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Luxury in the Loire Valley - Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé

This summer, Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé opens its doors to guests seeking a luxurious and sumptuous French travel experience. Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé is the newest addition to Pilot Hotels founded by Marcy and Tom Holthus. The Hothus' have a penchant for restoring buildings of architectural heritage and engaged Paul Allen Design to transform this historic Château into the most exquisite luxury hotel. Every detail has been expertly designed with their guest's experience front of mind. This is the quintessential wedding venue or romantic getaway destination for Francophiles far and wide.  In the 18th Century, Baron Pineau de Viennay III commissioned architect Mathieu de Bayeux to design a modern palace in place of his medieval castle. The property has changed hands only four times and has been partly restored by each...

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At Home with Isabel López-Quesada. An intimate invitation to the fresh homes of an international Interior Designer

This much anticipated design book At Home by Isabel López-Quesada is a personal and honest lesson in l'art de vivre. The three homes that López-Quesada designed for herself in Madrid and Biarritz are fresh, original, and highly flexible living environments. Gardens, terraces and courtyards relate to their interior counterparts seamlessly, essential for Mediterranean living.

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Fern Santini - fresh, classic and creative interior design

For the last twenty-five years Fern Santini's firm Abode has been designing superb interiors.  Santini is based in Austin, Texas and her work features repeatedly in prestigious design publications including House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Modern Luxury Interiors.  As we explore her projects we discover the clever ways she selects antiques and vintage pieces to make livable and ageless homes. Antique mirrors Fern Santini is passionate for antique mirrors and uses them in imaginative and intelligent ways in modern and traditional interiors alike. Nineteenth Century Louis Philippe mirrors have an elegant and simple silhouette making them a lovely choice for bathrooms and bedrooms. Usually finished in silver or gold leaf, the frames have minimal decoration such as a running pearl to the inside of the frame. ...

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My French Noël - 7 ways to add French flair to your home this Christmas

The holiday season is around the corner and it's time to start thinking about how to decorate your home this Christmas. Why not add French flair with these simple and stunning decorating ideas. 1. The French Christmas mantle piece Welcome le père noël in style by adding French accents to your fireplace. Display candlesticks, glassware and silverware with Christmas lights and branches to make a sparkling impact. This elegant fireplace is beautifully decorated with wicker baskets overflowing with pine cones, a garland adorned with lemons and limes and matching wreath hung from the antique French trumeau mirror, a pair of finials and a Louis XV armchair.  Silver mercury glass candlesticks and ornaments shimmer on the mantle piece and look fabulous displayed in collection.  2. A Christmas mirror Gilded...

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The exquisite French gardens of Chateau Villandry

Jean Le Breton, Minister of Finance for François I built Chateau Villandry in the 16th Century during the Renaissance with a pure French style. Le Breton created a sublime garden with six key areas around the castle. Water from the Cher and the Loire rivers flow through the grounds rich in fish and bird life.  1. The Ornamental Garden The ornamental garden or love garden is made up of four squares framed with perfectly manicured boxwood. The four squares all represent love - tender love, passionate love, flighty love and tragic love. The geometric hedges are shaped like hearts, masks (like the masks worn at masquerade balls), butterfly wings and swords. 2. The Woods Woods rise up a hillside next to the...

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