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Creating the French Look: Inspirational Ideas and 25 Step-By-Step Projects Paperback – August 11, 2011

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About the Author

Annie Sloan is one of the world's most respected experts in the field of decorative painting. She runs highly successful workshops from her store in Oxford, England, and teaches in the US and Europe. She has written over 10 books, including Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, and has featured prominently on PBS television and the Homes & Gardens TV channel. She sells her own ranges of paint and vintage furniture, much of it from France, where she has a home. The author is based in Oxford, UK.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books; Reprint edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907563954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907563959
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Schuck on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I drooled over this book in a bookstore and then came home and ordered it from Amazon 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!
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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!
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The book was ok....it didn't have much clarity as far as I am concerned. There weren't many pictures....it was a look of reading about nothing....trust me don't waste your money...go to the library and see for yourself before buying it.
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This is a good book for adding a French touch to your home and furniture pieces. You do not have to use every idea, especially if you do not sew, although most instructions are rather clear and the full color pictures really help. I do enjoy painting walls and furniture, and this book can make a boring vintage piece or a fake antique look like an expensive home boutique item. You can decide if your french style is chic or rustic or a marriage of the two through most of the ideas presented in this book.
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I actually thought the book would go into more detail on the "HOW TO DO" things and give more tips on using the Annie Sloan Paints. It had some examples but for the price of this book, I really didn't feel it was that helpful.
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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.
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The book is full of some beautiful pictures and definition of style. Has a couple of picture/instructions on a couple of things. I was looking for more of a how to book on the furniture. Really not helpful on that. Surprisingly alot of sewing how to in here.
If you want a pretty coffee table book, or just to look at ideas and what falls into what catagory, then great book. If you need more of a how too, I would keep looking.
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I bought this book hoping for some guidance in decorating my home with a french country flair. This book is wonderful for those of us who wish to be inspired and directed in the ways of french country. Several pages are dedicated to showing how to make french country lampshades and curtains....very informative.
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