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A French Country Home: Style and Entertaining Hardcover – May 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080304739
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080304735
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jocelyne Sibuet is an award-winning French hotelier. After the success of her first chalets in the Alps, which provided guests with the charm of a family home without the hassle of ownership, Sibuet has created guest homes in Provence, among the vineyards of the Lubéron, and at favorite travel destination Saint-Tropez.

Catherine Deydier is a journalist who works for newspapers including Le Figaro and Le Monde and major French decoration magazines like Maison Franýaise, and she is author of a book about Moroccan beauty secrets, published by Flammarion.

Guillaume de Laubier is one of the foremost decoration photographers working today. He has photographed for many of the world's leading magazines.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The author, Jocelyne Sibuet, has created a coffee table book of a sort which takes on an intricate assessment of three homes: the first is Alpine, one Provençal, and the last is Mediterranean. She has also included a fair number of recipes which culturally "link" to these respective regions.

As a flip-though book, you'll find this to be an interesting work; however, incorporating ideas found herein into an American home might lead to difficulties. These three properties are each heavily associated with their appurtenant environments.

The decors and decorating details found here are, appropriately, very European. The Alpine home is the most "primitive" featuring low ceilings, log architecture, and "antler chairs" found throughout the home. Outdoor dining on the warmer, clear days is emphasized.

The Provençal home is also constructed of primitive materials, rough stone and plaster, but notably more elegant than the Alpine retreat. Many of the furniture features, (corner hutch, bookcases, etc.), are permanently built in to the actual structure. A small bedroom closet is built out from the wall, a decorative embellishment that we would rarely encounter here in the U.S. An al fresco dining area is also detailed.

The Mediterranean climate is one which most of us would savor -- and this particular residence benefits heartily from that natural amenity. The home, in this instance, is stucco with small lavender gardens abounding everywhere. There is a heavy emphasis placed upon the use of bright colors in the decor and the floors are constructed of hard tile. Exquisite old-world carving details abound here and, I should point out, that there is a great difference in age (and in price) between an "antique" in Europe and one in America.
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By Enrique on January 25, 2014
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The item was fully damaged when i received it it was completely torn. Half of the book are recipes instead decoration.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lili Goldberg on April 14, 2008
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Nice book and not only is the decor pretty, but there are many good
recipes as well. Recommended.
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