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Bookshelf: French Vintage Decor

French vintage decor is always in style and it looks great in any kind of home. Whether you live in a city home or a country cottage, French vintage decor always looks comfortable and elegant and it lets you bring your own personal touch to your space. These new books are packed with inspiration to create a welcoming home with the charm of vintage French decor. And don’t forget that you can buy vintage French furniture and home accents on our website, too! Curl up with a croissant and a café au lait to get you in the mood, and enjoy!

Vintage French Style: Homes and gardens inspired by a love of France

Vintage French Style

Interior designer Carolyn Westbrook shows her love of French style and vintage charm in this new book. She takes us on a tour of ten homes with vintage French style, including a fabulous chateau, a Mid-Century Modern interpretation,  and even her own family’s Texan plantation home,

Mixing old and new is a basic element of making vintage style work successfully, and Westbrook also shows the reader how to combine and display your collections and precious items such as vintage store finds to inherited heirlooms.

French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home

French accents Home Style“I love all things French,” says author Anita Joyce.  “I love creating a relaxed home that is also graceful and beautiful, a place that embraces family and friends in a comfortable way while making them feel special and celebrated. I love all that goes into making a house a home. I love antiques, vintage items, rusty-crusty-chippy things, all things French, design, photography, writing, and spending time with my friends and family.”

We agree with every word! In her new book, Anita Joyce shows how to create the warm elegance of classic French style, including a tutorial for making Joyce’s own French bedspread!

French Vintage Decor: Easy and Elegant DIY Projects for Any Home

French Vintage Decor

Jamie Lundstrom gives us even more Do It Yourself projects to decorate our homes in true French vintage decor style.
The 70 clever and beautiful tutorials with lots of photos include how to make dried flower ornaments or a flower garland or display plants in a mock ‘cast iron’ planter Perhas you’d like to know how to crochet pillows packed with French appeal or make a baguette bag with a drawstring? Decoupage, drippy candes, rusted frames…. the author has many tricks to help you create your own rustic and vintage style French decor and add a little “Je ne sais quoi” to your home.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Bookshelf: The Art of Outdoor Living

It is nearly the summer solstice and a lot of people are making the most of the long summer days and enjoying outdoor living! These books show gorgeous gardens and outdoor living spaces, and also provide inspiration for rustic garden craft projects.

Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living

Veranda Outdoor LivingThe writer of this lush coffee table book is Lisa Newsom who founded Veranda magazine in 1977. So she knows what she is talking about and how to find the best outdoor living inspirations! The lavish full-page photos are a joy for anyone who loves outdoor spaces as an extension of the home. Photos include courtyards, pools, the gardens of a French chateau, and the gardens of well-known designers and gardeners. The journey takes you across the world, and what a dreamy journey it is!

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens

Outdoor Living Country GardensGarden design expert Jack Staub leads readers on a tour of 20 spectacular private country gardens in this handsome book. The ‘Private Edens’ are mainly in the northeast, and the gardens are not open to the general public. In fact, they are so private that the owners’ names and exact locations are left anonymous. Still, you can have a peek at these beautifully designed sanctuaries, including the author’s own Pennsylvania farm boasting a pondside pavilion and a romantic cherry-tree walk. One highlight is an exotic Asian–inspired garden in Maryland – apparently created by a princess from a Himalayan kingdom and her American husband!

Rustic Garden Projects

Rustic garden projects for outdoor livingIf you feel like being creative in the garden yourself (and perhaps you aren’t quite as rich as a Himalayan princess!) this new book will give some ideas to enhance your outdoor living. The subtitle is: ‘Step-by-Step Backyard Décor from Trellises to Tree Swings, Stone Steps to Stained Glass.’ That pretty much says it all. The do-it-yourself garden projects range from a simple suet ball bird feeder to a more ambitious but wonderful moon gate of braided willow. Some of the easier ones might be fun to do with the kids or grandchildren too. How about a personalized walkway?

Do you have any photos of your outdoor living space to share with us? Or perhaps a garden project to tell us about? We are all ears! Tell us in the comment box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Vintage Crafts

There are so many books coming out about vintage crafts. Old-fashioned skills like quilting, embroidery, crochet, and knitting are popular partly because they offer a way to create personalized items to wear or to enjoy in our decor. But also it’s just lovely to give a hand-made gift and to create heirlooms to pass down through the family. These recently published vintage crafts books provide both inspiration and practical advice!

Vintage Quilt Revival

Vintage Crafts Vintage Quilt Revival bookIs there anything cozier and more inviting than a beautiful quilt? Giving a fresh twist on tradition, this new Vintage Quilt Revival book is subtitled 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks.  As well as bed quilts, the projects include a table runner and a bag. Patterns range from the Mayflower block to the Exploding Star, Dove at the Window, and Double Windmill. I love the romantic names!

Quilting is one of those vintage crafts that seems never to go out of fashion. Crafty types can get really creative with their quilts, using fabrics and patterns to reflect their individuality and their decor.

 

Maison Sajou Sewing Book

Vintage crafts sewing bookMaison Sajou is a famous haberdashery and sewing crafts store in Paris. The old shop first thread its needle in 1857 and it is still going strong supplying chic French seamstresses with fancy laces, ribbons, and embroidery silks. This new book describes 20 Maison Sajou projects to make at home.

Ideas include decorative napkins, a vintage style clutch bag, a charming silk slipper bag, a French Country style tablecloth, a nautical tote bag, and a pulled threadwork linen bolster. You don’t have to be an expert either. The projects with illustrated instructions start with basic embroideries all the way through to more intricate concoctions.

Sew Your Own Vintage Keepsakes

Vintage Crafts sewing keepsakesA treasure trove of ideas to make gifts, mementos and accessories that may become heirlooms! The book is heavily inspired by vintage crafts and decor and the author herself lives in an old Victorian townhouse. The 40 projects are paired with photos and step-by-step instructions to make all kinds of keepsakes from a calico doll to a christening gown, and from a drawstring bag to a fabric-lined basket. Although a reissue of an older book, this could be a keeper if you like making keepsakes!

Do you knit, sew, embroider, conjure up quilts or enjoy other traditional vintage crafts? Tell us about your favorite project in the comments box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.