Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and The New Look

Dior & His Decorators: the first work on the two interior designers most closely associated with Christian Dior. Review on www.CourtneyPrice.com

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Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and The New Look

by Maureen Footer, Interior Design Historian

Author Maureen Footer, a former interior designer and expert in French decorative arts, gives us the first in-depth account of the two Parisian interior designers associated with Christian Dior. Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy were much more than the interior designers for his home; they were personal friends and professional colleges of Dior.  It was Geffroy who introduced Dior to the world of couture. Grandpierre masterminded the look of Dior’s couture house- and was the one to “brand” Dior with the stylistic details that define the brand to this day, [Read more…]

Chateau de Villette- The Splendor of French Decor

facade of Chateau de Villette as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Chateau de Villette- The Splendor of French Decor

You are not going to believe your eyes when you see the breathtaking mid-seventeenth-century chateau outside of Paris that I am about to show you…. 

Chateau de Villette- The Splendor of French Decor, written by Guillaume Picon and photographed by Bruno Ehrs, is one of the most beautiful books on French decorative arts and design that I have ever seen. The history of both the chateau and its owners is fascinating, and its thoughtful restorations have ensured a consistent place en vogue.

Original construction took place from 1663–69, with architecture attributed to Francois Mansart and his great-nephew, chief architect of Louis XV, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. At this time, new chateau styles were developing as practical or strategic military elements were no longer necessary- opening the way for Le Notre to design elaborate gardens and outdoor vistas.

The extravagant interiors reflect the then-new mindset of the Rococo era – designed with more permanence and elegance.  Bedchambers, previously ceremonial, were designed be private spaces of comfort in the eighteenth century. Tables were no longer brought to the bedchambers for dining. Stand-alone dining rooms were an eighteenth-century innovation, and in Chateau de Villette is the first formal dining room in a French chateau. [Read more…]

STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

Stone Houses by Linda Leigh Paul, reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

By Linda Leigh Paul

Linda Leigh Paul has published another beautiful design book- of contemporary stone properties that are anything BUT predictable. Stone Houses gives us the kind of eye candy that would encourage us to slow down, savor the experience, and perhaps revisit architectural details from previous chapters.  Paul’s compilation of almost thirty modern spaces span the world, highlighting architects who put stone to work in innovative ways, in homes that we would not otherwise have access to. Architecture fans and anyone who is considering a new-build or remodel might want to shop architects she included in this book. Mostly privately owned, the high-end homes on this insider tour are not to be missed:

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Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions

Charlotte Moss Entertains- beautiful book reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Summer entertaining season has officially launched and Charlotte Moss’ tenth book, Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions, is just the inspiration we need. This magnificent 288 page book makes it at once obvious that living well should be an every day event rather than an occasional celebration. Every day offers the opportunity to practice the art of gracious living — whether we are planning a fancy dinner party, breakfast in bed, lunch on the screened porch, or even enjoying a peaceful solitary “moment in between”.

Moss clarifies that the details of entertaining may be work, but they are certainly not a chore because one of life’s greatest pleasures includes building relationships and deepening friendships – which often happens around food and drink.

Let’s take a look at some of the components of Moss’ entertaining DNA: [Read more…]

No Bullshit Social Media

 

No Bullshit Social Media, reviewed on CourtneyPrice.comAnyone with a grasp of the big picture begins to realize that PR, marketing, sales, and even customer service are not four distinct silos that compete for dollars and face time with senior executives. They are four sides of the same square. What one does affects the other side. Each one of these facets is a part of social media.

In the book No Bullshit Social Media; The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing, Jason Falls and Erik Deckers remind us that social media is where our customers are. They identify  and offer insights about precisely what social media can do for a brand:

  • Enhance brand awareness
  • Protect brand reputation
  • Enhance public relations
  • Build community
  • Enhance customer service
  • Facilitate research and development
  • Drive leads and sales

Not just that, but these two take a deep dive into how to properly use social media, and who should be at the helm. This last point is particularly interesting.

Social Media is for Senior Staff, Not Interns…

Social Media is NOT an entry level position- it requires [Read more…]