Archive for April, 2016


Silver makes everything better

  Just in case you missed my Monacelli Press Instagram takeover (@monacellipress), I will be posting twenty tips about ways to live creatively with heirlooms and antiques.   Tip 2: Silver makes everything better   The rustic nature of my dining room in the Blue Ridge Mountains was one of the factors that informed my […]

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Magic in Macon

I’m taking my new book and hitting the road next week with lectures and book parties in Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham and Harpersville, Alabama. Please come if you’re in the area and celebrate the joy of living with heirlooms and antiques. Macon—my first whistle stop—is one of my favorite Southern cities because of […]

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Lecture at The Charleston Library Society

  Please join me for the inaugural event celebrating Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques         Lecture and Booksigning on Thursday, May 5, 6:00 PM The Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street Charleston, South Carolina (843) 723-9912         Providing a sneak peak inside my new book, the lecture […]

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Find new ways to use old things

  Just in case you missed my Monacelli Press Instagram takeover (@monacellipress), I will be posting twenty tips about ways to live creatively with heirlooms and antiques.   Tip 1: Find new ways to use old things   I enjoy pouring water from a silver pitcher. It’s so elegant and sensual. Somehow silver and water […]

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Antiques take over the World

  I’ve loved antiques since I was a little girl. My mother entertained frequently and when she did she opened the sideboard to reveal a trove of treasures—a sparkling cut-glass celery dish, gold-rimmed saltcellars, and a wooden box with blue velvet lining holding a panoply of silver flatware. I helped set the table, caressing each […]

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The Importance of Being Furnished

The importance of being furnished finds no greater expression than in the language of chairs—their arrangement for conversation, their comfort, their compatibility. There is infinite variety in the world of chairs—klismos chairs with saber legs, velvet slipper chairs with diminutive yet comfortable proportions, sleek art deco chairs, classic modern chairs with precisely limned lines. Each […]

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Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

      Not everyone knows how to live comfortably with antiques and heirlooms—especially more formal ones. We are tempted to treat them with awe and even anxiety—don’t use the “real” china…it might get chipped. Don’t sit in that chair…it’s a hundred years old…and it’s French! Don’t put that Directoire armchair next to the Danish […]

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