Bring French-style liv­ing into your life

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

FROM the food to the fash­ion and in­te­ri­ors, there is much about the el­e­gance of French style that is uni­ver­sally loved.

But achiev­ing a truly clas­sic Parisian de­sign in your home is less about mim­ick­ing the look and more about fo­cus­ing on the most im­por­tant el­e­ments, AZBcre­ative di­rec­tor Alex Zabotto-Bent­ley says.

The in­te­rior de­signer and stylist has ex­pe­ri­ence in­ject­ing Euro­pean charm into spa­ces, most re­cently at Syd­ney bar Kit­ty­hawk.

He says Parisian chic is all about let­ting the in­te­ri­ors take a back seat so the smaller or­na­ments and decor pieces steal the show.

“Art and ob­jects speak louder than pat­terns,” Zabotto-Bent­ley says.

“The French love to col­lect art and love to cre­ate their own gallery.”

Keep your in­te­ri­ors sim­ple and time­less by choos­ing muted colours such as soft greys and of­fwhites.

“French chic is re­ally about nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als – beau­ti­ful wools and cot­ton, raw bronze and aged brass,” Zabotto-Bent­ley says.

“It’s an in­te­rior that re­ally feels as if it’s kind of faded in time. Noth­ing stands out.”

The fo­cus will then shift to the finer de­tails.

Zabotto-Bent­ley says col­lect­ing items with a story be­hind them is key.

“Get things that have a his­tory to them and speak of your per­son­al­ity,” he says.

The trick to cre­at­ing a stylish dis­play is to clus­ter your ob­jects to­gether.

“Find some unique books, put some old vases in there with some cool flow­ers and mix it in with a piece of art,” Zabotto-Bent­ley says.

“Clus­ter things in odd num­bers. There’s al­ways one that sits at the front.” See more in­te­ri­ors at azbthe­cre­

Soft grey tones, art pieces and table­tops with clus­tered items are fea­tured through­out the Parisian chic styled home of in­te­rior de­signer Alex Zabot­toBent­ley (pic­tured).

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