Every house should have a selection of pretty coffee table reads. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, from stunning fashion to interiors and baking. Vintage lovers should definitely get their hands on some of these beautiful – and informative – retro reads. Here goes…
The Style Me Vintage Collection: Various authors
These pretty hardback books are a wonderful source of information for both vintage die hards and the beginner. With books on clothes, hair, make-up and weddings you’ll be sure to learn something new to perfect your look. Featuring some very well known faces in the vintage world, these are truly gorgeous books too! Available on amazon for £6.99 each.
100 Years of fashion: Cally Blackman
Definitely a coffee table book – how can you resist picking up a book with that stunning Hepburn front cover? – Perfect vintage reading material! With many “20th century fashion” sorts of books around, it’s hard to know which to go for. But with a plethora of knowledge between the beautiful imagery, you’ll be sure to be as engrossed in the text as you will be the photography. Currently £16.00 on Amazon.
Kirstie’s Vintage Home: Kirstie Allsop (of course!)
Kirstie Allsop captured our hearts on Channel 4 with her Christmas and Vintage Home TV series, so of course we love this book. With crafty, thrifty tutorials it’s a fabulous guide for the beginner and especially for all you DIY girls out there. Amazon £12.00.
Vintage Tea Party: Angel Adoree
Angel Adoree, the brain behind The Vintage Patisserie, launched this guide in 2012. Though many books are pretty, this blows them out of the water. The graceful illustration and photography weaves throughout joining all the different sections together beautifully. From how to tie a head scarf and decorating your table to recipes for all of your tea party menu needs, this is a vintage girls entertaining bible. Bargain at £13.40 on Amazon.
Burlesque/Fetish and The Art of The Teese: Dita Von Teese
Dita is the Queen of Burlesque in our modern world. This two part hardcover showcases Dita in an array of her favourite dance costumes matched with the darker side of eroticism and the mysterious world of all things fetish. Though this book has text throughout, it’s not the book to buy if you want an in depth history on Burlesque. Fancy drooling over glittering pinup pics? Yup – buy this book! £16.75 on Amazon.
Style your Modern Vintage Home: Kate Beavis
As ‘vintage’ takes over the fashion world, it’s influence is obvious in the world of interior design more than ever. This book is complete with restoration tips, real vintage homes and decade by decade guides. Whether you have a rented room or have a whole house to play with, you’ll be sure to find inspiration here. £13.99 on Amazon.
Pictures – Tim Walker
Not vintage as such, but personally I (Gina) covet this book more than any other swoon worthy coffee table read. Tim Walker, if you are unfamiliar, is an incredibly creative fashion photographer whose imagination is unrivalled. His prop and fashion styling is out of this world. Simply put, he is an artist. This is a pricey read, but if you want to get lost in the world of his intriguing fantasy you can find it for £43.40 from Amazon.
There we have it folks – some fab vintage reading tips to find some inspiration from, or to simply immerse yourself in on a wet weekend!
We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x
(and of course Gina)