French Country Style at Home Hardcover – 22 Feb 2010
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"French Country Style at Home invites readers to cross the thresholds of twenty three rural homes where contemporary comfort blends with vintage flair. A renovated mill in Brittany, now a family retreat with fresh white wood and stone floors, features a medley of gently-worn antiques: a Parisian streetlight finds new life in an airy entrance way: a grocery store scale recalls the simple days before the bustle of supermarkets. Further south, an intimate guesthouse welcomes visitors inside its medieval walls where fine linens in shades of grey and mauve soften stone surfaces and wooden beams. An organic bed-and-breakfast nestled in western France combines contemporary sensibilities with traditional country living. Great care was taken in renovating this seventeenth-century family home using local materials and environmentally-conscious techniques; the result is a warm and vibrant paradise celebrating country style".
In fact most of the featured homes are guesthouses or sell antiques and bric-a-brac rather than being typical French homes. It's the opposite of my other book on French country homes, entitled Really Rural: Authentic French Country Interiors: Authentic French Country Style, by Marie-France Boyer, which a number of reviewers thought exploited the poverty of the occupants. I was hoping for something between the two, but maybe Marie-Frances book IS more representative of the reality of the old rural homes in France where the English love of "shabby-chic" is regarded with amusement and incomprehension and the aspiration is for what is modern?Read more ›
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You'll see inviting design vignettes and accessories to give you ideas on how to use this loved style in your own home. The book is a charming read, and you'll feel like you traveled with the author to visit his favorite design friends in their original homes in the french countryside. It's a fun book to just pick up, read and look at the pictures--you'll feel like you visited rural France for an hour with a knowledgeable French design guide. Perfect for your design library, or a side table or guest room for a quick visual get-away to the homes in France's rural countryside.