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Country Living Country Chic: Country Style for Modern Living [Hardcover]

Liz Bauwens , Alexandra Campbell , Country Living Magazine
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Book Description

April 2001 Country Living
Take classic country and combine it with modern urban interiors--and you have a fresh style that works anywhere! "Stylish yet livable country looks. Whether you are an eclectic city slicker or live in a traditional Maine cottage, you can create your own melting pot of styles. Learn to combine old with new, and how to mix and match classic patterns and colors."--Bridal Guide Magazine.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst Communications; 1 edition (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588160165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588160164
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 23.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Liz Bauwens is a freelance stylist who works for a number of magazines as well as Ikea and Habitat. Alexandra Campbell is a writer whose work appears in the (London) Independent, Financial Times, and (London) Times newspapers. They are the co-authors of Spaces for Living.

Country Living magazine, with a circulation of nearly two million readers, captures the country lifestyle and covers decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening, and travel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A good book about country style but UK readers should be aware that it's published by the US version of Country Living magazine, not the UK version, and this is an American book. Therefore, 'country' means styles like Shaker rather than the English Country Cottage style many of us might be thinking of. Also, it very much assumes that you don't actually live in the countryside yourself, but want to create the country look in a town property. That said, it then gives lots of hints and tips about how to do just that with colour, furniture types and accessories, and the photographs are delightful. The slightly didactic tone is a little irritating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original modern country decor - fabulous! 25 Jan 2002
By A Customer
County Chic really is a joy to read. The book contains beautifully photographed images featuring an array of original interior ideas. The styles featured could quite easily be interpreted into a city or country home. The book offers the reader a refreshing and inspirational insight into modern country decor. I highly recommend the book to readers who love simple country style mixed with modern amenities.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book That Teaches and Inspires, 1 May 2003
By K. Hemmer - Published on
many decorating ideas and styles within the framework of
Country. Although, I turn to this book when i am about to paint a room and need to study the effects of a color.Another person
might find it useful to learn the skills of simplifying a type of decor.
It starts with the stark simplicity and ulitarian work of
the American Shaker and brings in English Country and
proceeds to modern Cubism.
The pastel colors in this book are a feast to the eyes, in
their subtle combinations.
This book shows how details of life are important, but in
natural way without clutter prevailing in a room.
Except for the Bazaar Style and the Ethnic section, most of it would be welcome in your home. It even spruces up a trailer
for those who prefer to live on wheels.I highly recommend
this refresing look at Country "Chic.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Own Definition of "Country" ..... 29 May 2005
By A reader in Central America - Published on
The first few times I paged through the book I thought I didn't like it much, but then [FLASH!!!] I realized that the book's strength is that it shows so many different variations of "country" that it forced me to define, redefine and narrow my choices until I knew what I liked and didn't like, what I wanted, and I was then ready to buy, build, re-do, scrounge, beg, borrow, etc. It really helped me devise a Plan of Action.

The fairly in-depth chapters showed homes that I labeled Shaker-style plain, claustrophobically crowded, boarding house depressing, great house-ugly colors, great colors-ugly house,

junk store mismatched and then finally Warm and Wonderful - Just my style. The chapter on the very Retro Airstream trailer-van is also a really nostalgic throwback to my childhood in the '50's - when you really saw these on the roads -

I recommend this book for anyone with a yen for country, but no [as yet] very clear idea of how they will go about getting it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures and inspiration... 1 Mar 2007
By Mom to 2 boys - Published on
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This book was a nice picture book of country rooms and homes. I did enjoy looking through. However, I thought some of the rooms were rather "outdated" in the country look, and some like "ethnic" were...well, bizarre!

I did like the Shaker and more modern designs, and thing it's a fine book to flip through.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has aged well! 9 Feb 2014
By Vic - Published on
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This book was published in 2001...I found a mention of it in Jan. 2014 while looking at comments on a more recent publication and decided to see if it was available used for a good price. Found it and purchased from amazon mktplace for the price of one issue of a decorating magazine. So glad I did b/c this is really a nice book. Although it purports to be country style, I think it reflects more eclectic decorating at its best. I liked the range of styles, esp the ethnic and bazaar styles, actually every section had something that appealed to me. Mainly this book encourages readers to explore their own style and interests in decorating their homes, an approach I strongly embrace, rather than purchasing one's home furnishings lock stock and barrel from your local furniture showroom. It is nice to come across a design book that has withstood the test of time and remains relevant 13 years in.
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and lovely 27 Mar 2014
By Terri in New York - Published on
Beautiful photographs of warmly staged rooms, each full of vignettes, collections -- all in a great mix of new and old. As an antique dealer, I have always enjoyed Country Living's publications -- magazines and books alike -- and this one is worth having. A great coffee table book to thumb through again and again for inspiration.
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