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Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures

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Focusing on nine different rooms (including her own recently purchased Manhattan apartment), Lara Spencer shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style. She takes readers through the step-by-step process of overcoming the challenges of the room, offering h ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 15th 2014)
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Monica Tomasello
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've been a fan of Lara Spencer since I started watching Flea Market Flip so I appreciated learning all about her personal design process. It gave me some great ideas on how to tweak my own process and hone my shopping skills.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Anyone who loves a good flea market, looking at projects on Pinterest, or up-cycling different things will enjoy this book by Good Morning America's Lara Spencer. Lara walks you through updating different rooms in your house by using different vintage finds in miraculous ways. Along the way, she gives you tips and tricks to help you think about updating a space to utilize its full potential. I could feel my creative juices flowing as I read through the book. She has a lot of ideas I would like t ...more
Shannon
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-lifestyle
Great pictures and details from 9 room remodels from a television show hosted by Good Morning America's Lara Spencer are the basis of this book. Highlights are the incredible flea market finds that her team transforms. Overall I was not impressed with the final rooms, they are over decorated to the extreme with barely an inch of wall or floor space not jammed with furniture, art or chotchkies but the use of new and recycled items is impressive. Not worth a buy, but an inspiring glimpse of repurp ...more
Karen
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the library to look at the pictures and get a couple of ideas. I ended up reading it cover to over. I found the author's thrift store finds interesting and her use of them very creative & inspiring. It was well written enough to hold my interest.
Janet
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I got this from the library after watching Flea Market Flip. She has some neat ideas I picked up on. Especially about finding items with"good bones" but there's no insider tips on "how to". I wish there where. Especially curious about DIY upholstery since it's mentioned in the TV show so much. Also she never gets dirty in these photos! There's a photo of her squatting in heels when using a hand drill. I never drill in heels! It all looks a little too "staged" for me. Way too many patterns too. S ...more
Cindy
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting, well illustrated book. It's amazing how a little paint, fabric, etc., will change a flea market purchase. I am sure that I do not have the time to search for usable bargains or the talent to rehab them, but I enjoy looking.
Erin
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute. Lots of typos
Billie York
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Keep it on my coffee table! Gives me and my guests inspiration.
Patti
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
If you are a fan of Flea Market Flip and it's effervescent host Lara Spencer, you'll enjoy this.
Denise Kruse
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I found the photos too small and the designs outdated, not what I consider flea market fun.
Susan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A good book for those who missed the show or are fans of Lara.
Kelly
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun ideas and inspiration!
Mckinley
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book based on her show.
Lafourche Parish Library
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Are you looking to update your bedroom? Or maybe revamp your living room, but not sure where to start? Maybe you’re worried redoing your drab foyer will cost you thousands of dollars. With the help of Lara Spencer’s book, Flea Market Fabulous: Designing gorgeous rooms with vintage treasures, you can take on design dilemmas in your own home.

In Flea Market Fabulous: Designing gorgeous rooms with vintage treasures, Spencer does not merely offer readers pretty pictures of rooms. Instead, she guides
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Terri
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, friends
For a change of pace, I decided to check out this book. Lara Spencer is the co-host on Good Morning America and is also well known for her decorating style.

This book has 9 different places belonging to 8 different families and a small apt. of Lara's in New York City. She has plenty of photos of before and after. She talks about what she looks for at the flea markets. She shows photos of the items before and after they are redone. I liked nearly every room she redid. I would think with a crew tha
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Debbie
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
While I will definitely admit to writing down a bunch of great ideas, this book was somewhat of a disappointment. I didn't love any of the rooms on their own, just bits and pieces of them. I also was very glad I got it from the library and didn't purchase, since it is really just a glorified magazine (think Better Homes and Gardens, which I love, and can bend down the corners of the pages I like). Also disappointed that it was just a documentation of a TV show Lara did, and not even an original ...more
Megan
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually read this one, didn't just look at the pictures. I am a Lara Spencer fan, though. Wish I looked like her, too! :)
Ashley Montulli
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend, home-decor
Never have I read a home decorating book before! I'd heard great things about Lara Spencer and was looking for some inspiration for a couple of spaces in my home. She gives fantastic tips on how to think about your space and where to begin. Her flea market savvy is unbelievable. The way she sees unique objects and repurposes them is inspiring. I have so many great ideas now! One of my favorite ideas she had was two antique badminton racquets that she found and glued oval mirrors to, they looked ...more
Paula
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great book with a fresh style - at times a bit modern for my traditional tastes - I grew up in a home (that always looked like a show home - lol!) that had timeless pieces in it and while my tastes are slightly different, I tend to be the same - I buy really good pieces that I keep for decades and take care of them and still love them to this day. It is great to see a designer who loves to match colour, who has vision of something at a flea market or tag sale and knows what else it could be. I ...more
Debra
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Television host and avid flea market junkie Lara Spencer publishes her second book. In it, she profiles what went into creating or recreating 9 fabulous rooms using items she found at flea markets and yard sales. Many of the find have been redone and go from cheap to chic. The book is profusely illustrated in full color and give the reader the confidence to make their own space flea market fabulous. Highly recommended!
Mimi Fintel
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, creative book! Lara Spencer helps people with "problematic rooms" remake their space using vintage treasures from flea markets. She paints, repurposes and reupholsters furniture so that they fit into the room in a new fabulous way! If you are on a budget or like to up-cycle this book is for you. It is filled with lots of ways to make your home a special, one of a kind place without breaking the bank!

Reviewed by: Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
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Laura
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun book with a lot of good, low-budget ideas. I didn't realize until after I read it that there was a TV show like this (I watch flea market flip, but haven't seen the other show). Anyway, while none of the rooms was totally to my taste, there were a lot of great pieces and ideas showcased here. This was a great book for low-cost design inspiration.
Iowa City Public Library
This is one of those interior decorating books that I want to read and not just look at the photographs. Spence’s specialty is turning inexpensive flea market finds into modern and usable design features. I love the basement redesign the author did, illustrating how to turn an ugly dresser into a media center, build a wine cellar, and use colors to brighten up a dark “woman cave.”
Gabrielle
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of consignment shops, thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales, this book was the book I wish I could have written. Lara has a knack for spotting just what a room needs, based on the style and personality of the owner. Not a DIY book, but a "I love how you did that!" book.
Erin
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
The only full room I really liked in the book was the last, Lara Spencer's own, but plenty of individual pieces of furniture were interesting choices and makeovers. All still out of my budget, even the bargain versions.
Heather
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Not informative and somewhat misleading considering most people can't/don't have a team to rehab and reupholster furniture for them but fun nonetheless.
Jess
Full of so many tips and tricks. I wanted to go thrift store hunting each time I picked this book up.
Susan
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This second book is even more fun!!
Robert Omalley
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lara lays out an easy approach to design using found and repurposed items. You may not like the style choices but her approach can be used for any style.
Emily
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skimmed
Inspiring, tips, tricks, advice, how-to's, and results. Loads of different room examples. Very unique ideas that would be easy to replicate at home.
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Lara Christine Von Seelen (known professionally as Lara Spencer) (born June 19, 1969) is an American television journalist. She is best known for being the co-anchor for ABC's Good Morning America. She is also a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. Previously, she was the host of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider from 2004 to 2011, and was a regular contributor to CBS's Th ...more
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