French Influences

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Mention the French and most minds overflow with symbols of their panache: sensuous velvets, leopard prints, toile, silk taffeta curtains, deep bullion trim, and eighteenth-century furnishings.

The truth is, it is difficult not to fall under the influence of the French, whose uncommon grace is inherent in everything they do. Inspired by their rich cultural heritage and the breathtaking beauty of their country, their celebrated approach to living, dressing and dining is as ...

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Overview

Mention the French and most minds overflow with symbols of their panache: sensuous velvets, leopard prints, toile, silk taffeta curtains, deep bullion trim, and eighteenth-century furnishings.

The truth is, it is difficult not to fall under the influence of the French, whose uncommon grace is inherent in everything they do. Inspired by their rich cultural heritage and the breathtaking beauty of their country, their celebrated approach to living, dressing and dining is as distinctive as their decorating, which is undeniably the essence of French chic.

From their rock-crystal chandeliers and Aubusson rugs, to their exquisite tapestries, feather-filled armchairs, and painstakingly carved armoires, the American appetite for French style is endless.

Following on the heels of Provencal Interiors: French Country Style in America and French by Design, in French Influences, Betty Lou Phillips delves into the world of design francais once again, illustrating through lavish color photography how, room by room, French elegance remas the creme de la creme.

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French Influences by Betty Lou Phillips (Gibbs Smith, $39.95) explores the look and feel of France in home decor. This is a beautiful look at such things as "The American Way With French Style" and "Garden Shows." The photography is excellent, and the homes featured are worthy of the count or countess in your family. Really good stuff for dreams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594519812
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/9/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.83 (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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Introduction

Behold the power of the French. As tastemakers, they reign supreme. Famous for their discerning eye and flair for sytlish living, their influence knows no bounds.

Traversing time zones and connecting cultures, French influence parades smartly down Paris's fashion runways, sweeps through dining rooms serving the finest cuisine, trails off the drafting boards of knowledgeable architects, winds it way into the studios of top design experts, travels out of art galleries and the shops of popular antiques dealers, until those living as far apart as San Francisco and Saudi Arabia must admit that they are the fortunate beneficiaries.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Making a World of Difference

The American Way with French Style

Reflections of Good Taste

Fluent French

French Class

Unmistakably French

Vive la France!

Garden Shows

Designer's Notebook

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