The French have a legendary sense of style that is synonymous with a joyous, sophisticated way of life, joie de vivre. Elegant and witty, French chic—a clever mix of classic and contemporary—sums up de Dampierre’s design sensibility. Using Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses as a model, she provides advice on how to achieve this distinctive look. The fascinating French decorative history of such architectural elements as windows, fireplaces, and doors, along with basic design principles, is given to provide the origins of the essence of chic. Stunning photography of her home—from the striking entrance hallway with its leopard-pattern carpeted staircase to the sensual master bedroom enlivened with charming toile wallpaper and the resplendent gardens dotted with topiaries—captures the designer’s personal invocations of the best of French chic and empowers the reader to duplicate the experience at home. French Chic is the perfect guide for creating vibrant living spaces with flair.
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About the Author
An esteemed interior designer and antiques expert, Florence de Dampierre is the author of Chairs: A History and The Best of Painted Furniture. Her interior design work has been featured in Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She lectures frequently on design topics. Award-winning photographer Tim Street-Porter is the author and photographer of many architecture and design books, including Rooms to Inspire. He is a frequent contributor to Metropolitan Home, The World of Interiors, and Architectural Digest, among others.