Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds by The Editors Of Romantic Homes, published by Clarkson Potter (December 31, 2007).
This is a book all about how to create a vintage/romantic style for your home. It includes tips for collecting, displaying and caring for your pieces.
But what really is ‘vintage vavoom’ (apart from a crazy name), its an eclectic style – decorative vintage, romantic, with collections of heirloom objects, vintage linens and crockery, with personal meaning as well. It is an instinctive decorative style – a mix of various eras, that comes together because of the personal meaning underpinning it.
This style is not supposed to be precious, yet obviously there will be treasured items that need looking after. Its a comfortable style – with layers of stories, memories as well as objects and styles. Objects such as vintage linens, faded quilts, an assortment of coloured glassware combined with your collection of animal salt and pepper shakers. It is nostalgic and worn and slightly rumpled.
There is a rather large section of the book taken up with shopping and collecting and getting inspired by shop styling. As well as showcasing shops there are also homes – some of which are more real and practical than others. This style might not be for those with small children running around – with its emphasis on nic-nacks. It is a lovely book, lots of yummy images as well as some practical tips on how to get this look.