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French Influences
     

French Influences

by Betty Lou Phillips
 

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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. Following on the heels of Provençal

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

From living rooms to kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms, media rooms, gardens, and baths, French Influences reveals the means for creating French-style rooms in the home. Furniture, linens, floor coverings, window treatments, accessories, color palettes, lighting fixtures, and antiques inspired by their rich cultural heritage, including rock-crystal chandeliers, Aubusson rugs, exquisite tapestries, feather-filled armchairs, and painstakingly carved armoires are all part of this style. And the resource guide makes it possible for anyone to locate these objets d’art and decorate à la français, creating a gracious mingling of old-world charm and ease.

Author of Provençal Interiors: French Country Style in America and French by Design, Betty Lou Phillips is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Her design work has appeared in such publications as Southern Accents, Bedroom, Bath&Wall, and Decorating, and has also graced many magazine covers. Additionally, her design talents were featured in an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423621577
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/09/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
11 MB
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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.

Meet the Author

Betty Lou Phillips is the author of Gibbs Smith, Publisher's incredibly successful line of French style and design books, including the award-winning Villa Decor, as well as Unmistakably French, French Influences, French by Design, and Provencal Interiors: French Country Style in America. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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