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Off the Shelf Review - Vintage Vavoom, by the editors of Romantic Homes

Vitagevavoom_review_2 Vintage Vavoom (2007, Clarkson Potter, $35.00, 218pp.) by the editors of Romantic Homes magazine might just as well be called Vavoom! This just-right-sized book packs a wallop for lovers of all things vintage, and we are nothing if not that here at Vintage Indie.

      As soon as I knew Jacqueline deMontravel, the editor of Romantic Homes, was spearheading this, I was on high alert for it to come out. For those of you who put down your Romantic Homes several years ago after one too many cabbage rose and Victorian lace vignette, fear not.

      The magazine has been rehabbed into an of-the-moment, authoritative handbook where new and vintage collide in a romantic whirlwind of breath-taking rooms, little shops, gardens and get-aways. Add to that the contributions of editors-at-large like Sandra Evertson and Tara Frey, and RH is one of my top real zine picks each month. And, the book is no different, just bigger and by that, better.

      Gorgeous photography again takes center stage. I did not see a lot of reprints from the mag in use. That’s always good. There are also great instructions, shopping lists, tips from designers, even tips on HOW to shop (as if!).

      From the opening advice of creating a notebook, each chapter includes “workshops” as they are called, to help one get decorating and collecting ideas down on paper, complete with encouragement to sketch.

      All styles and time periods are given equal appreciation here, from the kitschy 1950s to the Wedgewood and Flow Blue of the late 1800s. Chinese is represented as is nautical, western, classic/traditional, colonial and more in the many themes depicted for both decorating and collecting. Advice is also given for cleaning and preserving treasured vintage items, such as linens.

      Perhaps my favorite chapter is on color-everything from a bold palette to bold splashes with dots and stripes to an even more delicious group of photos of all-white displays. Ideas for every taste make for a one very appealing book. It’s a must-have for any decorating library.

- Guest Author, Gina Smith

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