French Lifestyle Books

Without a doubt is definitely a “je ne sais quoi” style when it comes to French design, home decor and traditions. These books highlight the personal approaches to the art of living and table setting touches for entertaining.


Sharon Santoni lives in the Normandy countryside with her husband and dogs. Born in England, she has lived in Northern France for years. Santoni embraces the “art de vivre” lifestyle and her two books (click covers below) are your guides to stylish French living made easy.


Exquisitely illustrated, Living in Provence is written in three languages: English, French and German. It is the work of Barbara and Rene Stoelite, a writer and a photographer respectively, who began their careers as artists and gallery owners and collaborated on interior design articles for publications such as Vogue, Country Living, and House Beautiful. To read Mary-Jane Deeb’s full book review click here.

The Christmas Kalends of Provence by Thomas Allibone Janvier, first published in 1902, and republished many times since.  It is a delightful tale of a Christmas visit by Janvier, an American journalist and writer of Provençal descent, to a friend, the Count de Vielmur, in his chateau located “on the westward slope of the Alpilles, overlooking Arles and Tarascon and within sight of Avignon, near the Rhone margin of Provence.” Read the full review here.