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a little bit of art deco design

a little bit of art deco design

Our Istrian stone house has not an iota of art deco about it. With a very traditional Mediterranean stone house structure, a Scandi inspired interior and a contemporary exterior, there's nothing at all that hints at this popular design style of the 1920s and 1930s....

repurposing a chimney pot

repurposing a chimney pot

One of the stranger things we packed into the back of the removal lorry when we came out to Istria, was the large clay, chimney pot which had been removed from the roof of our West Didsbury house, when we were renovating it, because it was redundant. I'm not sure why...

when a bargain isn’t always a bargain…

when a bargain isn’t always a bargain…

If you're looking to buy a property in Istria - or anywhere in Europe for that matter - you may be very lucky, and still be able to pick up a bargain of a stone house. I say lucky, because house prices in Istria, even for abandoned houses, are steadily rising. But,...

trubar bar : grožnjan : istria

trubar bar : grožnjan : istria

The opening of a new bar is something quite exciting here, in northern Istria. Although we have lots of choice when it comes to excellent restaurants, cool bars seem to be more of a thing on the coast. In fact, bar culture doesn't really seem to have taken hold here,...

winter mornings…

winter mornings…

Our bedroom is by far the largest room in the house, and could definitely accommodate an en-suite. We've thought about this addition so many times, but it's always seemed a bit of a luxury, when so many other more pressing projects have demanded attention. We also...

villa cesare : savudrija : istria

villa cesare : savudrija : istria

A little bit of a different renovation tale today. One that is slightly more ambitious than the one we have embarked upon! When we're out and about in Istria, we often stumble upon what we think are hidden treasures. Things that we think only we know about. Istria is...

our very unique feature

our very unique feature

Although the whole job isn't quite 100% complete, we do have a very, very unique feature in our house. If you've never seen any of our photos, or read any of our renovation blogs, you might not not know about our Well Room. And, that's clue. The name we call the room....

antique hunting

antique hunting

I love a good rummage around an antiques market. I dream of living in a village with a brocante. But I'm just not very good at bartering and securing a bargain. The last time we were in Ljubljana, the Sunday Market was on, along the river. I think this was my most...

winter house maintenance

winter house maintenance

Our stone house in Istria isn't currently a holiday home. Having relocated from Manchester nearly seven years ago, we have lived here full time, renovating the house from top to bottom. We've lived through walls being knocked down and out, kitchens and bathrooms being...

winter is coming

winter is coming

Summer this year, seemed to last way into October. We had two lots of friends stay with us over this month, and both times, we were able to sit out in the garden and soak up the sun, as well as eat outdoors. Even into November, it's been mild - and we can evidence...