It took some online learnin', but we now know how to hang stuff on our old French brick walls (the material that came before drywall). It requires a special kind of screw (deep thread, with a hanging cuff at one end). Two masonry drills (pilot with the smaller, then expand with the larger; this prevents wholesale plaster cracking). A plug-it-in heavy-duty hammer drill instead of a rechargeable polite-society drill. A level. Pencil. Measuring tape. And an attentive assistant (the hard part).
Neighboring Pézenas is a treasure trove of artisans, including the German who gilds everything and anything. For example: natural objects, gilded, bronzed, coppered and silvered, to re-emerge as holiday ornaments. We bought out the rest of her stock.
We're at our new old house in France in February to test the heat. Not warm. Replacing. And to check on alterations, like the new roof terrace. One wall has to be redone, as the paint is peeling off in palm leaves. But we love the kitchen, where we huddle.