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Flea Market Style [Hardcover]

Emily Chalmers , Ali Hanan , Debi Treloar
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October 2005
"Flea Market Style" gives you all the information and advice you need to furnish and decorate your home with "found" objects instead of new items bought in stores. Emily Chalmers and Ali Hanan explain how to find fresh and unexpected uses of second-hand pieces and antiques, and reveal how to mix old and new with flair and panache. The first part of the book, Flea Market Finds, looks at household goods, from fabrics and furniture to china, kitchenware, glass and lighting, and describes how to find special objects and indentify them on the basis of their quality, character, resillience, colour, and texture. The authors advocate a subtle mixing of styles, patterns, and colours, and emphasize the beauty of objects that have seen a bit of life. They explain how to locate bargain copies of modern classics--or the real things--and how to mix flea-market or thrift-store finds with high-end basics. The second part of the book, Putting It All Together, shows how to incorporate the style in every room--from the spaces where you cook, eat, sleep, or relax to bathing spaces and work spaces. The book ends with an extensive directory of suppliers. -Add a large dose of originality to your home--at low cost. -Lively text illustrated with Debi Treloar's inspirational photographs.

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Debi Treloar is originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in London with her husband and two young sons. Her photographs of food and interiors are much sought after by prestigious magazines such as Homes & Gardens, Red, and Country Living. She has photographed many books for Ryland Peters & Small, Inc, including Eat Drink Live, Children's Spaces, and My Baby's Journal.

Emily Chalmers is a freelance sylist whose work has appeared in "Homes & Garden", "Red", "Livingetc", and many other magazines. She is coauthor of "Style on a Budget"(Ryland Peters & Small).

Ali Hanan is a connoisseur of flea-market style. She has written for leading interiors publications including "Elle Decoration" and cowrote "Style on a Budget"(Ryland Peters & Small)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this book May 14 2010
By DGils
If you are a creative type and love vintage and antiques, patchwork quilts and quirky decor pick this book up. I've had it for a few years and I've spent hours looking at the beautiful photography, the amazing ideas and the attainability of the aesthetic. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Student Furniture -- Grown Up. Oct. 30 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Most of us moved into our first unfurnished apartment with a collection of junk furniture that we picked up from our parents, from garage sales, flea markets and who knows where. Later we upgraded a little at a time, buying new things that we thought would better fit the image we were trying to create.

The theme of this book is that you can do just as well, maybe better by staying with the flea market stuff. Ms. Chalmers has a sense of style that makes her collection of junk look a lot better than mine. I really liked where she decanted the bubble bath into an old Vodka bottle.

The covers of the book pretty well illustrate the nature of the book. The front cover shows a dinner table, all the chairs match and so on. On the back is another, none of the chairs match each other.

You would never, of course, match what she did in the book. You'll never finc the exact items. But the ideas she puts to geather to show what can be done are excellent. A very enjoyable book.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring! Sept. 4 2006
By Inspired Amateur Decorator - Published on Amazon.com
I live in suburbia, in a newer development where all the homes pretty much look the same. I am always on the look-out for creative ideas on decorating because I don't want my interior to look like it stepped out of one of the well-known home decor stores and catalogs. This book was an inspiring find! Lots of pictures and informative text...I have looked at the pictures over and over again. I'm not much into the step-by-step instruction books on transforming found objects so this book was right up my alley. For me, its purpose was served in that it filled my head and notebook with creative ideas for my home. A great book to look through before you head off to the nearest architectural salvage yard, flea market, or out for a day of garage sales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one 'recycled furniture book, buy this one May 12 2008
By H. Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
This book rocks-it has funky ideas and is beautifully presented, not like many of the other recycled furniture books out there.I mean, do you REALLY want to learn how to make a distressed-finish-powder blue-decoupaged candlestick holder out of fence pickets?If so, this is not the book for you..this one shows how you can TASTEFULLY decorate your place with some original pieces and not spend a fortune.Accept no imitations-this book is awesome.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quinessential interior inspiration! June 25 2006
By Molly Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
My mom sent this to me at college- what a wonderful and inspiring gift for anyone who enjoys antiques, flea markets, design, and the like! Chalmers brilliantly presents the different categories of flea market finds and ways of tying them together to create masterful spaces (check out the table of contents to see what I mean). Treloar's photographs are inspiring; even without reading the text, your mind will absorb countless revitilized uses of 'junk', and begin to piece together unique ideas of its own. A very stimulating find!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book! March 31 2007
By i like to read - Published on Amazon.com
i found this book on Amazon after searching for another by Emily Chalmers called Style On a Budget. I bought this one blindly and really loved the ideas. The photos and layout are beautiful and the ideas are creative and fun. i love the combination of colors used, which is lively yet still maintaining a mature ambience. I do think these "finds" are not as lucky for just anyone unless you are an avid flea market goer. But still it will help me keep me motivated, with eyes open.
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