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Villa Decor: Decidedly French and Italian Style Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2002
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If you want a book of vacation villas on the shores and islands of the Mediterranean, this isn't it; but if you want ideas for beautiful, comfortable homes for "gracious living" -- then this book is a gold mine.
If you are looking for a rich European style to inspire you in your own decorating, "Villa Décor" is a warm and comforting experience.
Betty Lou Phillips demonstrates decorating secrets, like linking rooms with patterns and palettes with out detracting from the furnishings. Her work has appeared in Southern Accents, Traditional Home & Bath, Window and Wall, and Decorating as well as many magazine covers. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and also has a penchant for quotes.
There are six main areas to explore:
Old World Elegance
New World Excellence
Points of View
Magnifique in America
The minute I opened this book, I was in love. The lush carpeting and tapestry pillows, the piano in a sunlit room with the sun casually falling on an eighteenth-century buffet a deux corps. It was a music room of dreams.
Not only do you enjoy the aesthetic elements, you actually learn the names of a variety of decorating techniques and Italian and French furniture names. You could also recreate a room by finding similar items. The bedroom on page 74 is to die for: Lavish comfort with sensuous linens and goose-down duvets, not to mention bed hangings (looks like a four poster bed).
My main thought while reading this book was "All these rooms look like good rooms to read in." One picture does show a rather elegant two-story library with a spiral staircase and many of the rooms have fireplaces and cozy couches.
I've been dreaming of redecorating my bedroom and this book gave me quite a few dreams.
~The Rebecca Review
I know there have been some reviewers who mentioned it was not "true" Italian/French...but these rooms are so beautiful, I did not care whether it was an authenic representation of the style. Ms. Phillips has captured the type of decor I love without being too country, rustic or over-the-top. The decor is tasteful, stylish and elegant. It's funny, after finding this book I wanted to look for more of her books. I browsed through her French decor book but it was not on par with this book.
Villa Decor is well worth the purchase and now tops my list of decor book, so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am extremely dissatisfied with this purchase . There were several pages cut out of the book and also pictures from some of the pages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Gracia
A beautiful book with great information for achieving the opulent European villa look for a masterfully decorated home.Published 15 months ago by A Campbell
Great price for an older book... This now completes my collection from this aurthor.... Fast shipping tyPublished 17 months ago by Deborah
Full of ideas and examples. Written with old world flair. Made me feel that I was in the European market shopping for textiles.Published 24 months ago by outdoor girl
Betty Lou Phillps.. AHHHHHHHHHHH. This is my favorite book of hers.. Fabulously designed BIG Homes.. I wonder why she has never been featured in Architectural Digest.. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Grace G
This book is full of beautiful rooms page after page. It lives up to Ms. Phillips other works. Her books always inspire me. I have almost completed the set. Buy this book!!!Published on March 22, 2014 by David A. Shepherd