Secrets of French Design
The author of Villa Decor and French by Design celebrates the Old World in New World decor by presenting the flare and pomp of French style through breathtaking photographs of interiors and closeups of individual pieces. 20,000 first printing."
- Hardback | 80 pages
- 241.3 x 243.8 x 12.7mm | 657.72g
- 24 Dec 2004
- Gibbs M. Smith Inc
- Layton, UT, United States
- 25 colour photos
." . . Style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art."
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 elan 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.