Contemporary Country

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Ryland Peters & Small, 2006 - Architecture - 143 pages
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Many of us hanker after the relaxing, easy simplicity of country life, yet we aren't sure how to adapt this look to suit a modern home. That's where "Contemporary Country" comes in. It's about rekindling our love of the rustic idyll, but giving it a new twist. It's about taking the essence of country style - a way of living that is gentle, natural and grounded - and giving it a contemporary makeover. You don't have to live in the country to appreciate the lifestyle - its colours, textures and details look just as at home in urban spaces. In "Contemporary Country", Emily Chalmers and Ali Hanan begin by looking at the elements that make up the style. They explore the use of natural materials and the way in which key structural features such as beams or staircases can be exposed so that living spaces flow naturally together. They look at furniture - painted or left with a natural finish - lighting, textiles, flooring and colour. The book then examines key areas of the home, from kitchens to sleeping spaces, and shows you how the look works with the help of over 200 inspiring photographs. It concludes with an indispensable suppliers' directory.*Traditional country style is given a contemporary makeover.*Vibrant photography by Debi Treloar

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Emily Chalmers is a stylist and writer whose work appears regularly in magazines. She is the author of "Table Inspirations" and "Candle Details" and co-author of "Style on a Budget" and "Flea Market Style" (all Ryland Peters & Small).

Ali Hanan and Pip Norris write for a range of publications, including "Elle Decoration, Living etc, the Independent on Sunday," and "NZ House & Garden." Ali is the author of two books, "Modern Rustic" and "Bathing Spaces," while Pip has written two best-selling New Zealand travel guides.

Debi Treloar's photographs of food and interiors are frequently featured in prestigious magazines such as Homes & Gardens, Red, and Country Living. For Ryland Peters & Small, she has also photographed Soda Fountain Clasics and Simply Delicious Food.

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