5 People You Need for Your Paris Property Hunt

Once you have your heart set on buying your own place in Paris, there are five key people you need to help you to realise your dream. 1. A Property Finder It’s not that we couldn’t have made our Paris dream come true on our own, but the process would have been so laborious, stressful…

Merde, Literally

Stephen Clarke wrote A Year in the Merde, Merde Actually and Merde Happens about life as an Englishman in France. But has he ever experienced merde, literally? I have. In my shower, on my bathroom floor and in other places I’d rather forget. We were washing up dishes from the previous evening’s cheese and wine,…

The Furnishing Touches

Once the renovation of our Paris studio was complete, the fun part began – making it our own. When an apartment is only 18 square metres, everything in it has to be perfect (well, as perfect as your budget allows). In a tiny space, there is nowhere to stash plastic storage boxes, no space for…

Renovating a Paris Studio

Reality TV and a couple of bestselling books have given French builders a bad rep. The internet is alive with tales of renovating property in France. Some are comical – cavalier carpenters who disappear for a three hour, boozy lunch – some are horror stories of mould, rot and soaring, unbudgeted expense. My own experience was a good one. We…