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Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080300547
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080300546
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a window-shopping excursion through the kind of details that characterize French design..." ~Interiors Magazine

"A great resource for interior decorators, designers, and antique lovers, as well as providing new ideas on how to mix vintage pieces into a home." ~New York Living

"It's a treasure trove of vintage sources and inspiring vingettes that I guarantee you will be drooling over." ~Habituallychic.com

“From Paris to Provence and beyond, this beautifully photographed book takes us on a whirlwind tour of some of France’s most creative antique shops and flea markets.” ~Northeast Antiques

“Breathtaking shots of the city’s most photogenic attractions, from the Eiffel Tower to an illuminated street corner in Montmartre.” ~Atlantic Country Record

About the Author

Sébastien Siraudeau has written several books on travel and lifestyle in France, including Bretagne (2006) and Bord de Mer (2005). This is his first book to be translated into English.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. ludwig on March 10, 2008
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The title of this book is misleading, there are no photos of vintage French interiors. Just chapters showcasing different French flea market vendors booths and by the looks of things the pickings are pretty slim. I knew I was returning this book when I saw the photo of the rubber pig toy. A lot of 60's and 70's items that you can find here in the states. If you want a great book buy "The New French Decor-living with timeless objects", 110% better eye candy.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gale on March 10, 2008
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I buy LOTS of books on interior design and decorating. I pre-ordered this book with high expectations - after all, its title is "Vintage French Interiors." A better title would have been "Junky Stuff from a Flea Market that Could Be From Anywhere." The "Vintage" part is correct if you are interested in old, rusted, chipped, broken, junky "vintage" items. As for the "French" part, there is really nothing that stands out as "French." It looks just like stuff from any American Flea Market. And, what is really disappointing is the "Interiors" part of the title. These are not photos of "interior" rooms using "vintage French" items. It is just a collection of close-up shots of items displayed at a Flea Market.

I am highly disappointed and, hopefully, have learned my lesson on pre-ordering. If you are looking for photos of gorgeous rooms filled with French ambiance, look elsewhere.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Maria Chapman on March 15, 2008
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This is exactly what the title says.....The book takes the reader from specific flea market or antique area in France. There are addresses, phone numbers and web sites. Several interesting catagories of Flea Market finds are examined such as vintage school posters or handmade tools. The book is divided into areas of France describing the true finds of each region. Great chapter on Isle sur le Sorgue, the altimate French antique treasure trove. I almost didn't open the book because of the bad revirews from people who were expecting a "decorating" magazine. A great addition for those of us who love Fance....great photos too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 17, 2008
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While the subtitle of this book on it's own is a fairly accurate, the title is definitely misleading. The first two times I spied it at Borders and months later at Barnes and Nobles I was so excited. That's how inaccurate the dustcover is. I was fooled twice! I'm so glad I saw it first in a brick and mortar store because I WOULD have ordered it if I come across it on Amazon. And I would have been very disappointed. It is not about "vintage French interiors" or any other kind of interiors. I'm not saying the book has no value. It provides an interesting survey of objects one might run across at a Paris flea market. Some of the items looked as if they might be available at a Kansas flea market as well. (Isn't that interesting. Some Europeans may have appreciation for things just because they are American, that strike us as "ugly then, ugly now".) But the title does imply that the book will explore at least some examples of these finds being used to decorate interiors. It doesn't.
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