This elegant 26th edition of the French Country Diary employs vintage typography and 58 evocative new photographs by Guillaume de Laubier to enhance the captivating design of this unique engagement calendar. The gleaming slipcase features a vibrant blue and white Provencal fabric pattern with a contrasting border fabric from the Olivades company in Saint-Remy, while the linen-textured hardcover book itself has a red floral design that displays the year “2014” in a decorative medallion. 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 diary visits the posh resort of Biarritz, poised on the shores of the Atlantic in the Pays Basque; strolls through the romantic gardens of Eugenie-les-Bains in the Landes region; explores the palm-decked harbor town of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean, with its pastel-hued hillside homes; and enjoys a pre-Christmas evening on the Left Bank at the Deux Magots cafe. Also included are 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.
Linda Dannenberg has written articles on cuisine and travel for numerous publications, including House & Garden, the Los Angeles Times, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, and the Wine Spectator. She is the author of 11 books focusing on French lifestyle, design, and cuisine, including Ducasse: Flavors of France, French Country Kitchens, Paris Boulangerie-Patisserie, and the Pierre Deux series. She lives in Katonah, New York. Guillaume de Laubier is one of France’s foremost decorative arts and lifestyle photographers whose work illustrates numerous books such as A French Home: Style and Entertaining and The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. His work has also appeared in leading style magazines such as Architectural Digest, Decoration, Elle, and Vogue.
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