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Modern Retro Home is your key to unlocking the secrets behind a thoroughly contemporary home that takes inspiration from the past. Organized into chapters according to each room of your house, Jason Grant takes us inside homes that embrace aesthetics from the 60s, 70s, and other classic decades of design, and walks us through why the styling of each room works. Despite its adventure into the past, don't expect to find tired-looking rooms in this book – Jason's fresh and accessible style shines through every page in their bright, colorful photographs. No matter the size of their budget or living space, or whether their belongings are sourced from eBay or high-end vintage stores, the tips in this book are accessible to anyone interested in creating their own modern retro home.
This book explores the meanings and practices of vintage lives. It focuses on the non-mainstream subculture of vintage clothes and lifestyle, specifically that of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and asks how those engaged in the culture place themselves within the gendered and classed contexts of these eras. As a result, it also identifies the tensions involved in these identities connected to a past that offered little gain for women and narrow gender roles for both women and men. Modern Vintage Homes & Leisure Lives is based on original empirical international data about a group of people who wear vintage clothing all of the time and whose homes are styled entirely, or almost entirely, vintage. It aims to understand the meanings of vintage for them through their daily practices and accrued knowledge. Through interviews and direct observations of vintage events it also explores questions about the acquisition, display and curation of vintage clothes, homes and objects, about glamour and wardrobes, about the history of second-hand markets, and emotional durability and ideas about ghosts, hauntings and spectral remains. It will be of particular interest to students and academics of gender and women’s studies, fashion and design, fashion history, cultural studies, the body and embodiment.
Celebrating the perennial interest in incorporating vintage flea-market finds into interior schemes, Style Me Vintage: Home is a feast of retro inspiration. With practical information on how to identify and source original vintage homewares, there is also plenty of inspiration on how to style your rooms according to your favoured decade, whether it be the 1920s or the 1970s. Without being restrictive, there's also plenty of advice on how to mix eras and incorporate vintage into contemporary schemes. This is a sourcebook of inspiration to all those hungry for nostalgic design. From ideas for display (fab sixties artwork, kitsch figurines, retro plates and crockery) to larger furniture finds (fifties sideboards, classic fabrics, reupholstered armchairs) see how vintage design can be made to work today.
In recent years, mid-century modern furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles have become popular among those who appreciate their stylish contribution to the contemporary home. 'Modern Retro' will inspire you to create a look that combines modern classics by such visionaries as the Eameses, Bertoia, and Aalto with yard-sale treasures and the best of contemporary design. Created by modern classics dealer Andrew Weaving and design commentator Neil Bingham, 'Modern Retro' is not about slavishly recreating a period feel. Instead, it shows how to take the best designs from the 1920s to the 1970s and use them throughout your home in a relaxed and individual way, making the most of the gloriously eclectic forms, colors, and patterns available.
Transform your home from shabby to chic, with the help of Kirstie Allsopp. Looking to the past for inspiration and embracing vintage style to create something unique and beautiful, Kirstie continues her love affair with everything handmade. Re-using, restoring and upcycling, Kirstie shows how to transform vintage fabrics, furniture and other everyday things into modern day treasures using a range of crafting skills and techniques. From distressing a mirror and decoupage to making a memory quilt with vintage fabric, the book is packed with practical techniques that can be adapted to suit your own objects and furniture. Accompanying a new Channel 4 series, Kirstie's Vintage Home contains everything you need to create your own vintage look at home.
Retro is back – if it ever went away – and more and more of us are finding inspiration in the homes of the twentieth century. Whether your preferred style is elegant Art Deco, streamlined mid-century modern or the chrome-laden decor of the classic American diner, Retro Home shows you how to re-create the look you love without having to break the bank or spend days scavenging junk shops and attics. Interiors expert Katherine Sorrell surveys the highly polished and lacquered glamour that characterized the homes of the 1920s and ’30s, the bright colours and Scandinavian sleek of the ’50s, and the funky plastic furnishings of the ’60s and early ’70s. She explains how to select a style that works for you; explores iconic designs that are crucial to getting the right look; and presents over 20 case studies of stunning retro rooms in contemporary homes. Whichever room you’re decorating, in whichever style, Retro Home guides you through the colour schemes, furniture (whether vintage or reproduction), soft furnishings and accessories that will create an authentic, individual interior.
At Dwell, we're staging a minor revolution. We think that it's possible to live in a house or apartment by a bold modern architect, to own furniture and products that are exceptionally well designed, and still be a regular human being. We think that good design is an integral part of real life. And that real life has been conspicuous by its absence in most design and architecture magazines.

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