A celebration of the art of thrifting and decorating with antiques of every era, Vintage Living is a full-service guide to treasure hunting, from flea markets, antique shows, and estate sales to country auctions, yard sales and the on-line marketplace. Richter also imparts hard-won practical tips, such as how best to negotiate and haggle.
With chapters on vintage entertaining and cooking; vintage holiday décor for all seasons (including Valentine's Day, Easter, and Halloween among others); giving vintage gifts; embracing vintage ways (write letters, repurpose and recycle); and caring for your old treasures, this bible of vintage living will inspire you to take a personal and creative approach to your décor. Buy the book on Amazon »
Vintage ornaments, lights, decorations, cards, and wrapping all conjure up happy memories of Christmases past and serve as tangible mementos of holidays shared with family and friends. In fact, finding these objects, decorating with them and sharing them with others brings an instant feeling of comfort and joy. Learn more about decorating, celebrating and enjoying A Very Vintage Christmas in Bob's best-selling book, now available on Amazon »
Flea Market Minute
Watch Seasons 1, 2, and 3 of Bob's original series and tag along as he hunts for vintage treasures. Check out all of the episodes »
The Philly Flea
Mid Century Modern
What to Bring to a Flea Market
Antiques at Rhinebeck
Paris! Part I
One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sales
Check out Bob's Tastemaker Tag Sales on One Kings Lane. Shop the sale »
Easily the favorite design project so far in my career, this sublime, sophisticated and altogether sensational ranch was a labor of love. Working with the owner, I found textiles, rugs and accessories that brought the home and its four 'casitas' to life. Whle rural Texas is stunning, it doesn't have all the resources of a big city, so I shopped auctions and antiques shops on the East Coast and shipped most things there. Some of my greatest finds were original Navajo rugs and one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. In the main house, my favorite area is the game table and chairs. The chairs were custom made in California and covered in a sturdy cork material, making them both timeless and durable. Finally, the vignettes in each guest house are assembled from many locally-found items and hint at the romanticism of the Old West.
An Inviting Bachelor Pad
The client wanted comfort and style to co-exist. We opted with a lot of neutrals and dark woods with furniture so the art and antiques could shine. Curtains and pillows are made from men's suiting material, giving a rich, masculine feel. The giant Polaroid over the couch is by photographer Zak Zavada and the wonderful dark blue celestial globe is a flea market find. For the reading room, I chose a colorful vintage rug from Iran, a vintage cabinet from a doctor's office and a great graphic woodcut which is a nod to the client's career in publishing. It's a warm, eclectic space that now feels like a haven for this busy executive.
Eye-Popping Kitchen & Dining Room
I made the most of this space by having custom cabinets built in the kitchen and custom shelving built in the dining area. The kitchen was built around a set of Riviera china (Fiesta colors, but Art Deco lines). I found a wonderful green countertop, an orange fridge and stained glass windows that pull it all together. The dining area is intimate and veritable sentimental journey down flea market lane. There's wonderful potter, art and a touch of whimsy with the taxidermy.
A Sweet Pied-a-Terre
For this small but lovely space, like most of my design projects, I was able to incorporate some great vintage flea market finds, such as horns mounted on Lucite, a campaign-style desk and chair, a French Art Deco poster and wonderful painted gourd. By keeping the furnishings simple, the accent pieces really pop. In the entryway, there's some really fun de Gournay peacock wallpaper and an English tea cart and Italian gilt mirror, both from The Garage flea market in NYC. When my client arrives at her home away from home, she is greeted with fun and intersting things that reside in a light, airy space that is perfect for a weekend away from it all.
This collector's paradise is eclectice, sentimental and maximalist! It is furnished with attic treasures and flea market finds. Guests are never at a loss for conversation, as round every corner, there is something interesting to see. The space is filled with antiques and art culled from NYC dealers and Eurpean buying trips.
What kind of person puts a star on a low branch?
I take decorating seriously year-round, but why do it if it's not fun? Each year my tree trimming party is the perfect mix of good design, good friends and good times. This year The New York Times dropped by and reported on the festivities. Read all about it »
Mid Century Country Home
Design on a Dime
Kitchen Storage Tips
Kitchen Lighting Tips
Kitchen Organization Tips
How to Style a Bedroom
How to Light a Kitchen
How to Baby Proof Your Kitchen Cabinets
How to Declutter a Kitchen
How to Create Space in a Small Kitchen
How to Make a Small Bedroom Cozy
How to Give a Bedroom a Sleek Design
How to Disguise Kitchen Electricity Sockets
How to Create a Welcoming Dining Area
How to Design a Guest Room