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Style your Modern Vintage Home Book Review
This week I was tempted by a new book called 'Style your Modern Vintage Home' by Kate Beavis. I can't recall where I saw it advertised, but it looked like a great read so off to Amazon I went. It arrived this morning, and I kept it until tonight to have a good browse through. This book was a fabulous treat on so many levels, with a HUGE surprise for yay retro! at the end (more on that later!)
It's a beautifully printed, large book (160 pages), with high quality paper and really stunning photographs throughout. Divided up into sections, it covers different eras starting with the 1920-30s and ending up with the 1980s to early 90s.
The brilliant thing is that each section features a real home, which represents the particular era being discussed. It's absolutely fascinating to see the wonderful ways in which people have displayed their vintage and retro collections, and there are also styling tips to get you inspired.
Handy restoration, cleaning and collecting tips, appear throughout the book, along with product recognition information, and vintage pieces, makes and brands to look out for. To be honest I have barely touched upon the breadth of this lovely book, as I have many hours to spend with it yet myself!
However I know that it will be one of those rare books that will keep me coming back for more and it is sure to become well loved. It will be living on my coffee table for the next few months, whilst I fully absorb all that it has to offer.
Ok so now for the surprise for yay retro!...at the back is a directory of specialists, shops and websites. So I had a little look down the list to see who the author might recommend....Imagine my surprise and joy to see www.yayretro.co.uk was one of the 5 recommended websites to buy vintage home wares! Truly wonderful, and completely unexpected :O)
This then led us to try to find out more about the author and it turns out Kate is the co-director of the vintage business Your Vintage Life, the same people who have often very kindly included our vintage pieces in their 'top 10' lists on their blog :O)