as Mr FF and I have many things on our "to do list" including a new kitchen which we are planing on using as the kitchen/dining room for serving breakfast/ dinner to guests and also for hosting cooking lessons which will be taught by a local french lady.

I am looking forward to choosing appliances and having a kitchen big enough to hold all my kitchen wares which are currently housed in two places 18kms apart. As most of you already know I have a thing about Farrow and Ball's "Elephants breath" which is the most beautiful shade of grey so will be using this colour in the new kitchen.

We are also planning on finishing the last apartment, which is situated on the ground floor of Maison No. 20, this will be used as owners accommodation which makes sense as it is on the same level as the kitchen and the office come showroom for fabulously french.

We are also planning on offering a range of activity holidays which include patine paint effect lessons, cooking, painting and sculpture along with a few other subjects, so I will be busy working on details for these during early 2010.

We have arranged a top to toe beauty package with a local beautician whose prices are very reasonable and the products that she uses are some of the best in France.

And I plan to spend my spare time scouring vide greniers/brocantes looking for any items that are fabulous and french...

Enough about our plans, what are your plans for 2010?

L x


  1. sounding absolutely fabulous, as always, leeann. we have quite a few plans for 2010 - visiting your beautiful part of the world (both paris - for work - and dordogne - for play) is right up there as the number one plan....i am putting aside the thought of travelling with a 2 and 4 yr old, though!!
    happy new year to you, all the best with your lovely plans.

  2. You have a lot of plans for the new year! And I think that this is one of the best things in life! Imagine you had no plans anymore... borring isn't it!

    I hope that you can realize all of them in 2010!

  3. I'm heading over to F&B to see "elephant's breath"...

    Ms. XVI presented me with two tons of stone for Christmas as she knows that I aspire to build dry-stack retaining walls and other garden hardscapes using this ancient technique, so that's a start. Then I have almost a dozen rooms, halls and closets still under construction here at Garvinweasel and I hope to finish a few of them as well. Oh, almost forgot, I plan to take delivery of 500 pine tree seedlings this winter, so they will have to be planted as well. I think that's about it... no, wait, the underground dog fence and driveway gate, must get that installed...

    Best of luck with your projects in 2010 and look forward to posts about your progress, accomplishments and future inspirations.

    Happy New Year!


  4. Goodness me! Lucky I'm going to be doing that Patine paint effect with you or we'd never get to see each other this year ;-).
    I will be painting more old doors, writing any number of inspirational quotes on them and adding 'appliques' to make them practical as well as beautiful.Hmmm - think I'll be scouring those vide greniers with you! AND it's my 40th this year so have to fit in a big trip to Tibet and get that fair trade project up and running.

    Love the underground dog fence that your friend James is going to do. Hadn't thought of that one!

    I know all your plans and everything will be beautiful as it normally is with you!

    Big Bisous

  5. Wow Leeann looks like 2010 will be a busy year for you - great plans and I must check out F&B's elephant breath too... Mine will be a busy year flying back and forth from Oz to UK and in September getting daughter ready for University... so far that is all that is on agenda but there will be more plans I am sure!

  6. I always love a new start! We will have our first grandbaby in about 2 weeks, so I have a few plans...thanks for visiting. Loving your blog.

  7. I most definitely will be reading your blog...can't wait to see your exciting makeovers and all things Fabulously French!

  8. I plan to take you up on your offer for a cuppa and to take a patine class from you and your friend :)!!!

  9. Sounds busy and exciting!!! All the best for the new year!Chrissy

  10. Wow, sounds like you've got alot of exciting plans for 2010! Makes my goal of losing weight so pathetic and boring! :)
    Good luck in all your endeavers!

  11. I WISH my plans included a visit to France! ;)
    Can't wait to watch your transformations here on your blog (which has become one of my favorites!) 2010!

  12. Well, My plans are to get in a spring garden and try to get help selling my paintings.
    I wish I knew what would sell; I have no idea what Designers want in paintings. Anyone out there that will send some info.Please..
    Can't wait to see your make overs, and a cooking class Fantastic..Happy New Year

  13. I plan to find my Zen in 2010!

  14. I am so looking forward to the clean slate that will be 2010. I hope you had a lovely holiday!

  15. Sounds like you are going to be a very busy Lady!:-) May all your wonderful wishes come true! I hope you are having spectacular Holiday Season filled with gifts, joy and love :-)

  16. Your Maison No. 20 sounds like a beautiful lesson....painting lessons...absolutely wonderful.

  17. Hi Leeann,

    Wishing you all the very best for 2010, may all your dreams come true.
    May it bring much love, good health, happiness and blessings to you.

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,
    Carolyn xo

  18. Bonne Annee Leeanne!
    I am looking forward to a quiet New Year. The past few years have been quite hectic. Any peaceful time will be welcoming.
    It sounds like you have a lot of ideas swirling around in your head. The kitchen project will be very exciting! I hope you will enjoy the finished product especially with the touch of "Elephant's Breath"...but how will that make your kitchen smell??????? :) ha ha
    I look forward to hearing about all your projects throughout the year. It's always fun to come and visit you. I can't wait for more postings and friendship from you in 2010!

  19. 2010 is going to be a busy year for you! On my list is to move into my new house. Once that's done, we'll see. ;) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It's always nice to connect with other francophiles. Happy New Year!

  20. you have a year of wonderful new ideas and memories. We are trying to sell our home and will be expecting our first grandchild...all bringing new and exciting discoveries!


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