The enduring appeal of French country style spans the centuries, a gracious mingling of elegance and ease After years of largely echoing the furniture, fabrics, and accessories linked with the region of Provence, these days French country is often far removed from the primitive images that hearken back to the early seventeenth century Room by room, FRENCH BY DESIGN reveals the secrets to creating a contemporary French country look, including textiles, furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, color palettes, wall treatments and lighting, thus allowing anyone to bring the look home....
|Title||:||French by Design|
|Publisher||:||Gibbs Smith, Publisher 1st edition April 23, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
|File Size||:||693 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
French by Design Reviews
I usually mostly look at the pictures for inspiration and enjoyment, but this book took me in a new direction! Ms. Phillips goes into detail to describe the way the French live and why and how they enjoy their interiors. I found this book very insightful and a better understanding of how to pull things together and why I love doing it! This is a MUST read!! (not just the pictures)
I was hoping for more real-life, down-to-earth design ideas. Some of the homes and rooms featured are a little too grand for my tastes. And the narrative is a bit stilted -- like you need to be reading this in a posh library! But I still enjoy poring over the pictures and getting design inspiration from this book.
This is a beautiful book. Every photo is in such good taste. I am so inspired by the beauty of all the rooms so I recomend this book.
This book does not measure up to later books by Betty Lou Phillips. The photos are boring and extremely small. To many exterior photos and not enough interior photos which is why I bought the book. It makes a nice coffee table book but other than that not worth the money. If you want a true book on French country check out those by Charles Faudree.
I am getting quite a collection of Betty Lou Phillips books on French décor. Great to look through and dream.
I just did. The homes & rooms featured in this book indicate that money is no object and these homeowners want you to know it. Subtlety is non-existant. Rooms are very "we had a decorator & we spent a LOT". Most items looks too new, too ruffled, smocked, tucked and otherwise adorned. HOWEVER, if you can get past the pictures & READ THE TEXT- Phillips has a lot to say that is excellent. She lists sources & frequently shares fascinating comments on everyday details of French style (who knew about brass hardware vs brushed nickel?). If you read; buy it. If you look only at photos, don't! Charles Faudree is much better in the genre in my opinion.
Another lovely book from Betty. Some ideas are over the top for the ordinary decorator yet its a great inspirational book for the an afternoon with tea.
Not what I was hoping for but cover looks good on the table.