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Parisian Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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“Soaring ceilings and undeniably French detailing will have you logging on to Expedia at 2am to see what it would take to arrive in Paris by Monday. I always enjoy these aspirational books, but this particular book was so intimately produced that just owning it makes me happy. It’s like a private tour of some of Paris’s very best homes. A trip of a lifetime hidden between covers.” ~Life in a Venti Cup

"The spectacular Paris mansion belonging to Grammy-winning musician and producer Lenny Kravitz is featured in two luxurious new design books on the best of Parisian décor. Parisian Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined by Barbara Stoetie with photos by René Stoetie from Flammarion... They both feature several pages on the rock star's eye-popping private palace." ~justlux.com

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Barbara and René Stoeltie, writer and photographer respectively, have collaborated since 1984 on more than forty art and interiors books and on articles that have appeared in magazines such as The World of Interiors, Vogue, Elle, and House Beautiful. Jacques Garcia is a French architect and interior designer; Flammarion published Jacques Garcia: Decorating in the French Style (2005/2007).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion; First Edition edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301721
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301727
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 13.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everything is created in Paris, everything comes to Paris, everything comes from Paris," Madeleine Castaing is quoted by designer Jacques Garcia in the foreword to this original book.

And you'll find a bit of "everything" in these interiors: Lenny Kravitz's lucite grand piano, a hammered silver throne from a palace in India, a cast aluminum cloud ceiling, absinthe green stucco walls embedded with large glass lenses, giant pearled loops hanging from ceilings, empty white rooms with over-size stuffed animals, a "Hello Kitty" Disney workshop dresser, and a Russian dacha occupying a Parisian attic. There are a pair of red Bonetti chairs covered in faux-leopard I adored. Some of the residences may remind one of modern art galleries.

"Bold" is the first adjective used on this book's cover, and you'll quite agree. Of the 18 Parisian residences featured, about 12 have a modern streak, one has Russian and another Swedish tones.

What I enjoyed about the book was the ingenious lay-out--gloriously-colored pages bereft of text to gaze at, followed by a brief summary of what you see with background on the owners and their creative vision. At the end of the book are miniature pictures of highlights of rooms with more detailed captions. The words weren't allowed to clutter the pages--great concept!

If you prefer classic pre-1900's French decor, you'll find this book specializes in a more modern or eclectic mix. While I prefer more traditional and classic 17th-19th century French interiors, if you like bold, sophisticated, innovative Parisian interiors, you should love this book. It's a 5-star plus book if you do. The color, layout, and photography are spectacular. The design found inside will give you something to think about.
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The cover is enough to make you want to buy this book, the photographs are exquisite....but the selected interiors are limited...some photos are just close ups of an object in the same room...wish the book were about 75 pages longer for the price and included more subjects....some of which are open to the public.
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Very disappointed with this book. The cover was the best part the rest of the book was more of a study in photography than design.
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The cover of this book is beautiful but it is a door that should have remained closed as I found the book boring and nothing I could translate into my own home's decor.There are much better books out there than this one look elsewhere.
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This is a pretty book and was in good condition. I am not particular fond of some of the decorating but that has nothing to do with the quality of the book.
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I agree with the person who said the cover is beautiful, but there is not much inside. I was hoping for some inspiration, and none of the rooms photographed were anything I would want to copy. Strange, uninspiring rooms. So disappointed. The paper quality and quality of photography is good. That's why I gave it two stars.
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