Vintage Interior Design Books More Relevant Than Ever

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If you're an interior design enthusiast like myself, you probably love to learn about past and present trends. I've spent a small fortune on a variety of books from actual interior design studies books to those written by my favorite designers. But holy cow, I've found a mecca!

In a recent trip to the thrift store, I found some books that are so helpful. And the images are wildly accurate for the current design trends. If there's ever been anything more reaffirming of this, it's seeing spaces that I could swear I've seen in my Instagram feed on pages with olddddd computers and TVs.


Here are some I definitely recommend you look for and read now that I've picked them up and fallen in love:

Antiques In Interior Design

The Not So Big House

Family Circle Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia 1

A Practical Guide to Interior Design Planning A Home

And some other equally entertaining books I picked up:

Reader's Digest Hints and Tips To Make Life Easier

Macrame Creative Design In Knotting

Victorian Dream Homes from Home Planners

The Art Of Hanging Loose in an Uptight World

To be completely honest, I haven't picked up a book outside of my bible for at least a year. It's been a fun trip down memory lane since I used to love books. I think it's an obsession that may be returning. ;)

Now that you have a list of potential reading material, lets browse some of my favorite thrift scores from #thriftscorethursday:

Wanna Play? Here’s The Rules!

  • We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures.

  • Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!

  • Want to get featured? Add the #thriftscorethursdsay hashtag, Follow the hosts (@the_gathered_home@primitiveandproper@adesignerathome and @maggieoverbystudios) and tag a friend to play along, too!

  • Each week, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Maggie from Maggie Overby Studios and  Myself (A Designer At Home) will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The best part? There are 4 regular posts to check out every Thursday! Yup, you’ve got more thrift scores to look at. I know you’re not disappointed. Ha. Click on my beautiful cohost’s faces below to check out what they’ve scored and featured.

Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color

Thrift Score Thursday Cassie


  1. oh my gosh those books are epic! so awesome, corinna! and i love bobette's style so much- featured her, too!

  2. So fun! I LOVE vintage decorating books - I definitely need to keep my eyes open for some more!


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