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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586857820
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not your grandmother's farmhouse, with gingham checks and ruffled curtains. Modern country is a look that is sleek, chic, and imaginative. It takes traditional country style to a new level, blending old with new, and mixing periods and patterns.

The style introduces hard edges to classic country looks. It calls forth chrome and glass, metals and leather, to blend with the rustic softness of country style. Collections and knick-knacks are pared-down-reduced and refined-with few frills. What counts is how you display your treasures and how you add contemporary or industrial items to the classic country mix.

The homes featured in Modern Country are those of people who respect the decorating traditions of the past but look to the future with the freshness of new ideas. What they all share is imagination. They have created a look in their homes that is as comfortable as classic country, while adding the surprising flair of modern country. It is a look we think you will love.

M. J. Van Deventer
The author of Western Design and Native American Style, M. J. Van Deventer is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the American West, The Great Plains Encyclopedia and Women of the Wild West. She has had articles published in Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Southwest Art, Cowboys & Indians, Cowboys and Country, True West and American Cowboy. Along with Charles Faudree, she was the writer for Charles Faudree's French Country Signature and Charles Faudree's Country French Living. She is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Jenifer Jordan
Texas-based Jenifer Jordan has been a renowned photographer for more than twenty years, specializing in interior and architectural photography. Her work has been included in many books including Second Home, Cottage Style, Real Life Decorating, Better Homes & Gardens New Decorating Book, and New Classic Style among others. Her work also appears in leading shelter and city magazines. She was the exclusive photographer for the books Charles Faudree's French Country Signature, Charles Faudree's Country French Living, and Carolyn Westbrook Home.

Nancy E. Ingram
Regional Editor for Meredith Publishing since 1988, photo-stylist Nancy E. Ingram produces feature stories for many of the Meredith titles, including Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Renovation Style, Country Home, and Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications. Her work is included in Better Homes & Gardens New Decorating Book, New Classic Style, Second Home and Real Life Decorating among others. She produced and was the photo stylist for Charles Faudree's French Country Signature and Charles Faudree's Country French Living. She resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

From the Back Cover

"When classic country meets modern country, it becomes bold. It assumes an edge. It's country with a fresh, contemporary attitude." -From the Introduction

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are dreaming of the country or want to redecorate your house...or even just find a few new decorating ideas, this book is filled with charming style and chic appeal. Classic and comforting designs warm the pictures as antiques add mystery and a sense of the past.

A granite washbowl is perched atop a antique wooden cabinet, modern lamps blend with wicker chairs, an indoor grass garden adds calm and outside tables find their way into the living room.

The antique, teal-painted cupboards even have sight wear and glass containers filled with breakfast cereals. The ideas in the kitchens are "on display." The teacups are not hidden and country fruit dinnerware highlights the country appeal. Baskets are found throughout whether they are wicker or metal.

The bedrooms have Victorian style with plump down comforters and upholstered chairs for reading. A laundry room doubling as a workout room - now that is something new. This book is filled with unique ideas like chalkboard paint on cupboards so you can leave notes. They even have chalkboard painted mugs.

~The Rebecca Review
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mountain-Wild on November 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Good-bye gingham, hello French linen. This book is pretty terrific and very inspiring. For one, it defines modern country in most of the photographs, although there are a couple of rooms that seem very dated, perhaps "country" in the 70's, which is the reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. As an intuitive stylist, I definitely got a lot out of the way items were displayed, as well as the mix of color and texture in many of the rooms. This is definitely one of my favorite decorating books. I wouldn't recommend it for the novice decorator, but for anyone looking for inspiration to "freshed up" a room, this could be helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking for something like this to update my tired looking country decorating. When I moved to my new house, somehow my collections of baskets, antique spice tins, vintage quilts, etc. suddenly seemed lost in the too-new house.
I read about this book in the Orlando Sentinel and liked what it said. The authors use a "Mix it up and pare it down" philosophy. The book tells how to get a country look without the clutter formerly associated with country decorating.
I've started using my collections as special displays in the entertainment unit that covers the whole wall of our great room. The book recommends this rather than having everything out all the time. This way I still enjoy them, but don't have lots of clutter.
I also want to put beadboard and a chair rail in my dining room. Lots of ideas and I appreciate this book getting me started freshening up my country look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sondra on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion there is no "bad" country style decorating book. With that being said, this is another book needed to advance your country style library. You will find good suggestions and beautiful pictures that will give you pleasure and hopefully, inspiration to go forth and transform your home to a more pleasurable abode. Happy reading!!
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I loved the ideas and illustrations in the book. I found it kind of funny that so many found items came from Paris flea markets. It doesn't seem like people who like country interiors would go to Paris to buy items for their interiors. It may be helpful for the authors to provide a source guide for markets of wider range than they do, with their concentrations on Texas areas. Overall, the book did have some fun ideas.
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By pvclut on December 28, 2013
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crazy fun book..a lazy day kinda book that is perfect
to take out on the deck on a warm summer day to browse through
and day dream(:)this is another of my favorite books
just filled with pretties
a lovely book filled with many pretty pictures..ideas and messages..
a nice addition to my book collection..
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I rated this a 1 simply because this book was printed in 2006 and it's nearly 2014 now. It's very time appropriate for 2006, but I was looking for a little more modern in keeping with what I consider modern country in todays terms. If you love a busy, country on the primitive side of things, this book is for you. If you are looking for the simple modern country of 2014, look in another book. There is also a lot of reading that was probably news in 2006, but nothing new for today.
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