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The Elements of a Home

The Elements of a Home

Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks

By Amy Azzarito


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This captivating collection reveals the fascinating stories behind more than 60 everyday household objects and furnishings. With tales from the kitchen, the bedroom, and every room in between, find out how napkins got their start as lumps of dough in ancient Greece, why forks were seen as immoral and unhygienic tools of the devil, and how Plato devised one of the earliest alarm clocks using stones and water, plus so much more. Brimming with beautiful illustrations, amusing anecdotes, and absorbing trivia (you’ll never look at a pillow the same way again!), The Elements of a Home is a treasure trove of curiosities and a must-have for anyone who loves history, design, or décor.

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Pages: 224 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: March 2020
ISBN: 9781452178721

Amy Azzarito is a writer, a design historian, and an expert on decorative arts. Her design work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Whole Living magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent contributor to Architectural Digest and Design Milk. She lives in Marin, California.

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