Freshly French flair

Monday, July 9, 2001 at 1:00am

We just celebrated the Fourth of July, but have you thought about what you're doing for the 14th? It's Bastille Day, of course, that commemoration of the storming of the Bastille, which started the French Revolution. A national holiday in France, it's as good an opportunity as any to add a little joie de vivre to your life.

How so, you ask? By decorating, of course. No, I'm not suggesting getting out all those little Eiffel Towers you collected in Paris. French style is far more subtle, a wonderful look to live with year-round.

Dominique Pfahl, a native-born French woman and owner of the San Francisco floral design shop Floreal, perfectly exemplifies the easygoing style in her home. She has no desire to match everything. So in her living room, you'll find a blue bench that once sat in an Oakland, Calif., train station, assorted garage sale globes, ceramic planters, not to mention a 120-year-old grandfather clock that previously belonged to her aunt in Nice

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