Sunday, October 21, 2007

Barbie Dream House Update #12

8 days to "Jour J" and to summarize: Sh*t is late.


But as French construction projects go, we've been lucky. Saturday FrenchBoy had a conversation with our downstairs neighbors, and to say the least they weren't so lucky. They had more than a few mishaps including pipes being intalled on the outside of walls, and one bathroom being completely tiled with someone else's tiles!


The wife said they had no choice but to move into their unfinished apartment, and for the first two weeks lived with crews of 10 or more dirty construction workers walking in and out of their home all day.

So, I hardly feel like I have the right to complain.

We were scheduled to move last weekend, but that was impossible for two main reasons. One, we have no heat or hot water due to the fact that we forgot to call and schedule it to be turned on. And two, witness the huge gaping hole, where our staircase should be.

The Un-stairs

I cannot go into the stair fiasco without punching people, so I will just skip ahead to the good stuff.

The Star trek kitchen just got more sci-fi with the addition of the coveted Space-ship oven hood.

Star Trek Kitchen 1

Which looks even more sci-fi at night:

Star Trek Kitchen at night

Thursday the one missing door, and the stainless steel backsplash arrives and then it will be completely finished. I think.

The guest bathroom:

apartment 072



I don't mean to brag, but the guest bathroom is nicer than the bathroom at the Montreal Sofitel. We basically stole all their design ideas and then improved upon them. Our guests are in for a real treat!



I may have to convince David to switch it and make it our bathroom after all.

So that's that. The stairs are coming Wednesday. And then 2 days worth of cleaning to get the layer of dust & construction grime off of everything.

apartment 090

You can call me a Princess if you want to, but I'm telling you right now. I will not be the one cleaning whatever the hell that is off those windows.


Jennifer said...

That apartment is GORGEOUS. ven without all your furniture and stuff. It's gonna look so great when you guys are all moved in.

Astrid said...

How lucky are you to be moving into a brand new beautiful apartment where you've been deciding the deco. As soon as you've moved in you'll forget all the problems and waiting. I sure!

MadameK. Located in said...

Astrid, very true. Once we're all moved in, it will all become a blur much like the fiasco of actually moving to France.

We're in the home stretch!

Penny said...

Wow, that really is a lovely looking apartment and great view too!

Reb said...

can we come live with you while we figure out where our staircase is going?

that kitchen is beautiful !

MadameK. Located in said...

Reb-You are welcome to come live with us as long as you bring a squeegie to clean the windows!

Eclat said...

I LOVE that bathroom...especially that shower floor. Omg, I love it's so Zen.

Destination Metz said...

From the view I'm pretty sure I know where you live! Cool location. No idea what's on the windows, but yes..give them a go with the windex! It's going to be so so fab when you move all the stuff in. I'm so excited for you. Makes me long for my 'own' apartment all the more.

tonton_flaneur said...

That bathroom is bigger than my kitchen!!!

Can I come live with you??? Please??? I can cook and clean, and I'll bring unusual things from the USA that you might be craving. Like what I don't know...Vanilla Extract??? LOL!

Sara said...


sorry i think i drooled on your shower stone floor a little.

Travel said...

Great space and so nicely finished. You won't have a shortage of people wanting to be your house guest. Don't surprised if they use a razor blade to clean the windows, in the hand a of a skilled cleaner the layer of gunk will come right off.