April 5, 2013
On My Bookshelf: French Accents
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Wondering how you can achieve chic, French style in your own home? Renowned set designer and stylist Erin Swift set out traveling France and the US to find out for herself; her new book French Accents, to be released next week, lets us in on the secrets.
In the book, Swift walks the reader through a francophile's dream: the incredible French interiors of renowned artists, architects, and designers that she has spent years scouting. Highlighting the best of the best, the book features entire rooms, but Swift excels most at indicating how exquisite, thoughtful details can transform a space.
Swift organized the book like a true designer, with comprehensive chapters on Color, Art and Furnishings, Objects and Accents, Structure and Texture. Throughout its pages, Jonny Valient's photographs feature dozens of options for molding, stone, tile flooring, frames, doorknobs, and textiles—countless practical ideas for any budget to achieve that je ne sais quoi effortlessness of the French look.
1 This cool-toned, exotic wallpaper by Zuber and a contrasting bold rug instantly transport and mesmerize all who enter; white trimmings keep the colorful accents polished and clean.
2 An artfully jumbled collection of candles-pillars, tapers, and votives make a romantic and dramatic center-piece.
3 The relaxed lines of a Le Corbusier chaise provide warmth and statement in this room's sea of abounding angles, from the chevron floor pattern and abstract rug to every traditional molding and trim.
4 The ultimate in chic: show-stopping glass and iron doors capture both the tradition and whimsy of Paris.
5 Classic, ornate, and modern molding samples celebrate the range of French styles that have been used to line ceilings and floors for centuries.
6 Swift provides the French tip: "When refining an antique or vintage item, balance old and new. Bring the piece back to life...but let it show it's age through imperfections too."
7 This lovely and accessible page-turner is Erin Swift's first book, though she is no stranger to good press. Her work as a set designer, stylist, and market editor for names like Architectural Digest, Home Decor, and O at Home is well known and revered.
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