Dey Street Books
On Sale: March 6, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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French Women Don’t Get Fat meets The Little Book of Hygge
in this lively, sophisticated, and practical illustrated
lifestyle guide that shows how to enjoy la belle vie—to
live like the French every day—transforming your house
into a home defined by beauty, family, and accessible
How do the French create the elusive and alluring
sanctuaries they call home? This question long intrigued
Danielle Postel-Vinay. Thanks to a chance encounter with
a French expat in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and years of
immersive research, she embarked on a quest to discover
the secrets of the French home aesthetic.
Experiencing first-hand la belle vie—the beautiful life—
Postel-Vinay now shows everyone how to create their own
French sanctuary, a home sweet maison, no matter where
they live. Providing more than just interior decorating
and design tips, Postel-Vinay teaches you how to foster
the warmth, beauty, and rituals inherent in the French
home and create an environment better suited to living a
rich, full, connected life. At the center of the book is
the idea that your house should be a reflection of you,
your hobbies, your family history, your rituals, all the
things that make your life unique. A happy home is a home
that expresses your rituals and your taste, not one that
relies on prefab décor from a mass retailer.
Home Sweet Maison encapsulates the very heart of the
French way of seeing the world: set the table formally,
adhere to all the conventions of ritual and tradition,
then take pleasure in indulgence. It’s about using French
concepts and routines to change our homes, our
relationships, and our lives for the better.
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