French Impressions

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Celebrating America's long admiration for French style, acclaimed interior designer and award-winning author Betty Lou Phillips authoritatively translates her extensive understanding of global glamour for savvy tastes. In this her tenth book she presents spirit-lifting takes on classic style from a modern point of view. Mingling elegance with ease, in a style relaxed yet refined, Phillips sumptuously layers texture and color with pleasing, unexpected detail as she creates twenty-first-century comfort with lasting...

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Overview

Celebrating America's long admiration for French style, acclaimed interior designer and award-winning author Betty Lou Phillips authoritatively translates her extensive understanding of global glamour for savvy tastes. In this her tenth book she presents spirit-lifting takes on classic style from a modern point of view. Mingling elegance with ease, in a style relaxed yet refined, Phillips sumptuously layers texture and color with pleasing, unexpected detail as she creates twenty-first-century comfort with lasting French flair. The dazzling beauty of two hundred images illustrate the fabled French ways of melding the past with the present while offering a glimpse of lives that are justly inspiring.

Betty Lou Phillips is the author of award-winning Villa Décor, plus Inspirations from France & Italy. Her tenth book, French Impressions, joins The French Room, The French Connection, Secrets of French Design, Unmistakably French, French Influences, French by Design and Provencal Interiors: French Country Style in America. A professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers with projects from New York to California, her work has been featured in Veranda, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and countless other magazines. Additionally, she has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

Jacket photographs © 2010 by Dan Piassick.

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In her tenth design book, acclaimed designer and award-winning author BETTY LOU PHILLIPS authoritatively translates fervent beliefs that have long defined the French art de vivre, while artfully sculpting satisfying rooms that that owe more than a little to French influences.

And unlike other design books, FRENCH IMPRESSIONS, offers insight into the manners and mores of the Parisians themselves FRENCH IMPRESSIONS, which is already in it's second printing, showcases the true essence of French culture and style. Photographed by Piassick Photography, Betty Lou shares the classical splendor of French artistry, attitude, style and far more in the 225 sumptuous color photographs aptly featuring her own work.

About the Author

A respected member of the American Society of Interior Designers, BETTY LOU PHILLIPS has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and her work has been featured in hundreds of newspapers and popular magazines, including Veranda, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, and Decorating. Her first foray into children's books, Emily Goes Wild, won the Texas Institute of Letters prestigious "Friend of the Austin Public Library Award For Best Children's Book." Phillips lives in Dallas, Texas. Her three sons all married interior designers.

Library Journal
Phillips (The French Room) has written a number of books on French-inspired interior design for amateurs. She now focuses on the craftsmanship of contemporary American designers and artists who create furniture, architectural details, landscaping, and decorative accessories that can be used to add a French touch. A list of resources is provided. Recommended where this home decor style is popular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423604563
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 684,546
  • Product dimensions: 13.58 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.03 (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 décor. 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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FOR CENTURIES as we well know, fine French furniture in all its forms has been revered by the people of France and adulated by a broad swath of people on this side of the Atlantic. And little wonder it has held the design world in its thrall. Without question, it is amazingly graceful, actually markedly distinct, with carved ornamentation springing from France's twenty-six well-defined regions, where local craftsmen once passionately reinterpreted the noble style of royal cabinetmakers using local woods and hardware.

Predictably, some early furniture was hardly worth writing about. But many other pieces were attention-getting, true works of art, radiating the aristocratic appeal of the French courts while toning down the ostentation that would eventually bring the monarchy to a tumultuous end in a bloody revolution that began on July 14, 1789, with the storming of the Bastille, a detested Parisian prison.

Yet, pledging sole allegiance to fine French furniture whether crafted during the reign of the ancient régime or an era later has lost some of its luster on our shores. And it's not, like-minded style setters are quick to say, because economic uncertainty is giving luxury a bad name. Despite an ongoing obsession for eighteenth-century rock crystal chandeliers, densely woven tapestries, statuary fit for kings and, for that matter, seeing ourselves in gleaming gilded mirrors, we have developed new appreciation for furnishings from myriad cultures outside the French Republic.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Vive la France!

A Taste for France

The Fine Art of Less

Cherishing the Past

En Plein Air

L'Atelier

Resources

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