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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 July 2011
Though this is a nice book with some lovely evocative (and very carefully lit) photos, plus various useful tips, there is an underlying flaw. And it's a big one. These ideas work if the reason you are strapped for cash is that you've laid out every penny on some gorgeous period building with wonderful light, good architectural detail, and bags of atmosphere. It's all very well putting a few battered pieces of vintage furniture in an empty room on a bare floor if the walls are Georgian panelling and the floor is oak boards. Try the same approach in the kind of house that most of us can afford, and your visitors are likely to wonder if you live in a squat.

I would also take issue a bit with what the authors call "cheap". There are some very expensive bathroom fittings in the bathroom section, and using a 1950s medicine cabinet for your bits and bobs may save money on a swanky (and naff) fitted cupboard, but you'll need to scrimp when you've blued a grand on the bath.

More than anything else this book makes me think of that "Harry and Paul" running gag about the shop in Portobello called "I saw you coming". Maybe I'm being unfair and there is a real market out there amongst people in London with bags of taste, enormous mortgages on crumbling period houses, and no idea what to do with the interiors, but for most of us it's just a case of 'dream on, mate'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
Love the chabby chic look, fun book nice projects, to copy and adapt, furniture you already have, suit anyone on little money to sex up all charity shop buys
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on 16 January 2013
My daughter wanted it. She is finding it very good with lots of tips and lovely things to do. Great
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on 13 January 2015
Yes its OK but has illustrations in it that I have seen elsewhere before
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on 2 October 2014
Its amazing thank you !!!!!! I love it Shosh Kuperberg
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on 20 June 2015
Great ideas, lovely pictures.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2012
This really didn,t teach me much .I used to go around the junk shops as a child with my parents as money was tight and as an adult I have continued to do the same as money is still tight so I am used to making and doing and rehashing stuff for a new purpose the photos are lovely in this book but it really hasn,t taught me much that I didn,t know already..
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2011
This little helper motivated and guided me to get some nice new pieces for my flat.
There are some great examples of deco and lovely inpirational photos!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great little book that shows how easy it is to create an interesting, comfortable interior with a lot of flair and a little budget. I hadn't read any of this author's work before, but I will look out for it from now on. Lots of pix, and these look like real houses that real people live in. Brimming with ideas, several of which I've put into practice already.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2011
This was exactly what I was looking for - a beautiful book that gives great ideas about decorating your home, making it look gorgeous while staying practical & cheap. There are lots of glossy pictures which helps for inspiration. This book also makes a lovely gift - I bought one for a friend's birthday and liked it so much, that I had to buy one for myself!
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