Gallery: GIVEAWAY: Win This Fun Secret Compartment Cabinet + a Copy of ...

What do Victorian-style taxidermy, the Palladian columns of our government buildings and terrariums have in common? Besides being fascinating, they're all included in Past & Present, a new book by Amy Azzarito that takes 24 special moments in decorative arts history and turns them into modern DIY projects that you can create for your own home! You might recognize Amy as the managing editor of one of Inhabitat's favorite websites, Design*Sponge, and she's channeled all of her interior decor expertise as well as her rolodex of famous design personalities like Todd Oldham, Jonathan Adler, and Grace Bonney into this entertaining and educational read. The team behind Past & Present is offering Inhabitat readers the opportunity to win one of the most popular DIY projects from the book - the one-of-a-kind hidden compartment cabinet you see above - as well as a copy of the book itself, so read on to see how you can score this amazing prize bundle!


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Past & Present is a collection of essays and craft projects that explore the connection between decorative arts history and present-day design trends. From a Wedgwood-inspired headboard made using molding from the hardware store to an art nouveau–style tree-branch chandelier, the projects celebrate the past but fit perfectly into our contemporary living spaces. The DIY tutorials in the book include projects contributed by Grace Bonney, Randi Brookman Harris, Erica Domesek, EmersonMade, Kate Pruitt, Julia Rothman, Linea Carta, Meg Mateo Ilasco, Kim Krans from the Wild Unknown, CONFETTISYSTEM.

To purchase Past & Present for yourself or as a gift, click the link below.

Note: This contest is open to U.S. residents only.

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  1. Bryan Bibey January 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    can i buy a terrarium table?

  2. Kathleen Ely August 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I love the creative ideas I get from you!

  3. jenssutter July 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    That’s clever and cute!