Thursday, July 14, 2016

Finally...A Book That Addresses A Growing Problem!

Both pictures taken by the blogger
of her personal copy
It may not be politically charged, nor does it greatly impact the temperature of the planet...but it is IMPORTANT!

What is happening with all the beautiful antiques that decorated our parents' and grandparents' houses? Why are my generation ("young" Baby Boomer) and the generations after so quick to get rid of the past? It seems so odd to me. We talk about being sustainable and reusing/repurposing everything from tomato peels to wagon wheels...yet beautiful pieces of mahogany, sterling silver and oil painted canvases are being dumped into landfills day after day.

When will the madness end?
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Seriously... I have been troubled by this for awhile, so you can imagine my excitement about a week ago, when I read a review of Susan Sully's new book, Past Present. I didn't even finish the (glowing) review by the Baltimore Sun before my iPhone was in hand and I was ordering. It came this week and I am pouring through it, just as happy as I can be. There is hope for the future!!!

Amazon has a terrific price on Past Present, so I have reopened the Classic Preppy Bookstore and made it the book of the month! Click on the link and you can page through several entries and see it for yourself. You will be as excited as I am...

Thank you, Susan!!



  1. Liz! This is so timely! Ben and I are trying to mesh my taste (antiques/flea market) with his taste (think Mad Men). Books like this are just what I need to show him that our furniture can live happily ever after, too. :)

    1. You will have to have Greg recite his "Married Man's Vow Re: Decorating" to you and Ben. (It's basically the Husband's Hilarious Surrender.) He made it up years ago and recited it at a rehearsal dinner. Everyone was in stitches!

  2. I also have a problem in urban areas where young couples will buy the most charming cottage or beautiful Victorian home and then tear it down to build their McMansions.