How to Get French Style at Home
Would you like your home to look a little more à la mode? Erin Swift, author of French Accents: At Home with Parisian Objects and Details
shares seven easy strategies.
Photos: Jonny Valiant
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Find Your Balance
Swift says the way the French collect and arrange objects comes down to one fundamental principle: Balance. As she notes, it's related to symmetry but isn't quite the same thing. Start with objects of similar visual "weight." In this case, that's a lamp opposite a marble bust, with the remaining objects (books, plants, architectural fragments) arranged in between.