Today’s ‘Bookmarks’ review post has a slight twist – and quite exciting to be honest. Well, it’s not everyday that your own home stares back at you as you turn the pages!
We’re one of a few houses to be featured in Style your Modern Vintage Home: A guide to buying, restoring and styling from the 1920s to 1990s.
It was written by fellow vintage dealer & blogger, Kate Beavis of Your Vintage Life – and of course we’re very flattered.
We’d been looking forward to our copy arriving for weeks and not just because we’re in it. We were also very keen to see how other people style their homes using vintage finds.
Kate managed to bag the chic & stylish Paloma Faith to write the intro – and following it is 150 pages of interior eye candy!
It’s packed full of wonderfully decorated homes with vintage pieces from the 1930s all the way through to contemporary retro designs.
Kate features seven different homes across the UK and interviews each of the owners…
…including little snippets on how we achieved our ‘looks’ (ooooh listen to us!! ).
Another of our online vintage chums, Heather from Eclectic Chair, is one of the others featured. We’ve long admired the bold & individual decor of her home.
We shouldn’t really single one house out though, as they all look great.
The chapters are broken up into decades with a short introduction about the social history of the time.
Then further sub-divided by room covering topics such as ‘cooking utensils’, ‘furniture’, ‘lighting’ and ‘storage’.
The distinctive looks, shapes & materials of each decade are described & classic pieces from the various eras are highlighted.
There are also useful styling tips, cleaning & restoration advice and cautionary notes on avoiding pitfalls.
Some of the houses completely recreate the atmosphere of a certain decade…
…others use vintage pieces from various eras for an eclectic look.
Being vintage lovers, it goes without saying that even Kate & Adam’s kids’ rooms are given the treatment!
The vintage exterior isn’t ignored either – how to furnish, use and improve gardens and outdoor areas is also covered.
At the back of the book you’ll find a directory of places to go to buy vintage homewares in the UK, US and online – and books, magazines and websites to read up on vintage. Great for both old hands or if you’re just setting out on your vintage journey.