I interviewed someone today at lunch, which I will write about soon, but before I met her, I stopped by Book Thing, just a few blocks from where we were meeting. I was literally in and out of Book Thing in under 15 minutes, which is a land-speed record for me. I especially wanted to go by there today because I’ve been collecting an huge LLBean boat & tote bag full of books to return and I just wanted them out of my house!!! Since I had so little time, I zipped to the Design/Decor section first and spotted Living with Antiques, A Treasury of Private Homes in America, a 1960’s book published by Alice Winchester and the Staff at Antiques Magazine. When I opened the book, the first house shown was in Baltimore, and is that of a family whose grandson lived down the street from us here. Now I just need to figure out where the house that these images are from is located.
Although most of the book’s images are in black and white, there are some in colour, and you can get a good idea of how some of these houses must have looked. But even in black and white, I can still tell that I do not like the “Ye Olde Early American” look with the swept hearth, hand-hooked rugs and homespun coverlets on the beds, of which there were a number in this book. It should be fun to read through this book and see what stands the test of time… and what doesn’t. I think this pavilion does, don’t you?