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Essentially French: Homes with Classic French Style Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small; First Edtion edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845979060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979065
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Claire Richardson is a former design editor of Country Homes & Interiors and homes editor of Wedding and Home. She now works as a freelance stylist and photographers for numerous magazines and large companies.

JOSEPHINE RYAN was born in England to an Irish family. She spent her childhood summers at her grandmother’s house in County Limerick

and when she was 12 her family moved there permanently. Josephine now combines a career as an antique dealer with one as a stylist and over the past 18 years has developed her own distinctive look. She divides her time between

homes in London and Uzès in the south  of France and visiting Ireland to see friends and family. Josephine is also the author of the best-selling French Home and Essentially French (both published by Ryland Peters & Small).


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on December 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The is a nice sized coffee table book with a wonderful cover. The book is divided into 3 main sections: Simple French, Elegant French and Eclectic French. It exhibits traditional French style with many different views of homes. One of my favorites is the home of Spencer Swaffer, Flower Power. This home is a bright harmonious mix of French styles that will leave you cheerful and inspired.

Another show stopper is the pictures showcasing La Fabrique. The extraordinary bathroom in this home has four shiny basins, hand-bevelled mirrors and a magnificent slate-floor. Through-out this book is several other pictures that left me "dog-earing" the corners of the page: a swedish buffet with the most perfect worn paint, moss covered staddle stones, minimalist stone staircase and a long zinc-topped table. Really, there is something for everyone!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you love French home interiors, you'll love this book as it takes you inside diverse homes from a Provencal farmhouse to a Paris apartment to view the many ways simple French design can be interpreted. If you liked Josephine Ryan's previous book on French design, I think you'll like this book even better as it showcases a mix of actual dwellings which utilize French design and furnishings. If you like the style on the cover of this book, you'll love the book--this is one book which you can judge by its cover! I found it a French feast of design vignettes and rooms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annag Chandler on July 21, 2011
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This takes the reader inside many quirky French homes, but I found little that could be used in one's own home. Pretty to look at, but not much of a design source.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rosecityred on July 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I would give a lot to be able to un-see that someone decided to use a genuine human rib-cage for a lamp base (pg 85). I'm horrified. What does a person think when they thread electical wire through somebody's spinal column? "How chic!" "Oooh, charmante!" "Jolie!" Pour moi--- non. Désolé.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jan Berry on February 14, 2010
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Josephine Ryan has come up with yet another great french book.
Her first was outstanding but this one takes us into french homes of
significance. As a francophile with an addiction to decorating this book
pleases me in every way. A must to have on your book shelf or coffee table
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jodi E. Lees on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love this author, she pulls books together so beautifully. I wish she would do more. I've sat and paged through her books on French interiors at least a hundred times for each book that she has written. Essentially French, however, is my favorite. I've learned so much. I don't think I'll ever get tired of looking at the pictures and reading the wonderful words about my favorite style - French!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vic on November 21, 2011
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Great book as a gift for anyone who likes French style and antiques or as a coffee-table book. Good quality, good buy.
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