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Accessories truly complete any room in a home. They provide a personal narrative about the things you love, whether practical, beautiful or sentimental. Accessories appropriate for display can be anything from trinkets gathered on travels to precious heirlooms or useful store-bought everyday items.

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Generally, I am not a fan of “vanities”. They often look like kitchen cabinets that have been transported into the bath. I fully understand their practical aspects; much needed storage, counter tops for amenities, decorative hardware, space fillers… However, what I prefer is something that looks more like furniture and is more compatible with furniture in the adjacent rooms.

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Thomas Jayne, author, historian, preservationist, decorator and friend, has written a remarkable new book, AMERICAN DECORATION, A SENSE OF PLACE published by The Monacelli Press. Thomas’ interest in architecture and decoration started with his family’s legacy of houses that ranged from the Plymouth colony to a Vermont tavern, an Italianate Villa in Iowa and a California Craftsman style bungalow amongst others. Even the re-decoration of his boyhood room by painting the walls White House red. His family’s migration across a broad swath of the country and his own sense of history have informed Thomas’s’ body of work.

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