We thought it would be a
nice idea to show more
updated interior shots of JoLi'
since we have now been
working on her for five years.
Our work this summer made
huge changes again. It was
time for a REAL kitchen and we
were very fortunate to be able
to make an Ikea design fit.
What luck that Ikea had
opened a store in Dijon in the
fall of 2005. The close
proximity enabled us to buy
the kitchen in stages which
made it easyer for Joe to put
them together. We weren't
overwhelmed with masses of
cartons and pieces that needed
to be stacked somewhere as
he assembled the units. The
staff and their planning
program made it relatively
effortless. We found a
wonderful corner sink in a granite composition that would
really optimize the work area in the kitchen. Joe then built
a low dividing wall between the back of the kitchen
counter and the table in the salon. It hides the counters in
the kitchen, but enables full view of the salon. We're really
pleased with the outcome and what a difference in makes
in working in the kitchen!
We also changed the settee from the royal blue to a
wheat colored one. Friends in the port gave us a coffee
table they no longer wanted and we refinished it. The color
change made the old blue and white curtains look awful,
so we chose a super earth tone material and Lisa sewed
all new curtains while Joe put the kitchen units together.
The photo with the 3 men on it had the new furniture with
the old curtains. The other photos show the new curtains.
They made a big change in light and temperature
protection as the new curtains are not only much heavier
With the change in the main salon so radical, we
focused a bit on the wheelhouse. The orange flowered
fabric really needed replacing, so we chose a wheat woven
heavy fabric and Lisa sewed those while traveling this
summer. We have purchased new fabric to replace the
green curtains in the wheelhouse, and Lisa will sew those
We also replaced the rug in the main cabin and main
bath with an oatmeal berber. We were on a mission to rid
ourselves of the royal blue color scheme that we had
started with. The change in the rug lightened up the area
immensely, and next year Lisa will most probably sew a
new douvet cover for the main cabin. AND we purchased a
desk and file storage unit at Ikea to replace the
"temporary" desk we bought in 2002.
The aft guest cabin also got a little much needed
attention this year. Curtains were finally sewed for the
ports. This was challenging due to the opening nature of
the ports as well as the incline in the ceiling made it
difficult to select hardware. Lisa found some paintings at a
Vide Grenier -- (her latest passion for 2006), and she
sewed a light creme colored douvet cover for the bed to
replace the old darker one. There's still a few finishing
touches in the aft cabin (ie: trim the dividing wall between
the head and bed, refinish or paint a couple of areas), but
basically it's much cozier now.
We also output some of our favorite photos of our
travels and memories so far on JoLi' and have started to
hang them on the walls.
What still needs to be done? Well, we need to finish
out the main cabin a bit. Baguettes (trim), cleaner storage
and drawer space than what we have now.
These photos were taken "as we live", not staged like
a real estate or boat sale advertisement. We'll have to
make the effort in the future to prepare our interior shots
P.S. Thanks once again to Guy for many of these photos.