French Chic: The Art of Decorating Houses (Hardcover)

French Chic: The Art of Decorating Houses By Florence De Dampierre, Tim Street-Porter (Photographer) Cover Image

French Chic: The Art of Decorating Houses (Hardcover)


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The French have a legendary sense of style that is synonymous with a joyous, sophisticated way of life, joie de vivre. Elegant and witty, French chic—a clever mix of classic and contemporary—sums up de Dampierre’s design sensibility. Using Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses as a model, she provides advice on how to achieve this distinctive look. The fascinating French decorative history of such architectural elements as windows, fireplaces, and doors, along with basic design principles, is given to provide the origins of the essence of chic. Stunning photography of her home—from the striking entrance hallway with its leopard-pattern carpeted staircase to the sensual master bedroom enlivened with charming toile wallpaper and the resplendent gardens dotted with topiaries—captures the designer’s personal invocations of the best of French chic and empowers the reader to duplicate the experience at home. French Chic is the perfect guide for creating vibrant living spaces with flair.

An esteemed interior designer and antiques expert, Florence de Dampierre is the author of Chairs: A History and The Best of Painted Furniture. Her interior design work has been featured in Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She lectures frequently on design topics. Award-winning photographer Tim Street-Porter is the author and photographer of many architecture and design books, including Rooms to Inspire. He is a frequent contributor to Metropolitan Home, The World of Interiors, and Architectural Digest, among others.
Product Details ISBN: 9780847830596
ISBN-10: 0847830594
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Publication Date: October 21st, 2008
Pages: 239
Language: English

“…de Dampierre has compiled a stunning tome of elegant, witty, chic spaces, and provides advice on how to achieve this unique look…will empower you to duplicate this certain je ne sais quois in your own home.”

" Dampierre provides a context of French decorative history...and architectural elements to provide a blueprint to obtain the je ne sais quoi of French chic." ~New York Living

"...analyzes function and furnishings, leading readers through (de Dampierre's) house room by room with the help of lyrical photography..." ~Veranda

"Filled with photographs, the text is also interspersed with sidebars offering useful pointers on the je ne sais quois of French design, as well as a myriad of practical suggestions."
~Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

"...a rare kind of volume that can be used both as a historical guide and to find expert advice on." ~New York Observer

"One of the points that this books makes is that the essence of the French lifestyle can be achieved on many budget levels. It takes an understanding of history and style, some imagination and creativity! And, it doesn't happen over night. The goal is easy elegance. I'll say it again - ooh la la!"

“De Dampierre fills the book with historical references, anecdotes and modern style tips. This would make a great gift for someone with a sense of fun and love of French style.” ~IDFX Magazine

“French Chic is more than just a decorating primer. Although it has some of the elements of Bunny Williams’ very successful book, An Affair with a House, the reader will emerge with a deeper understanding of the history of decoration and the rationale behind many ornamental elements taken for granted in today’s houses.” ~The Home Observer