9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An intelligent and fulfilling read,
This review is from: Modern Vintage Style (Hardcover)
One of the great things about the Emily Chalmers/Ali Hanan writing team is that you get a lot more than pretty pictures. Whilst Debi Treloar's photos are wonderful, there are plenty of other pretty interior decorating books out there. What makes me choose books by these particular authors is the quality of research and the intelligent structure and content of the writing. You don't just swoon over the pictures, but you can also enjoy, appreciate and learn from the (beautifully set out) text. Modern vintage decorating style is delightfully variable and the book isn't a 'buy this and get the look' tome, but a source of inspiration to help you make the best of your own home and what you may already own.
It's good to note that the homes featured are very varied. Some I would live in, others are far too extreme or unattainable. But every one of them is both wonderful eye-candy and a useful source of ideas, intelligently explained in the text.
You could simply be aware that, given a lottery win, you would still prefer to keep the comfortable mish-mash of furniture you inherited and picked up from IKEA, rather than rushing out to the best in new or antique furniture stores. Or you may be a serious collector of vintage, wondering how to stop your pieces looking fusty and your rooms cluttered. In either case, Modern Vintage Style could be what you are already doing. Reading this book can help to clarify WHY some of what you do works so well, and give you plenty more ideas for how to build on pieces you already have.