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  • Published: 15 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781580934398
  • Imprint: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $75.00

Past Present

Living with Heirlooms and Antiques



A lavishly illustrated guide to displaying furniture and decorative arts with the patina and beauty of age in a stylish and contemporary context that gives the objects new life and enhances the setting.

The past meets the present in perfect style in this book, which offers inspirational examples of decorating creatively with heirlooms and antiques and incorporating them into everyday life. 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, introduce antiques into contemporary settings, 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 and including gardens as well, the selected homes reveal the beauty and relevance of antiques in every setting, from casual to elegant, rustic to refined.

  • Published: 15 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781580934398
  • Imprint: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $75.00

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