This stunning volume focuses on the qualities of the old things in our homes (the patina of an old table, pewter dulled by age, old floorboards that creak) and how to live with and incorporate them into our personal aesthetic. Divided into chapters by the qualities of old—peeling, dried, tarnished, faded, chipped, frayed, rusty, and mossy—this unique book not only pays tribute to furniture, textiles, china, silver and other accessories with these qualities but also shows us how best to preserve, adapt, and arrange them. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs that highlight the warm colors and rich textures of wood and paint, cloth and leather, For the Love of Old also includes ideas and recipes for saving old items from the junk pile, preserving and caring for the old things you have, giving newer things a lived-in feel, and bringing an enduring personality to every home.
"...this book reminds us that we all get better with age." -- Feb ON-THE-TOWN MAGAZINE
"The many lavish photos in this large book will delight your eyes and imagination." -- 12/20/06 VIRGINIAN-PILOT
".....finding a certain comfort and familiarity in the heft and subtle texture of the cover and gilded lettering." -- SHELTER INTERIORS, April, 2007
"....Part memoir, part how-to-guide, this work invites you into Cater's homes... -- TOWN & COUNTRY, December, 2006
"This beautiful book is chock-full of the peeling and romantic furnishings, books and mementos Carter surrounds herself with." -- PAPERCITY MAGAZINE HOUSTON, November, 2006
"Old is the new black..." -- 9/28 NEW YORK POST
"The book is lovingly written and photographed..." -- 10/20 DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"This beautiful book is chock-full of the peeling and romantic furnishings, books and mementos Carter surrounds herself with." -- Nov 06 PAPERCITY MAGAZINE HOUSTON --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, and avid collector of junk. She is the author of the Junk books, a series of books on discovering, adapting and using junk to bring something new to interior design, and American Family Style. She grew up in old houses and continues to be inspired by them. She lives in New York City and in her old country house in upstate New York.