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Heirloom Modern: Homes filled with objects bought, bequeathed, beloved, and worth handing down Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847839591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847839599
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 3.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stylish Brooklyn-based sisters Hollister and Porter Hovey sound like they might be characters in a J.D. Salinger novel, and the rooms they admire and create are straight out of those pages too, layered with stories and antiques, personality and flea market finds, family heirlooms, and collections. Together, Hollister and Porter have created a book...that would make a minimalist shudder but inspires a way of living that is truly personal and utterly unique." ~New York Observer

Heirloom Modern hits the right tone of mixing the old with the new, honoring and savoring the past while living in the present. This book…is sure to inspire anyone whose tastes run to the traditional, lived in and well-loved.” ~Surroundings.com
 
“The sisters create interior designs that combine pieces of personal history with thrift-store finds and a smattering of modern electronics.” ~The Wall Street Journal

"Nostalgia, adventure, and history are some of the components this book emphasizes to include more zip and zing into your home." ~The Society Diaries

"This book is a must read for those with a penchant for design and an eye for collecting and decorating your home. You will absolutely be smitten by this book!" ~Hamptons Hostess

History. Autobiography. Nostalgia. Along with photographer sister Porter, Hovey has created a glorious book that’s a love letter to the memorabilia, antiques, thrift-store finds and keepsakes that jostle next to each other and make up a new, surprisingly modern aesthetic.” ~R Home
 
“Heirloom Modern
hits the right tone of mixing the old with the new, honoring and savoring the past…” ~Surroundings.com

About the Author

Hollister Hovey is the creator of the history-laden lifestyle blog, "Hollister Hovey." Porter Hovey is a photographer and interior decorator. They are the founders of Hovey Design. Their nostalgia-highlighting aesthetic has been featured multiple times in the New York Times, as well as in House Beautiful, Domino, and Design Sponge.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mncunni on May 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really, really wanted to like this book. I enjoy Hollister Hovey's blog and thought this would be a extension of that but it really came up short. In this book, Hollister tries to show how people's family mementos and history are incorporated into their home decor. The problem I had with it is that several of the people are her own family members. I know some might not have a problem with this but I really thought she would branch out more. I mean anyone can go to their family member's home and take photos. I also don't like the fact that she gives an exhausting overview of her family tree. I don't need to know that. I understand she wanted to give some context but I buy home decor books to see beautiful photos and to get ideas- not to read about someone's family history in extra small print.

Another problem I had with this book is that it doesn't portray a wide range of styles or incomes. It's basically photos of rich people showing off their display of family photos, paintings, and rare items handed down through generational wealth. I know most decor books feature the homes of people who are generally well off but I thought this would be different. Many people have their family history displayed in their home- not just the rich. Family pride and history can be found on all levels of society and I had really hoped that this book would show that. Most of these homes just came across as stuffy and WASPish.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Western on July 3, 2013
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I really tried to like this book, I read the story which was like walking through tar. These two sisters are entitled siblings who got a book deal with out merit. I'd like my money back please.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell V. Baltis III on April 23, 2013
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So special...combines sentimental with valuable objects...but shows how things we grow up around can all be treasures because of the memories of the people and times and memories they bring to mind. Beautifully coordinated!
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I absolutely LOVE this book. I pull it from the shelves quite often and pore over it. Love the individual homes and all the unique decorating styles. The homes look like they have been in families for generations even though some are apartments. I am a firm believer in homes that attest to the owner's personaility instead of that drab all white look with the few choice "artsy" pieces. Hasn't everyone seen the old barn doors on tracks by now? White slipcovers over everything? Give me a break. Give me an honest worn flea market prize any day. Something that says it was used and loved.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on September 6, 2013
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My spouse and I love this book. We both love decorating books, from the grandest to the most democratic. We love how personal this one is, with the emphasis on family and hand-me-downs, and the possibility that possesions can gain meaning through time and love. My feeling is that many people would be reluctant to incorporate their parents' things into their own homes; there is that generation gap thing, and the younger generation likes to feel superior.

Then, too many people only value things that are expensive. We can enjoy expensive looking decorating books even knowing that the houses may not reflect anything about their owners other than their ability to write a big check. To me this book represents the opposite extreme. I don't see it at all as a chance for rich people to show off their things, but rather a peep into the homes of people who are capable of appreciating things for their emotional and sentimental value.

Not that you shouldn't own anything valuable, but you shouldn't be so in awe of it that you can't surround it with things that are significant in ways known only to you. Ideally, I think a house should be a microcosm reflecting whatever is most important to the residents, a reflection of the world as well as a refuge from it; that happens here.

The photographs show mostly vignettes and collections of similar or disparate items against neutral backgrounds. This is more real life decorating than magical fantasy room transformations, but the pictures are interesting, charming, cheerful, and fresh, and the texts tell the stories of the real people who filled and inhabit these rooms.
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