Secrets of French Design

Secrets of French Design

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 at the design principles the French hold dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423621676
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 10/12/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Betty Lou Phillips is the author of Gibbs Smith, Publisher's incredibly successful line of French style and design books, including the award-winning Villa Decor, as well as Unmistakably French, French Influences, French by Design, and Provencal Interiors: French Country Style in America. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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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.

Table of Contents

Les Couleurs de France17
The Power of Color21
Appreciation for Texture25
Le Salon33
The Best-Dressed Windows39
The Fine Art of Exhibiting Art45
A Table51
Le Croissant55
Fine Dining57
Silver Flair60
La Chambre63
Bed Culture67
Getting Personal69
Les Details73

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Secrets of French Design 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.