Secrets of French Design

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Whether furnishing a chateau in the Loire Valley, fabled manor in Normandy, or apartment on Paris's grand Avenue Foch, the French make no secret of their love for family, affection for pets, and fervor for France. However, the old-world ?lan of their rooms may well owe even more to unspoken revelations equally instinctive.

With mystery rooted in their culture and French flair more elusive than taste, foremost interior designer Betty Lou ...

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Overview

Whether furnishing a chateau in the Loire Valley, fabled manor in Normandy, or apartment on Paris's grand Avenue Foch, the French make no secret of their love for family, affection for pets, and fervor for France. However, the old-world élan of their rooms may well owe even more to unspoken revelations equally instinctive.

With mystery rooted in their culture and French flair more elusive than taste, foremost interior designer Betty Lou Phillips reveals the secrets of French design, tucking photographs eliciting awe among them.

She shares ways color solves irksome design problems without moving walls or making other structural improvements, addresses the art of hanging art and dressing salon windows, then moves into the French kitchen and bed chamber-both with a culture all their own.

In pursuit of beauty, the French penchant for detail makes decorating look effortless, yet most are exacting in their thinking. But then so are the American designers who artfully sculpt satisfying rooms indulging a passion for France while mirroring the lives we lead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586855215
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/12/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.48 (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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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.

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Table of Contents

C O N T E N T S

Introduction

Les Couleurs de France

Sidebar: The Power of Color

Sidebar: Appreciation for Texture

Le Salon

Sidebar: Best-Dressed Windows

Sidebar: Fine Art of Exhibiting Art

A Table

Sidebar: Fine Dining

Sidebar: Silver Flair

La Chambre

Sidebar: Bed Culture

Sidebar: Getting Personal

Les Détails

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Not up to her usual standard

    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.

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