Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In With The Old

Bookplates are just one of the topics
covered in the book.
Image from The Peak of Chic blog
"Classic design never goes out of style.."  Those are the first words in the Introduction to IN WITH THE OLD: CLASSIC DECOR FROM A TO Z by Jennifer Boles.  And that is certainly the motto of The Devoted Classicist.
Image from The Peak of Chic blog.
Starting with acrylic furniture and going though woven zebra rugs, Jennifer takes the most chic and classic home furnishings from the 1940s through the 1970s and shows how they are effectively being reused today with such admirable results.
Jennifer Boles
Image via the Albany Herald newspaper.
A not-to-be-missed event for all those in the Memphis area will have Jennifer Boles making a presentation on the enduring qualities of classic décor followed by a sale and signing of her terrific book on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Brooks Museum of Art, 2:00 pm.  As an educational program of Decorative Arts Trust, the talk is open to the public and free with regular museum admission.

Jennifer is one of the relatively few fellow Bloggers that I have had the opportunity to both meet and attend a presentation; she was a guest of D.A.T. several years ago as the moderator for a panel discussion and I can vouch that she is indeed The Peak of Chic.


  1. I am not familiar with the Decorative Arts Trust. But what a great idea! Your link says the Trust provides opportunities to bring together collectors and enthusiasts to hear outstanding speakers, view exceptional homes and collections. Its not that I don't love the fine arts... it is just they are given such prominence in most university courses and art journals. If only there was equal exposure for people who love gold and silver, porcelain, furniture etc etc.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment!
    I love her blog; I love her book; and I wish I could fly to Nashville!!! (a very civilized community)!
    Bravo to you both! Kindred spirits!!

  3. John,
    So nice of you to mention this~
    I envy you getting to see Jennifer again~ still waiting for my moment!
    Although we know several people mutually, we have only met in a virtual way. Welcome to the 21st century!

  4. A note to those marking their calendar: the talk will be at 2 pm on the 11th (not in the morning as originally stated). As soon as TDC has computer access, the text will be revised.

  5. John, I so wish I could be there to meet Jennifer. She is so talented and I adore her book!

    The Arts by Karena

  6. Bravo Jennifer and thank DC.

  7. John, A belated thank you for this post! I am looking forward to seeing you next week.


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