Book Review – Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft


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Pearl Lowe knows vintage. She’s been living it and breathing it for years and her new book, Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft, helps you incorporate vintage style into your life.

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

It’s a lovely book, with five main sections focusing on areas of the home that are packed with ideas to upcycle, embellish and refurbish your life. All the designs include technique instructions as well as “Pearls of Wisdom” to help you think differently about the suggested design.

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

The book almost overwhelms with design and pattern, but there’s no denying that you will be empowered to personalise many items in your home. There are some really creative solutions within the different chapters and there’s bound to be something you’ve not seen before!

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

As well as the design inspiration, there’s a useful resource section at the back, containing techniques, supplier details and templates, that will help you on your mission. While this book might not be to everyone’s taste, Pearl Lowe has produced something that will leave you itching to get started on your own vintage voyage!

Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

Win a copy of Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Style!

Tell us your favourite style decade – is it the funk of the 1970’s or the art deco stylings of the 1920s? Simply leave a comment below, telling us which decade and why you like it – and we’ll choose a comment at random to be the lucky winner! The competition closes at 23.59GMT on 8th September! Good luck!

 


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26 thoughts on “Book Review – Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft

  • The Jazz Age, the 20’s, is my favorite…it feels exciting, like there’s a change in the air…a new beginning.

  • Oooh, lovely book, tricky question! I think it’s got to be the 1950s for me – I love the cheery enthusiasm and the fad for space-race themed decor.

  • Oooh, hard to decide between the 50s and the 20s. I love art deco, but clothes-wise I prefer the 50s.

  • Def the 70’s! I love love the style of furniture and am trying to acquire items here and there, my latest being a lovely sideboard. Can’t get enough of the 70’s! Sue x

  • 70’s! because it brings back so many memories of childhood , tv shows and books for me.
    Donna

  • 1940’s definitely my favourite . Make do and mend . Style created from imagination and innovation . Living with what you had and making the most off it.. a very creative era .

  • I love the 1950`s style of bold floral prints with layers of material. The pin up style has continued to be timeless. Along with bright coloured kitchen appliances and couches also came bright and shapely makeup, with well defined eyebrows and striking powerful winged/cat eye liner. I love it all!

  • Jennifer R. Adam

    30 August 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I am definitely a 60’s AND 70’s lover, but if I have to pick one decade it would be the 60’s. I treasure my teak tables.

  • Art Deco. Hands down!

  • All of the Victorian era, I run a vintage stall and the weirdest stuff we find Is always from then, love those weird Victorians.x

  • Ayesha Aggarwal

    31 August 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the fifties. The bold colour, the fabulous prints. Oh my!

  • Jo Tambourini-Kay

    31 August 2013 at 9:34 pm

    This decade! You can mix and match favourite contemporary, and unusual, kitsch and antique pieces, with battered old bits and sentimental with confidence, and make a really eclectic and interesting environment to live / work in.

  • It has to be the 80s and all that glam………..

  • I like the feel of many eras through time, but I think I like now the best, on the cutting edge of new developments and the massive revival of hand craft in subversive and exciting new ways of design, breaking out of the strict rules of the past.

  • Not really a decade, but I love the Arts & Crafts style and Art Nouveau!

  • 1970s bohemian for me, with velvet, tassels and lurid prints.

  • “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
    ― William Morris
    I think this covers all aspects of your home what ever decade you love.

  • All eras have good (& bad!) style but you can’t beat a 1950s frock.

  • I love the Art Deco of the 1920s. Beautiful styling and gorgeous lines made everday objects a work of art!

  • I’m what you’d call ‘eclectic’ (or just a mixed up kid!!) as I flit from one lovely decade to another. I love the childhood nostalgia of the 70s, but adore the vibrancy of the 60s and, when I’m feeling classy, it’s got to be something Art Nouveau. Oh, and don’t forget the 1940’s ‘make do and mend’….

  • The fifties… the Nuclear age design, with “new” plastics, bright colours, “new” technology, everything all spacey and futuristic. Tired of war, looking to a new age of peace and prosperity. Plus it reminds me of my grandparents. 🙂

  • I think I love the kitch of the 50’s best of all. Plus the blatant stereotyping in that era’s greeting cards always astounds!
    Thanks!
    Shauna

  • I love the clean lines and “futuristic” look of the 50s.

  • sharon lichtenberg

    10 September 2013 at 2:11 am

    I love the 20’s, it was an exciting time in embroidery- so many beautiful patterns!

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