One of the most gorgeous books I’ve seen in a long time just landed on my desk and I’m so excited to share it with you! And better yet – I’m excited that one lucky reader will win a copy of this book – SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing with Antiques by Tara Shaw – courtesy of Abrams Publishing.
Designer and antiques dealer Tara Shaw is a respected supplier of French and other European antiques for a host of AD100 And ELLE Decor A-listers, including Bobby McAlpine, Mary McDonald, and Bunny Williams. In her first book, Soul of the Home, Shaw helps readers understand how to select the best antiques and how to use them in a variety of decor schemes. Her distinctive vision offers a modern take on using antiques in interior design.
It’s well know that antique furniture – aka “brown furniture” – has been out of fashion the last several years – unless it was Mid-Century Modern. Of course, collectors and owners didn’t abandon their beautiful pieces – but new buyers and younger folks eschewed these pieces because they felt like “grammy” furniture. Tara’s use of antiques in her interiors, some of which you’ll see below and so many others in the book, absolutely shows how wrong this idea is. BTW, we now have a new term “Grandmillennial” aka “Granny Chic” that’s hit the zeitgeist and brown and antique furniture are making a comeback. I will say, Tara’s designs and use of antiques in her interiors are anything but “Granny”, unless Granny is stylish and forward thinking.
I love this quote from the book:
“… an antique can seduce you in a way that no assembly-line- produced good ever could. And if you fill your environment with pieces that make you feel that way, then guess what? You’re probably going to fall in love with your environment, too.” Tara Shaw, SOUL OF THE HOME
I so agree with this – even if you only have one truly antique item, it will elevate your space like nothing else. Antiques can, of course, be quite costly but they don’t need to be. Good quality family pieces, passed down, will bring history, uniqueness and patina to any space. Antiques and vintage furnishings are the environmentally friendly option – they’ve withstood the test of time and are usually made much better than comparably priced new pieces.
SOUL OF THE HOME includes a brief tutorial in antique furniture styles including the various Louis styles, Italian, Swedish, Empire, Neo-Classical and Mid-Century modern. She also includes tips on learning about antiques and how to start a collection. Plus, the photos are all incredible! This is definitely a must-have for lovers of gorgeous interiors and antiques.
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