Now in Stores: Vintage French Interiors
Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France has been released. Last year for the book review, I struggled to choose just a few lush preview images.
The author, French lifestyle writer Sebastien Siraudeau, is also the photographer. His pictures capture not only the charm of vintage pieces, but the creativity and passion of brocantuers (shopkeepers) who beckon customers with unexpected displays.
In part the book is an homage to these talented dealers. Their approach to mixing periods, textures, and colors is intended to inspire. But at the same time the book is a practical guide to vintage shopping in France, encompassing diverse styles such as industrial, elegant Old World, and rustic. Chapters cover Paris in great detail, as well as France's specialty regions from Normandy to Provence. (A nice appendix is filled with addresses, web sites, and antique fair schedules.)
Not planning a trip to France? I think Siraudeau's photos and words will still open your eyes to vintage pleasures awaiting in your own neighborhood.
All images © Sebastien Siraudeau from Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France, published by Flammarion.