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Overview

Inspired by the sun-drenched colors of southern France, French country design is the epitome of understated luxury, as fitting in the city and suburbs as in rural reaches. No matter that its roots are firmly planted in the small stone farmhouse, or mas, the typical dwelling in the Provence region, it is equallya ppealing in a remote chateau as in a stately manor house, or bastide. The most inviting homes exude comfort, tradition, and grace. Most people, though, say it is charm that best characterizes the French interior.

Whatever the case, French country decorating at its finest is the harmonious mingling of fabrics, textures, and patterns--an artistice blending of the familiar with warmth and sophistication. Spaces flow, layouts function, and a passion for finishing touches abounds.

Over 125 lavish photographs showcase the traditions of French country interiors in America, covering everything from wall coverings to floor coverings, window treatments, linens, and furnishings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879058487
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/20/2001
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (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 d├ęcor. 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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Wouldn't it be wonderful simply to close one's eyes, make a wish, and unlock the door to a charming French home, a home that reflects tastes, interests, and lifestyle? It could be a place where the family traditions that bind us can grow where memories last forever or a place that is comfortable without being complex and functional without being fussy. Put another way, it would be grand to own a haven of serenity that echoes the ambiance of France and captures the style of its people.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

What is Provencal Charm

Making an Entrance

French Quarters

Table Matters--Kitchens and Dining Rooms

Bedrooms, Bedding, and Baths

French Accents

Outside Interests

Trade Secrets

Directory of Designers and Firms

Credits

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