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Style Files: Furniture Suites

Furniture suites can often conjure up horrific images of cheap college housing. Remember your first apartment that you rented already furbished? You probably had a black ceramic lamp with one missing bulb, a black aluminum table with a permanently dirty glass top and a set of Formica bedroom furniture that looked like it belonged in a mental institution. Right? It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Continue reading

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The History of Clocks

When you think about home décor do you think of beds, chairs, sofas, and settees? What about your smaller décor? Perhaps you’ll throw some leather bound books on a mantle and a decorative candle on an end table and call it a day. Have you ever looked around a room and thought, “If I add one more tchotchke in here my partner will go bananas but there’s something missing?” There’s one staple piece of home décor that is often overlooked yet totally functional. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you: clocks. Clocks are an often-overlooked yet totally necessary part of any home décor. With the digital age it’s easy to see why traditional timepieces are no longer thought of as necessary but a clock can add so much to a space. Continue reading

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Style Files: Credenzas

Have you ever looked around your home and thought about your furniture? Really thought about the lines, the shapes, the style, the materials that each chair, each table, or each bed is made from? Furniture plays such an important part in our lives yet we rarely take a moment to look at the furniture we use everyday. The history of furniture is long and storied. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to add depth and decor to a space without taking up too much floor area. Professional designers often recommend using mirrors to hang on the wall above a dining room to reflect a chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a piece of beautiful art. Just be careful when hanging up mirrors and remember that they reflect everything and you want to use your mirrors to reflect light and highlight a nice piece of furniture, not a junk drawer or mail pile. Continue reading

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Antiquities Is Turning 10!

Antiquities is practically an antique! This month Antiquities is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you, our valued reader (and hopefully shopper!) We can hardly believe that ten years have passed since we first opened our doors. But here we are, with stores across the country and antiques in the homes of some very stylish clients.  Continue reading

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Designer Spotlight: André Arbus

André Arbus was a third generation French cabinetmaker from Toulouse. Born in 1903, Arbus worked in his family atelier and was trained in the same manner as 18th century masters Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite.

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Style Files: New (Old) Antiques from AntiquitiesWeb

Now that the holidays are over and the in-laws are out of the guest room it’s time to sit back, relax, and treat yourself to some “me” time (and some “me” presents!) You’ve done your share of gift giving and now it’s time for some gift getting. Luckily AntiquitiesWeb has scoured the globe and come back with exciting new pieces to ring in the New Year with style. So keep your resolution to treat yourself right with a new beautiful antique from AntiquitiesWeb. Continue reading

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Style Files: Biedermeier Furniture

Biedermeier furniture was born from utilitarian principles in Germany during the years 1815 to 1848. Throughout the beginning of the Biedermeier period there was an emphasis on very little ornamentation and clean lines. As the period progressed the Biedermeier style moved away from Romantic-era rebellion and became increasingly ornate. The reason for the change in style was due to the rising middle class who was eager to show off their wealth with ornate, heavy furniture and classical design. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Tables

The table is the center of your home. It’s an object where you share meals, help with homework, write letters, draw ideas, and gather around. It’s a an object that collects plates, displays decorations, and accumulates items that we’re too lazy to put away (it’s ok, we’re all guilty of that.) It’s also an object with a very old history. Continue reading

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Style Files: Vanities

In 18th century France, “toilet tables” became a piece of furniture that every high born and bred lady desired. The “toilet tables” became what we know today as “vanities”. Ladies in France would put their makeup on and have their hair done at their “toilet tables”. Their cosmetics would be laid out on the table in preparation and when the ladies were finished they would wrap their cosmetics in small, square linens (known as toilettes) and bundle the makeup in the storage section of their vanities. The 18th century Restoration “toilet table” was ornate and gorgeous, featuring carvings and brass pulls and knobs. Continue reading