Long long ago, I found a book by David Hicks and wanted to know more about him, and so I Googled his name. After the usual citations came up, I saw a website called The Peak of Chic. With a name like that, how could I resist clicking on it?
I discovered a treasure trove of information, written by someone who had many of the same interests that I have. I read and read, going back through time until I reached the beginning. This magical website was a blog. It was really the first one I was aware of, and I’d check it obsessively every day to see what Jennifer Boles, the author, had written. And ultimately, because of Jennifer, I started my own blog.
It was with unbounded excitement that I read that Jennifer’s first book is being published in October. It will be an A-Z compendium of all things decorating. The foreword is by Alexa Hampton, a classic in her own right.
Here’s how Jennifer describes her book:
For each decorative element, I take you through its history and explain what makes it timeless and how you can decorate and live with it in ways that are modern and fresh. The great decorators and aesthetes whom I so admire, including Elsie de Wolfe, Albert Hadley, Van Day Truex, Angelo Donghia, Fowler and Lancaster, Mario Buatta, Diana Vreeland, and Bunny Mellon, are all very much present in this book, too, for I included all of the wonderful ways in which these style setters have used classic decoration to sublime effect.
In addition to beautiful photographs shot in some of Atlanta’s most amazing houses, there are watercolours painted by Jennifer’s sister, who did the illustrations on the book’s cover. Once the book is published, Jennifer will be doing book signings and lectures.
I am so pleased to add my warmest congratulations to Jennifer on her hard work on the book, and I can’t wait to order it, here.