book review: past & present

Combining history with creativity and modern projects is pure genius. That's what Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them is all about. The author Amy Azzarito, is the managing editor of Design*Sponge and creator of the popular  "Past & Present" column. She teamed up with some of today's most well-known designers to create projects that not only have historic influence but are easy to make and will fit in with present day influences and design. Julia Rothman's illustrations bind everything together in a beautiful tone and feel—like a perfect bow.

Branch and Crystal Chandelier

I'll admit that I'm not one to really dig deep into the introduction paragraphs of a project in any craft book. In this case, I feel that it is something that simply cannot be skipped. If you do, not only are you missing the whole point of the book, you are choosing to ignore fascinating historical facts that you may otherwise never come across. The book is on my night stand and I can honestly say it's one of the very few times I've actually read (not skimmed) a DIY book.

Empire-Inspire Plate

Tassel Blanket

Make sure to watch the video to get a better insight into the flavor of the book and the author's thoughts.

Past & Present Book Trailer from STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books on Vimeo.

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