Look carefully: The Elements of a Home Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks (Home Design and Decorative Arts Book, History Buff Gift) by Amy Azzarito

Often we take the things around us for granted.  However, the author of this book does not.  Instead she reflects upon things found in a home and writes about them.  The list of what she looks at is extensive and include everything from bathtubs to Turkish and Persian rugs, from picnic baskets to pillows and from fireplaces to rocking chairs. For each item, the author provides an evocative entry.

The first entry in these alphabetical listings is bathtub.  Their history from earliest times is presented and from there she moves to the present day.  Similarly in an entry on bookshelves readers learn that at first books were scrolls without shelves; a history is then given that goes right up to the moment when we started putting together shelves from Ikea.

There is a lot to learn in this book.  It has simple illustrations that enhance the text and engage the reader.  If you are curious about the objects around you, dip into this book.  It is a treasure trove.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

Cocktail Shaker

The cocktail shaker is not just the iconic symbol of a cocktail party; it also pro­vides the soundtrack. Each clink of ice accompanies an escalation in the fes­tivities. It’s the sound of author Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, who shook to the tempo of foxtrots for their Manhattans, with a two-step for a dry martini. It brings to mind James Bond and his beverage of choice: a “very strong and very cold and very well-made” Vesper martini, named for Bond girl Vesper Lynd. (Three measures gin, one measure vodka, and one-half mea­sure Kina Lillet, shaken, not stirred.) It’s the accompaniment to the indulgent three-martini lunch, epitomized by television’s most famous ad executives, Don Draper and Roger Sterling.

Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

2 thoughts on “Look carefully: The Elements of a Home Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks (Home Design and Decorative Arts Book, History Buff Gift) by Amy Azzarito

  1. I love the idea of this book! There’s so many things we use in our houses that have really interesting histories that we take for granted. I really have to read this book, because I love books like it!

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