The Elegantly Frugal Home
I think imagination and a willingness to indulge in a bit of simple DIY are far more important qualities in equipping your home to make it comfortable, and customising it to your own individual taste, than being able to throw huge amounts of money at it. Secondhand items have now been re-branded in many cases as 'vintage' and, as such, are seen as desirable and collectable in addition to being eco friendly.There are an increasing number of books being published along this vein; these are a few of my favourites.
Pure Style Living Jane Cumberbatch
This author has written quite a few excellent books, worth looking at alone for Pia Tryde's wonderful photographs. This one encapsulates her ethos of living more simply but also practically and affordably, with chapters on all aspects of home life. There is an extensive visual directory listing everything from fabrics to garden tools to materials for children's play.
Thrift:how to have a stylish home without breaking the bank Bridget Bodoano
This quote from the introduction sums up this book, "Thrift is more than spending less;it is spending wisely". Good advice on buying both new and secondhand with lots of ideas for making the most of both.
Cheap Chic Emily Chalmers and Ali Hannan
Flea Market Style Emily Chalmers and Ali Hannan
Both of the titles above have stunningly inspiring photos by Debbie Treloar that are a positive advertisement for living well on less. Packed with ideas and tips to encourage you to think outside the box. Secondhand has never been so stylish!