In this post: If you’re a fan of French vintage room decor, you’ll love this collection of elegant DIY projects, beautifully presented in a new book.⇒
I never really thought of myself as a DIY-er.
When I think of DIY projects, they tend to fall into one of two categories. There are the ‘power tools types’, where goggles are worn, dust is flying and the end result is a pretty impressive piece of work. And then there are the crafty types, which can be quite lovely but often aren’t really my style.
Or so I thought…
It turns out, DIY projects can fall into an unlimited number of categories and can be made all your own. And when it comes to DIY-ing vintage room decor, my friend Jamie is clearly the master!
In her new book, French Vintage Décor, Jamie shares roughly 70 DIY projects, all yielding enchanting French inspired pieces that are emblematic of her style. You may know Jamie from her blog So Much Better With Age and she is one of the participants in our weekly series, Home Style Saturdays.
But I had no idea she was making (or reinventing) so many of these pieces herself!
I have seem many of my friends dabbling with painting furniture and that’s one area I’d love to conquer myself, but while Jamie does include some painted projects, her book comprises so much more.
It’s also a reflection of her charming personality, approachable and warm, yet with a well defined aesthetic and a casual elegance. When the book was delivered she included some lovely gifts for her friends who would preview the book, including a delicate tea towel, an aromatic soap and some paints and waxes to experiment with.
I’m utterly inspired to try some of the projects!
The book is segmented into logical sections, including art and mirrors, flowers, textiles and French furniture. One of my favorite sections is devoted to Parisian inspired home decor, as it has many delightful surprises that are remarkably simple to make. Yet each has the capacity to add a captivating French flourish and grace to your home.
There is something for everyone to tackle in this book, as the projects range in difficulty, with most falling into the easy or intermediate levels, but with a few advanced projects to keep the experienced DIY-er challenged.
I’ve been familiar with Jamie’s work for quite some time, admiring her home, her vintage room decor and her exquisite style, but I had no idea she was DIY-ing these things herself. I think my favorite project is the antiqued mirror, because I just assumed she bought hers that way.
The instructions are clear and written recipe style, with materials lists and easy to follow directions, all punctuated by Jamie’s stunning photography.
While I’m sharing a link below where you can buy a copy of the book, I’m delighted to be able to offer a GIVEAWAY of a signed copy to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment below so I know you’d be interested and I will pick one lucky winner at random and contact you by email.
To buy a copy of this lovely book, you can click on the link below.
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And maybe someday soon, you’ll actually see a DIY project on my blog!
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