“The design world in Paris is dazzling. For centuries France has been considered the pinnacle of refinement in fashion, food, and design. This is in large part because the French have always revered and supported artisans who are the best at what they do, whether they are employing ancient techniques or new technology.” -David Jimenez
A beautiful apartment in Paris is something we all dream of. A bohemian retreat, full of character and charm. In Parisian by Design, designer David Jimenez inspires us with his interiors while sharing his secrets for how to decorate like a Parisian.
We’re talking detailed shared secrets of his elevated taste… the very antique dealers he has worked with, specific fabrics/paint colors and their sources, manufacturers, artisans, and stores. The people he works with must adore him for his generous and meticulous attributions.
This page-turner showcases HIS homes in glorious locales Paris, Saintines, Hyde Park, Nob Hill, and Kansas City. (you won’t want to miss this)
His homes offer valuable insights that we can all learn from. Jimenez works masterfully with tight spaces, making them impactful to ensure that they serve many purposes well. He is practical, acutely aesthetic with an innate sense of proportion, and clearly a stickler for details. An example is his removal of doors from a mahogany bookcase to allow it to function in a small space—likely making this piece more eye-catching than ever.
One gets a distinct sense of his love for entertaining. His cozy seating arrangements and library dining areas graciously entice intimate conversations. Beautiful bar areas atop French dressers and chests await spur of the moment cocktails. His refreshing aesthetic creates elegant interactions between classic and modern. Having said that, while he does appreciate innovation, Jimenez artfully refrains from getting too caught up in the past or the trends of now.
” My designs reach to the past for a look of the future” -David Jimenez
Jimenez is a master of detail- utilizing good materials, luscious fabrics, and the finest paints. You may find yourself thinking “how did he do that” or “I wonder what that fabric/surface is” or “where DO you find something like that”? Read carefully, because he will answer those very questions along the way, citing specific paints, fabrics, custom collaborations, furniture and art resources. *He even generously dedicates part of his book to Parisian design resources, flea market shopping strategy and tips, the French approach to color, and more.
His pointers on how to style tables offer a modern take that breathes freshness into classic French. His graceful consideration of all things design results in spaces that are both balanced and calm.
Note to designers, tastemakers, Francophiles and armchair travelers:
Parisian by Design will get your heart rate going with exhilarated awe. Offering a combination of stunning photography by Xavier Béjot and sparkling text by Diane Dorrans Saeks, this book screams PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT, because you won’t want to lend your copy out. It is a one to read, re-read, proudly display, and refer to before planning your next trip to Paris. Equal parts inspiring and resource treasure trove.
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