Summers in France
Kathryn Ireland
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Summers in France

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Excursions to flea markets and antiques shops and snapshots of outdoor activities punctuate this luscious book of French country living, which includes home design and ideas plus favorite recipes for Mediterranean-inspired lunches and convivial candlelit dinners. br br
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Published April 1st 2011 by Gibbs Smith
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SUMMERS IN FRANCE – Kathryn M. Ireland

Kathryn M. Ireland is a British-born, Los Angeles-based interiors and fabric designer. Her book Summers in France, showcases her beautiful holiday home which she renovated herself, inside and out. Formerly a tumbledown farmhouse, Ireland spent a lot of time sourcing the furnishings, fabrics and knick-knacks to create a shabby-chic style haven to which her family and friends retreat for 3 months of the year. Gorgeously illustrated, Summers in France is my ide...more
Really it's three stars simply because I love the photos...that's about it.
Gail Hunter
Kathryn Ireland is living the dream... she runs a successful interior design business in California with her gorgeous, successful, loving, patient husband and spends her holidays summering in her beautiful, bucolic renovated farm house in the midi-Pyrenees in the south of France. She's accompanied on her holidays by her husband and their three young boys and has family, friends and acquaintances coming to stay to share the experience and enjoy her phenomenal hospitality. This book is a loving od...more
Basically a scrapbook of this woman's summers in France in an old farmhouse she remodeled. She's apparently an interior decorator and textile designer and is not the same person as the model turned designer Kathy Ireland, as far as I can tell. Anyway pretty photos and brief text that amused me on my deck while I pretended I too have a Provence farmhouse and the time to spend summers there with loads of friends, cooking and drinking and riding ponie in sunflower fields on my way to buy fancy chee...more
Lovely photos and dreamy story ruined by an author who makes rude, stereotypical comments about the French and then whines about what would make you a good or bad guest should you be so fortunate as to receive an invite to stay with her (offer to help clean and also tip the staff well ... WHAT.). Ugh.
Kathryn Ireland is my favorite artist/designer and I love collecting her books. They are beautiful, full of inspiration, and this book didn't disappoint. I've read it cover to cover twice and I love the stories she tells of the people who visit her, her love of the little French town her home is in, it's so dreamy!
The recounting of an LA woman who purchases a farm in France and turns it into a retreat for family and friends.

The photos are great; fab design ideas and beautiful countryside. But my knickers got in an awful twist while reading how difficult it was for this poor woman to get decent help installing her swimming pool.

I don't begrudge the wealthy their wealth. However, I couldn't share in the author's delight over saving a few bucks having her Audi shipped to France from the U.S.

Maybe I am turnin...more
So, I will never own a former farm house in France, nor will I have friends who do, but this book let me dream for a couple of hours and imagine that I do. Really enjoyed the photos and stories of keeping Summer in France.
Cue to MY summer home in France! Not if, but when.... :)
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