When it comes to the never-ending quality versus quantity debate, Christiane Lemieux, the founder of DwellStudio and the upcoming lifestyle brand Lemieux et Cie, is firmly on the quality side of the argument. Her new book, The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details (Clarkson Potter, $60), is an homage to the best of the best in the interiors world. Lemieux describes it as “a loose encyclopedia of the decorative arts,” from paint and wallpaper to upholstered furniture and ceramics. “It’s a love story to quality,” Lemieux says. “I’m tired of living in a world where everything is disposable.” Each chapter takes you through the history, production, and major players in a certain category, plus how to incorporate that element into your own home; it’s the ideal handbook for those who want to be their own decorators. Here, we pulled a few of our favorite facts from the book about some of the most important pieces in interior design.