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Chapter One

A Romance with the French  I remember being with my husband Joe and daughter Alexandria in Paris on Valentine’s Day. We strolled along streets lined with fresh tulips, perusing the brocantes. Being in Paris on such a day was a dream come true, but my romance with French style had started long ago. My own style is often described as romantic French, and I do like to add soft, romantic touches to any décor. Layers are crucial in every room. I love decadent layers of fluffy silk curtains, the glorious mix of cabbage roses and hydrangeas in a charming ironstone container… with just the right lighting to create a romantic atmosphere. Ever since I was a child, I’ve played house. I was passionate then, as I am now, about creating beauty in a space, no matter how small or simple. I guess that is why one of my greatest pleasures now is making a beautiful space from nothing. I call it creating beauty. Left This room, which I adore, positively exudes the romantic French style that this book inspires. The gorgeous rug is a work of art. With its huge pink cabbage roses, bows, and swags, it was the inspiration for the room’s decoration.

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French Inspired Home by Carolyn Westbrook  

Carolyn Westbrook: The French-inspired Home brings the romance and timeless elegance of French style into your home whereever you live.

French Inspired Home by Carolyn Westbrook  

Carolyn Westbrook: The French-inspired Home brings the romance and timeless elegance of French style into your home whereever you live.

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