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Lovely but not so very thrifty . . .
on 14 February 2012
This book has some of the loveliest and most unusual interiors of recnetly published interiors books. Certainly the style is distinctive and different (hooray) and there is much here you could learn from and copy. There is also much to make you grind your teeth in impotent envy. I have seen some of these interiors in magazines, but it isn't the old "usual suspects" roll out of familiar stuff. I LOVED the railway carriage, I wanted the converted trawler so much it hurt, I was charmed and seduced by the garden-shed-as-airy-and-delightful-spare-room. Unfortunately I can't have any of them, but one can dream (and drool).
I found this a much more original and inspirational book that Emily Chalmers' "Flea Market Style", but it has its faults. The text doesn't tell us much that isn't just a commentary on the pictures, and the source information at the back is scant in the extreme - indeed, in the index under "car boots" it says "see garage sales" (not the same thing anyway), showing that this book is trying to be all things to all English-speaking persons. A lot of the stuff shown you'd never find at a flea market anyway; or if you did, you'd pay almost as much as in a shop. But that is the fault of books like this, and there's no remedy for that unless you're far enough ahead of the zeitgeist not to need a book.