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2.0 out of 5 stars Strange rooms, text to make your eyes pop out., 14 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Modern Vintage Style (Hardcover)
I do not like this book. It was sent as a Christmas present with the promise "you'll love this, you're so into vintage". Oh dear. When you have your interior photographed by an expert and put in a book, that validates your taste; the very fact of publishing tells you "this is all right". But it isn't. Many of these interiors are profoundly ugly. Features which lack the expert designer touch include rough splintery wood on seats and a spiky metal lamp low on the wall over the pillows, which you will either scratch your scalp with or tangle your hair in. One of the houses shown looks atractive only because several hundred pounds worth of cut flowers perch on every surface.

The reason for this starts to become plain when we read the text. Don't worry about colour schemes, we're told; pick up your furniture anywhere from junk shops to IKEA and don't fret that it will clash; clashing colours and styles are always good. One paragraph reads, astonishingly,
"Everything is casually thrown together yet the relaxed mis-match of finishes and colours just seems so right. Simply embrace your home's ready-made quirks, like exposed brickwork, old wallpaper, peeling paint, ancient flagstones, and original tiles. For this is truly your home's vintage". Now, when I have picked myself up from the ROFL episode which this brings on, I reflect that this is not just pretentious tosh, it is in fact profoundly insulting to the reader. The book is full of this sort of thing, repeated again and again in slightly different phrases.

The rooms in this book which actually look good seem to be very clearly thought out with tight colourschemes and carefully chosen objects. However, that is no doubt an illusion and they are in fact just "thrown together". Meanwhile, to get into this vibe, I have vowed to embrace my home's ready-made quirks. The dripping tap, the condensation mould in the corner, the ever-increasing stack of beer bottles in the kitchen are, I now realise, not eyesores but "just seem right". If only I had recognised my home's true vintage in time and not foolishly got rid of those charming, quirky polystyrene ceiling tiles!
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2014 07:09:15 GMT
A. Magee says:
Brilliant review.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2014 11:27:25 GMT
Peasant says:
Thank you so much. I do try to amuse as well as critique.
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