I couldn't slip out of town without posting this amazing story first. An Australian couple, Karina and Craig Waters purchased the Chateau de Gudanes, a decaying mansion in the Midi-Pyrénées in 2013 and have started a blog to document the rehab process. A team of 6 are currently working on the dilapidated property which was originally built to host lavish parties for French nobility.
I'm obsessed with following along on their Instagram feed, especially to see all the mysterious discoveries they've made as the renovations come along. Like the "hole" they discovered...with vaulted ceilings, currently being excavated.
PS-Don't forget about our altered shipping schedule for July! Get all the info here. West Coast here we come!