My Stylish French Girlfriends and My Love of French Design

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I am a total bookworm!!! A cozy chair, a rainy day and a good book is a perfect day to me, unfortunately living in Southern California does not lend to many rainy days, not that I’m complaining, but when it’s does, you know where to find me. My favorite books are usually biographies or design books so when I received My Stylish French Girlfriends by Sharon Santoni, I was thrilled to see that it was a whole bunch of both. Sharon Santoni the creator of her fabulous blog My French Country Home, which chronicles all things French and the French way of life, has designed a book that I will cherish forever. Sharon continues to explore the beauty of France and her incredible girlfriends that each live different but equally lovely lives in her new book. It’s a book of people living out their dreams and in the process building homes that are full of love, warmth and beauty.

I’ve always been drawn to all things French, starting with my ninth grade French language class (even though everyone else was taking Spanish), to the the pastry shop, appropriately named Paris Pastry, that my brother I am could walk to from our childhood home to spend all our allowance on chocolate eclairs and napoleons. Oh the thought of that place still makes me smile, I can still smell the warm bread baking and see the cases full of the most gorgeous pastries. Nothing like it. I’ve also been enthralled with the unique way that most French decor can offer such elegance but with a warmth and beauty that seems traditional and modern all at the same time. There is something special about a room that looks like no one tried to decorate it and yet it’s pure perfection. The French have that nailed down. They’re homes say I’m not trying at all and at the same time it seems that every piece in the room has been hand picked. It’s is a talent that I’m hopping to hone myself, as I’m completely captivated by it and hope someday that my home will have the same effect.

I do love a design book that is nice and big so you can really get a good look at the photos. This one measures 12in. x 10in. so it’s lovely for a coffee table book. It’s just super pretty and I’m having a hard time putting it down. I wanted to share some of it with you but believe me these photos do not do this book justice, I just wanted to give you a glimpse of my new book obsession.

All photos taken directly from the book My Stylish French Girlfriends.

The book cover is exactly what I’ve been talking about, that elegant ease that is so FRENCH!

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Each chapter starts with a photo of one of Sharon’s girlfriend and then a description of the friend’s lifestyle. All photos are done without any stylist or makeup person. This is each friend’s style and life exactly as they live them and I found that incredibly refreshing.

Here’s a bit of Alicia’s beautiful life…

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Alicia’s kitchen and photo with her son.

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This outdoor area is stunning.

My type A personality would be out there trimming away at this garden but the beauty of it, is that it’s growing naturally. There’s a lesson in there for me.

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Next up in Catherine…

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Catherine lives in this stunning chateau, which is a bed and breakfast also. The property is  beautifully set by the sea and Catherine is a chef.  Be still my heart, I think I’ve found some heaven on earth.

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Gorgeous, right?!!!

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Cecile is a hoot and has a very interesting story.

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Her mix of vintage and modern.

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Cecile lives in the country.

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We all know how much I love to dine alfresco as seen in my blog post here.

I love a good table set.

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Lastly I wanted you to get acquainted with Charlotte.

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This outdoor area is perfect.

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So that’s a little sneak peek at this awesome book. To see a listing of all my book posts look under my library menu at the top of my home page.

I highly recommend this book for any interior design lovers out there.

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