How To French Country ~ Sara Silm
Colour and design inspiration from southwest France.
The image on the cover of this stunning book will be familiar to all who follow author Sara Silm aka @chateaumontfort on Instagram. It is of course her delicious kitchen, heart of her beautiful home in France.
And it sets the tone for all that she writes about in her lovely book, How To French Country.
From deep in the countryside of southwest France this is a comprehensive guide to surrounding yourself with French country style wherever you are. Capturing the beauty and quietude of the region, interior designer and journalist Sara distils the unique colours, textures and flavours of this distinctive corner of the world.
Inherent in Sara’s detailed knowledge of French country style are philosophical lines drawn between colour, temporality, style, sensation and season, such that every design choice is a contemplation of time and place. She offers colour codes for six completely unique colour palettes derived from Béarnaise towns and their surrounds: the patina of weather-beaten shutters, of local brick and fading roof tiles, violet-hued ice cream and rolling hills bursting to life in spring.
As Sara says, take one Aussie girl, a pinch of the Middle East, a spoonful of Africa and marinade in Russia. Roll in central Asia then allow to simmer slowly in South West France. The result is the unique perspective of the non-pedigreed observer.
Coupling detailed, practical design knowledge with evocative notes on rural French life and choice recipes, How To French Country offers a path to gentler living and refocusing on all that we hold dear.
This is the book for all of us who have ever held the dream of moving to France, renovating a lovely old home and living a French life. Isn't that all of us!