Sunday, June 7, 2009

My new fave book - Thrifty Chic

I got this beautiful book last week, and I get so excited every time I flick through its pages, as there are so many inspiring ideas!

Chapter 1, Elements of Design, focuses on the important details of the home - lighting, mirrors, paint, fabric etc....

while Chapters 2 - 6 look at different areas of the home - Halls, Kitchens, Bathrooms and so on....

and the final chapter will have you coming back to this book over & over as it has a selection of projects to keep you busy, from how to make a patchwork cushion cover to how to give your staircase a stripey effect!

I found the book has a really up to date outlook on styling your home, mixing gorgeous vintage pieces picked up at flea markets and boot sales with the odd high street buy and one or two design classics thrown in. While my first love is vintage, sometimes it is easy to go overboard, and this book balances the mix just right, creating a lived in but truly stylish interior.
The stunning photography was shot by Simon Brown, check out his website for more great imagery.

Images © Cico Books

The book is £20, and can be purchased from Cico Books.

Also, if you live in the Kent area check Cico Books website or here for details of a fair happening next weekend in High Halden, near Tenterden - 12th & 13th June. it sounds fab - "Browse inside canvas marquees filled with contemporary and vintage finds for home and garden, plus a fine selection of locally produced food, gifts and fashion. Visit stands selling a wide range of country crafts from poultry keeping equipment to knitting yarns. "
The authors of Thrifty Chic will also be there and will be talking about interior design on a budget. I'm away that weekend, but if your nearby, check it out!



  1. I've been debating whether to get this book or not - you may have made my decision for me. :) You have a lovely blog here. I'm really happy to have discovered it.

  2. Thank you for the sneak peak of Thrity Chic, I'm currently in the queue to borrow from the library so I'm looking forward to it even more now!

    Unfortunately the library is supposed to stop me from spending money on books but some I just don't want to return and end up buying!!

    Victoria x

  3. I am definitely going to have to get this book - I write a home design blog and I'm sure it will provide me with loads of new ideas. Thanks for flagging it up!

  4. That book sounds amazing. I wonder if I could get a copy here?

    Congratulations on having your website featured again. You are doing brilliantly!


  5. ohhh, i love decor books and craft books but how expensive they are!!!! i'm off to simon brown's website:) have a great day Caroline!

  6. Think I might have to make a purchase too. Thanks for the peek. It looks great x

  7. I might actually get this - it sounds great. I've got a wall of pictures and I actually think a wall of mirrors would have worked really well and brought more light into the room - but I can't be bothered to change it.


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