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Flea Market Style [Hardcover]

Emily Chalmers , Ali Hanan , Debi Treloar
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1 Oct 2005
Full of creative and affordable ideas for interior design and decoration.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184172937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841729374
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything goes 21 Mar 2011
Emily Chalmers is a talented stylist with a strong feel for the current `zeitgeist': the eclectic, slightly shabby look found in shops like Anthropologie. Along with photographer Debi Treloar and writer Ali Hanan, Chalmers documents this style visually in this book, which was actually published as early as 2005.

The houses Chalmers uses to illustrate this style belong to beautiful people worldwide, and many of the room and detail shots are highly atmospheric. The interiors do have a `lived in' look which is nicely approachable. This legitimizes the `anything goes together' style; whilst warning how to avoid a haphazard mess.

For me, having grown up in the orange and brown hell of the 1970s, there's a little too much of that rather dusty colour palette here for my liking, but many of the other colour combinations shown are striking yet seem easy to live with...

I have a few quibbles. I really don't think the children's rooms shown here are either practical or appropriate for small kids - my little darlings would have had constant nightmares from the gloomy Russian painting (seemingly of a firing squad!) suggested as visual simulation on one page. And if Ms Chalmers thinks it's still possible to pick up an original Eames chair at a flea market for a song these days, she's living in a fantasy world. Car boot sales round our neck of the woods are more likely to yield melamine-faced chipboard and nests of hideously irredeemable coffee tables...

The structure of the book - element-by-element (eg lighting, seating), then room-by-room - is helpful. But like many of these kinds of volumes, this is largely eye-candy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars style in spadeloads 21 Feb 2008
i love the images in this book and very often go back and flick through it. The book features beautiful photos of stylish interiors probably of people who are all pals through their love of vintage style. The author has written for various style journals and her passion for a bargain and eye for style shows through. The chapters address different areas of the home and how you can use vintage buys to full effect. The book also gives some ideas of what to buy and where you might find things. I often pick this book up when the house is in a mess and it inspires me to go tidy up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You either got it, or you ain't 17 Jan 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
The images in this book are carefully shot and the rooms have been "dressed" for the camera. Even so, many look more like a corner of a fleamarket than a desirable home, with areas of indigestible and, lets face it, not that attractive clutter. By contrast, others display the kind of fashionable sparseness which is only possible if you have a huge house or flat and can leave areas empty.

The whole book is "bitty", and doesn't hang together as a coherent whole. As is the case with other books "by" Emily Chalmers, this is in fact the product of a committee; Chalmers, with Emily Westlake, is credited just with finding the locations (ie choosing the rooms featured); the photos are by someone else - Debi Treloar - and Ali Hanan has the copyright for the text. Which does leave one wondering in what sense Emily Chalmers is the "author"?

The advice given appears sound; once you get your eye in, you'll spot wonderful things quickly, at a distance. Well, I've been getting my eye in for years, and in my experience the following is true: First, that truly wonderful things are thin on the ground these days, you have to shift a lot of cr** before you find a jewel, and the more people read books like this, the less likely you are to be the one who finds the treasure. Second, when you spot that treasure from a hundred yards away, stay calm; the sad probability is that either it is still there waiting for you (as opposed to already in the back of a dealer's van) because it has a serious and irrepairable flaw, like terminal woodworm plus a dreadful pong - or because the stallholder knows exactly how good it is and wants about eighty quid for it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 7 Oct 2009
Lovely book, gorgeous pictures but it's not amazing. Some of the copy is quite obvious to anyone who likes vintage things (ie, look in flea markets for bargains!). Having said that it's still beautiful to flick through of an afternoon...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flea market Style 15 July 2009
Great book, full of inspirational ideas, although they do use alot of the same houses in these books it's still a great book and perfect for a birthday or thank-you present.
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