Flea Market Style Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Don't buy this book if you want a how-to guide as it won't tell you where to get things or how to decorate but it you want to be inspired by an eclectic mix of found and re-purposed vintage items put together in beautiful interiors then this is a must. Not as sugary as shabby chic, the flea market style in this book is still romantic and feminine.
This is not a practical book; the houses are huge and who has the budget for the ideas but you can take elements and adapt them to your own pocket and lifestyle. Let's be honest though, most of us buy these books because we want to drool over aspirational interiors!
I got this for a friend who has just moved into a new home and has a birthday coming up but I'm not at all sure I can bear to part with it!
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Picked this up at my local library, and I have enjoyed reading it. It's beautifully done, and just inspirational for anyone fed up with every shop selling the same thing. Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2013 by Buy the best
Worth every penny. Has been read countless times and still comes in useful. Highly recommended.Published on 9 Nov. 2010 by Stone
I collect these type of books as I am an avid reclaimer,restorer. This one is rather off beat, not the usual stuff.Published on 27 July 2009 by Mrs. J. C. Peters