French Style at Home : Inspiration from Charming Destinations Hardback
France is the world's style destination, and photographer Sebastien Siraudeau has scoured the country to uncover eighty of its most charming boutique guest houses, each rich in the design details that epitomize French style.
Thirty of these locations are featured in individual chapters with photographs highlighting their particular flair from a trompe loeil wall mural, to a damask upholstered chaise longue, or a simple row of ocean-polished stones.
Those seeking inspiration for their own home will find this book rich in ideas for a wide variety of styles.
Elegant crystal chandeliers may take center stage in one room, but a simple wooden bench, worn smooth with centuries of use, can be just as captivating in another.
Gently faded neutrals create a quiet harmony in one setting, while another is alive with splashes of vivid color.
Sleek and modern or cozy and rustic, each of these hand-picked settings is as inviting as a deep leather armchair. Organized thematically, these enticing destinations will inspire the reader to recreate the same atmospheric interiors at home. This handsome volume includes a black book of the best design destinations the country has to offer from chateaux, country manors, and farmhouses, to urban apartments, hotels, and B&Bs.
A practical guide grouped by region includes price indicators and online tourist information.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages, 340 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Editions Flammarion
- Publication Date: 01/01/2009
- Category: Interior design, decor & style guides
- ISBN: 9782080300843
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Review by meghancochrane
The interesting thing about this book is that these are real places in France that you can actually stay at. While reading it I felt like I was shopping for a vacation that I'd never be able to afford. The first half of the book the rooms were just so bare - walls, floor, bed spreads - very plain. None of these pictures seemed all that inviting or cozy to me. It was like booking your room for a monastic retreat. But if that's what you want. towards the end of the book there was more play with color and interesting design elements (painted wainscoting? Gold textured painted head board?) I'm really glad that I didn't put this book down, because I was very tempted to. Another thing that struck me as odd, is that most of the owners of these guest houses weren't French. Dutch, German, Swiss, American, but not many French proprietors. It became a little game hunting through the book looking for French owners who would presumably know more about French style? All in all, this book wasn't a total waste of time, but not a design staple either.