Elements of French Style – Part 1 of 4.
Last spring, Sally and I prepared and video taped a 90 minute presentation about French Style based on our trips to Paris that we presented as part of Boston Design Week. The premise was to share our knowledge and what we have learned about how to create French Style in Your Home. The presentation was broken down into 4 parts.
1. Differentiating French from English Influence
2. Architectural Elements of French Style.
3. Decorative French Style: Room by Room
4. Modern Examples of French Style
In Differentiating French from English Influence, Sally and I illustrate how different stylistically the United States was from the French during the late 18th/early 19th centuries due to our English influence and heritage.
First, the French are sexy.
While we’re reserved, stoic. (Especially we New Englanders.)
French food has been turned into a high art form.
While our Colonial/Puritan heritage tells us food is fuel.
French interiors are dramatic.
Compared to our Colonial Period interiors.
Clearly, our English heritage sent us down a different fork in the road. This will become more evident in this video and those that follow.
Who knows what would have happened if the outcome of the French and Indian War had been different? We might be speaking French!
Part 2 explores the architectural building blocks of creating French Style in your home.
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