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Heritage Auction and “Antiques Roadshow’s” Nick Dawes shares some helpful hints and insights on buying antique furniture.

“Let’s go antiquing” is a seemingly harmless and commonly heard call to action, especially if you’re on vacation or otherwise idle.

Great idea, terrible approach.  

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I’ve progressed through the grieving phase and have moved from devastated to angry! I’ve been waiting for almost a year to build my home. This week the builder sent back my deposit—he’s had for almost a year—and informed me his homes and my “expectations of timing and level of customization are not compatible.”

The only thing not compatible is I didn’t fall for his song and dance about “getting me in by Christmas,” and I didn’t write him another check.

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Recently I was speaking with the realtor who has the listing for selling my family home. It’s been several years since my parents passed away, but I have clung to the house like a lifeline in a turbulent sea. Going over a few administrative details, we discussed what to do about exterior maintenance in the coming months. She suggested I remove a few pieces of outdoor paraphernalia that had remained behind after I moved out the furniture and interior belongings. ”You want to give the impression that you are done with the house” she said to me. Continue Reading

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BabybasketNot disregarding all of the years spent playing with my Mom’s laundry basket as a child, my love affair with baskets began in earnest in 1971, when my mother-in-law gave me a handwoven wicker basket full of baby products for my newborn son.  Continue Reading

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When I see twin beds, they immediately bring back great memories from my childhood and sharing a room with my sister.

If you have a lot of company, twin beds are great for guest rooms because you can double up guests in the room.

These eight guest rooms are so inviting. They are beautifully decorated and will make every guest feel welcomed!

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Garden Centers are filled with beautiful flowers this time of year. As much as I love flowers, I also enjoy container gardening with unusual plants, especially plants that makes a statement and add interest to the outdoor area.

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“Please take all of it, I don’t need anything!”

I get lots of calls from women who are ready to ‘downsize’, and have helped hundreds over the last thirty-five years, but never heard the line above until recently. It used to be a different story: “I am keeping most of the jewelry, the children want some of the furniture, and I would never sell my mother’s china or the silver,” but…

These days a wind of change is blowing more property into auction rooms.

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This week we’re adding more great writers to 1010ParkPlace, and one of them is my old friend, Nick Dawes, Vice President at Heritage Auctions in New York and former Sotheby’s Vice President and Auctioneer. Many of you will recognize Nick as a regular, expert appraiser for the last 20 years on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. As much as his busy schedule will allow, Nick is going to offer us suggestions about the best ways to downsize and get rid of some of our treasured possessions.

I’m also hoping Nick will write about collecting antiques and some of the fabulous pieces that have passed through his hands.

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You’ve heard of statement necklaces? I lived in a house with a statement bedroom that was way ahead of its time. The bedroom was one of the first things you saw when you walked through the front door, and people were drawn to it like a magnet. The kingsize bed and its rolled headboard, curved overhead canopy and bedside compartments were made entirely from Honduran mahogany and were built into the house. While most bedrooms are intimate and private, this one was so big and on display, it was often the center of the house.

If that bedroom could’ve talked, I imagine its racy stories would have surpassed Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Sam and Molly have turned into velcro puppies. If I leave the room, they come with me. With two moves in two weeks, I’m not surprised. Numerous times a day I love on them, rubbing their sweet faces at the same time. We huddle, our heads together like players before the big game.

“We’re home,” I say, my head in-between both of theirs. “I know I said that two weeks ago, but this time, it’s for real.”

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