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In her tenth design book, acclaimed designer and award-winning author BETTY LOU PHILLIPS authoritatively translates fervent beliefs that have long defined the French art de vivre, while artfully sculpting satisfying rooms that that owe more than a little to French influences.

And unlike other design books, FRENCH IMPRESSIONS, offers insight into the manners and mores of the Parisians themselves FRENCH IMPRESSIONS, which is already in it's second printing, showcases the true essence of French culture and style. Photographed by Piassick Photography, Betty Lou shares the classical splendor of French artistry, attitude, style and far more in the 225 sumptuous color photographs aptly featuring her own work.

About the Author

A respected member of the American Society of Interior Designers, BETTY LOU PHILLIPS has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and her work has been featured in hundreds of newspapers and popular magazines, including Veranda, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, and Decorating. Her first foray into children's books, Emily Goes Wild, won the Texas Institute of Letters prestigious "Friend of the Austin Public Library Award For Best Children's Book." Phillips lives in Dallas, Texas. Her three sons all married interior designers.

(Design Guide Blog 2010-11-04)

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Celebrating America's long admiration for French style, acclaimed interior designer and award-winning author Betty Lou Phillips authoritatively translates her extensive understanding of global glamour for savvy tastes. In this her tenth book she presents spirit-lifting takes on classic style from a modern point of view. Mingling elegance with ease, in a style relaxed yet refined, Phillips sumptuously layers texture and color with pleasing, unexpected detail as she creates twenty-first-century comfort with lasting French flair. The dazzling beauty of two hundred images illustrate the fabled French ways of melding the past with the present while offering a glimpse of lives that are justly inspiring.

Betty Lou Phillips is the author of award-winning Villa Décor, plus Inspirations from France & Italy. Her tenth book, French Impressions, joins The French Room, The French Connection, Secrets of French Design, Unmistakably French, French Influences, French by Design and Provencal Interiors: French Country Style in America. A professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers with projects from New York to California, her work has been featured in Veranda, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and countless other magazines. Additionally, she has appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

Jacket photographs © 2010 by Dan Piassick.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423604563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423604563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.2 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether you decorate in the French taste or not...this is simply the most well written, photographed, and documented interiors book in recent memory. Get this because it will be a classic. Why? Ms. Phillips sets the bar high with an exceptional house designed by Dallas architect Larry E. Boerder. She then invites the reader to accompany her on the best house tour imaginable! You step page wise room by beautifully photographed room of this home. What you discover is a precisely planned and curated environment where the colors, objects, and architecture seamlessly blend and elevate each other. The rooms are not overstuffed nor are they filled with fringe and tassels. These are rooms that have strong cross over appeal to those who simply love to study good design. Not a thing is out of place. Highlights of this books must include all the bathrooms in the house. All are done in white and grey marble, but each are different. The initial response to each room is pleasing, but then upon further study, you notice the precision with which the floor, walls, and cabinetry were selected. Ms. Phillips could probably write a book on the making of the kitchen alone. It is just perfect...the marble walls, the marble surrounding the windows, the subtle hinges and knobs on the exquisitely painted and milled cabinets...and then there is that pantry! The house bar is pitch perfect, each panel of the woodwork precisely planned. Precision and Perfection...a lesson on every page...all with amusing commentary. Ms. Phillips is generous with giving credit where due, and so gives us all her sources (learned through years in the industry) for her many finds, including the artisans, furniture and fabrics, landscape designers, and the many antiques and beautiful objects found in this home.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Betty Lou's latest treasure is just that - her 10th masterpiece depicting her phenomenal expertise, style and substance. French Impressions is full of her incredible flair and remarkable detail. Whether it is through her words or pictures, you will be captivated and impressed by many French elements and heritage. Kudos once again to Betty Lou for sharing her love for what she does and what she admires and thus providing us all with such beauty, design and elegance!
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This is a beautiful book;like I would expect anything less from Betty Lou Phillips! I own every book that Betty Lou has written and some of them I have two copies, one to work from and one to keep in A+ condition. I am from Dallas as is Betty Lou so we think alike when it comes to making a house a home, I guess it is that Southern Mother thing. Now living in Alaska (where people do not decorate their homes in the same style, lots of log cabin and country types here) it so nice to sit down with a cup of coffee as the snow falls outside and let Betty Lou once again take me away to France, Italy or even just Texas for a short while is such a dream come true. I love the size of this book, it is a little larger than some of her books; the size makes for such a great view of all the interesting little details in each space. When I look through this book I see so many little things I can incorporate into my rooms, like the display of items in the cabinet on page 190, (I have 3 cabinets similar to that in my hall way)it makes me feel like Betty Lou helped me decorate my home. I especially love the blueprint drawings used for placematts on page 182; and who wouldn't love Jackson (Betty Lou's dog) on page 77 & 86. Buy this book, you will not regret it.....it is one of her best, however I say that about all of Betty Lou's books.
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I am not an interior designer. I did not find the book helpful. I am a customer who is not wealthy, but looking for assistance in how to add a touch of French décor to my home. The book was not helpful with that, and I regret purchasing it.
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one thing I notice when viewing this fine collection, is organization. the softness of the French blue color. relaxes the mind and soul. even though the dressing of the cupboards are precise and arranged with care. you sense a feeling of order and discipline but are at ease because of the authors selection in decor and furnishings. what a pleasure to study these pages while sipping a cup of chamomile tea. I feel like I sense a fragrance of lavender in the air while I turn the pages.
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It's no wonder that the first printing has nearly sold out before the original release date. This book is so full of typical Betty Lou: attention to all the little details, beautiful design work, abundant French knowledge, gorgeous photographs, everything any fan of hers has come to expect... and more! Absolutely my favorite book so far! Can't wait to see what's next. If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Betty Lou Phillips, no doubt you know how talented and gracious and lovely she is. Can't wait for her book signing... I plan to be first in line!
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Beautifully written and photographed, Betty Lou's latest book is not only visually inspiring, but also insightful into French customs and history. The gorgeous book is a great source for all the elegant rooms and accessories pictured while educating the reader on the life and times of the French. It takes you from historic France to current,elegant living in today's world. I loved this book so much that I purchased several gifts for friends and family members- all of whom were thrilled with such a lovely addition to their coffee table collections.
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