I have so many vintage home books and fashion books too for that matter. I thought I would share some of my favourites so you too, can get inspired to style your vintage home. I love these as they bring a mix of nostalgia but also practical advice with a modern twist.
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My top 7 vintage home books are (in no particular order):
Decorating should be fun and inspiring, so there are no style diktats; no ‘this-must-go-with-that’. Modern vintage style is all about trusting your instincts and taste and using a bit of imagination in seeking out the right items to create a perfect balance of old and new. In the first section of the book, Inspirations, Emily offers up imaginative and varied examples of furniture, lighting, textiles, decorating and collections & display. In the second section, Style, she shows you exactly how to pull the look together, applying her decorating philosophy so you can cook and eat, live, sleep and bathe perfectly in tune with Modern Vintage Style.
This is an irresistible guide for all who crave the elegance and ease of modern style combined with the warmth of tradition. For the countless readers who are eager to create a home with a modern look while still keeping treasured pieces, designer Julia Buckingham outlines how to mix old and new, and decodes what brings an interior to life. Her energetic approach has captured the media, and she has quickly become known for personality-driven rooms filled with colour, style, and ease. In Modernique, readers will find both inspiration and design advice from a modern master.
Few of us can afford to completely revamp our homes. Sarah Moore, ‘artisan supreme’ (YOU Magazine), inspires you to inject character and charm into your home using expertly selected, unique vintage pieces. From hunting down lovely objects, to updating tired furniture or walls with imaginative projects using vintage materials there are ideas and practical advice for all skill levels. This book was published in 2013 and is still one of my favourites.
Bob Richter has been thrifting and collecting vintage treasures for more than forty years, since the age of six. With a true passion for antiques, or any object with a past and a story, Richter speaks to our desire to surround ourselves with belongings that impart beauty and meaning to our lives. Drawing on his years of experience as a stylist and interior designer, Richter takes us through a trove of beautiful historic homes, illustrating how to live stylishly with our vintage finds and collections (hint: buy what you love, express yourself, and don t be afraid to mix periods!). A celebration of the art of thrifting and decorating with antiques of every era, Vintage Living is a full-service guide to treasure hunting, from flea markets, antique shows, and estate sales to country auctions, yard sales and the on-line marketplace.
Upcycling is about taking something old, vintage, treasured, or possibly even broken, and giving it a new lease of life by turning it into something new. It’s a stylish and thrifty way of decorating and enhancing your home that avoids waste. Here, Ellie Laycock shows you how you can make truly beautiful objects from things you might otherwise have thrown away. Be inspired by the ingenuity of her projects – including turning old tin trays into chic magnetic noticeboards, using teapots as quirky planters, transforming a vintage fruit crate into a rustic beds night-stand, and converting metal jelly moulds into tea light holders.
This book is not out yet but it looks really good so I couldn’t help to add it to the list! It is due out April 2021 and is packed full of brilliant ideas for revamping and restyling your home on a budget and without waste. It’s often thought that restyling your space comes with a hefty price tag and unavoidable waste. But in Resourceful Living, award-winning interiors blogger Lisa Dawson shows how, with a little creativity, you can revamp your home with existing pieces, vintage finds and key purchases.
I couldn’t write a list without featuring my vintage home book right?
Style Your Modern Vintage Home is an inspirational book for all vintage enthusiasts. It encompasses everything vintage lovers want in one place: every vintage decade, practical tip for buying, styling and restoring your vintage homewares and achieving your perfectly styled vintage home. With ‘real’ homes, ‘real’ people and ‘real’ affordable items, this book shows you how you can achieve a stylish vintage/modern home too.
Are your favourite vintage home books on the list? This is the first in a series of my favourite book lists so keep your eyes peeled for my favourite vintage fashion books, my favourite craft books and my favourite mid century books.