The elegant slipcase of the French Country Diary's 32nd edition features a vibrant red and blue Provençal floral pattern with a classic contrasting border from the historic archives of Les Olivades, the venerable French fabric company in Saint-Etienne-du Grès. Within the slipcase lies a linen-textured hardcover book in a handsome blue and cream checked pattern, which displays the year ‘2020' in a decorative medallion. Vintage typography and fifty-eight evocative new photographs by renowned Paris photographer Guillaume de Laubier enhance the captivating design of this unique engagement calendar.
Each of the week-at-a-glance spreads offers a vignette of the French countryside, including gardens, private homes, villages and inspiring landscapes.This year's edition of the much-loved Diary takes you from the wild beauty of Normandy's Cotentin Peninsula, with its historic ports and hidden gardens, to Provence with its fragrant seasonal markets. Throughout the year we visit some of France's most beautiful private homes full of fabulous design ideas -- a chic Pierre Frey living room; a charming Giverny-inspired kitchen; and the romantic gardens of the 17th-century Chateau de Vauville on Normandy's west coast. And of course we go to Paris, one winter's day under a magical dusting of snow; in the spring admiring the sculpted friezes of the Napoleonic-era Luxembrourg Palace, and splurging on a gastronomic holiday dinner at the opulent neoclassical Le Grand Véfour.
Ample space for notes, a ribbon marker, and address pages enhance this unique calendar. Design elements are as handsome as ever. Lush four-color endpapers, generous space for jotting daily notes, a ribbon stitched in to mark each week, and back matter that includes decorative address pages are what the Diary’s worldwide legion of fans have come to expect.
LINDA DANNENBERG is the author of 12 books exploring French lifestyle and design. GUILLAUME DE LAUBIER is one of France's foremost decorative arts photographers.
FOR INFORMATION ON ORDERING RETAIL COPIES OF THE FRENCH COUNTRY DIARY 2020 PLEASE CONTACT LINDA DANNENBERG AT:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: 914-232-9451; Arts & Style Publishing, P.O. Box 495, Katonah, NY 10536. Personally inscribed copies available upon request.