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Fleamarket Chic: The Thrifty Way to Create a Stylish Home
     

Fleamarket Chic: The Thrifty Way to Create a Stylish Home

by Liz Bauwens, Alexandra Campbell
 

In modern rooms, a distressed chair or a vintage mirror adds a perfect finishing touch. And in traditional decorating schemes, fleamarket chic is a key part of the mix: faded textiles, weathered furniture, mis-matched china, and the occasional flamboyant lamp or work of art are all part of the charm. Of course, Fleamarket Chic is about saving you money, along

Overview

In modern rooms, a distressed chair or a vintage mirror adds a perfect finishing touch. And in traditional decorating schemes, fleamarket chic is a key part of the mix: faded textiles, weathered furniture, mis-matched china, and the occasional flamboyant lamp or work of art are all part of the charm. Of course, Fleamarket Chic is about saving you money, along with recycling, upcycling, and repurposing. But it’s also about a sense of history and place, about individuality, and creating a home that reflects your life and personality. Every piece in a Fleamarket Chic interior has a story: the colorful pitcher you found at a garage sale, the vintage telephone you reclaimed when a favorite aunt finally bought a modern handset, the little chair you found in a county junk store, or the old trash cans that have been converted into fashionable zinc planters. In Fleamarket Chic, we’ll show you how to spot the clever find in a pile of junk, where to look and how to negotiate, how to smarten up (and when not to smarten up) second-hand items, and how to re-discover and re-use things you or your family already have.

Editorial Reviews

Gone are those boring Cold War days when living room and kitchen furniture and light fixtures arrived in matching colors and styles. Today's home dwellers seek to individualize their rooms with objects found in small stores and flea-markets. Liz Bauwens' Fleamarket Chic makes no apology for such personalized interior decorations; indeed, it celebrates our impulses to make every living space our own. With example after example, this large format pictorial shows how an item even as incidental as a small lamp or an old print can add atmosphere to any room. Worth recommending.

Michelle Marozik

Publishers Weekly
As both supporting players and stars, flea market finds are given pride of place in this sophisticated, handsomely illustrated primer by the savvy stylist and writing team Bauwens and Campbell (Thrifty Chic). This hunting and foraging how-to features collections of china, jewelry, kitchenalia, frames, mirrors, fabrics and furniture arranged in innovative interiors. Consistent messaging to reuse, repurpose, recycle, and repaint is reinforced throughout its six informative chapters. Mixing, not matching, is extolled and family heirlooms mingle with IKEA. Clever tricks of the design trade are plied with confidence and skill as a home's floorboards are painted with a tile motif from the Alhambra. Even a leather sofa is painted red: "if you haven't paid much for them in the first place, then you have much less to lose." Investment tips are shared on vintage and modern collectibles and there is sound buyer-beware advice on Internet purchases. Scouring salvage yards is also recommended and reclaimed oak wood, which "cost virtually nothing," outfits a modern kitchen. A useful list of international flea markets and resources is also included. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908170156
Publisher:
Ryland Peters & Small
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
551,632
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Liz Bauwens is a freelance stylist who has worked for House and Garden, Good Housekeeping and Country Homes and Interiors. Alexandra Campbell is a writer whose work has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines including The Times Magazine, The Independent and Financial Times: How to Spend It. Together they are the authors of Simply Country and Thrifty Chic, both available from CICO Books.

Liz Bauwens is based in Chelsea, London and Alexandra Campbell is based in Faversham, Kent.

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