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French Home [Hardcover]

Josephine Ryan
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1 Sep 2007
'French Home' explores the elements that combine to create spaces that have an identifiably French feel: showing the architectural details that enhance the framework of each room, the textures and colour palette that flatter various styles of furniture, and options for lighting, mirrors and paintings.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845974492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845974497
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clapham based antiques dealer and stylist, Josephine Ryan has had a lovley time rooting about all over other peoples houses in France and England. The result is this seductivly produced volume, which captures the essence of French Country look. A log filled wheelbarrow next to an old stove seems a practical if quaint idea, a collection of mirrors hanging on a wall becomes a display in itself, while a kitchen filled with cream pottery and marble surfaces breathes serenity. If you prefer rustic calm to vibrant modern, this is for you. Features Book of the week. --Homes and Property (SUPP. To Evening Standard)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Interiors books by far..... 30 Sep 2008
A brilliant recent book full of beautiful photographs of french style interiors. Each chapter covers a basic tenet of the elements of french style..and yes, you have the usual, from paint colours to fabrics and furniture, BUT! what sets this apart, I feel, is the really up-to-the-minute feel of the interiors. Some books on french style are rather dated and their photos look as if they've been dragged out of some ancient archive. This one is different. There is a particular thread of style that runs through the book which I expect is specific to it's author Josephine Ryan. I believe she may have styled some of these photographs, and that is why they feel unique compared to the usual fare. She manages to avoid the cliches inherent in your average interiors book, but without losing any of the allure that makes something peculiarly french. Her style is quite spare, incredibly tasteful and very inspiring. Personally, I feel this is the best interiors book I own and I have a lot!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Inspiring Book 7 Jun 2010
By WesleyM
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This book was exactly what I was looking for. Josephine is passionate about authenticity in her approach to recreating the French look. This book focuses on the details you need to put together to recreate that genuine look in your house and you can tell she knows what she's talking about. She breaks down the look into its constituents and so allows the newcomer to discover the key to recreating it. The only thing is, the pictures are so beautiful, you just wish the book went on and on! This book is for people who don't merely want to buy an 'off the shelf' French look. It's about adopting the French way of thinking about objects in your home. You can definitely use the ideas in this book whatever budget you're on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful French book 27 Sep 2010
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From the moment I received the book in the post, it didn't disappoint. Pages full of inspirational photographs and useful information on how to put together your own French look. I have a few French decor books and this is my favourite. It covers everything I want to know without any fussiness. A list of antique stores and markets to visit both here in England and France is very useful and I've already browsed a few websites looking for that special decor piece! This is a great book, whether just for the coffee table or if you are serious about getting that unique French look at home! I'm so inspired I'm already planning my visit to the market in Lille!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 11 Mar 2009
This is a lovely coffee table book to dip in and out of once in a while. It provided me with inspiration, but mainly envy for the house I want one day. It would make a nice gift either to yourself, mother or girlfriend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real French style 1 Mar 2012
By GillB
I have always had a passion for French homes and interiors and now spend as much time as I can in France working on our own village house that we have been slowly renovating.
My original ideas for creating a French home, based on my impressions of French style, have changed since I spent time in France and had the opportunity to visit real French homes.
Josephine Ryan and her collaborators have managed to steer away from the frills, cliches and hyperbole that often accompany other French style books and a feel and passion for real French interiors shines out on every page.

Not so much a coffee table decoration, but more of a valuable sourcebook for ideas & impressions of real French style.

The spirit of France distilled
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