In with the Old
Classic Decor from A to Z
By Jennifer Boles
(Potter Style, Hardcover, 9780385345163, 272pp.)
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
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The Peak of Chic blogger Jennifer Boles--who counts Newell Turner, Alexa Hampton, Stephen Drucker, and Veranda founder Lisa Newsom among her loyal readers--presents a charming encyclopedia of 100 of the most stylish decorating details (chintz, striped walls, and orangeries) that were favored by the great tastemakers of the twentieth century. Best of all, Jennifer gives helpful tips on decorating with these traditional flourishes today.
The 1930s to the 1960s were a grand time for decorating: they saw Chippendale chairs and grotto furniture, house stationery, monograms, tented rooms, and vanities--much of which has since been forgotten or taken for granted. In In with the Old Jennifer Boles breathes new life into gracious living with 100 entries organized from A to Z on her favorite decorating essentials of the past. Each entry explores curious facts, anecdotes, and timeless advice plucked from the legacies of Billy Baldwin, Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish, the Duchess of Windsor, and other tastemakers whose influence continues today.
With a foreword by Alexa Hampton and charming illustrations and photographs, In with the Old is a guide to stylish living that will inspire and delight.
Founder of the blog The Peak of Chic, JENNIFER BOLES is the author of House Beautiful Fabrics for Your Home and a contributing editor to House Beautiful. Boles also writes for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Winner of the "Best Writing on a Design Blog" award at the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, she has been profiled in publications such as the New York Times, Array, Elle Decor, and Town & Country. Boles frequently lectures at design centers, museums, and show houses around the country.
"In the world of blogging only a few voices have risen to the top—all rooted in real passion or obsession. The Peak of Chic’s Jennifer Boles brings it all to In with the Old. Her inquiring eye unearths wonderful treasures of interior design and entertaining from the past. But it’s her insight and perspective that makes it all suddenly modern and so now."
--Newell Turner, Editorial Director, Hearst Design Group
"Jennifer Boles has a keen eye for the details that make a room feel considered and chic. Her charming new book catalogs lessons learned from the Greats and they're all here, wrapped nice and tidy for your viewing pleasure. This volume is essential for anyone who enjoys decorating history and l’art de vivre."
--Miles Redd, designer and author of The Big Book of Chic
"Everything stylish from A to Z. Anything you need to know about chic interiors."
--Michael S. Smith, designer and author of Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design
"Jennifer Boles’ blog “Peak of Chic” is a constant source of design history and style which I never miss and her new book “In With the Old” is the dictionary for the vocabulary of beloved design details that have been used throughout the years. A wonderful educational read."
--Bunny Williams, designer and author of Bunny Williams' Scrapbook for Living
"In with the Old is a visual encyclopedia with a wealth of information about how we lived in style in the past. Jennifer Boles is the Miss Manners of interior decorating and has compiled everything au courant before 1970. An essential work for interior design students, this history of design is fun to look at and to read."—Mario Buatta, aka "The Prince of Chintz" and author of Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration.