76 – Is she a Batchelder fireplace?

Batchelder fireplace?

W76 – Is she a Batchelder fireplace?

I watched an episode of Vintage flip on hgtv.com this week. They were flipping/renovating an older house in which they decided to add a reproduction of a Batchelder fireplace. Arnold Batchleder was an american artist of the art and craft movement in the 1920’s before the great depression. He started is own handmade/high end tiles production for fireplace, kitchen, fountain.. I don’t know much about fireplace tiles but the pictures shown during the Vintage Flip episode enlightened me. In fact we have a pretty big centerpiece fireplace in our house that look like something Mr Batchelder would of produce at the time. After doing some researches on the web, it seems that the dates, location and the style of our house “revival tudor” carry the clues of such a fireplace.. I will still contact the tile restoration center just to be sure. Not that i want to take down these tiles to sell them individually on ebay but I love learning more and more about our historical brick house.

J’ai regardé sur un épisode de Vintage Flip sur hgtv.com cette semaine. Il rénovait une maison en Californie dans laquelle il voulait construire une reproduction de cheminée Batchelder. Arnold Batchleder était un artist américain qui s’est fait connaître rapidemment dans le mouvement américain “Arts and Crafts” des années 1920 avant la grande dépression. Il avait lancé sa propre production de carreaux/carrelage de contour de cheminée, cuisine, fountaine..  J’y connais rien en carrelage de contour de cheminée mais les photos montrées lors de l’épisode Vintage flip m’ont interpellées car elles ressemblaient beaucoup à celle qui trône dans notre salon (photo ci dessus). J’ai fait quelques recherches sur internet, les dates, la zone géographique et le style “Revival Tudor” de notre maison correspondent à cette trouvaille… Je vais tout de même contacter le centre de restoration pour valider. Je ne compte pas démanteler notre cheminée pour vendre les carreaux à l’unité sur Ebay mais je trouve cela génial d’en apprendre plus sur notre vieille maison en briques.


Any big discovery for you this week? Une bonne découverte pour vous cette semaine?


More info about Ernest Batchelder, ici.

Informative article about Batchelder fireplace in the Seattle area, ici

The tile restoration center if you need confirmation, ici.

Updates!! After contacting the tile restoration center, It look likes relief tiles were made by the Claycraft Potteries company, which was a contemporary of Batchelder’s in Los Angeles. The field tiles is from an other company, Steve from the TLC thinks it might be Hamilton. No luck about Batchlender but still pretty happy to know more about our fireplace 🙂

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20 – Pretty flowers and Perma-culture dreams


W20 – Pretty flowers and Perma-culture dreams

I love the plants in our backyard, it has been really well set up and maintained by the previous owners of the house. One of my fear is to kill all those pretty flowers while trying to not do so.. We want to add a vegetable garden/compost/chicken in a Perma-culture way over the next couple of years in order to increase our food autonomy. I know i am maybe being ambitious here since i have never had my own garden before.. I have fond memories of my great grandma’s garden in Nantes with a lot of flowers, fruits and veggies. We used to visit her with my mom and little bro after she picked us up from school on Friday’s. Fresh apples, cherries, strawberries, redcurrants, tomatoes.. Yum Yum


Is gardening appealing to you?


Books about Perma-culture (I have not read all of them)

Perma-culture: A Designers’ Manual 1988 – Bill Mollison – here

Perma-culture 1 – Bill Mollison et David Holmgren – here

Permaculture, guérir la terre, nourrir les hommes – Perrine et Charles Hervé-Gruyer – here

Practical perma-culture – Jessi bloom & Dave Boehnlein – here

Video how to start from scratch – here

Video small Parisian perma-culture vegetable garden = here

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11 – Ikea est là!


W11 – Furniture window shopping

Well, we own an empty old house. Yes, we move back from France with 4 luggage and even if we had some boxes stored at my in laws we did sell our furniture before leaving the states in 2011. After realizing that all of our cash did not end up in our closing cost (Yippee!!!). I started to look at Craigslist, Goodwill and Habitat for humanity but nothing I saw was calling my name.. So i decided to go to the Swedish store and window shop. Easy to say that window shopping there is almost impossible you always end up buying something.. Even for me. As for why choose to buy some furniture from Ikea? Well, 1-Budget, 2- Design/Quality, 3- No bed bugs, 4- Impatience.  I have always been surprised by how pricey furniture are in the states and since I knew the store/brand from France i felt comfortable spending my money there. Also don’t forget we have a 3yo at home there is no way i am going to spend 2k in a sofa… Of course i shop by myself, using phone to take pics and an app that allow me to make collage in order to see if the pieces fit together. So with a budget of 1000$ i bought 2 armchairs, 2 comfy living room chairs, 1 dining table, 1 set coffee tables, 1 rug, 6 cushions, 2 step stools, 3 set of curtains! As shopping at Ikea has been an interesting topic of discussion within my family and group of friends I was wondering…


What do you think of Ikea?


Info about Ikea’s social and environmental responsibilities here

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