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Vintage Home

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good morning!  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite home decor books *ever*

Sarah Moore's Vintage Home

I've been enjoying Sarah's crafts column in the British edition of Country Living Magazine for months, so I knew I'd enjoy her book. Sarah's quirky and fun approach to crafting produces beautiful and (almost always) practical items.  

Vintage Home was impossible for me to find here in the US, but I did find it through AbeBooks out of Canada.  I spent a long time trying to locate it, and it was well-worth the time and effort.  Debbie Treloar photographed all the beautiful photos in it.  I really love her work!  It's organized into several sections including Pretty and Practical, Decoration, Child's Play, and Festive and Seasonal.  Let me share with you some of the projects I'd like to try:

Sarah embellishes wallpaper with stamps and ink.  She uses wallpaper in several of her projects.

I love how she covers the shelving entirely in wallpaper for a dollhouse.  I think it would be fun to use it for storage, too!  Diane, I could see you making something like this for your dolls.

This bookend is a clever idea:  Fill a cracked teapot with plaster of paris!
I could always use a few bookends.

I love how the crocheted trim is dyed to match the towels.  

I would love trying to make my own tea sachets out of muslin.  :D

I have already wallpapered our stair risers, and idea I liked from this book.

There's also some practical advice about using vintage linens in your home (don't be grossed out) and how to make-up a pretty bed.

I can't wait until Christmas because I'm planning on trying several of the Christmas and special occasion crafts.  :D

If you love vintage wallpaper and wallpaper crafts, a variety ideas for one craft (i.e. a lampshade four ways), and unique uses for vintage items, then Vintage Home is the book for you.  I highly recommend it!  

Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. Looks like a winner and we do love decorating books. :)

  2. I will have to ask my sister to get this book for me on her next trip to London. I think she goes back this week. We haven't met up so I still don't have my copies of the Daphne magazine.

    I love the look of the bed.

    Did you do a post on your stairs?

  3. What a neat book! I love the colors with the white and the teapot bookend. I made a dollhouse out of a bookcase when I was a kid.

  4. I like that fabric on the chairs at the top! Such a pretty book and perfect for the springtime. Thanks for sharing! xxleslie

  5. ooooh wowowowowo! thanks ricky Jill for sharing this info, I'll be in Canada next June and will certainly try to find it, so happy!!!
    Big huge hug, ciaoo

  6. LuV it!!
    TY for sharing your find and creativity with us =))

  7. This place officially needs an overhaul now (my house, not your blog) ;)

  8. Wow, looks like a fabulous book. Thanks for sharing that one. :) I love love LOVE your stairs.

  9. AAAAAA!!! I NEED THIS!!!! This is the look I'm TRYING to achieve at Brandywine! I got an Amazon gift crd for my birthday, so guess what I'm doing!!

  10. So pretty. My sister and I would have loved that dollhouse.
    LOVE vintage linens. As long as they are washed properly I don't think there is any reason to be grossed out. They are so soft and perfect. I think I have some stashed that I keep meaning to make throw pillows out of. I must do that.

  11. Looks super cool.
    I love the idea of "adding" details to wallpaper!

  12. I LOVE those stairs!!!! that is so neat and pretty

  13. Looks like a great book. I love how the dollhouse was done and I need to make a lampshade. Hmmm


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