For those out there who love the Parisian style at home, but struggle at finding the perfect way to adopt it, there’s a book you must read: My Stylish French Girlfriends (Gibbs Smith, $40). In the new book, Sharon Santoni, a Paris blogger and the name behind My French Country Home, gives us an idea about the chic lifestyle of French women, by inviting readers to the everyday lives of 20 of those ladies. See below what you may find and learn about the magic of the Paris home decor.
“These portraits of women and homes show a side of France that visitors don’t normally get to see,” writes Santoni. The book showcases some of their chic, stylish homes and explains how it tends to seem so effortless for them.
Reading this book, you’ll find different perspectives of how to decorate your home. A clear vision for the interiors, choosing a muted palette and favourite hotel decor as inspiration, may be one of the options.
You may also find a château turned into a canvas; full of flowers and paints in every room of the house. You’ll definitely learn the secrets of decorating like the French, tour the most beautiful homes in Paris, and recreate that chic look in your own home.
There’s also a mix of old and new reflected in one of the homes in the book — a classic 19th-century house decorated with antique furniture and contemporary art. In the salon, the original wood panelling is a backdrop to an eclectic combination of furnishings.
From Calais to Provence, the readers are invited inside the interiors of these grand chateaux or charming little country cottages or Parisian apartments. Again, in this book, we can see that the French might be the world’s most stylish denizens. From their perfectly tied scarves to their impeccably delicate desserts, it’s as if les français gave sophistication its name. Naturally, French style extends to interiors. So, the French are synonymous with style and when it comes to interiors, they’ve mastered that classic and contemporary mix. So what’s the secret to decorating like a French woman? Now you’ll know.