Jean-Louis-Deniot-6I was reading an article about French super-star decorator Jean-Louis Deniot when I came upon a word that I did not know, décalquer (day-kal-kay). The context was “Je ne vais pas décalquer la même chose à chaque fois,” or “I am not going to trace the same thing each time.” I appreciate Deniot’s approach to décor. When I flip through décor magazines, I sometimes wonder what happened to the personalities of the owners. Deniot’s interiors are refreshingly distinctive from one another. To learn more about him, or to find some ideas to décalquer for your own home, check out this new book from Rizzoli, Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Décalquer

  1. Norman Ball says:

    What a lovely word. And an even lovelier question, namely, where do the personalities go when the decorator/interior designer arrives? As always thanks for a fine read.

  2. And likewise, thanks to you for stopping by and for your kind words.

  3. I love receiving your ‘expression a day” posts. It’s a lovely way to expand the vocabulary, and the words are so much more memorable with a story or picture to explain them. Lovely blog!

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