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Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

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The cocktail shaker is not just the iconic symbol of a cocktail party; it also pro­vides the soundtrack. Each clink of ice accompanies an escalation in the fes­tivities. It’s the sound of author Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, who shook to the tempo of foxtrots for their Manhattans, with a two-step for a dry martini. It brings to mind James Bond and his beverage of choice: a “very strong and very cold and very well-made” Vesper martini, named for Bond girl Vesper Lynd. (Three measures gin, one measure vodka, and one-half mea­sure Kina Lillet, shaken, not stirred.) It’s the accompaniment to the indulgent three-martini lunch, epitomized by television’s most famous ad executives, Don Draper and Roger Sterling.

Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

Elements of a home, designer, history of objects, interior design, decorating, hostess gift

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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. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"The subtitle for this compact guide to the history of household items calls them "everyday." Though most of the 63 alphabetical entries -- like napkins, forks and even picnic baskets -- are common enough, there's also a more arcane jib door, Louis XIV chair and flokati rug. Many items have evolved from ancient or Medieval days; the author's descriptions are trivia-packed." -Florence Fabricant, The New York Times --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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