It is 7 years since Ines de La Fressange – model, aristocrat, style icon, fashion designer and perfumer – spilled the beans on the secret to dressing like a Parisian and she now applies her je ne sais quoi flair to the home. Maison is a beautiful book: it feels a bit like revisiting all the lovely boutique shops and markets you’ve ever visited all over the world and having an expert by your side giving you the confidence to go with your instincts, showing you how you can make them all work. The book is in fact a showcase of all Ines’ favourite Parisian homes and the skill comes in picking out everything she loves and suggesting ideas to take away, focusing on colour and texture, celebrating artisanship, honouring passions, treasuring heirlooms, homemade and bric-a-brac, which all sit on these pages with seemingly effortless ease.
We love the Get the Look practical suggestions, such as bringing back iconic finds from foreign trips or sourcing key pieces online (Claus Porto eau de cologne; Astier de Villatte’s notebooks, marbelised teapot from John Derian, a Harry Bertoia chair etc). Even the cover is divine – this tiling-embossed hardback is covered by a fabulous A3 poster folded to make the sleeve.
Maison, Parisian Chic at Home by Ines de la Fressange & Marin Montagut. Published by Flammarion on 9 October 2019.