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Summers in France

Home decorating has never been more simple and easy than Summers in France. Come along to Europe with designer Kathryn M. Ireland who celebrates summer living and entertaining in the French countryside. Ireland introduces readers to the town of Montauban, which is near the farmhouse she renovated and remodeled in her classic shabby chic style. Kathryn shares inside details of her remodel along with tips and ideas about entertaining, and how to make guests comforable.Through family photographs, journal-styled entries, and detail shots of the bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchen areas, readers are treated like family as they discover how Kathryn makes a room come together. Using her signature fabrics--seen in draperies, linens, cushions, duvets, bedding, and more--Kathryn shows what she did to brighten and enliven the atmosphere of each room. Kathryn's style also illustrates how easy it can be to decorate while on a budget by combining fabrics with antiques and vintage decor found at local flea markets.Summers in France is an eclectic decorating book overflowing with country home design inspiration. Kathryn presents her favorite summertime recipes and entertaining tips as well as stunning before-and-after photographs of the remodeled and decorated rooms. Also included are centuries-old charcoal drawings of the various buildings on the property; lists of guest room must-haves; tips for house gifts; even several recipe ideas and marketplace shopping lists.Kathryn M. Ireland is among House & Garden's "10 to Watch" architects and designers expected to influence 21st-century style. For the last decade, House Beautiful has named her one of the top 100 designers in the United States. She is the author of Kathryn at Home, Creating a Home, and Inspired By. . . . She divides her time between Santa Monica, California, and Montauban, France.
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Near Toulouse, designer Kathryn Ireland (Seen her hilarious self on 'Million Dollar Decorators?' Yo.She tells it like it is.) brought a rural, rundown property back to life. Nicholas Coleridge (Managing Director, Conde Nast Britain) refers to Kathryn's house as "a sophisticated exercise in sustainable upscale bohemia where the atmosphere is gloriously relaxed but everything somehow works perfectly." Goodness gracious...don't you love the sound of 'upscale bohemia ' And isn't Kathryn's palette in here brilliant? Such upscale bohemia is throughout the Southern France farmhouse in Kathryn's glorious book Summers in France (Gibbs Smith). Like Kathryn, S.I.F. is not a fussy decor book, BTW. Rather, we are treated to glimpses and tastes and whispers of what it is truly like to abide as a guest at this amazingly rustic chic getaway. Nicholas Coleridge captures the essence of Summers in France eloquently: "Kathryn brings a tumbledown farm glamorously back to life in bohemian style, with marketplace food, sunshine, and the laughter of friends." Would you spend your summers in a tumbledown farmhouse if you could? Can you describe how it looks? --Michele Ranard"Hello Lovely Inc" (09/07/2011)

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