Josephine Ryan's beautiful book Essentially French is an exclusive glimpse into a selection of eclectic and elegant homes that embody French style. From quirky apartments in Paris to grand country houses, Essentially French will inspire you to hit the antique market and hunt your own unique treasures. Here's a quick peek into a few of the enviable homes featured:
"The homes featured in this book are every bit as varied and as interesting as their idiosyncratic owners. Among others, there are two stylish Londoners whose home reveals a fascination not only with France but also with 18th century Sweden, a Sussex couple whose home will make you SMILE and a handsome rogue from Provence with a penchant for quirky fairground art."
"The one thing the dealers all have in common is, of course, an unquenchable passion for the object trouvé. It’s a passion that even surpasses the need for profit… although a bit of extra cash also has an undeniable allure!"
"There are many treasures within these pages, varying from a Queen Anne inlaid commode to a worthless fragment of a Parisian zinc rooftop. What links these objects is the fact that each and every piece forms part of a harmonious whole – a whole that each dealer creates with his or her own particular eye."
This extract is from Essentially French by Josephine Ryan.