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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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Step inside a charming 16th century home in the heart of a medieval Provençal village.

This private residence was recently transformed and decorated by a French couple; an artist and film set decorator. The couple are avid collectors of unique curiosities that they have found all over the world throughout their careers. Built in the 16th century and once a Hôtel Dieu, (a hospital run by the Catholic Church) this village property has been tastefully renovated into a stunning three storey home. With a career in the film industry, the owner had a need to create a cinema room. Refreshingly original - this home cinema is unlike any other. It is an inspiring space on the third floor - under a pitched ceiling with immense exposed beams. The retractable screen and projector have been discreetly...

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