- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Potter Style; First Edition edition (December 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307382745
- ISBN-13: 978-0307382740
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds Hardcover – December 31, 2007
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Instead the book seems directed toward people who are just starting out in a home, or beginner collectors. Lots of space is dedicated to extremely superficial and obvious advice on where to find vintage items (antique malls and flea markets--who knew?!), getting the most for your money (pedigree and craftsmanship are indicators of value--hmm!), and buying things you love--because apparently some collectors buy things they don't love?
Inspiring photos could have helped make up for the lacking text, but I also found those disappointing. Most are close-ups of one or two items, with very few wider views of rooms or large-scale arrangements. The latter part of the book deals with mixing and matching items, which was more what I had in mind, and I did find a few useful pictures and ideas there, but not nearly enough to justify the cost of the book.
The book also features workshop ideas at the end of each chapter, wherein the reader is encouraged to create an idea binder with torn-out pictures from magazines, or to practice creating vignettes in corners or on shelves. Again, this may be helpful for people who are new to decorating or collecting, but as a longtime collector who has a pretty solid idea of her style and tastes, it was not information I needed.
I enjoy Romantic Home magazine, but this book is not what I'd hoped it would be. I'd recommend Mary Emmerling's design books for inspiration on arranging, mixing, and displaying vintage items instead.
Advanced decorators might find most of the information redundant.
However, if a person is a "beginner" in this area of decorating, then they will find this book very inspiring.
The photos are simply amazing---just as the photos in the magazine ROMANTIC HOMES are.... Colorful, large and bright!
The book begins with an information chapter, explaining the purpose of this book.
Basically, this book is like a mini-workshop because it shows the reader how to put together a "Decorating Journal", in order to organize their decorating style , from start to finish.
Thus, each Chapter in this book covers an area that is linked to the decorators' journal.
Most advanced decorators (of the romantic style) already know what they like, so this is why I state that this book is mainly for the beginning decorator.
This book is quite expensive, so if you can find this book "on sale", I think it would be worth while, even for the advanced decorator...Why?----Answer: because of the amazing photographs.
I think the photos in this book are what are truly amazing. The information itself, is slightly too basic though.
For example: An ancient, chipped flower box is set on an elegant dining table. Pink roses spill out of the flower box to create a really stunning visual statement. Vintage fabrics, many of them lovely with antique lace, can be put together with other fabrics to bring a sense of history to any room.
There are tips on how to flea and how using treasures from your childhood can make your home special.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a subscriber to Romantic Homes magazine, which I am, this book is nothing but a compilation of years of photos used in the magazine. Nothing new....very disappointing.Published on April 18, 2014 by KS
What a great value for such a large beautiful book. The groupings were so pretty, how to display in ways I had not thought about yet. Loads of good information.Published on March 16, 2014 by rescueAdog
I was very pleased with the book, the condition was excellent. The pictures are very colorful and I will enjoy loaning this book to my friendsPublished on May 26, 2013 by kay patacsil
In an effort to have an alliterative, memorable title, the editors chose the word "vavoom" - which I always associate with explosions and fanfare, but my kind of Vintage... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by A READER IN CENTRAL AMERICA
I bought this because my wife wanted it. She has read it and she simply wants me to tell you that it deserves three stars.Published on August 10, 2011 by Michael
The central message of this book is that you need, right now, to go out and buy lots of vintage tchotchkes to give your home style; and the photos are done with make-you-salivate... Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by ComeOnEileen
This book is so inspiring if you love vintage decor...it shows you interesting and beautiful ways to display your older treasures!Published on November 9, 2009 by BlueDiamond66