In With The Old: Classic Décor from A to Z

In With The Old: Classic Décor from A to Z - The Cottage Journal

inwiththeolddrinkcart-copyFrom bar carts and sunburst motifs to dog paintings and floral prints, design historian and blogosphere celebrity Jennifer Boles sheds light on a multitude of classic design elements in In with the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z.

Text by Sophia Jones | Photography by Erica George Pines

inwiththeoldbookcoverJennifer Boles simply states the concept of In with the Old and her own design philosophy in the opening line of the book: “Classic design never goes out of style.” Jennifer’s newest book is a unique encyclopedia of 100 of the most timeless, treasured design themes and decorations of the 20th century organized from A to Z.


inwiththeoldportraitFrom In with the Old’s opening chapter on acrylics to the closing chapter on zebra print, each entry is brimming with interesting historical details, curious facts, and fun anecdotes. However, it is Jennifer’s fresh, modern perspective and insight on how to put a personal spin on the classics that makes In with the Old a must-read for all those interested in interior design. “And therein lies the secret to decorating with traditional elements,” Jennifer writes. “Sometimes something old requires a little tweaking, through color, finish, or scale, to transform it into something altogether new.”