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The Collector's Eye: Decorating with the Objects You Loveby Christine Churchill
Synopses & Reviews
In this lavishly illustrated volume, Christine Churchill establishes the definition of the new American collectible and shows how — by using a discerning eye and armed with basic know-how — talented individuals and seasoned collectors can create their own signature design aesthetic and apply it to their homes and their lives.
American vintage style has evolved and changed. Gone are the old-style American antiques: Chippendale highboys stuffed with precious "smalls" in museum-perfect homes. Today, interesting and unique homes showcase character-filled objects; old number signs with bright graphics; weathered finials; funereal vases; mercury glass collections. The Collector's Eye shows that the best rooms are not the result of excessive spending and "decoration" but are a reflection of how the owner's passions and ideas can result in a collection that is both deeply personal and valuable.
By examining individual collections that range in aesthetic from folksy arts and crafts to urban modern, Churchill offers a wealth of ideas and information for all budding collectors and enthusiasts. Complete with informative sidebars and detailed caption photos, The Collector's Eye describes the intricacies of these objects, imparts tips on sleuthing for them, offers practical advice on their placement and upkeep, and guides readers on today's hot collectibles and how to go about building their own special collection.
America is a nation of collectors. Using a discerning eye and armed with basic know-how, any collector can create his or her own signature design aesthetic. Today, many homes showcase intriguing and often unique objects that are at once precious, rare, colorful, or highly personal, be they old signs with bright graphics; funereal vases; or mercury glass collections. Churchill trains her eye on individual collections that range from folksy arts and crafts to urban modern, and offers a wealth of ideas for all budding collectors and design enthusiasts. The Collector s Eye— complete with informative sidebars and more than 140 stunning photos— guides readers on today s hot collectibles, gives tips on sleuthing for the right objects, and offers practical advice on their placement and upkeep.
About the Author
A former Senior Interior Design Editor at American Homestyle & Gardening Magazine, Christine Churchill has collaborated with her husband and photographer Keith Scott Morton on a variety of projects for articles, home furnishing ads and best-selling magazine covers. She is a regular contributor to magazines like House & Garden, Country Living, Gardener, Healthy Living, Family Circle, McCall's. Her book credits include: Feng Shui Revealed, and a series of books for Morrow (Candles/Soap/Pillows/Wreaths). She is Creative Director for Homes, a furnishing mail order catalog, and has appeared on various daytime talk shows to demonstrate and discuss decorating ideas.
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