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The French Room
With the wisdom gleaned from fervent beliefs that have long defined French decorating, best-selling author and interior designer Betty Lou Phillips reveals the secrets behind French design, whether refined or relaxed.

Lush photographs evoke old-world élan as Ms. Phillips shares ways that color can solve irksome design problems without moving walls or making other structural improvements. She addresses the art of hanging art and ...

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Overview

The French Room
With the wisdom gleaned from fervent beliefs that have long defined French decorating, best-selling author and interior designer Betty Lou Phillips reveals the secrets behind French design, whether refined or relaxed.

Lush photographs evoke old-world élan as Ms. Phillips shares ways that color can solve irksome design problems without moving walls or making other structural improvements. She addresses the art of hanging art and dressing salon windows, then moves into the bed chamber with a culture all its own. The author also sheds light on the enviable French kitchen, with its open shelving offering easy access to cookware, while focusing on the French table.

Whether furnishing a second home in wine-country luxury, an apartment with a Paris flair, or a stateside bastide in the style of Provence, the pursuit of beauty offers a glimpse into souls. Taking a cue from the French, North American designers are exacting in their thinking, artfully sculpting satisfying rooms that indulge a passion for France while mirroring the lives we lead on this side of the Atlantic.

Photograph© 2008 by Pettit Photography, Vail, Colorado

Betty Lou Phillips is the author of award-winning Villa Décor, plus Inspirations from France & Italy, The French Connection, Secrets of French Design, Unmistakably French, French Influences, Provençal Interiors: French Country Style in America, and French by Design. A professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers with projects from New York to California, including Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado and Texas, her work has been featured in Veranda, Southern Accents, Traditional Home and more. Additionally, she has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show.? She lives in Dallas, Texas.

Jacket design by Cherie Hanson

Front and back jacket photos © 2008 Dan Piassick

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Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
"Betty Lou Phillips' 10th release is replete with elegant colors and textures."
Dallas Morning News
"The book offers inspiration on everything from dressing windows in your salon, bed chambers, and the 'enviable French kitchen' with its open shelving."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423604556
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/10/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 533,900
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.10 (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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Mixing pieces from disparate periods is common practice, offering a rich lesson in art history while easing formality. But a dash of leopard fabric may also tame the seriousness of a space by making the glamorous appear more relaxed, or vice versa. Certainly, looks vary widely. Seldom do the French stray from their unified approach to decorating, however.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments - 9

Introduction - 11

Les Couleurs de France - 15

The Power of Color - 24

Appreciation for Texture - 36

Le Salon - 77

Well-Dressed Windows - 94

The Fine Art of Exhibiting Art - 107

A Tàble - 119

Le Croissant - 130

Fine Dining - 137

Silver Flair - 143

La Chambre - 150

Bed Culture - 163

Getting Personal - 173

Résidences Secondaire - 181

Les Détails - 191

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