The French Touch

The French Touch

by Jan De Luz
     
 
Jan de Luz brings Southern French style to America in a bold way: he rescues antique French architectural elements and accessories from the countryside-mantels, farmhouse sinks, stone sentinels and fountains, even wooden spiral staircases-and brings them to America. Installed in their final American destinations, each piece stands as a stately, impressive, and

Overview

Jan de Luz brings Southern French style to America in a bold way: he rescues antique French architectural elements and accessories from the countryside-mantels, farmhouse sinks, stone sentinels and fountains, even wooden spiral staircases-and brings them to America. Installed in their final American destinations, each piece stands as a stately, impressive, and lovely piece of art in a living room, kitchen, garden, or any room of the house.

With luscious photography by Tom O'Neill, an extensive resource list, and chapters that include "Importing French culture to America," "Pieces that Transform," and "Hunting for the Rare," this book is destined to become a classic for Francophiles, antique collectors, and anyone who loves the feel of the old-world countryside.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586853679
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

This kind of bold self-acceptance is integral to my view of style as a grooming of point of view. One doesn't need to have Ed Venegas' life experiences as a world traveler to tackle major projects with such aplomb, nor Karen Venegas' intelligence and humor to relish individualism. One only need look inside oneself, do what's necessary to like the view inside and then to love life. With those preconditions, the innate vigor of the life force and nature's own power of imagination will bring amazement and keep you productive. And, if you learn how to stay in a state of amazement while being productive, you will be living, breathing style - your very own, inimitable style.

Maybe I'm too French, or too me, or just too much, but this is my view. This is the French Touch according to Jan de Luz.

Meet the Author

Jan De Luz, was born in the Basque region of Southwestern France in 1949. He started out as an apprentice with a cabinetmaker, then in his 20s, turned his attention to recreating old fabrics. Following his passion is essential to Jan de Luz, and let to his first successful business - a chain of retail stores throughout France featuring the finest quality natural-fiber linens designed and woven in his own workshop. In 1996, he and his family moved to California and established an import business for French antiques. Jan lives on the Central Coast of California, with his wife, Brigitte, daughters, Carla and Lehena, and son, Olivier.

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