Entertaining at home in gracious French style. Born from her experience of everyday living in France, Sharon Santoni reveals the gracious, easy French way of entertaining guests at her countryside home, year-round. Personal stories evoke the spirit of the French lifestyle, while gorgeous photos make us feel right at home. Santoni creates lush bouquets from her garden and utilizes resources from surrounding nature to lay gorgeous tables both indoors and outdoors. Venues range from a Sunday morning breakfast on the patio, to a ladies lunch in her lush garden, a formal dinner in her dining room, and a picnic by the river. Santoni also shares 15 favorite recipes utilizing seasonal foods. Find inspiration for your tables throughout the seasons, and discover the simple pleasure of entertaining friends and family. Sharon Santoni writes the popular blog My French Country Home. She is the author of My Stylish French Girlfriends (Gibbs Smith). She resides in Normandy, France.
The writer and photographer Sébastien Siraudeau has already uncovered home inspiration from Frances guest- houses, antique shops, and flea markets in his previous books Vintage French Interiors and French Style at Home. Now he turns his experienced eye to the hidden gems of interior design in the French countryside and unveils the wealth of decorative inspiration they have to offer. The vibrancy of these hidden retreats is demon-strated beautifully and, as the pages unfold, the reader is struck by a wealth of inspiration from the colors, seasons, and personal stories that combine to form these subtly elegant creations. Siraudeau has a rare talent for finding homes that combine gently-aged vintage pieces in a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere. True style can be discovered in the most unexpected and varied destinations, as Siraudeau masterfully shows in chapters ranging from seemingly humble hamlets or farmyards to châteaux in flickering candlelight. This invitation over the threshold of such inherently picturesque households is a temptation no design enthusiast could resist.
Organized by themes and featuring destinations such as chateaus, country manors, and urban apartments, a guide to French design provides a look at design options for guesthouses using color photographs.
Transforming Your Home with Decorative Structural Elements
Author: Linda Applewhite
Pubpsher: Gibbs Smith
An artist and interior designer explains how to transform a home by altering its structural and architectural elements, enhancing the unique quality of a room through the use or addition of elaborate moldings, unusual cabinetry, columns or pillars to define spaces, archways, French doors, and more.
Author: Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery,Bernard Touillon
Pubpsher: Vendome Press
Category: House & Home
An exceptionally charming look at the art of good living as practiced in the French countryside by families who live in old manor houses, many owned by the same family for centuries. A delightfully anecdotal text and all-color photographs explore not only the fabrics, wallpapers, fine furniture, silver, china and linens that decorate these homes, but also treasures found in the attics, such as family photo albums, cherished love letters, antique toys, and elegant ballgowns carefully packed away.
Traditional bistro fare is the essence of French country cooking. An honest, fresh and satisfying food prepared by home cooks. Author Laura Washburn brings real bistro recipes to life in this no-fuss cookery book. Starters include a range of classic soups, such as favourite French onion, salads and the legendary quiche (the real one). BistroMain Courses include whole roast monkfish, chicken with tarragon, pork in cider and steak frites. Vegetables include creamy potato gratin, French beans with garlic and braised celery. Try amazing bistro sweet things such as pear and almond tart, sugared strawberries or chocolate-hazelnut cake.
This exclusive travel guide guides the visitor through the most incredible activities to be found in Shanghai: savour the food of world-class chefs in Asia's most romantic two-seater salon; eat at the best holes-in-the-walls and discover local street food haunts; find the best tailors and quality cashmere, satins and brocades by the yard; expert ......
Jocelyne Sibuet, known as France's answer to Martha Stewart, has spent 20 years as a hostess and hotelier seeking out the styles, flavors, and interiors that define the French country home. She has written this book in response to the many inquiries of her admiring guests, who seek to re-create the French country style in their own home. From mountain top chalets and beachside cottages to rustic farmhouses, Jocelyne shows how to use colors from nature, make different styles work together, and find sources of inspiration for every corner of your home: living rooms, bedrooms, gardens, terraces, and kitchens. And no kitchen would be complete without the irresistible scent of her authentic cooking wafting through the door. Each chapter features Jocelyne's recipes, which range from breakfast muesli and spiced hot chocolate to a grand Christmas dinner. Other recipes include raspberry wine, baked sea bream, vegetable tart, cuttlefish ink risotto, lemon mousse, and blueberry tart. Jocelyne's own black book of the best sources for these French country goods completes the text with the best addresses for fabric, furniture, antiques, and regional products.
When political intrigue drove Louis Morgon from a successful career at the State Department, he moved to a cottage in France, far from Washington and what he called "the sordid world." He took up painting. He grew vegetables and flowers. He ate long, lovely meals on the terrace overlooking fields of sunflowers. He thought that he had found happiness. Then one day Louis's past lands squarely on his doorstep. It does so in the shape of a dead man. His throat has been slit. He wears a cap with liberte embroidered on it. Except for the local cop, Jean Renard, the police are strangely uninterested. This seems peculiar to Renard, but not to Louis. He knows who the murderer is. He also knows that he is likely to be the next victim. And there is very little he or Renard or anyone else can do. Each clue they find raises more questions than it answers. Nothing is as it appears. Louis's best hope is to turn the tables on his murderer. Instead of knowledge, he has only his intuition and his intelligence. Instead of power or influence, he has only his own past. Louis finds himself on a lonely and dangerous journey of self-discovery. He thought he was beyond surprises. But every turn of the road reveals new mysteries, and the resolution is a shock. A French Country Murder is a story of political intrigue, corruption and jealousy. It is also a story of love and friendship and, of course, France. This book was later published as Le Crime.