In Perfect French Country Ros Byam Shaw celebrates relaxed rural France at its finest, whether in a halftimbered farmhouse in deepest Normandy, or an ancient stone mas in Provence. In a series of case studies of 15 French country houses, we see French style in its home environment. Here are beams and stone fireplaces, panelled rooms and attics under steeply-pitched pantiles and a delight in simple pleasures reflected in the comfort and patina of rooms that are pretty, practical, and effortlessly chic.In a busy modern world that can seem overcrowded, and increasingly monopolized by technology, the allure of the ‘good life is more potent than ever. As an antidote to texts and tweets, traffic jams and queues, additives and packaging, we seek out the simple and the wholesome, and long for the luxuries of space and fresh air. France can offer all these things, with its traditional farming methods, its authentic regional cuisine, and its low population density. Add to this the inimitable French sense of style and joie de vivre, and you have all the ingredients for an enviable way of life.
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