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Creating the French Look [Paperback]

Annie Sloan
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14 July 2011
The French interior evokes a way of life to aspire to, with its good food,unhurried pace and, above all, its past for which many people feel nostalgia.Developed over hundreds of years, the French look reflects all tastes, from the cultivated grandeur of the chateau to the simplicity of rural living, and can be adapted to every home, including the Mediterranean style villa and elegant town house. In this book, the look is divided into 'Chateau', 'Country', 'Provencial' and 'Parisian style', and applied to living room, kitchen and dining room, bedroom and bathroom, and to living space in the garden. As well as describing each overall look, focusing on colours and fabrics, Annie Sloan emphasizes the details and accents required by each one, and, aided by 25 clearly explained step-by-step projects, shows how to achieve it. Among other things, she explains how to paint and distress furniture, and describes how to cover an armoire door with embroidered voile. Whatever interior you desire, this book will guide your choices from the grand statement of the painted armoire to the finishing touch of a little posy of lavender.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CICO BOOKS; Reprint edition (14 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907563954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907563959
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By leading the decorative painting revolution over the last 20 years, Annie Sloan has become perhaps the world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours, and techniques. Alongside her unique and versatile decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, Annie has inspired generations with her accessible, lively, and creative approach to getting great results.

Annie's fine art background and contagious enthusiasm for decorative painting has motivated both home painters and experienced professionals and unlocked countless creative potentials. She has travelled Europe, North America and Australasia sharing her love for paint and colour, and teaching her techniques for home decoration, through sold-out lecture tours and intimate workshops. She has also published over 20 books on decorative painting, selling more than 2 million worldwide.

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Annie Sloan is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting. She runs highly successful workshops from her store in Oxford, England, and teaches in the US and Europe. She has written over 10 books, including Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, and has featured prominently on PBS television and the Homes & Gardens TV channel. She sells her own ranges of paint and French fabric, as well as vintage furniture, much of it from France, where she has a home.

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To help explain the wealth of decorative styles that France has given us, I have divided the history of French interior design by period and region, whether urban or rural. Read the first page
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chic 4 Oct 2011
French interiors are so chic and sophisticated - it's a look that many of us admire and want to replicate. This book identifies several looks we could emulate - divided into Chateau, Country, Provence and Paris. The latter are then subdivided into Rococo, Neo Classical, Manoir, Rural, Provence - Luberon, Provence - Riviera, Bohemian and Coco. The essentials are given for each style highlighting fabrics and decorative details. Part two looks at the elements of these styles for each room. Chairs, console tables, cherubs, armoires and more. This is more than just a style book, it also has details of how to create the look yourself. There are instructions on making unlined curtains with braid or how to crackle varnish a console. Discover how to line walls with fabric or antique a stone cherub and much more. This book is full of panache and the projects to create French style in your own home. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to create the French look in their home. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Bronte
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This is a great book, beautifully presented but also taking an intelligent and creative approach to French style in Interiors.It covers everything from French Chateau to Manoir House, Provencal and Parisian style. It shows many paint and fabric techniques that are simple and straightforward to adopt but achieve lovely effects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 2 July 2013
By Karen B
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I bought this book with two other annie Sloan books. Bought the paint...the wax...the brushes! Now my kids are frightened to stand still too long in case they get "shabby chicced"!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 18 Jan 2014
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Too much information on the history of French furniture and not enough about the techniques of painting or creating the look.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY Disappointing 29 April 2012
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This book contains a lot of beautiful photography but little in the way of content. Overpriced and nothing new here. Nothing that I couldn't find by a 5 minute search on Google....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chalk paint 24 Mar 2013
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Really liked the ideas and how to do illustrations.
all materials for projects itemised.
Would highly recommend to chalk paint fans.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creating the French Look 28 Jun 2013
By kiwi-mc
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I recently took the Annie Sloan course and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also own her other two books which have a lot of useful tips and take you through projects on step-by-step basis. However `Creating the French Look' does not go in to detail on how to create the paint effects shown in the book. Would recommend her other two books over this if you are looking to find out more information on paint effects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Won lots of brownie points 10 Jan 2014
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Bought this a stocking filler for my wife and she really likes the ideas and advice. Whether she can re-create them, only time will tell.
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