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The French look is one of the most popular and enduring for modern interiors---appreciated for its simple, uncluttered style and ornate individual pieces. Whether you want to make grand curtains like those from a chateau or paint a cupboard in rustic style, Creating the French Look shows you how. Twenty-five step-by-step projects demonstrate the three definitive styles of French decoration: The gilded elegance of the French chateau, the simple French farmhouse and its more colorful Provenal counterpart, and the urban, tailored town house. * Discover how to achieve French decorative style by using the right colors and fabrics. * Get to grips with scale---from the grand statement of the painted armoire to the finishing touch of a little posy of lavender. * Each section includes a wealth of techniques using paint and textiles.
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Annie Sloan is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting. She runs highly successful workshops from her shop in Oxford, and teaches in Europe and the US. She has written 10 books, including The Painted Garden (Laurel Glen, ISBN 978-1-571459-27-5), Annie Sloan's Painted Kitchen (Laurel Glen, ISBN 978-1-592231-84-3), and Creating The French Look (CICO, ISBN 978-1-906094-34-8), and has featured prominently on PBS television and the Homes & Gardens TV channel. She also sells her own ranges of paint and French fabric, as well as vintage furniture, much of it from France, where she has a home.
Reviews - What do customers think about Creating the French Look: Inspirational Ideas and 25 Step-by-step Projects?
Lovely pics...and a GREAT how-to book! Sep 13, 2008
I drooled over this book in a bookstore and then came home and ordered it from this site for a better price! This book contains a lot of "how to" sections...faux painting/finishing, simple sewing projects, giving objects a patina, etc, so that you can create the French look...it's not just a pretty picture design book. However, it DOES have wonderful pictures which will certainly inspire any French decorating aficionado --or anyone who just LOVES simple/rustic/shabby interior decorating like I do!
Helpful for discussions with Designer Sep 10, 2008
I thought this book devoted too many pages to craft projects. That being said, the categorization of various French "styles" is very helpful to a Francophile like me. It has proven very helpful in talking with my architect and designer as it has helped me clarify which French design elements I like in a way that is difficult to achieve by simply collecting pictures from magazines. It has allowed us to identify governing themes to my design and decor.
Merely okay Aug 21, 2008
I was expecting SO much more from this book. There just wasn't enough "meat" and way too many crafty ideas.
Do it Like the French Aug 1, 2008
A treasure trove of ideas that make creating French style in the home just a few easy projects away. Whether your taste is rustic and simple, eclectic bohemian, or sophisticated in the grand manner, this book provides a veritable template with detailed easy to follow instructions and plenty of photographs. None of the projects are too demanding or intimidating. Each style has been pared down to its essential--paint color choices, fabrics, accessories and so forth, making it easy for do-it-yourselfers to achieve the classic French decor so popular today. A must-have reference for francophile decorators.
Wow I love it! Jul 14, 2008
I loved this book. First, the photography was beautiful. And secondly, it was full of the authentic french looks I love; French mannequins, furniture, linens, etc. The first part of the book is organized into 8 different french "looks". The second part features four different areas of the home, living room, ditchen and dining room, bedroom and bathroom and garden rooms to which these various looks are applied. Sprinkled throughout the book are several different projects to be created to achieve the french look. I loved the book, not so much for the projects, (which I'm too lazy to attempt) but for the visual ideas used to pull together a variety of french styles and looks. I could do without the projects, but you can't beat the pictures!