Decorating The Vintage Modern Home
Ever been in a house where, no matter how long the people have lived there, every piece of furniture bought in the past however-many years sits side by side with newer purchases? The effect isn’t so much “Vintage Modern” as it is “Salvation Army Showroom.” It’s easy enough to fall into the thrift-store-unchic mode when you keep adding and forget to subtract. Katherine Sorrell explains how to marry vintage and modern looks without getting tacky in The Vintage Modern Home, starting by “Assessing What You Have.”
Sorrell emphasizes taking it easy when it comes to do-it-yourself projects and economy where it counts. Can you furnish your house for free? Why not? Depending on where you live it may take some time, but it can be done (and, thanks to Craig’s List, it doesn’t have to be a challenge).
The Vintage Modern Home is filled with color photos—310 to be exact--of room treatments that combine the old and the new, and readers will find themselves not only oohing and aahing, but also exclaiming “Yes!” and “I’ve got to do that.” Sorrell takes the reader from “The Basics” (style, color, texture, size), through “The Essentials” (architecture, furniture, fabric, floors, walls, accessories, lighting), to case studies that exhibit rooms that will make you cry with envy (I’m a sucker for the “Girly Glamor” bedroom).
Filled with solid advice, The Vintage Modern Home is a valuable decorating guide and serves as eye-candy, inspiration, or a wishbook. It is filled with both ideas and choices that make tackling the most difficult decorating job (deciding what to get rid of) an exciting experience.