In his new book French Flair: Modern Vintage Interiors, author and photographer Sébastien Siraudeau has compiled a gorgeous selection of intoxicating interiors from all across
. From more than 100 locations come hundreds of stunning images of rooms decorated in an array of styles. The 736-page hardcover book, originally published in France by Flammarion, was released in the France last week. And of course I was right on it, telling the publisher that I simply had to have a few copies to give away to my readers. U.S.
The Daily Mail calls French Flair "The ultimate guide to achieving effortlessly chic and stylish interiors à la Française with an authentic vintage feel."
The book contains a wide and eclectic mix of themes, designs and inspirations. You'll find a B&B in the backcountry of the
; a hôtel de charme in the Alpilles, filled with furniture picked up from Provençal markets; a furniture-designer’s studio on the outskirts of Côte d’Azur ; a château-turned-guesthouse complete with secret passageways--and much, much more. Through his evocative text and 959 color photos, Siraudeau lets readers explore French guesthouses, antique shops, hotels and private homes, and provides a charming commentary on each setting and its owners. The properties are also listed in an address book at the end--and many are open for visits. Paris
Chapters are themed around seven styles: Authentic, Traditional, Romantic, Elegant, Eclectic, Contemporary and Natural.
“French design is all about juxtaposing unexpected and unconventional combinations to create a unique home," the author/photographer says in the introduction. "Any style can be adapted to a house in the city or the country, to an apartment or a château; it just calls for imagination and an approach free of preconceived notions.”
The prolific Sébastien has produced numerous books in both French and English, including four specifically about French design: French
Style (2011) French Country Style at Home (2010), French Style at Home (2009) and Vintage French Interiors (2008). You can find many of his titles, including books on Provence, Brittany and brocantes, on Amazon here. His photos also appear regularly in decor and design magazines worldwide. If you'd like to see more of his work, his website is here and his blog is here. Seaside
Ok, on to the giveaway. The gracious publishers have generously offered me two copies of this beautiful book to give away. To enter, simply leave a comment below. Please be sure to leave your email address or we won't be able to reach you. (Signing in with your Google or Blogger account is not enough.) Unfortunately, you must be able to provide a
mailing address if you win this contest. But those of you who don't live there are welcome to have the book sent to a friend who does. U.S.
Meanwhile, you can buy the book on Amazon by clicking here. Bonne Chance!