Wednesday, March 18, 2009

French Style at Home




I'll admit that I'm one of those people who actually reads the text in design books. I feel like I'm cheating if I don't. And this probably explains why it seems to take me forever to get through my very tall stacks of books. But I confess- there are some nights when I'm so tired that I just can't absorb anything, and that's when I only want to look at beautiful photos in books. (Thank goodness I got over that trashy fiction phase of my teenage years. My father still hasn't gotten over my enthusiastic declaration that The Thorn Birds was the best book I had ever read in my then sixteen years of life. And that was the day that I almost got shipped off to boarding school.)

One book that fits the bill on those bone tired nights is French Style at Home: Inspiration from Charming Destinations by Sebastien Siraudeau. Though there is interesting text, this book to me is about the gorgeous images of French historical homes, country homes, chateaux, and the like. The photos are so dreamy that you can't stop staring at them. So for those of you who only look at photos in design books (and trust me, that's quite all right), I'll stop writing and show you some enchanting French style:










(All images: Sebastien Siraudeau from French Style at Home, published by Flammarion, 2009)

23 comments:

  1. I am a design book addict as well and love to read them. Thanks for letting me know about this one. LOVE your interview with Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann in HB. Your work is inspiring and always gets me thinking...

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  2. What is wrong with the Thorn Birds - I think I was in love with Father Ralph!! xv

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  3. I flip through a few times, then go back for the text later (sometimes never).

    Love that wing chair. I am feeling a resurgence coming on.

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  4. That first picture is stunning. I love white.

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  5. I've never gotten over my trashy-airport-fiction-stage... I love the escape into them as much as I love the escape into gorgeous design books!

    Speaking of which - funnily enough, I'm currently reading a book by the same author and publisher as you...

    Vintage French Interiors - Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France.

    Eye candy and well written text. You'd love it!

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  6. Looks like a wonderful book! I, too, am an addict and my favorite thing to do is sit down with TIME to read my design books. Sometimes, Friday afternoons are good for me if my kids are busy - I pour a glass of wine and escape into my latest book and just LOVE it!!

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  7. I love this thanks for the heads up on this book this is one I haven't heard of yet, so I'll have to go check it out!

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  8. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Do I remember you admitting that you watched "Gossip Girl"? So much for your renunciation of trashy fiction!

    ;-)

    pt

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  9. I find these rooms so soothing and conveying such easy elegant style. I could move right in. Fun, lively colors on the white chairs! I love books and am a magazine junkie as well. Great time to read both is when my husband and I shuttle back and forth from Texas to Colorado. Lovely post. thanks, -susan

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  10. It is so refreshing to see colour.
    Darlene

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  11. This book is such eye candy!
    I try to be good and read the text, and then I just get too excited and look at the pictures instead. Tsk Tsk!

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  12. Superb! But, now I'm jonesing for more! I've gotta get that book!

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  13. love the thorn birds... and i just ordered this tonight so thanks for the comment that i selected the right book!

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  14. It seems to be a wonderful book. I have to admit , I don't read very often the text in the decoration books ...

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  15. love the white chairs in the bold colors... really great!

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  16. that top floor is going to be the end of me. the end. i didn't know i could love a floor so deeply.

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  17. your site is beyond chic! its such a great resource!

    all the best,
    david
    los angeles

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  18. i am heading to barnes & noble-
    you have done it again.
    this one looks too good to pass up !!

    xx

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  19. I can never resist a good interior book - especially a French one!

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  20. i love that mix of the grand with the quirky..the odd chair, the funny table, the rickity lampshade with beautifully proportioned rooms, period antiques. few thing are ever "en suite" as in the American style.

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  21. I ordered it the second I read your review........(if my husband ever watched me do the one click.......he might throw my computer (would have to include my iphone) into the pond...

    It came today.......ohdearlord.......what a treasure.......I wanted to lock myself in the closet............

    more later.......curfew calls! wonderful.....beyond....book!1

    Penny

    THANKS!!!

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  22. just sped through these comments...and don't mean to lecture........but I guess I will!
    Have been a decorator for now 40 (whew!) years........

    My advice to all of you who aspire to be.....or are decorators.......

    READ THE TEXT!!!!

    READ THE TEXT!!

    Only if you really aspire to make decorating your career!

    I have been very lucky....and worked very very hard to make decorating my career..........and have loved darn near every moment.........for 40 years.

    I read the text!

    When I started.......there were maybe 5 books on decorating........

    what an abundance of beautiful and informative books we are so lucky to have available now.....

    just.........read the text!

    Best of luck to you all......I have had the most fun and wonderful career.......for 40 years...........(and when I started......it was really hardly known as a career).....what a gift!

    Penny

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  23. Penny- So glad you like the book too! And I agree about reading the text. You really can get a lot from both photos and text!

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