Vintage flair isn't just classy and cute; it's fun to create and perfect for any budget So let your creativity run wild on trips to the flea market, and don't back down from that deal at the yard sale. With Vintage Crafts , use paper scraps, teacups, and a splash of paint to decorate your house room by room.Read more...
Vintage flair isn't just classy and cute; it's fun to create and perfect for any budget So let your creativity run wild on trips to the flea market, and don't back down from that deal at the yard sale. With Vintage Crafts, use paper scraps, teacups, and a splash of paint to decorate your house room by room.
More than just a craft book, Vintage Crafts features recipes fresh from the countryside, lessons for safe and easy outdoor improvement, and tips for keeping your house eco-friendly. This is the ultimate home decor resource from Sweden's number one lifestyle blogger, Clara Lidstrom. Learn to liven up secondhand clothes, turn old fabrics into patchwork projects, and interject some '50s-era chic into your thrift store finds.Elegant, old-style country projects include:
- Champagne box bookshelves
- Wallpapering with maps
- Silhouette frames
- Baby shoe flower planters
- Bark and twig lanterns
- And so much more to make with your two hands and flea market bargains
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-19
- Reviewer: Staff
In this book, which is based on her blog, Lidström plays that pretty, talented friend who makes flea market finds and shabby chic decor seem enviable. The author makes make-do and mend look like high design, from her collection of “beloved” vintage dresses to a “scrapbooked” linen cabinet decorated with wallpaper. The author never lets her flea market evangelizing (“I fear that we’re annihilating our heritage in the rush to constantly consume what’s new and modern.”) overtake her enthusiasm at remaking a great bargain. Her favorite thing to do is to “pimp” her finds: a set of old speakers with lace, notebooks with vintage girls’ book covers, and a lampshade. The book contains a few gems, such as a recipe for wallpaper paste using water, sugar, and potato flour, as well as tips for freshening up old clothes with flaxseed oil soft soap. Her advice isn’t always new—using newspaper to form cups for seedlings or attaching jar lids underneath a shelf—but no matter. The book is less a practicum and more an idiosyncratic and inspiring romp through the charming space that Lidström has created from scraps and paint. Framing that world is a series of gorgeous, light-filled, photos, in which the author and her son often play a supporting role to the author’s lime-and-red retro kitchen or her tastefully unkempt vegetable garden. (Oct.)