9781845335564As the recession is coming to an end and vintage has become firmly mainstream, the BBC have finally clocked on to the vintage and make do and mend approach to interior design. A new book and TV series, both called Cracking Antiques are to be released in April, detailing how to collect, buy and restore antiques and vintage furniture. Queens editor Lena Weber had a look.

Cracking Antiques by Mark Hill and Kathryn Rayward — to be published next month by Mitchell Beazley, priced £18.99

Cracking Antiques is a step by step guide on how to look for vintage and antique furniture as well as accessories so you can decorate your home the vintage way without setting foot inside a superstore. The book accompanies a new BBC Two series (out in April) of the same name, which – rather quite late into a slowly recovering recession – is out to prove that people can add style and glamour to any type of home by investing in second-hand, vintage and antique furnishings without breaking the bank.

Both book and series, which is presented by interior designer Kathryn Rayward and antiques expert Mark Hill, offer interior design ideas and practical suggestions on how to customise and revamp the tired and the distressed to transform them into glamorous and modern pieces. There are also plenty of top tips and helpful advice on the items to buy now, that could go up in value in the future.

The easy to read guide comes with lots of images, illustrating what to look for when buying antiques at antiques fairs, antiques shops, at auction and online.

I’m rather looking forward to the series, especially the first two episodes which focus on ‘shabby chic’ and episode 6, which is largely about ‘mid-century modern’ style interiors. If the book is anything to go buy, the series will be a great guide to furniture shopping and make do and mending your finds.

Cracking Antiques kicks off on 7 April at 8:30pm on BBC2 and will be available on BBC America and BBC Worldwide.