Fall Brings Antique Shows

Fall Brings Antique Shows. It’s a great time to be on the ‘hunt’ for that special piece from long ago. This weekend was my first time ‘doing’ an antique show.  When I say ‘doing’ an antique show, I need to clarify that for you. I was not an exhibitor nor an attendee but I did have a booth, front and center. The Warren County Historical Society in Lebanon, Ohio invited me to come and talk to people coming to the show on the hunt for the perfect antique. Frankly, I talked with almost everyone who walked by (and everyone did), about Decorating with Antiques in a Modern Home. Most were receptive and liked the idea of eclecticism. I created a video and played it on a tv showing photos of rooms decorated in this manner.

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One of my favorite design ‘styles’ is mixing antiques with modern pieces in today’s homes. As an Interior Designer, I often suggest or specify an antique piece in each room to my clients.  It may be a large piece or a mirror. Some are receptive and some are not. Many people have a vision of antiques which equal Grandma’s oak pie-safe, but there is so much more to explore! Take a look at the following photos and perhaps it will change  your mind about antiques. Antiques are defined as a collectible of at least 100 years of age, so we’re talking 20th century folks, however earlier pieces are what most collectors search for.

I absolutely love this photo. You definitely will not find this anywhere else.  What a beautiful piece which becomes a focal point on this wall.

I absolutely love this photo. You definitely will not find this anywhere else. What a beautiful piece which becomes a focal point on this wall.

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Another example of an updated use of an antique wardrobe. Looks great.

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Thank you WCHS for having me, I enjoyed meeting so many new people!
A special thank you to Al Hardy of Hardy’s Interiors (and B&B) for bringing some both antique and non-antique pieces for my display. I so appreciate you!

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This is what I commonly refer to clients as ‘high contrast’ mixing. I don’t know if that’s an actual term for this, but it is quite obvious the ‘high contrast’ of age and style of the modern trough sink and the antique mirror. Creative.

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What a FAB desk with all it’s intricate glory! I absolutely love the pairing with the modern chair and the juxtaposition! Often, a statement antique piece like this is all that you need in a room. It simply speaks for itself. Quiet quality!

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This photo demonstrates quite a mixture of styles and age. If you notice the staircase, it appears this may be a modern city apartment or loft but it creates more interest than if everything was purchased at once.

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A common theme in this thread of photographs sourced via Pinterest is a mirror above a commode of some type. Mirrors are one of the easiest ways in which to blend the old and new.

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don’t you adore the fresh crispness of this idea of an antique wardrobe being re-purposed as a linen closet? How beautiful for a welcoming guest room!

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This barn door application is actually quite popular. This particular door appears to me to be a reproduction, however it give a good visual of the concept.

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This photo demonstrates an antique or possibly vintage mirror over a vintage suitcase table next to a traditional upholstered chair. It’s a great look that adds a sense of time to your space.

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Lovely vignette! Antique chest with modern art and accessories.

Here’s a couple of lovely and un common items I spied today while mingling with the guests:

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Spotted these antique classy umbrellas after I saw a lady walking around with one that a HUGE jewel on the handle. I mean huge. I always lose or break my umbrellas so this wasn’t a good purchase for me, but they were fun to look at!

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Check out the detail on these handles! I mean how stylish would you be walking around town or at your son’s football game with one of these?

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You could put a small hand through this one and wear it on your wrist and swing it.

I saw some other great items at the Warren County Antique Show and Sale yesterday and today. I was drawn to a couple of tables with a lot of Blue and White Porcelain, but that’s for another day!

PLUS: I’ll be back soon with pics from the Downton Abbey Gala and details of the fund raiser!

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

Photos are by Patti Johnson or sourced on Pinterest and I make  no claim to represent them as my own work and are used only for the purpose of sharing.

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High Point Market Gold – Patti’s Picks

Highpoint Market 2013 was beautiful and showing off it’s GOLD. Many of the *NEW* items presented by vendors will not be available for at least four months, so truly this is what you will be seeing in the next 6 – 12 months from your interior designer. Many Design Bloggers, both domestic and international attend High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina to view the latest and greatest furnishings available to a global Home Furnishings market.  This post is some of my picks that I liked and would  specify to a client or otherwise simply share with my readers!

These first three photos were taken in LORTS beautiful new Showroom.  A fine furnishing company with products Made in the USA! with a superior selection of ultra fine finishes.  Swoon.

I simply adore this chest!

With a beautiful finish highlighted by both GOLD and SILVER, what more could you ask for?

With a beautiful finish highlighted by both GOLD and SILVER, what more could you ask for? By LORTS.         Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

From LORTS. Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

How beautiful is the graceful curve of this credenza at Lorts Furniture? I'm still on a gray kick!

How beautiful is the graceful curve of this credenza at Lorts Furniture? I’m still on a gray kick!                        Photo credit: Patti Johnson

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Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

Taken at the Fine Art Lamps Showroom in High Point, NC

Taken at the Fine Art Lamps Showroom in High Point, NC                                                                                      Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

A trip to market for me is not complete without a stop into the Fine Art Lamps Showroom.  The showroom was far different since my last visit with a lighter, more art deco look.  Of course they still carry their signature crystal chandeliers, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a far more modern take on their new collections.

A theme of gold prominent at Spring Market 2013

A theme of gold prominent at Spring Market 2013                                                                                                    Photo Credit: Fine Art Lamp

Glass Sconce by Fine Art Lamps with crystal shards

Glass Sconce by Fine Art Lamps with crystal shards                                                                                                  Photo Credit: Fine Art Lamps

Another touch of Gold~

Another touch of Gold~Global Views                                                                                                                           Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

A soft Nautical touch was also popular for the Coastal Design at High Point Spring Market 2013.

A soft Nautical touch was also popular for the Coastal Design at High Point Spring Market 2013.                        Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

Gold was everywhere!

Nailhead trim and spool turned legs and frame on chair both very popular styles at Spring 2013 market. These by CRLaine.

Nailhead trim and spool turned legs and frame on chair both very popular styles at Spring 2013 market.          These by CRLaine.                                                                                                                                                       Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

Nailhead trim as seen here on a leather chair by CRLaine was plentiful at market. *Attention to Detail*. I have always loved the use of nailhead trim on furnishings!

Nailhead trim as seen here on a leather chair by CRLaine was plentiful at market. *Attention to Detail*. I have always loved the use of nailhead trim on furnishings! Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

Nailhead trim takes an interesting pattern on the skirt of the CRLaine Sofa.

Nailhead trim takes an interesting pattern on the skirt of the CRLaine Sofa.                                                          Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

CRLaine Showroom Spring Home Furnishings Market 2013

CRLaine Showroom Spring Home Furnishings Market 2013                                                                                    Photo Credit: Patti Johnson

Gold, Gold & more Gold! Seen at World's Away High Point Spring 2013 market

Gold, Gold & more Gold! Seen at World’s Away
High Point Spring 2013 market

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World’s Away Furniture Designer, the lovely Laurie Jones!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at a selection of my photos that I took during my recent trip to High Point Market! I’ve plenty more and will incorporate them into future blog posts. Truly there is something for everyone and every taste in style available. This was my first time back at market in at least four years and I’m here to tell you the furniture industry is on the come back! It appeared and was rumored to be a very strong market with higher numbers in attendance and I’ll let you know more details as I learn them! Kudos to the transportation staff! Hotel Shuttles were always on time with friendly drivers who even suggested places to dine! Thank you!

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