French by Design

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The enduring appeal of French-country style spans the centuries--a gracious mingling of elegance and ease. After years of largely echoing the furniture, fabrics, and accessories linked with the region of Provence, these days French country is often far removed from the primitive rough-hewn finishes that hearken back to the early seventeenth century and the picteresque countryside.

Today's French country has dressed itself up. Setting it apart now and forever is a kaleidoscope of...

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Hardcover New The enduring appeal of French-country style spans the centuries, a gracious mingling of elegance and ease. After years of largely echoing the furniture, fabrics, ... and accessories linked with the region of Provence, these days French country is often far removed from the primitive images that hearken back to the early seventeenth century. Room by room, FRENCH BY DESIGN reveals the secrets to creating a contemporary French-country look, including textiles, furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, color palettes, wall treatments and lighting, thus allowing anyone to bring the look home. Award-winning designer and best-selling author, Betty Lou Phillips is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. With projects from New York to California, her work has been featured in countless magazines, as well as in her numerous home design books on French and Italian style. Interiors by Design--her 13th design book-is the ultimate guide to home decor. Additionally, she has Read more Show Less

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The enduring appeal of French-country style spans the centuries--a gracious mingling of elegance and ease. After years of largely echoing the furniture, fabrics, and accessories linked with the region of Provence, these days French country is often far removed from the primitive rough-hewn finishes that hearken back to the early seventeenth century and the picteresque countryside.

Today's French country has dressed itself up. Setting it apart now and forever is a kaleidoscope of styles, reflecting various influences and periods, with furnishings most often drawn from the reign of Louis XV or a blur of Louis styles that complement each other. This century's French-country home is a potpourri of bountiful bouquets, treasured books, photographs, scented candles, and tabletop antiques. Handsomely carved marriage armoires, towering vaisseliers (hutches) and enfilades (buffets with three or more doors) serve as the backdrop for armchairs, tables and footstools--all with the patina of age.

Room by room, French by Design reveals the secrets to creating the contemporary French-country look, including textiles, furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, accessories, color palettes, wall treatments, and lighting. Illustrated with 130 full-color photographs, the living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, baths, libraries, children's rooms, gardens terraces, and more exude the charm and grace of French style, allowing anyone to bring the look home--a visual feast.

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Phillips, author of Proven al Interiors: French Country Style in America, shows how interior designers create a French country look in contemporary American homes. In color photographs and text, various design touches that typify a French country home are given for every room of the house, including the garden, with descriptions of the French country lifestyle. Especially useful for public libraries is the advice that will allow an amateur to create this look. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Presenting an opulent, upper class rendering of "country French" interior decor which almost borders on caricature, Phillips (a Texan interior designer) volume is a paean to French high culture, with romanticized discussion of the Gallic character. High quality color photographs throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Enhanced with 130 beautiful color photographs, Betty Phillips' French By Design showcases a distinctly upscale series of interior designs. Whether displaying a storage space or an entire room, a piece of furniture or a single door frame, a decorative object d'art or a functional piece, French By Design reveals how to incorporate a exquisite French-country style motif into any living room, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bath, library, children's room, garden or terrace, fabric or furnishing. French By Design is a wonderful addition to any personal, academic, profession, or community library interior design reference book collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879059729
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/23/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning designer and best-selling author, Betty Lou Phillips is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. With projects from New York to California, her work has been featured in countless magazines, as well as in her numerous home design books on French and Italian style. Interiors by Design--her 13th design book-is the ultimate guide to home d├ęcor. Additionally, she has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

Betty Lou Phillips is the author of Emily Goes Wild!, an illustrated children's book, and co-author of The Night Before Christmas in Paris. Later this year Gibbs Smith Publisher will release her Night Before Christmas in New York and Night Before Christmas in Texas.

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Introduction

Much ado has been made about the sheer artistry of the French. In this capricious world, they are keepers of an inimitable style and way of life that will not surrender to modern influences. Rather, eras connect, seamlessly embracing not only what is but also what has been. Plainly, the French have a talent for successfully pairing fragments long associated with their country's past in a manner befitting the present.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Architectural Presense

The Beauty of Nature

French Lessons

Provence

Communicating Style

Adopting a French Style

Foreign Affairs

Parlez-Vous

French Influences

French Twists

Garden Grandeur

Designer's Notebook

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