Emily Chalmers’ new book, “Modern Vintage Style,” is a breath of fresh air in the often-overinflated arena of design books. “Without a little vintage, sleek modern interiors can seem soulless. And, without a modern context, vintage pieces seem fusty and staid,” the book’s introduction says. “Yet, when they come together, interiors become completely fresh.”
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Emily Chalmers’ new book, “Modern Vintage Style,” is a breath of fresh air in the often-overinflated arena of design books. “Without a little vintage, sleek modern interiors can seem soulless. And, without a modern context, vintage pieces seem fusty and staid,” the book’s introduction says. “Yet, when they come together, interiors become completely fresh.” (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
A kitchen sink is integrated into the dining table at the Parisian home of artist Cécile Daladier and architect-designer Nicolas Soulier. (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
Designer Petra Boase mixes polka dots, stripes, florals and other graphic pattern in this comfortable living room. The neutral color of the floors and walls keeps the room serene. (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
Classic modern furniture pieces are warmed up by handmade clocks on the sitting room wall of Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama. (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
In Nina Tolstrup’s bedroom, books are interspersed with vases, baby dolls and other knickknacks. (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
French artist Nathalie Lete painted the birds, butterflies and dragonflies that adorn her bedroom walls. (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
A collection of swans in Petra Boase’s bathroom. (“Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95)
900-square-foot Neutra house (Christine House / For The Times)
Priscilla Woolworth’s style: mixed, not matched (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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