Antiques 19 Ideabooks

If this nearly 200-year-old sofa could talk, it would tell tales of political history, flowery poetry and stormy romance. It was literally the front seat during the courtship and wedding of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, and the story of how it was restored says something about why we value antiques and how technology can...
Decorating With Antiques: Painted Furniture Brings the Eye Candy
A room decorated with antiques can often appear somber and a little too serious, especially if all the case goods (wooden tables, chests, armoires etc.) are nothing but drab, brown furniture. The glow and patina of a beautiful 18th-century Georgian...
Decorating With Antiques: Tables to Elevate the Everyday
Antiques allow us to incorporate ideas and aesthetics of the past into our modern lives, adding a unique kind of beauty and spirit to the everyday objects we live with. And what could be more everyday and basic than a table? Although the function...
Dial Into Old Phones for Decor With Character
For Paul Wiltfong, dealing with vintage telephones has been a nearly lifelong affair, so he easily understands why people want to add them to their homes. “Pay phones were once an everyday part of life,” says Wiltfong, a vintage phone collector, dealer...
Decorating With Antiques: Luxurious Linens
It was a startlingly beautiful, albeit rather hot Sunday morning in Arles, in the South of France. My wife, Becky, and I were wandering through the local farmer’s market when we happened upon the antique linens vendor. Uh-oh. You should know that...
Decorating With Antiques: Silver’s Legacy
One reason people love to decorate with antiques is because of the memories they evoke — and antique silver objects are among the most evocative treasures we possess. Whether handed down from generation to generation or purchased new, they become one...
Decorating With Antiques: The Magic of Ceramics
Although furniture has a profound influence on the ambience, mood and tone of a home, it’s not just big things that matter in interior design. It’s the charm and beauty of little things that impart life to a room, in the same way that jewelry...
Decorating With Antiques: Sit Pretty on Settees and Sofas
One of the great things about decorating with antiques is that we get to handle, live with and put to use things from the past. This gives us a sense of connectedness and continuity with our forebears. With antiques, we’re using things in the present...
A Handy Guide to English Antiques
Have you ever been shopping for antiques and the dealer said something like, “This is a very special Georgian chest of drawers”? Perhaps you nodded knowingly, but wondered to yourself, “Who is this Georgia guy, and why did he have a lot of furniture...
Decorating With Antiques: Armoires, the Versatile Beauties
Built-in closets are a rather newfangled idea. Although they could occasionally be found in colonial America, they didn’t come into common use until after World War II. Nowadays they’re viewed as a basic necessity, like indoor plumbing, and it can...
Antiques Shopping for the Fun of It
The purpose of the antiques hunt, for me, is decoration and function — not pedigree. I am definitely not a purist. I’m not that famous collector of Early American furniture who just paid several million dollars for a Philadelphia highboy. But I’m...
How to Find Great Antiques Near You
Much of the fun of buying, owning, decorating and living with antiques is in the thrill of the hunt. The “need” for a new chair, or end table, or addition to my teapot collection doesn’t have to be too pressing to send my wife and me out on a new...
Decorating With Antiques: Chests, Dressers and Buffets
The wonderful thing about decorating with antiques is that they add instant history and soul to a home. There’s something especially human about an object that was made by hand, or that has survived the ravages of time intact. I wonder about...
Antiques Shopping? Let Love Guide Your Search
Buying antiques is, for me, first and foremost a love affair. And as with any love affair, it isn’t approached with an analytical or clinical detachment, but with emotion … even passion. The patina created on an 18th-century Georgian chest...
Smart Shopper: How to Judge Antique Furniture Quality
Whether you're a veteran antiques shopper or a relative newbie, you've probably been stung by the same nagging doubts: Is the piece I'm buying any good? And am I paying a fair price? On a certain level, the questions are moot....
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