Victorian Chic (A Sterling/Chapelle book) Hardcover – 11 Apr 2002
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Recreate the era in your own home and watch every room turn into a luxurious retreat, glowing with femininity and warmth
About the Author
Previous titles by the author include: TWO HOUR TEDDY BEARS and TWO HOUR DOLLS CLOTHES
Top Customer Reviews
This is my favourite book of all time...the photographs are simply stunning..the ideas are the type that you want to get up and try..NOW!!!..If you love Victorian/Country/Shabby Chic/Romantic homes..this is the book for you...my only wish is that there was another one to follow it!
Anita Loise Crane has also done another book called' Two Hour Scrap Crafts.'.which ties in nicely with this book...
If you can find either book..BUY IT!!!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
No longer are my closets filled with boxes of garage-sale finds. Using many of Anita's suggestions, my bargain "treasures" are now placed where they can be seen and enjoyed. Perhaps even more important, Anita's book serves as a springboard for my own ideas, encouraging me to explore with confidence new possibilities for old pieces. I can see a teapot as a vase, an empty frame as a work of art, a piece of antique lace as an elegant runner. With the masterful eye of an artist, Anita transforms her world to a gentle era of lace and primitives, soft lights and flowers. Victorian Chic invites us to enjoy it with her, and to create our own worlds using the treasures around us.
The bedroom seemed the best place to carry out this scheme of
antique linens and numerous laces. The living rooms were a bit
overdone,especially having lace doilies on the backs of furni-
ture. In Victorian times, it was a means of protecting or
keeping your chairs clean from hair oils.In our modern times
it looks absurd with our daily regimen of a shampoo and
The Christmas decorating was superb. It makes you yearn for
thr days before noisy toys with batteries and all the glitz
Christmas has become.
Another part at the end, the outdoor Victorian scenes made
a serene picture at the end of a long day.To sit and reflect
and enjoy the wildflowers around a porch made more pleasant
by the comfortable seating, was carefully accomplished.
I gave this a four star because in parts the rooms were
overblown.However, there are many artistic arrangements of a
teapot collection and floral arrangments that reflect the
There was very little to no victorian influences noted and there was certainly nothing chic about any of the decors. It appears that the author attempted to take from Rachell Ashwell and make a buck by targeting Victorian Chic, but missed. It was simply a very bad imitation of the ideas of Shabby Chic.