by Lynn Byrne
If you have met me in real life, you know that I excel at “HIY”–Hire it yourself! I am all thumbs when it comes to anything but the very simplest crafts.
So why am I recommending a DIY book when I am unable to evaluate the caliber of the projects? I am recommending Amy Azzarito’s lovely book, Past & Present , because she pairs each project with a jewel of an essay on her favorite moments in decorative arts.
I have little to say about the projects, except that I am considering hiring my all around favorite painter and carpenter, Oliver Marinovic, to make me Eddie Ross’ Jasperware Headboard. Certainly some notably creative people came up with them. Folks like Grace Bonney, David Stark, Todd Oldham, Eddie Ross and Nightwood for instance. My guess (and I can only guess) is that with people like that, the projects must be fun and workable.