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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906525234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906525231
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Liz Bauwens is a freelance stylist who has worked for House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, andCountry 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 London, UK and Alexandra Campbell is based in Kent, UK.



 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 a freelance stylist who has worked for House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, and Country Homes and Interiors.

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

Simon Brown is a contributor for Ryland Peters & Small titles including: "Thrifty Chic" & Romantic Irish Homes as photographer.


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Customer Reviews

This book is full of great pictures.
Dedra Jenkins
We picked it up at the library and decided we just had to buy it because it is so great we were just constantly renewing it.
Sunkist
I have applied many of the ideas to my own which made my home projects quite unique.
Suzanne A. Sisson

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mom2two on March 5, 2010
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This is a gorgeous book full of generous photos and helpful descriptions about how to achieve a beautiful interior on a budget from both used materials and affordable new buys (with emphasis on the former). A must-have for anybody interested in vintage chic or flea market style decor. I cannot disagree more with the reviewers who say Rachel Ashwell's books are preferable to this one. Ashwell's books focus one HER style: wrinkly flowery fabrics, distressed wood finishes, and WHITE walls. Not for everyone. Thrifty Chic is not only for Ashwell's shabby chic followers, but also features spreads of different styles including modern style spaces. The point is that you can decorate your place on a budget and achieve a completely unique style, not a carbon copy of a mail order catalog. Great tips, great photos, great projects. Highly recommended.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on June 15, 2009
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I enjoyed reading this book and love the pretty pictures - it has inspired me to go out treasure hunting. They also have some instructions for some decorator items you can make for your home - which are nice. I just wish the book was a little longer.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Creative Class on July 29, 2009
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Very interesting. The way things are shown that I would have never thought of. I have thrown out better things that were used in the book. I won't do that again.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne A. Sisson on July 10, 2009
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I found this book to be very informative in many aspects. I have applied many of the ideas to my own which made my home projects quite unique. In times of these economical hardships, it only makes sense to use, re-use, and create new things, many of which are "one of a kind"!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dedra Jenkins on April 27, 2010
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This book is full of great pictures. Which, let's be honest. Is THE most important element for a design book. The rooms in this book are eclectic and very European inspired. It's one of a few that I reach for first when I'm looking for inspiration. This is the main reason I buy design books to begin with...inspiration!

So, if you like an eclectic look and are looking for inspiration on how to create this look for yourself, you'll be very happy with this book!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Humbled & Educated Mother on May 21, 2011
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I wanted this book for almost a year, and finally broke down and bought it. If I had paid more for this book, it would be going back. Imagine the cover without the perfectly placed turquoise glasses and purple hydrangeas and your more on track to glimpsing what this book truly is about. While I do enjoy the new country styles found in magazines everywhere today, this book was an incredible let down visually. The cover alludes to a slightly glamorous, eclectic/shabby style, neither of which (in my opinion) could be found inside. I would describe it as edited country/cottage. Admittedly, I went in with expectations of what I conjured this book "could" be... emphasizing the "chic" in my mind, never considering that word could translate to "plain". Almost every room is white, and very basic in terms of decorating. It felt almost like one of those "un-decorating" books, that shows people how to pare down and edit for a simpler lifestyle. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you think you are paying for, just not what I was expecting based on the beautiful cover.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kazza on December 24, 2009
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This is a book to buy for your coffee table if you are in to styling on a budget from second hand finds. And if you buy it secondhand from Amazon.com all the better!

I borrowed this book from the library but I would love it as a gift. Simply beautiful photography by Simon Brown.

I only wish the book had more content both in text and photography, but more in text. Additional practical projects would have been a bonus. I loved the lampshade made out of buttons!

This sylish book validated that I am right on track with how I decorate my home and beach retreat entirely with secondhand and salvage finds. It is inspirational but more importantly practical and stylish.

A lovely delightful book to curl up on the sofa, enjoy and cuppa and visualise your next thrifty project or secondhand find.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Rivniker on April 23, 2010
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The book gives the reader ideas and inspiration on how to decorate with thrift shops finds, using recycled items and looking at junk and second hand shops with a different approach.
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