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  1. I buy silverplate for my daughter when she moves out. I don’t buy sterling, in case she is in a share house. People come and go from those places leaving doors or windows unlocked, and it might get stolen.

    Beautiful photos.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m very happy using beautiful silver plate pieces. They can be just as lovely as silver and they get used often because people don’t worry about them so much… 🙂 Lucky daughter!!

  2. Gorgeous photos of very beautiful pieces. Here, real vintage is cheaper than new reproductions, and better quality (solid wood, for one thing). China is very easy to find for a song–it lasts forever, and every time people get married they get a new set (and then unload it when they get divorced); not to mention all the grandmothers’ houses that get emptied out every year. Silver is a little trickier–you have to be able to detect silver from silver plate.
    When I furnished our vacation rentals entirely with antiques, I was shocked to see just how much cheaper real antiques are vs. reproductions (except for things that have some amazing backstory, like having been owned by royalty–those antiques still cost a fortune).

    1. One of the reasons I love shopping overseas! But shipping furniture back is too costly. I do love to buy smalls when I travel.

  3. I noticed you display one candlestick. I thought they needed to be in a grouping on two or three. What are the “rules” for candlesticks?
    Isn’t it fun to find treasures while travelling? They always remind you of places and good memories. I’ll be on the lookout for antique candlesticks while in Prague.

    1. Hi Joanna! I don’t think there are any “rules” for decorating… 😉 I do tend to use mostly groupings or pairs for candlesticks, but a well balanced vignette can include several different objects including a single candlestick if you only have one. The Renaissance one is the only candlestick that I have only one of, so that one is always displayed among other objects. I do hope to eventually collect others to work with it, but for now, it usually sits next to a crystal vase and a gilt picture frame on a side table (although it moves around the house a lot).

      And yes, it’s SO fun collecting while traveling… 🙂

  4. Bobbi Duncan says:

    Hi, Lory. Sorry I haven’t been commenting for awhile…lots going on and we’ve been traveling quite a bit. I, too, mix some faux/reproduction with antiques. You are so spot on with all your decorating, and I think that’s the real trick when mixing things up. You have to know what items compliment and you have to have good taste or it just doesn’t work. I LOVE everything you do and have so enjoyed reading all your posts. On a side note, I’d like to invite you to my Pinterest boards ( I just got on board with this form of social media…talk about being slow!). If you’d like to take a peak, I’m Bobbi Duncan (bobbid25). You’ll see several of your photos there as well, and there will certainly be many more to follow. Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much, Bobbi! I hope your travels have been fun… 🙂 Will certainly check out your boards when I have a chance.

  5. What are the hallmarks to look for when buying antique candlesticks? I have never bought one before, and could see myself getting tricked into buying something that was made to look old, but really isn’t.

    1. Hi Jan,

      I think it’s really no different than buying any antiques. To some extent you can get a sense by looking at the item, but in terms of actual age, you pretty much have to buy from a trustworthy seller. For my silver candlesticks, I went by the same things I look at when buying any vintage silver. If it’s sterling, there should be markings on it. The candlesticks are also quite imperfect with bends in them that speak to their age.

      In the case of the wood altar candlestick from Italy, the paint is actually chipped as opposed to a paint technique. There are also actual splits in the wood. Can I know for certain it’s from a certain date? No. But I can easily tell it’s not new, or even close to new.

      Sometimes I think you also have to take into account where you are buying from. If I was in a mall in the United States, I might not be so likely to believe a candlestick was really old. But when rummaging through an antique shop in the shadow of the Duomo in Florence, it feels a bit more believable. Could they take advantage of the proximity? Sure. But if everything else in the shop is a gorgeous antique and the dealer seems to have a respect for the provenance of their items, I’m likely to trust their word.

      Hope that helps!
      Lory

  6. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    You have collected some lovely pieces in your travels and I admire how you juxtapose them with more current items. The Charity shops in Europe are so fun to shop in and sometimes have unique collectibles. Your blog is so interesting and I enjoy seeing your lovely home.

  7. Love! You always have great ideas!

  8. Mary Bahr says:

    Where did you get those little curtain rods?

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