How to French Country Color and design inspiration from southwest France

Sara Silm

The ultimate guide to surrounding yourself with French country style, wherever you are. 

From deep in the countryside of southwest France comes a comprehensive guide to surrounding yourself with French country style wherever you are. Capturing the beauty and tranquility of the region, interior designer and journalist Sara Silm distills the unique colors, textures, and flavors of this distinctive corner of the world.

Inherent in Sara’s detailed knowledge of French country style are philosophical lines drawn between color, temporality, style, sensation, and season, such that every design choice is a contemplation of time and place. Nowhere is this more clearly felt than in her unique color palettes, inspired by the patina of weather-beaten shutters, of local brick and fading roof tiles, violet-hued ice cream, and rolling hills bursting to life in spring.

Coupling detailed, practical design knowledge with evocative notes on rural French life and choice recipes, How to French Country offers a path to gentler living and refocusing on all that we hold dear. 


Stylist Silm delivers winning design tips in this lovely tribute to 'the simplicity of a rural existence'… The author's suggestions are refreshing, and the down-to-earth feel will encourage readers to get started… Francophiles and design aficionados alike will devour this.

— Publishers Weekly


Sara Silm


Sara Silm is a writer, cook, and stylist. She lives in the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwestern France. How to French Country is her first book.