Dallas author and interior designer, Betty Lou Phillips, is one of my favorites!  She is so charming, talented and gracious.  Her interior design firm, Interiors by BLP, is in demand all over the world and her new book, French Impressions, is her tenth interior design book!  Amazing!  

Each page of French Impressions is more beautiful than the next.  The photographs are gorgeous and give great interior design ideas for everything from a grand dining room to a kitchen pantry.  Every detail of a home, from the laundry room to the closet, should have beautiful decor and her ideas and inspirations are fantastic.  

You can get your copy of French Impressions at a book signing event at Neiman Marcus Downtown on Thursday, October 14 anytime between 1-3.

Betty Lou also shares tips on living like the French!  She shares all sorts of tips for dinner party etiquette all from a uniquely French perspective.  

She writes:

-Be aware of the 15 minute rule. If asked to arrive at 8, appear exactly 15 minutes after the appointed hour.  do not arrive any earlier or more than five minutes later.

-It is unacceptable to apply lipstick at the table.  In fact, it simply is NOT done.  French women are united in the belief that “a woman must never put on lipstick in public; one does that in private.”  “She must never let anyone witness her grooming in public.”

-Do not cut salad; fold a leaf with the fork or the help of a small piece of bread.  It is rare that leaves are large or unwieldy, since most hostesses see to that.

-Some Parisians say it is a supreme compliment to the hostess for a guest ask for recipe; but do so later, not at table.

-If asked to pass the salt, pass only the salt, not the salt and pepper.  Here, the two are inseparable but not in France.  Since salt has superstitious connotations, place it within easy reach rather than handing it directly to the person. 

-Between courses hands must rest on the table, not in one’s lap.  

-Try a portion of every course.  Unless allergic to a food being served, it is a faux pas not to do so. 

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4 Comments

  1. swankychicfete on September 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    kimberly, i am a follower in FB and here!

    would love to win the book! LOL

  2. pretty pink tulips on September 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Those tips are fantastic. At SMU, I was taught never to "divorce" the salt and pepper. Better rethink that if I'm dining in Paris!!

    Elizabeth

  3. Kendall on September 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    What a neat book! And so what was on my mind today! (Pierre Deux is hosting a French entertaining class next week!) I follow you in all those places so I'd love to throw my name in the hat 🙂

  4. Hilary Kennedy on September 23, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I'm so excited about this book and learning how to make any room pretty (even the mud room). These tips are useful and fun…I will have to remember to only pass the salt if it's asked for. We Texans tend to pass the entire table spread!

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