Vintage Home: 20th-Century Design for Contemporary Living by Judith Miller

Being an interior decorating enthusiast doesn’t mean that I know everything when it comes to styling.

In fact, I’ve never studied interior design so what I know I learnt by flicking through magazines, looking at inspirational images on Pinterest and reading books. So, when I was given the opportunity to review Vintage Home by Judith Miller I jumped at the chance to behold, what seemed to me, a vintage furniture and decor encyclopedia.

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Vintage Home book* | Quarto UK

What is Vintage Home Decor?

Firstly, have you ever wondered what vintage actually means? Simply put, vintage used to be known as something old that’s not yet an antique. However the book states how it means so much more in this day and age. Vintage now can describe items that are only a few years old and look ‘retro’ or very old things that have been re-purposed.

In a world where IKEA creates great furniture for low prices this book shows how you can find items that haven’t been mass-produced. The term vintage within this book however describes the many decorative styles within 20th Century. This includes; graphic; modernism; natural and organic; pop and space age; post modern; minimalism and more.

The Comeback of 20th Century Decor & Designs

Whilst reading the book I noticed that some styles are making a comeback in the 21st century.

Natural Organic: It seems even in the previous century people wanted to keep the character of a warehouse or barn so although more and more converted these spaces into homes they kept the exposed wood and brickwork. The beauty of the natural and organic materials brought comfort and a homey yet ‘industrial’ look that’s trending even now. It may have also been the source of our movement towards open plan living, what do you recon?

New Moderns: The book calls this section ‘An Anarchy of Styles’ but to me it heavily represented the eclectic looks that we get today. It’s a clash of styles and an amalgamation of historical periods, materials, origins and cultures which I personally love. You might have noticed my love for eclectic decor in my LivingEtc House Tours post. I also have a great Pinterest board for vintage and eclectic styling that you can browse below…

Follow Alina’s board FPP #Vintage and #Eclectic #Interiors on Pinterest.

I think that the Vintage Home book is fascinating and would recommend it to anyone who’s interested in interiors, vintage or even furniture design. What do you think of vintage interior styling?  

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

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