Author, interior designer, lecturer, historian, entrepreneur, Florence de Dampierre is also known for her energetic personal style, warmth, and exuberance. Ms. de Dampierre grew up in Paris and currently lives in an old house in Connecticut with her husband, children and dogs.
Her first book, The Best of Painted Furniture(published in 1987 by Rizzoli), has become a classic, selling over a hundred thousand copies. She then wrote The Decorator, which unpacks the work and style of fellow designers like Albert Hadley, Renzo Mongiardino and Madeleine Castaing. Florence's next book, Chairs: A History, has become the reference book on the subject, has become the standard reference book on the subject. For French Chic: The Art of Decorating Houses, she illustrates her design principles through a tour of her home: The Art of Decorating Houses. Her most recent book, Walls, gives a lively account of how living spaces can been transformed by fresco, wood paneling, stenciling, paint and wallpaper.
A contributing editor to the much missed House & Garden magazine, Ms. de Dampierre writes lifestyle stories for newspapers and magazines. She was a contributing editor to House & Garden.
She began Florence de Dampierre Antiques in New York City in 1985. It was the first American antiques shop devoted solely to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painted furniture. Located in Soho, the shop received many accolades and was the subject of a 1990 New York Magazine cover story.
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