Designer Spotlight: Betty Lou Phillips • Passion & Panache

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‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ‭

With the relentless heat here in the Deep South, chances are, we could melt really soon.  Ok, not really…but I feel like we could all use a day indoors in the comforts of our home…and air conditioner!  I’m thinking it’s time to put our feet up, sip a tall glass of sweet iced tea, and have something similar to thumbing through a decorating magazine!  As I have often said, I love and collect books!  I have a huge collection of decorating books of favorite designers!  One of my favorites is Betty Lou Phillips who has a passion for French and Italian design.  Not only are the photos breathtaking, but she explains the styling in the context of history.  She has authored thirteen design books!

Got your tea and ottoman nearby?  Let’s take a look…

(You can click on each picture for the original source)


1 A beautiful entrance with antique gilt-edged mirrors and a silk covered settee!  Fine craftsmanship and artfully layered color transformed an ordinary space into an 18th century chateau!A welcoming foyer with a diverse grouping of altar sticks and an antique tapestry!  A barrel vault ceiling with pendants cast warm light on a gallery with 19th century Italian settees!ILS What is not to love about this living space – warm wood walls, beamed ceiling, stone fireplace, and that red leather chair!!! An elegant living space (salon)!   As a pianist, the heirloom piano grabs my attention!  Attention to detail…pearl trim on a lamp shade, collection of sterling frames filled with family photos, a table skirt caught with rosettes combine to create a memorable setting! A comfortable sitting area in a master bedroom! The accessories really make a room sing!  A great mix of pattern! Hand-woven tapestries play an important role in French interiors!FYDP Gray Venetian plaster walls, an assortment of hurricanes and candlesticks, and twin chandeliers provide ambiance for this dining room! Formal space with spider back chairs and sparkling chandelier! The stone archway in this Italian villa sets the stage for a unique dining room.  The early 19th century dining table set with individual pizzas invites you to have a seat!CDCThe perfectly appointed kitchen with the piece de resistance-La Cornue range!
 White marble…black granite…stainless steel create timeless design! A classic Italian kitchen with beautiful alder cabinets!  I love the handcrafted Italian words adorning the backsplash!BA A lovely setting to start your day!A breakfast room awash with French influences. The chandelier and most of the accessories are very old!
 Lots of light streaming in this country French breakfast space!sleep A guest room dressed in blue and white toile! An iron bed dominates this spacious master suite! Neutral shades with pattern and texture dress this calming and dreamy bedroom!EB What lady would not love this perfect dressing area? An elegant master bath dressed in white marble, matching pedestals, and crystal chandelier! Wouldn’t you enjoy a soak in this feminine space?read A hand painted canvas adorns the ceiling of this study with its walnut paneled walls and his and her chairs!  Love the animal rug!Collage Ok, magazine time is over…guess we can all go brave the sweltering heat now!

pam closing

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  1. I love Betty Lou Phillips books and have quite a few of them. It is amazing how much we have in common, Pam. I especially love her kitchen with marble and black granite with the Paris clock. Wish I knew her source for the Paris clock.

    • Bonnie, thank you and it sounds like we have much in common! I enjoy taking the books and looking through them once again after many years, it still looks fresh!

  2. Jaybird says:

    Another pianist in love with the music room! I also like the one above it with the red chair. We have walnut paneling in our den (a normal room, not a mansion room :^), and I could copy their thought pattern since I have mostly neutral furnishings and can make my own draperies etc.. I think my tan recliner is “fixing” to have a red slipcover :^) Thank you for the lovely pictures and ideas.

    • Thank you for reading and I am so glad that you got ideas! Would love to see a photo of the chair when you are finished! I enjoy books and magazines to be inspired!

  3. Just love Betty Lou Phillips books….I looked at some of the same pictures yesterday. I love a good decorating book or magazine myself. I have so many books and magazines. A beautiful house and garden is my passion. I love seeing your house and garden. Your garden turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  4. Nellie says:

    Lovely photos, and always fun going thru decorating books, I get quite a kick out of that.
    Recently I have been trying to reaccessorize my master bedroom with a Coastal look
    so I have been enjoying Coastal Living Magazines Videos. They are amazing too.
    Blessings, Nellie

  5. Stephanie says:

    {{sigh}} What delightful beauty and charm, my friend. The first bath you showed took my breath away :) Now I will fall asleep dreaming of these lovely rooms. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you, Pam!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    I love sitting back and enjoying décor books and magazines! These image are stunning. Absolutely gorgeous inspiration! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Hope you cool down soon.

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