Secrets of French Design

Secrets of French Design

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by Betty Lou Phillips
     
 

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From the best-selling author of Villa Décor and Unmistakably French comes an insider's guide to French design secrets for home interiors. Betty Lou Phillips, America's foremost interior design expert on French style, shares some of her best-kept secrets-ones that the French seem to know instinctively. Secrets of French Design looks behind heavy lacquered doors

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From the best-selling author of Villa Décor and Unmistakably French comes an insider's guide to French design secrets for home interiors. Betty Lou Phillips, America's foremost interior design expert on French style, shares some of her best-kept secrets-ones that the French seem to know instinctively. Secrets of French Design looks behind heavy lacquered doors at the design principles the French hold dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423621676
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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LE SALON

Le salon par excellence is indeed a work of art, inspired by France's storied culture and splendid architecture. Most often, however, tangible links to caring ancestors who lived centuries apart make the most abiding impression.

Unlike family cast offs that dwell in American homes only until we can afford to replace and forget them, the French treat long adored furnishings as pieces of history fit to reign forever in the most coveted spots.

But then, who could begrudge a regal armoire, the celebrated source of Gallic pride, the opportunity to pay homage to France with its magnificence? Built in the thirteenth-century for storing armor, the armoire has risen to iconic status since becoming emblematic of French country life.

Variations abound, though some stand apart. Most prized of all are those with deep carving, shaped tops, and the patina of age - the distinctive luster resulting from centuries of exposure to heat, humidity, and light, to say nothing of oil from loving hands. Yet, even an armoire that might not ordinarily merit a second look can lend a bit of grandeur when privy to an astonishing pedigree, or interesting gossip.

No matter that it inevitably overshadows other elements in the room.

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as this book came out I placed my order. I was under the impression that this book would be as good as Ms. Phillips prior books but was quite dissapointed. To begin with it is very short only 79 pages and of a much smaller scale than her previous books. I also found many typos and the quality of the writing did not seem as good as her prior works. It seems this one was rushed to press. Nevertheless, Ms. Phillips has turned out more good books than bad. See my recommendations below.