Book Review & Giveaway: Vintage Home by Judith Miller

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If you have a vintage interiors enthusiast amongst your family and friends, Vintage Home by Judith Miller and published by Jacqui Small, would make an ideal Christmas gift. As one would expect from renowned antiques expert Judith Miller,  it’s an informative read as well as an inspirational guide to collecting and using 20th century furniture and accessories in your home.

For starters it is chock full of pics of mouthwatering interiors using vintage pieces to brilliant effect:

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As well as being some of my favourite interiors from the book, the 3 photos above give a really good flavour of the book – especially as they demonstrate how vintage furniture and accessories can be used in all kinds of interiors and spaces, and that rooms with vintage pieces don’t have to look like a historical drama film set or museum gallery. And if the photos aren’t inspiational enough, Miller gives lots of great advice on how to avoid these pitfalls.

The book is very far from just being a design guide, however. If you are keen to become an educated collector of designs from the 20th century, it is a great reference source, with price guides and insights into what to look for.

Miller covers several different design eras:

  • The Birth of Modernism 1880-1914
  • Deco World 1918 – 1945
  • New Look 1946 – 1969
  • New Moderns 1970 – 2015

Within the chapters there are lots of subdivisions which highlight particular trends within an era (e.g. the stylized graphics of the Art Deco era or the ‘Anarchy of Styles’ of the 1970s), significant designers and influential pieces and styles:

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Vintage home review 9Vintage home review 8If you are keen to become a very well informed collector of designs from the 20th century this book is a great reference source, with price guides and insights into what to look for when considering your purchases. And it’s a great read on the history of design in the 20th century even if you aren’t quite in the market for an Eames chair at the moment!

Many thanks to Jacqui Small Publishing for providing a review copy of this book.

I have a copy of Vintage Homes to give away, so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning it, let me know what your favourite vintage style is before Monday evening (7 Dec) in a comment on this post, and you could be in with a chance of winning.  UK participants only please, because of the (literally!) heavy postage costs. Sorry about that!

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Sorry for delay in doing the draw for this book – the winner is:

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Comment 11 was left by Jan – congrats to her. Thanks to everyone else who shared their vintage enthusiasms – great to read about them.

 

14 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Vintage Home by Judith Miller

  1. My father has ercol furniture , I love the clean lines of this. For myself , my taste has evolved from shabby chic to Italian crispness . Great giveaway Ali

  2. I love Art Deco or the lovely space age 1950’s. I’m lucky enough to have an original 1930’s reclining arm chair which I adore (but my husband loathes!) Looks a truly gorgeous book.

  3. Lovely review and now this book is on my wishlist!. I love the rustic interior mixed with the clean modern lines of the fireplace. So far I’ve dabbled with mid century textiles and homewares. I have an chair waiting for me to refinish in the garage.

  4. I like an eclectic mix of things from different eras. Living in a cottage I tend to be drawn to bits of modern stuff with rustic influences. But that said I love bits and pieces from all eras. Especially if they bring back memories.

  5. Hi Ali

    This is a great giveaway, I will register from my daughters UK address. I love the style of the 50’s, it’s generally quite simple lines, very practical and evokes happy memories of childhood.Particularly like the curved lines of armchairs, nowadays it’s wonderful that all styles and eras can be mixed to form ‘vintage’ hooray!

  6. What a fabulous book. Being a child of the fifties, I have a liking for things of that period. I don’t possess any furniture from that period but have a lot of 50s bits and bobs. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Hello Ali I love your blog, thank you. What a fabulous book, fingers crossed as I would love to read it. My favourite period is definitely Deco World 1918-1945. I have a few pieces from the 1940s which I adore.
    Happy Christmas 😘🙋🏻

  8. I love anything made by Ercol, sideboards, tables and chairs particularly. I could never afford them when I was setting up my home unfortunately.

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