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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books; autographed edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907030697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907030697
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carolyn Westbrook is a prominent lifestyle designer, known for her brand, The Carolyn Westbrook Home, with a passion for all that is French. Carolyn's first branded book, The Carolyn Westbrook Home, was published by Sterling and she was a featured designer in the bestselling Where Women Create book. Her products have been featured in many home decor magazines such as Country Living, Mary Englebreit Home Companion and Better Homes and Gardens, and she was included in Vintage Vavoom, the book released by the editors of Romantic Homes magazine.

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Customer Reviews

Very beautiful pictures that gives me lots of ideas to play on.
Mippymuppett
The warmth of her personality and love of friends and family come through her work.
Dianne D. Shrum
If you love french style and lots of nice pics then this book is for you.
Amy Chalmers

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on October 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I met Carolyn Westbrook over the weekend at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta. She was so engaging, warm and funny. We had never met, yet it felt like I was talking to a long, lost friend. I purchased her newest book and it is divine! I love how the look is romantic, soft and inviting. I especially enjoyed seeing the full picture then a close-up of the vignettes on the side tables or mantles. You will not be disappointed! Purchase this book!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paris Chic on July 10, 2012
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I knew I would love this book the minute I opened the cover and saw the pink painted chest. It is a beautiful book, full of fresh ideas. One example: use music stands at varying heights to display art books (or any books for that matter!) Or how about draping a concrete angel statue in fake pearls? Even fake ones look like a million bucks used this way. Page after page of great ideas! It's got me thinking how to make simple changes in my own home that will be different and fun. If a book can get you thinking how to work with what you already have in new, interesting ways, it's worth every penny.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annag Chandler on July 21, 2011
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As other reviewers have noted, this is slanted more to the shabby chic -- loose slipcovers, chipped paint, etc. If this isn't your style then this book isn't for you either. I see nothing intrinsically French about slipcovers and chipped paint -- so to me the book doesn't live up to its title.
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I get to see Carolyn's inspiring work every fall and spring in Warrenton.
Her designs are practically beautiful, comfortable, homey and inventive.
The warmth of her personality and love of friends and family come through her
work. What a gift.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Designer Wannabe on October 27, 2010
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On the whole, I liked the rooms in this book. Maybe a little more shabby chic than I care for...please lose the baggy white slipcovers. So many of the sofas hiding under the slipcovers were probably better looking and did more for the decor than the yards of white canvas did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eclectic me on July 16, 2013
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I am redoing my home and have got some really good ides from this book. Will share it with my friends.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Savannah Nan on February 17, 2011
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I have a lot of books on French style decorating, and this is one of my favorites. It shows decorating in several modes: French country, Farmhouse, Traditional, Modern, and Bleu.

I haven't read all the text, but the photographs are superb. There is a mix of full room views and vignettes for each style. You'll see plenty of inspiration for using what you already have in a French way, whether it's tabletops, furniture, or wall decor. Maybe you won't stack a dozen used toe shoes in a bookcase (one of the photos), but you can put a lamp on a book to give height variation on your hall table.

I look forward to reading the text and absorbing the lessons in the photographs for a long time to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Roland on January 2, 2013
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This book hits all the right spots if you're looking for French Country inspiration. It is elegant and timeless. Great purchase.
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