Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Heirloom Modern" and The Hovey Sisters





Heirloom Modern
Homes filled with Objects Bought, Bequeathed, Beloved and worth Handing Down

By Hollister Hovey 
Photographs by Porter Hovey

The Hovey Family moved  here to Kansas City in Mission Hills when the girls were five and ten years of age. Even then they began the journey of  rich heritage and history in their lives.

Now based in NYC they have been proclaimed as "The New Antiquarians" by the New York Times



From their Mother, Lana at a young age, "Remember girls, 'To thine own self be true' Shakespeare gave that advise, he was a very smart man."
One of their Mother's Hermes scarves from a trip to Paris with their father is framed above the mantel.



A prized Scarlet Ibis  gives their Taxidermy Collection a bright burst of vivid color.
Hollister and Porters grandfather often went game hunting with a dear friend, we have come to know as L.L. Bean!



Hollister and Porter's Aunt Almene Milliken, quite the New York Socialite and pictured on the cover of Time Magazine as
"New Elegance on the US Social Scene." Portrait by Maria de Kammerer.
Today she still resides in a gorgeous classic 6 on the upper East Side.



You can barely spot the Wicker Coffin above the dressmakers models; this collector friend of the Hovey sisters plans this antique as her final resting place.








With friends as varied as Alexa Romanoff, David Epstein of Internet Marketing fame, and Sean MacPherson the Hotel and Restaurateur, their is never a dull moment in the life and times of The Hovey Sisters.






Take this journey with a feeling of an appreciated  past, present, and future. A book for generations who appreciate the feel of keepsakes, aged leather  and riding boots in the entryway.






Hollister and Porter, world travelers, are ones never afraid to take a risk on an unknown quest!  The kind of personalities that are offered a position just upon a casual conversation at an affair!



Another friend's home with collections everywhere and right at hand!

The Romanoff Family Crest









In this book, the images will thrill you, the collections, memorabilia, and mementos.  More than that though, there is a grand story, so fascinating you will not want to put it down!


Thank you to all of my readers and followers who support the arts!

Thank you to Hollister and Porter as well as Patricia Shackelford who encouraged the writing of this book!
More thanks to my dear friend Linda Merrill of Surroundings.

Please purchase Heirloom Modern here!


xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Publisher: Rizzoli New York

33 comments:

sharon smith said...

Now this is a book for me! And just think....if I hadn't read your post, I may not have ever known about it.
Thank you for the great intro to the book as I look forward to reading it almost as much as the pictures.
Sharon
@novaraway

Katherines Corner said...

a lovely combination of styles ♥

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

The love the wonderful combinations ...Hope you are feeling better my friend. Hugs and Blessings, C. (HHL)

Renée Finberg said...

the scarlet ibis with all the little soldiers is my fave.

very strange and beautiful-
that is why i like it best.

oxo

French Basketeer.com said...

That's my kind of book! I'll go track it down today(and give you a call too later this morning!)

Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful images...very unique and creative.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You always introduce me to amazing new people...the book looks excellent and very creative. Have a great end to the week, Karena!

Paisley Curtain said...

Wonderful antiques collection indeed. Wicker coffin seems to be a neat idea for a final resting place :)

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Such taste and style. I love their eclectic collection. Thanks for the introduction, Karena!
Cheers,
Loi

Henhurst Interiors said...

Karena, I have had this book for a few month and absolutely love it - it is still holding a prime spot on my coffee table. The collected look really appeals to me.
All best,
Phyllis

therelishedroost said...

I just love this, the collections look fantastic!
Need to go get pronto!
Karolyn

Stacey said...

I love that their styles span different genres! Beautiful!

Kristen said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

Fascinating and lovely collections.

Mary said...

I love their style. Thanks for the inspiration today!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

such talented girls!

pve design said...

It's in their blood to live so incredibly authentic surrounded by such stories. They are both gifted and wise.
pve

Stacy Curran said...

I wouldn't have known about this book without this post - thank you!
Stacy

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I had heard of their book coming out and I knew it'd be one to own. They have fascinated ever since I started reading their blog. What a life; talented, fun and well travelled.

Have a great weekend Karen! x

CDS said...

I think I've fallen in love! i know one more thing I want under my christmas tree this year! XO

La Petite Gallery said...

Thanks for a fasinating post.
Enjoyed it..

yvonne

Pura Vida said...

the portrait is amazing!

Heather Lindstrom said...

Good morning Karena,
This book looks so inspiring. How wonderful for the sisters to be able to share their passion.
Have a gorgeous weekend!
xx, Heather

24 Corners said...

These two are just so talented and fun to 'hang around with'. Whatever they create is so inspiring...looking forward to thoroughly enjoying their book.
xo J~

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely adore a home that tells a story versus something ordered from a catalog. Fabulous collecting!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Thanks so much for sharing this story with us, Karen. I will go buy this! I can tell that I am going to love reading every word!

Heather Robinson said...

I used to follow the Hovey "girls" when they were more active with their blog and I miss them! Thier aesthetic totally rocks my world. Real glamour without pretension too...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear Karena! Good morning! How are you? Well I hope? What gorgeous and inspiring photos of home interiors, as I sit here and have a lovely view of my front room from my studio. I think I'm going to make some changes in color...hmmmm!

Thank you for commenting today; my mom died 27 years ago, but it's not until recently since I've been trying my hand at poetry that I started to write more seriously about her. The loss is embraced in the arms of poetry. Be well always! Anita

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Hi Karena, What a fabulous post and interesting book! thanks as always for pointing out something new to me and telling the back story..so interesting! I hope all is well and thanks for your support, and I am totally with you on supporting the arts!
xo Nancy

Ivy Lane said...

What a great post and intro to a new book! Thank you Karena!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Karena-
Such a lovely book, one that needs to be on my list!!
The crest is fabulous. Love the history ad images.
Teresa
xoxo

Splendid Market said...

It really is very thrilling, so fresh. They put things together in such a special way.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

This is my sort of decoration style, now I can put a name to it - heirloom modern. I love pieces with history, from houses to furniture, accessories to tableware. (Even people!) However, I could do with a touch of the Hovey sisters' flair when it comes to putting them together so my house looks more modern rather than a museum piece. XXX

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