The past meets the present in perfect style in this guide to incorporating heirlooms and antiques into stylish and contemporary contexts. Featuring interiors decorated by collectors, antiques dealers, and well-known design professionals, author Susan Sully demonstrates ways to create tradition-inspired interiors that aren t fussy or stiff and breathe new life into old things by changing finishes and upholstery or combining objects in surprising juxtapositions.
Sully also explains how to display collections creatively, to set inviting tables, arrange interesting tabletop compositions, and successfully mix and match objects from varied styles, periods, and degrees of formality. Ranging from a converted 1915 fire station to a French neoclassical-style mansion, the selected homes reveal the beauty and relevance of antiques in every setting, from casual to elegant, rustic to refined."
- ISBN-13: 9781580934398
- ISBN-10: 1580934390
- Publisher: Monacelli Press
- Publish Date: April 2016
- Page Count: 216
- Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Collectors eager to display cherished heirlooms and antiques alongside more contemporary objects will appreciate Sully's discriminating eye and articulate narrative in this guide to blending the past with the present. Sully (Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House) explains that this book was inspired by her relocation to a mixed-style cottage after Hurricane Katrina, when she sought guidance about how to incorporate her heirlooms in a limited space. The narrative is highly educational and expressive, though the photos are underwhelming. Homes with differing styles, settings, and levels of formality are profiled to illustrate the particulars of this combined antique/modern esthetic. Minimalist prints mix with gothic architectural detailing in an old Victorian; well-traveled homeowners display their accumulated souvenirs in their English country-themed house amid the glamour of gilt wall trim and decorative objects; the restored summer house of Beaux Arts–era architect Stanford White showcases its original Gilded Age contents as well as a limited number of recent acquisitions; and in an 18th-century Connecticut farmhouse, contemporary floor and window coverings coexist with the home's primitive, rustic features. Full of reverence for heirlooms and antiques that Sully calls "silent storytellers," this book complements the interconnectedness of antique and modern: "Much of what has been considered modern... has roots in the past." Color photos. (Apr.)