I am a total sucker for a good decorating book. I know there is Pinterest and blogs and all sorts of online goodness when it comes to decor inspiration, but there’s just something different about having a book in your hands, turning the pages and taking in the scenery. My husband and I used to go to bookstores and go our separate ways to browse and put together wish lists of the books we wanted to buy or receive as gifts. There’s almost always a decorating book under the Christmas tree for me.
So, when French Charmed, one of my sponsors, asked if I was interested in receiving the new book, Vintage by Nina, well…yeah! And this book didn’t disappoint in the inspiration department. It’s an expensive book, but it’s big and thick and filled with beautiful pictures.
I don’t look at decorating books to copy them exactly, but to get inspiration with colors, textures, arrangements, finishes and potential projects. I have been thinking about framing some old family documents to make a gallery and seeing this made me want to do it even more.
…and I got lots of ideas for vignettes and arrangements.
…and even upholstery projects. See the sofa arm in the bottom right corner of the picture below? I love the play of burlap against linen.
That’s just a little preview of this gorgeous book. We’ve spent a lot of time together.
The ladies at French Charmed also sent me a pair of Jeanne d Arc Living Pillow Slips. The designs are based on old flour sacks and are printed on flax-colored linen. They are well made with an envelope closure and ties. So far, I’ve used them in my family room…
…and on my bed…
…and, of course, they go perfectly in my home. I can’t decide where I like them more.
If you like the look, but the slips are too expensive for you, there are tea towels available in the same print and you could make a pillow out of those!
Here are some of my other favorites from their shop…
French Charmed also carries some genuine French antiques and lots of other lovely things.
PS – The book I have is bi-lingual, so it does have all of the text in English.
Disclosure: This is a feature post that was exchanged for the pillow slips and book. I love both products and my words, opinions and promotion of these items and French Charmed is genuine.