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The collector's eye : decorating with the objects you love
Churchill, Christine.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperResource, [2002]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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NK1125 .C47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The 12 residences spotlighted by former magazine editor Churchill concentrate more on the owners' antiques and collectibles than on actual style and furnishings. Photographs and text focus on 18 "hot" vintage items, from Josiah Wedgwood's streamlined creamware to the brilliant colors of Blenko glass, and they showcase how groupings enlighten spaces on the East and West Coasts. For collectors, this is a treasure trove of information highlighting eye-catching "smalls" that, by now, are most likely to be astronomically priced. For would-be designers, this book provides enough tips to inspire decor knockoffs or even new decorating schemes that capitalize on old and new styles. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Churchill takes readers into the homes of collectors who have successfully enhanced their home dcor by displaying their collections, which are primarily small objects: glass, pottery, clocks, etc. Churchill also provides a history of some of the items shown and the companies that created them, which adds to the usefulness of this book. Designed to inspire collecting vintage things, this book should be purchased for large interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.