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Modern Vintage Style [Hardcover]

Emily Chalmers , Debi Treloar
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April 14 2011
Modern vintage is more than just a “style.” It’s about cherry-picking pieces from the past and seamlessly blending them with things from today to create a look that takes ordinary homes into the extraordinary. Think antique and brand new, machine-made and handcrafted, shiny smooth and distressed, plastic and porcelain all mixed up in a fresh, original way. With this style, there is no this-must-go-with-that. It’s about trusting your instincts, your tastes and discovering the things you love to live with, whatever their past. For when you throw out the rulebook, something truly magical happens. Without a little vintage, chic modern interiors lack a sense of integrity. If everything is shiny, new, and modern, an interior simply

lacks soul. Homes need history. They need wit, humor, and emotion to make them vibrate with life. And, at the same time, without a little modern, vintage pieces can seem fusty and staid. They need a contemporary context to make them relevant again. The first section of this book, Inspirations does just that. Bestselling stylist and author, Emily Chalmers, brings you examples of Furniture, Lighting, Textiles, Decorating, and Collections & Display to truly inspire you, then shows you how to pull it all together in Style, applying the modern vintage

ethos to Cook & Eat, Live, Sleep, and Bathe.

• Emily Chalmers’ previous books for Ryland Peters & Small have combined sales of more than 200,000 copies.

• Stunning photography by Debi Treloar.


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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 an interiors stylist and author who excels at using more dash than cash to create inspirational interiors. Her work has appeared in several magazines and newspapers and she now happily combines work with play running her destination design store Caravan in London. She is the author of the bestselling Flea Market Style and Cheap Chic (both Ryland Peters & Small).

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and uninspiring April 19 2012
By hlb
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There is nothing innovative here. Trite editorial content and styling is nothing special - a lot of junk and white walls. Going into my garage sale pile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected May 15 2011
By E. Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
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Having loved her previous books 'Style on a Budget' and 'Flea Market Style', I wondered whether Emily Chalmers's latest book would be up to their excellent standard. I was not disappointed. The best thing for me was that it doesn't just contain the same old images that we've seen in various books and magazine articles. It is fresh and up to date. All the spaces are carefully edited and beautifully photographed. There are dozens of ideas to apply to one's own home. Absolutely loved it!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the furniture in this book! June 29 2011
By Susannah C. Seefeldt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lots of great examples of Swedish and Danish furniture. Wanted this book so much and due to being back ordered had to buy at Anthropologie. Highly recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare Mishmash July 10 2011
By konacoffee - Published on Amazon.com
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The first thing I disliked was that it appeared by the cover to be a book on decorating with 50s/midcentury American style pieces. Yes, there were a few lamps from the period, butterfly chairs, some wonderful Eames style tables, etc. But most of the book was other vintage pieces thrown together. To me, maybe it's just my taste, just any old piece of junk can't be used as "creative." Here you'll find lots of what we call Shabby Chic, which is not my cup of tea. Headboards and cabinets that look as if they've been in a field since WWII just doesn't do it. Specifically, what you'll find here are: bedrooms so old fashioned looking that they reminded me of the dead mother's room in Psycho. A room with at least six different mismatched wallpapers (on the same wall!) with a mattress on wheels serving as a bed, covered with about five hideous quilts and crocheted blankets, again, none remotely matching. Throw pillow on the bed that doesn't match any of the hundreds of colors already here, nail a picture of a poodle up, and that's one room for you to emulate. Now, mixing patterns can be great if done right. But some of the rooms looked like the apartment bedroom of a college grad on her first job. She couldn't afford half a dozen blankets so she went to Goodwill and bought them cheap. The cover shows a wonderful minimalist decor, clean white walls, etc. Inside however, we find that white walls are the enemy, and it is suggested that we hang a mix of colored bead necklaces across the entire length of the wall! But nothing beat the bedroom with dark blue or black walls, red/white striped curtains, mandatory ugly quilt, and what appear to be the tops of suitcases with handles tacked to the wall for decoration! I can't imagine someone wanting a black room with Big Top curtains. Kitchens? One here has that ancient rotting look wood that some find appealing, and the bathroom right off the kitchen has a curtain for a door. I'd love to be at a dinner party and have to use the bathroom with only a curtain dangling between me and everyone there. Bathrooms aren't too hideous, but no toilets are shown. I suspect, with all the abandoned farmhouse furniture, the toilet would actually be a latrine dug into the ground, with a moth-eaten quilt there for color. Anyway, if you want a book strictly on 50s or 60s vintage looks, keep shopping. The few examples here aren't worth the other 97% that is old lady quilts, odd ideas (using a stack of books as a table with rotten wood box containing hand statue), and WTH moments including a "clever" display of someone's collection of broken alarm clocks. Dump 'em in what appears to be a searchlight and put that sucker in the entry. Call me traditional but...
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More vintage than modern Aug. 3 2011
By Mom to 2 boys - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pretty excited about this book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I love the style of Anthropologie and I figured this book would be very similar in its style. However, I found it to be more vintage and Shabby Chic than modern vintage. Modern vintage implies that it's an updated style with some vintage pieces. I think of Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie, not flea market style, which is what this is more geared towards. There were some cute pieces in here, but the pictures were so cluttered that it just didn't look updated or clean.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired July 25 2011
By 12Junes - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting to be inspired and I wasn't. When I buy a book like this, I don't care about the text - I just want to see the pictures and lots of them. For the price I paid for this book, there was little value in it.
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