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Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects [Paperback]

Ellen Dyrop , Hanna Kristinsdottir
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24 Feb 2011
Breathing new life into old household knick knacks that would otherwise be condemned to a life in the attic or the back of your wardrobe has never been so much fun. This stylish new book shows you how to transform old curios into beautiful decorative ornaments for every room in the home. Innovative ideas abound, ranging from old metal jelly mould doorstops to a chandelier embellished with old silver cutlery! The projects are easy to follow yet stunningly effective. Various craft techniques are used throughout, including embroidery, decoupage and scrap-booking, so there really is something for everyone. It is suitable for lovers of the shabby-chic look and those who have an interest in, junk-shops, antiques and heirlooms.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (24 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847738141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847738141
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hanna Kristinsdottir (born in Iceland) moved to Norway in 1977 to study interior design. She worked as an interior designer until 1998, when she started working as a journalist. Her main areas of interest include crafts, hobbies and interior design. Ellen Dyrop has a arts degree from Oslo National Academy of Arts. She has written many books on hobbies, crafts and interior design.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 3 Mar 2011
By Lizzie
Format:Paperback
I absolutely love this book. I didn't have really high hopes as I have bought books like this before and been disappointed as they just seem to have images of peoples homes and lots of repetitive text. This book is completely different though, it's FULL of gorgeous images and the text is short and to the point with an instructions section at the back.
The ideas in this book are completely original too (unlike other similar books) and it really is inspiring. It has made me look at 'junk' in a completely new way and I already love collecting bits and bobs and visiting car boot sales so, if you don't, you may be a convert after reading this book!! Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to treasure! 25 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I have a bit of an addiction for these shabby chic themed books, and this is a good one because it is more useful than just a book full of pretty pictures. This book focuses on finding old/vintage/disused objects and turning them into something useful & beautiful. A few of my favorites include turning vintage plates into clocks, using tea cups in place of candlelight's on an old chandelier. Using old cutlery as coat hooks. These are simple yet effective ideas. The photography is lovely; the pictures are large and clear & beautifully shot on thick good quality paper. If you love vintage, shabby chic style you will love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars rediscovered inspiration 12 April 2011
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An easy to read, totally inspiring book which has helped me see the beauty (and potential) in all sorts of things that I wouldn't normally notice - and made me go straight out to the charity shops for silver platters, glass dishes, frames and fabrics, and return with amazing new ideas for crafty ways to reuse old items and make them useful again. Great book find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes. 19 Feb 2012
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This a beautiful book. If you're looking for ideas for a beautiful, romantic, vintage style interior this is a good place to start. Think candlelight reflecting off old silvered mirrors, cabbage roses, and antique lace. The photography is exquisite and it would deserve its place in my home as a coffee table book to look at and savour. However it is so much more than that.

The reusing and upcycling ideas are ones that I hadn't seen anywhere else until I got this book (though they're begining to be copied elsewhere)and I found it hugely inspiring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book with great ideas 1 July 2011
By HelenaK
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Thought this book had the most beautiful pictures and some very quirky ideas! Really felt inspired and like the mix of Englishness and Nordicness (Scando-Anglo?) that came through when reading the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered Treasures 17 May 2011
By Phoebe
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Although it is full of pretty enough photos I was a bit disappointed. I flicked once through it and nothing particularly stopped me in my tracks for a second look. I have quite a few of these books and I lift them from the shelves to savour the pictures and the words again and again but as I didn't see those possibilities with this book I gave it to my sister as a kind of 'starter' book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 April 2011
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This book is excellent. Especially if you have a lot of junk around the house. Lots if ideas of making something out of junk. I could not put the book down. I had to read it from cover to cover. Buy it and be inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring creations! 27 April 2013
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What an excellent book! For the novice in this area like myself, the book is thoughtful, creative and rather inspiring. I'm off out tomorrow to rummage round the car boot sale to see what I can find to recreate. A terrific book and I would certainly buy more from this author!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem.
Fascinating-a great read.
Published 9 days ago by Kaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A very pretty book but some of the ideas are a bit too weird for me.
Published 1 month ago by EverLearning
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely book, Ive spent many an hour pouring over the book,
Published 1 month ago by mrsfinnigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
Really great book. Beautiful pictures and lots of things to make and improve. What more can I say! Love it
Published 9 months ago by Hayley Samantha Medlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, lovely lovely
I have many many of this vintage style. This is just lovely. lots of fresh ideas that although are easy to achieve are gorgeous looking and not the same old stuff
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. G. Hobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing original here....
Nothing particularly original here, many ideas that we've seen before. Styling often overtly twee.... No projects as such, more an 'inspiration book'.
Published 12 months ago by M. Sabine
4.0 out of 5 stars review
I bought this for a friend. She seemed to like it and I thought it was good value for money.
Published 13 months ago by Nicola
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky ideas
Will use this book, unlike some similar ones. Some of the ideas are a bit odd, but it's well written easy to follow, and everything looks do-able.
Published 13 months ago by J. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
I was given this as a present and proceeded to spend most of my birthday frantically devouring each page - could not put it down, I wanted to make ALL THE THINGS STRAIGHT... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Clarabell
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of ideas.
I enjoyed this book. It gave me lots of ideas for my own projects. Good pictures. Some things were a bit strange but still good to flick through of an evening.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. E. H. Valentine
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