Modern Vintage Style Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Emily Chalmers is a photographic stylist and author who excels at using more dash than cash to create inspirational interiors. Her work has appeared in several magazines and she now happily combines work with play running her eclectic design boutique Caravan (www.caravanstyle.com). Emily is the author of the bestselling Flea Market Style and Cheap Chic (both Ryland Peters & Small).
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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.
Although the text would be helpful to newcomers who wish to delve into vintage, the range of pictures are somewhat dissapointing. The book only uses pictures from 5 different houses to demonstrate vintage style and therefore you feel like you are just getting more of the same - on many occassions the pictues show the same rooms but simply from different angles.
Grumbles aside, I did enjoy looking through this book - I just wished I'd taken it out of the library rather than buying it as it doesn't offer enough inspiration to encourage me to dip back into it.
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".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is full of great images and great ideas. One of the better books with original ideas to steal! Would recommend!Published on 31 May 2013 by lemonroses
Plenty of nice ideas in this book though many of the pictures have been featured in recent home interiors magazines. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2011 by pantska