For the Love of Old: Living with Chipped, Frayed, Tarnished, Faded, Tattered, Worn and Weathered Things that Bring Comfort, Character and Joy to the Places We Call Home

Overview

This stunning volume focuses on the qualities of the old things in our homes (the patina of an old table, pewter dulled by age, old floorboards that creak) and how to live with and incorporate them into our personal aesthetic. Divided into chapters by the qualities of old—peeling, dried, tarnished, faded, chipped, frayed, rusty, and mossy—this unique book not only pays tribute to furniture, textiles, china, silver and other accessories with these qualities but also shows us how best to preserve, adapt, and ...
See more details below
Hardcover
$37.14
BN.com price
(Save 25%)$50.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (16) from $18.38   
  • New (10) from $28.53   
  • Used (6) from $18.38   
Sending request ...

Overview

This stunning volume focuses on the qualities of the old things in our homes (the patina of an old table, pewter dulled by age, old floorboards that creak) and how to live with and incorporate them into our personal aesthetic. Divided into chapters by the qualities of old—peeling, dried, tarnished, faded, chipped, frayed, rusty, and mossy—this unique book not only pays tribute to furniture, textiles, china, silver and other accessories with these qualities but also shows us how best to preserve, adapt, and arrange them. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs that highlight the warm colors and rich textures of wood and paint, cloth and leather, For the Love of Old also includes ideas and recipes for saving old items from the junk pile, preserving and caring for the old things you have, giving newer things a lived-in feel, and bringing an enduring personality to every home.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847828470
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 288,817
  • Product dimensions: 9.31 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, and avid collector of junk. She is the author of the Junk books, a series of books on discovering, adapting and using junk to bring something new to interior design, and American Family Style. She grew up in old houses and continues to be inspired by them. She lives in New York City and in her old country house in upstate New York.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    I Met Mary Randolph Carter ¿

    ¿ when she was ¿Junking¿ at the Lakewood Antique Flea Market in Atlanta, Georgia, and I can attest that she is as genuine, down-to-earth, friendly and approachable as her books imply. So when I heard she had a new book out, I literally ran to my nearest bookstore to purchase a copy. And, while this book may be a slight departure in the way it looks from her other books, it is every bit as beautiful and wonderful in it¿s own right, and a great addition to your Carter book collection. Congrats, Carter, on another great book!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    For the Love of Old is Like an Old Friend

    As I sat on my sofa pouring over For the Love of Old, I thought about how in my newlywed days I would pull out Mary Randolph Carter's junk books as my decorating inspiration. These days, I have been married a little longer, and my belongings have been loved a little more. That's why For the Love of Old means so much in a world that seems to value what is new and perfect. Her book reminds us that what really matters are the people who have loved the items, and the memories made in our homes. Old readers will recognize old friends (junk), and new readers will have so much fun exploring Carter's world of junk! As I told my fellow friend who has a love of old -- Go get it!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Finding the Unusual in the Usual

    This book helped me break away from everything that is slick and new and sterile and showed me that there was more to appreciate in objects that carry with them the marks of the many lives that they have lived. It represents an aesthetic that sees charm and richness of objects that although not in the category of fine antiques, have just as much to teach us about our predecessors and their tastes and fashions. The author tells us that you don¿t have to be rich to surround yourself with beautiful objects, and you can have a lot of fun doing your own hands on study of the history of design and using that knowledge to decorate your surroundings and express your own personal style, as long as you don¿t mind taking ¿the path less traveled by.¿ (Robert Frost said that, not I.) This book is also a comfort and an enlightenment to all of the collectors of stuff that other people shun. If you have ever asked yourself how could you find beauty in the stuff that America said should go to the dump, then this author will be a comfort to you. She will be the shopping sister and design partner you have always wanted. This book will reassure that you are not the only one who can find the ¿unusual in the usual¿ If only everyone would read this book, we would have a society that valued what it has instead of chasing the new and shiny, and the garbage dumps would be half their size. The book is also a beautiful object. Although it is new, it is designed to make use of traditional bookbinding techniques, the floral flyleaf, the grosgrain ribbon place marker, the use of vintage photographs and illustrations are consistent with the message of appreciating the old. It is a unified whole that make it a pleasure to read and own. Last it is a practical useful book full of good ideas. After reading this book, I found that I noticed a lot more beautiful things at flea markets and yard sales, and had a lot more ideas of practical pleasing things to do with those objects. I think the author has succeeded in presenting a good looking book full of useful ideas that will lead the reader to see beauty in surprising new places.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)