Open Concept Living
Antique and vintage furniture of good design, quality and condition tends to
appreciate in value. Reusing antiques is also good for our planet. For example, mahogany from the
tropics became endangered by the end of the 1700s.
Christie's American Furniture Collecting Guide
Use a linen press for attractive hidden storage. The top is a wonderful place to
display a collection or seasonal items.
A blanket chest also makes a great coffee table with secret storage for CDs, DVDs, magazines,
family history, toys, or scrapbooks.
American Folk Art Museum
Pennsylvania German Fraktur
A damaged cotton quilt can be made into a set of pillows. Small quilts can be hung as art, by
basting a muslin sleeve for a dowel rod on the back.
Use your collections as art. You'll smile every time you see them.
Beautiful China for Every Day & Entertaining
It's OK, use the good china as often as possible!
Chelsea Porcelain Factory (established 1743)
Royal Crown Derby (1750)
If you love all things Asian, you'll love their famous "Imari" pattern. Imari is striking in
midnight blue and coral.
Worcester Discovers Chinese Secret to Producing Porcelain (c.1751)
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons (1759)
Use Transferware for everyday dining. Mix six patterned dinner plates with
six plain. I like to use warm colors for fall & winter, and cool
for spring & summer.
Spode blue transfer patterns include "Tower," and "Italian."
Thomas Minton (1793)
First to produce the "Blue Willow" pattern.
Mason's Patent Ironstone China (1813)
I collect Shelley trios for a dessert service my grandmother started. A trio consists
of a tea cup, saucer and dessert (salad) plate. It's easy to put together a dessert service when
you mix and match trios.
Family collections are priceless. They bring back memories each time they are used, and
I use mine often.
Can't say enough about Corner Cupboards. Every dining room should have this space-saver, for
a perfect combination of display and storage.
The Kitchen, Heart of Your Home
Surround yourself with things you love. Our kitchen displays a collection of Yellow Ware bowls, and we use them, too!
Collecting Yellow Ware
The Pennsylvania German Pie Safe
"On Pottery in Colonial America," by Julia Smith
Blue decorated or redware crocks are perfect for kitchen tools on the countertop.
Weitsman Stoneware Collection, New York
"American Redware," by Greg K. Kramer and Lester P. Breininger, Jr.
Fun for Your Office
Playful desk accessories add so much to your space. Keep it lighthearted.
The Bedroom Retreat
Vintage handbags and scarves are so much fun. Everything comes around again, and 1970s fashions are hot again! Here are some accessories that would be at home on "Mad Men" or "Downton Abbey."
American Quilts and Coverlets
Store antique textiles in
acid-free lidded boxes, cushioned with acid-free tissue. These boxes keep the
sunlight out, can breathe, and eliminate contact with wood, which can darken cloth. Fold
lines can become weak, so refold periodically.
When on display, beware of direct sunlight. Also, use unbleached muslin or
acid-free mat board under old fabrics to protect from acidic or oily surfaces.
"Dower Chest Commands Attention at Skinner," by Rosemary McKittrick
An antique dower or blanket chest can be used to store
out-of-season modern quilts and coverlets, while doing double duty as a television stand.
Pennsylvania German Schrank
This linen press or armoire is used for folded clothing and linen storage. Houses of the 18th
Century had no closets. Use in the traditional way in a bedroom or bath.
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