Book Club


Happy New Year one and all! I trust you all had a wonderful festive break and are now ready to take on the challenges of a shiny new year with fervour? And not with a looming tax return weighing you down almost as heavily as the extra few pounds gained from one too many mince pies? *ahem*



Way back in the Autumn of 2012, I was commissioned by the lovely Caroline Taylor of Patchwork Harmony fame to shoot a feature for 91 Magazine’s Winter issue, on the subject of vintage books and how to use them in the home.


Each shot was designed to tell a different story of ways to use old books within the home, both as display and to create new decorative pieces from upcycling old tomes. As well as a couple of my own crafty makes, I also featured products from some fab British designers/e-tailers including Hunted & Stuffed (A Room of One’s Own cushion), Not on the High Street (book artworks by The Spotted Sparrow and Roo Abrook, book clock by Maison Ami plus this rather special wooden stag head by Clive Roddy) and paper flowers, Shakespeare mug, typewriter cufflinks and music paper bows from the perfectly-named Bookish. Keen to steer away from anything too twee, I chose a slightly moody colour palette, with a mixture of dark tones and chalky pastels with undertones of grey to give them a bit of an edge, even including a subtle sneak of metallic. Mixing together a look I like to think of as Rustic Lodge Skandi Chic, there were elements of chunky knit, textured wood and nods to Victoriana scattered throughout – and eagle-eyed readers may recognise the shoot location as my own little abode (specifically, the living roombedroom and study).


To complement the theme, I mixed in some pieces which had a ‘bookish’ feel to them, such as the amazing value pendant light in my wallpaper shot from Very, which reminded me of curled book pages, and this bookshelf print wallpaper from B&Q.


For full credit details, do check out the full feature on p65 of 91 Magazine – though as a heads-up, suppliers include After Noah (vintage letter blocks), Anja Jane (postcard back), B&Q (knitted throw), Debenhams (dog lamp), DuluxLoaf (bed), (dining chair), Rowen & Wren (painted pine cones/acorns/birch tealight holders, miniature bird and metallic tray), Shan Annabelle Valla (miniature porcelain vase), The Conran Shop (feather pens) and The Orchard (apple crate).


Extra reading? Get the look with these lovelies:

Book Club Get the Look Shopping Feature by Joanna Thornhill at Stylist's Own

1. Hand carved lime wooden antlers, £68, Rowen & Wren. 2. Blub 2 by Ext.T, £151, Bell side table by Decode, £690, both FAO Shop. Knitted effect clock, £19, Very. 5. Set of three mango candlesticks, £25, French Connection Home. 6. Book tomb iPad case, £79.99, Emyub. Handmade vintage music wreath, £23.50, The Original Pop-up Shop. 8. Fibreglass bucket chair in mustard, £195, After Noah. 9. Steel hammered vases, £50 each, French Connection Home. For more of the same, check out my Rustic Lodge Vintage Books Pinterest board.

{Images: All styled images photographed by Malcolm Menzies and styled by Joanna Thornhill for 91 Magazine. If you wish to feature these on your blog please ensure you use all listed credit details. All product images taken from the relevant companies’ websites – credits provided}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

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