Sharing with you some renovation progress photos from Château de la Chevallerie, the exterior work in the main part of the main building is nearing completion!👍😀 The third photo shows a symphony of different roofs with the final roof almost complete (after the hallowed August French vacation month of August). The fourth photo shows some of the thousands of dead boxwood topiaires lost to the dreaded boxwood blight. A huge thank you to all of you who sent me suggestions for the replacement of it. Because the ground at the château is very clayey and moist, many of the suggestions that you sent very kindly sent me would not grow well in the he soil which has a very high clay content and is very moist 😩. Fortunately we found a great substitute called Lonicera nittida. It does not grow as high as boxwood and grows a little more quickly but I think that between it and yew,I will be able to create a good alternative but it still breaks my heart to see these old boxwood plants having to be removed!
Inside the paint is progressing and I am so thrilled to have learned about a variety of paint from Benjamin Moore called Scuff-X that is extra sturdy for high traffic areas. It totally fits my design philosophy of Comfortable Elegance un en which you don’t have to make any trade-off between beauty and practicality! Thank you @benjaminmoore and @benjaminmoorefrance for all of their expert counsel. As you can see there has been a lot of pyrogens at my own personal paradise!!