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Vintage Style [Hardcover]

Cath Kidston
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7 Sep 2000
After years of neutral, minimalist interiors, designers are returning to the colors, textures, and comforts of yesteryear. Cath Kidston provides a guide to creating and updating this refreshing look throughout your home. The essence of this eclectic style is the combination of beautiful old fabrics and textures with modern comfort. From the living room and kitchen to the bathroom and outdoors, Cath Kidston shows how the elements work, from big-picture ideas for walls, floors, and woodwork to the details, such as lined storage baskets for the kitchen or fabric-edged antique blankets for the bedroom. Her inspiration is drawn from a broad palette: the faded beauty of old French wallpapers, the bright patterns of the fifties, and many other sources. With irresistible photography by Pia Tryde, Vintage Style transforms the charms of the past into a fresh, contemporary approach to decorating for today.


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New edition edition (7 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091878241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091878245
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 22 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,815,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers and brightly-painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re-working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success.

Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover - practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomize the Cath Kidston look. The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of homewares as well as women's fashion and accessories and the 2008 launch of the Cath Kids brand. Various products are manufactured under license by companies such as Churchill China and Fulton Umbrellas.

Over the years Cath's high-profile collaborations have included creating tents with Milletts (2005-6), Nokia mobile phones with Carphone Warehouse (2006) and collectible radios with Roberts (2005 onwards). In 2008 she collaborated with Tesco to produce printed eco shopping bags made from plastic bottles to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sales of the bags raised almost £500,000 for the charity and saved about six million plastic bottles from landfill. In 2009 Cath collaborated with Maclaren to produce a children's buggy in her classic spot red print. She has also published five books, most recently Sew! with Quadrille in October 2009 - a follow up to 2008's hugely successful Make!

Cath Kidston Limited has expanded steadily to become the unique global lifestyle brand it is today, with Cath remaining Creative Director. Currently there are 30 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland, seven in Japan and one in Kuwait. In October 2009 a shop opened at Heathrow Airport's revamped Terminal 4 - the company's first in an airport - and in November two new temporary 'pop-in' shops were opened in London to make the most of the busy Christmas trading period. The business' successful worldwide mail order, web and wholesale divisions also continue to grow.

Cath Kidston Ltd is one of the most influential and original design companies to emerge from the UK in recent years. It was announced in the Queen's 2009 New Year Honours List that Cath Kidston is to be awarded an MBE for services to business in 2010.


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With its floral prints, chintz fabrics, and flea market finds, vintage style is a popular one and Vintage Style: Creating a Complete Look for Your Home introduces us to Cath Kidston's variation on this theme by taking us on a tour of her own home--bedrooms, bathroom, living rooms, kitchen and home office.

Kidston's original love of this style stems from the patterns and fabrics she grew up with. When she started her own design shop as an adult, she realised that these same fabrics hadn't lost any of their freshness and comfort, and she began designing around the patterns and items she found at thrift shops and flea markets. Her vintage style consists largely of rose prints in chintz fabric as well as comfortable linen and ticking. Lavish details abound--velvet curtains, tassels, and bobble fringe, for instance.

Liberal in her use of colour, Kidston often recommends mixing clashing colour for a vibrant feeling in the room. Her rooms' walls are usually painted white, and colour is added with fabrics, furniture, and accessories, which makes it easy and inexpensive to change the colour scheme if you get tired of the old one.

Resourceful decorating ideas include the use of old scraps of patterned fabrics and striped linens, ribbon, and haberdashery flowers to create padded clothes hangers, cover ironing boards, and stitch lavender sachets--all of which would make excellent homemade gifts as well. Kidston is practical about her flea-market finds--she never buys anything she can't use. But as she points out, there are lots of unusual uses for items you already own--you just need to use a little ingenuity. A chipped china cup becomes a laundry detergent scoop; old curtains are turned into tablecloths. There's something very refreshing about such resourcefulness in an age of disposable items. Kidston's Vintage Style is all about cheerful, well-worn rooms that are as comfortable as they are pretty. --Kris Law --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book packed with inspiration 13 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I wish there were more books like this one. Cath Kidston's bright, imaginative style has inspired me in choosing decor in my own home and although I have recently become a junkie for interiors books and magazines, this one is my favourite! Her ideas are simple but really chic, and nothing in there is expensive to do. I hope her next book is out soon.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational motivation 5 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
I must admit that when I received the book it looked like it belonged on the coffee table with a pile of unreadable books. But I gave it a go and then couldn't put it down, I finished within the day, but was finding it hard to sleep that night... Why? All I could think about was the magnolia paint that dominated my house - It had to go, so, at 2am I started boxing up my house and searching on a well-known auction website for a few key times and next day got into town where I bought tins of white paint and went round all the charity shops. I'm happy with the result, as it didn't cost much at all. The moral of this story - Box up your house and paint the walls white BEFORE reading the book!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read for Vintange Junkies 16 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Even if you are not a great fan of all things vintage, you will find this book a delight. The photographs alone make it worth purchasing, as they tastefully and cheerfully capture the appeal of a home decorated and accessorised with items of the past. It is also an extremely useful book, providing a wealth of usable ideas for re-creating the look in your home - without spending a fortune on designer "old." You get the idea that the author really wants you to spend hours roaming around markets, antique shops and village sales to find the ideal things for yourself. She obviously derives a great deal of pleasure from it herself and she clearly wants to share it with you. Her book is not just showing you how your home can look, but urging you to indulge yourself in the process of getting there. The narrative is inspirational and you will find yourself going back to it again and again. Every time you do, you will discover another new idea!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. K.
Format:Hardcover
it is interesting to see that 10 years after the book was published, it does stand the test of time - in that it proves that vintage and shabby chic style simply can not go out of fashion. So from this point of view, the book is a good read and a bit of a classic.

however I don't think that Cath Kidston would get away nowadays with such a flimsy book, both in word content and photography. The content is not informative or generalised enough to benefit readers living in various kinds of houses, the decorating tips are mostly too specific and too focused on the author's large and very acomodating country house.

and as for the illustrations... what a rip-off! Very few interiors are pictured, instead the book is full of pointless repeats (ie padded hangers and flowers close-ups galore, for goodness sake one of each would have been more than sufficient - and there are close ups of foodstuffs and such, which are so obviously there just to fill up the pages). Even worse, lots of the photos are just variations of angle and focus of the same interior.

my advice therefore is: borrow it and have a flick through, but do not buy it. Far too expensive! and there are much better books (more substantial content and better illustrations) on this subject
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