France is the world’s style destination, and photographer Sebastien Siraudeau has scoured the hexagon to uncover eighty of its most charming boutique guesthouses, each rich in the design details that epitomize French style. Thirty of these locations are featured in individual chapters with photographs highlighting their particular flair–from a trompe-l’oeil wall mural, to a damask upholstered chaise lounge, or a simple row of ocean-polished stones. Those seeking inspiration for their own home interiors will find this book rich in ideas for a wide variety of styles—elegant crystal chandeliers may take center stage in one room, but a simple wooden bench, worn smooth with centuries of use, can be just as captivating in another. Gently faded neutrals create a quiet harmony in one setting, while another is alive with splashes of vivid color. Sleek and modern or cozy and rustic, each of these hand-picked settings is as inviting as a deep leather armchair. Organized thematically, these destinations will inspire the reader to recreate the same atmospheric interiors at home. This handsome volume includes a black book of the best design destinations the country has to offer—from chateaux, country manors, and farmhouses, to urban apartments, hotels, and B&Bs. A practical guide grouped by region includes price indicators and online tourist information.
Sebastien Siraudeau, author and photographer, has published several books on travel and lifestyle in France, including Vintage French Interiors (Flammarion, 2008), and books on coastal living and on Brittany. He contributes to many home decoration magazines.