French Country Cottage Christmas

Gibbs Smith. Aug. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781423662570. $40. INTERIOR DESIGN
Readers will make lists and check them twice to have a home as beautiful as that of Allison (French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings), a stylist, photographer, and blogger. In picture-filled chapters, she spotlights family heirlooms, contemporary pieces, and other objects that lend the perfect French country touch. A highlight is the chapter about Christmas trees, with tips for nearly any style—vintage, modern, casual, elegant, or colorful—with different themes and sizes. Allison also shares photos and instructions for layering a Christmas tree with decorations, such as ribbons, simple overhand knot bows, and a touch of glamour. For Christmas-season hosts, a section addresses table settings, with various color schemes and levels of dining formality. Since the Christmas season can be overwhelming, there’s also a yearlong checklist with advice to remember to shop after Christmas and at yard sales. The book includes crafting ideas for wreaths, garlands, and one-of-a-kind gift-wrap. The book concludes with a list of resources for items that are easily accessible.
VERDICT Purchase where Allison’s works are popular and where Christmas titles circulate well.
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