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Thursday, November 5, 2009

"French Lessons"

In House Beautiful's 2004, Special Interest Publication, Beautiful Interiors, artist and interior designer, Lucinda Lester, shared her knowledge of what constituted a French accent in a home.

1. The French style reflects a not too perfect life.

2. Select furniture that is over scaled like an overscaled mirror with a bulky mantle and large tables. One large piece reads better than a lot of little pieces.

3. Juxtapose several textures and colors to create warmth. Use topiaries in urns, 2 different tablecloths for fullness, chairs with silk cushions and rough caned backs and free standing wood shutters lining a wall.

4. Add whimsy using garden scultures inside the home.

5. Use pattern in stone, tile or wood floors.

6. Sisal rugs can identify seating areas.    

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