Bringing Paris Home
By Penny Drue Baird
(The Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781580932059, 208pp.)
Publication Date: October 7, 2008
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Bringing Paris Home invites the reader to re-create the panache of French interior style in an American setting. Author Penny Drue Baird shares her love and knowledge of French history and decorative arts and describes the design elements essential to an elegant French interior—architectural details, furniture, paint and wall covering, fireplaces, lighting, and tabletop settings. A special chapter on shopping offers tips on finding treasures in the famed Marche aux Puces in Paris. Penny Drue Baird's highly engaging text, filled with reminiscences and anecdotes, brings the charm and pleasure of Paris to life. Lavishly illustrated with Parisian scenes and completed interiors by Baird, Bringing Paris Home is an essential resource for capturing the atmosphere of Paris.
Penny Drue Baird, one of Architectural Digest's Top 100 Designers, is renowned for her knowledge of French decorative arts. Her firm, Dessins, is based in Paris and New York. Her work has been widely published in Architectural Digest and other prestigious magazines. The author lives in New York, NY.
"I could eat this book even without crème fraîche!"
"Penny Drue Baird is a classicist and at the same time a modernist. Her work is always fresh but still relates to the past, bringing European history to the twenty-first century."
"Penny Drue Baird is the only designer who can ferret out flea market finds to make rooms look like Versailles."
"In this book, Penny Drue Baird gives you a glimpse into how to create a beautiful home, blending classic design with a true modern elegance. I am sure you will come to admire her natural talent and sophisticated eye, and her ability to entertain like a real Parisienne!"
"Perfect book for lovers of Parisian architecture and decorating or just anything French . . . a must for any francophile."
—Australian Country Collections magazine