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Fleamarket Chic: The Thrifty Way to Create a Stylish Home [Hardcover]

Liz Bauwens , Alexandra Campbell
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9 Feb 2012
Fleamarket Chic is the smart way to decorate now, adding texture, colour and depth to contemporary interiors. In modern rooms, a distressed chair or a vintage mirror adds a perfect finishing touch. And in traditional decorating schemes, fleamarket chic is a key part of the mix: faded textiles, weathered furniture, mismatched china and the occasional flamboyant lamp or work of art are all part of the charm. Of course, Fleamarket Chic is about saving you money, along with recycling, upcycling and repurposing. But it s also about a sense of history and place, about individuality, and creating a home that reflects your life and personality. Every piece in a Fleamarket Chic interior has a story: the colourful jug you found at a car boot fair, the vintage telephone you reclaimed when a favourite aunt finally bought a modern handset, the little chair you found in a village junk shop or the old dustbins that have been converted into fashionable zinc planters. In Fleamarket Chic, we ll show you how to spot the clever find in a pile of junk, where to look and how to negotiate, how to smarten up (and when not to smarten up) second-hand items and how to re-discover and re-use things you or your family already have.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cico (9 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908170158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908170156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Bauwens is a freelance stylist who has worked for House and Garden, Good Housekeeping and Country Homes and Interiors. Alexandra Campbell is a writer whose work has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines including The Times Magazine, The Independent and Financial Times: How to Spend It. Together they are the authors of Simply Country and Thrifty Chic, both available from CICO Books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but not so very thrifty . . . 14 Feb 2012
By Peasant TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book has some of the loveliest and most unusual interiors of recnetly published interiors books. Certainly the style is distinctive and different (hooray) and there is much here you could learn from and copy. There is also much to make you grind your teeth in impotent envy. I have seen some of these interiors in magazines, but it isn't the old "usual suspects" roll out of familiar stuff. I LOVED the railway carriage, I wanted the converted trawler so much it hurt, I was charmed and seduced by the garden-shed-as-airy-and-delightful-spare-room. Unfortunately I can't have any of them, but one can dream (and drool).

I found this a much more original and inspirational book that Emily Chalmers' "Flea Market Style", but it has its faults. The text doesn't tell us much that isn't just a commentary on the pictures, and the source information at the back is scant in the extreme - indeed, in the index under "car boots" it says "see garage sales" (not the same thing anyway), showing that this book is trying to be all things to all English-speaking persons. A lot of the stuff shown you'd never find at a flea market anyway; or if you did, you'd pay almost as much as in a shop. But that is the fault of books like this, and there's no remedy for that unless you're far enough ahead of the zeitgeist not to need a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best interior design book ive bought 13 May 2012
By gemcat
Format:Hardcover
Best interior design book ever, not just full of unrealistic minimal pictures of expensive homes like mosr, but realistic homes full of inspiration with lots of tips. Don't hesitate to buy this book. It's fab
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos and an interesting read 7 Mar 2012
By Gilly
Format:Hardcover
I learned quite a bit about how people find bargains in what looks like a pile of junk and the explanations of how the individual owners did up their houses was helpful. Most chapters then go on to give good general tips, such as how to `get your eye in' at a car boot fair, how to maximise your chances of finding a good bargain on eBay, what to start collecting or `brand names' to look out for, especially in second-hand furniture or china. But I missed some of it first time round, though - it's easy just to skim the book, because the pictures are lovely, and not realise there's some really useful advice, especially towards the end of the chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish 24 Mar 2013
By Gia
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A great addition to my interior design books. It has some good ideas to follow if you like your home to look put together and stylish , it shows how to mix much loved pieces with great finds from markets and second hand finds. Not over stylised , but a warm and welcoming home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not very inspiring 3 Mar 2013
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Nice book with lots of pretty pictures! I would have liked more ideas to help me create the 'shabby chic look' which I love so I didn't give it full marks..
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 22 Feb 2013
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We are all looking for a bargain, this bookshows you how to make a lovelly and original home for not much money, it wll be unique to you
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