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rug rules

Whether you buy an antique rug or a modern one, it should not be an uninformed decision.

Detail-oriented

Whatever your budget, there are many options in this city for architectural antiques, so skip the big-box stores and find something that will make your home stand out.

Storied books

As all bibliophiles know, collecting rare and valuable books can be a true labor of love.

Thrill of the Chase

In New Orleans, there are many ways to find that perfect antique you’ve been searching for.

Silver Savers

In the days after Katrina, As You Like It Silver Shop helped restore thousands of pieces of hurricane-damaged silver.

Picking Up the Pieces

Whatever calamities befall your priceless porcelains — from hurricanes to toddlers — porcelain restoration expert Jeanne Stallworth can set them right.

Restorative Power

After Katrina, McConnell’s Furniture Refinishers Inc. went on a personal mission to help fix New Orleans, one antique at a time.

Restoring the Past

More than three years ago, a monstrous storm blew into New Orleans and tried to wash away much of our past. It was a time of quick decisions, some life and death, and a test of our city’s spirit. Now,…

Striking a Bargain

As of this writing, the stock market is in a swan dive and most of us are referring to our retirement accounts as our “201(k)s.”  The U.S. economy is shaky at best, and the rest of the world is using…

Timeless Treasures

Every Christmas for more than 30 years, I have unpacked treasured items that are part of the holiday traditions in our family. There are the ceramic Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, lovingly painted by the receptionist at my husband’s office…

Linens-n-Things

While cleaning closets last year, I stumbled across three large unmarked cardboard boxes. As I opened the tops, I found a large collection of beautiful old linens –– dinner and cocktail napkins, tablecloths, lace-trimmed bedsheets and hand towels. All of…

Possession Obsession

One New Orleanian collects fine French porcelains, exquisitely crafted more than a century ago. Another collects Chinese pottery, made in the countryside during varying centuries. Another collects vinyl records, featuring artists from the 1960s and ‘70s. Three collectors, all with…

Beyond eBay

When noted American antiques collector Marshall Field V of Chicago decided to sell his American Chippendale birch oxbow chest of drawers (circa 1770 to 1790), he considered some of the top auction houses in the country for the sale. He…

Going, Going, Gone!

True confession time: I have never attended an antiques auction, mainly because I feared getting caught up in the heat of the moment and coming home with useless –– or, worse, ugly –– purchases. My visions of those events consisted…

Mix & Match

Open any home decorating magazine and you will find rooms full of exquisite English, French or Italian antiques and, for the truly trendy, a few Swedish pieces in the mix. Each is finely carved, inlaid or painted, and each piece…

The Real McCoy

Terry Voorhies remembers her first antique purchase well. She and husband, Rand, then newlyweds living in New York, spent weeks shopping for a cabinet that would hold their stereo equipment and found what they thought was the perfect antique, which…

A Bona Fide Guide

There often comes a time for an antique collector when she or he hits a wall. It’s time for a new approach, a new way to broaden the hunt or a new learning experience. Enter the antique guide, a professional…

Something Old, Something New

A generation ago, when my in-laws were searching for antiques for their Uptown home, they began their antiquing adventure the New Orleans way: lunch at Galatoire’s followed by a shop-to-shop trek along Royal Street. Each visit included long conversations with…

Straight Shooter

Affectionately and casually known as shotguns, these long, narrow dwellings are the jewels of the New Orleans housing landscape.The layout of a shotgun house is simple: Rooms are placed one behind the other in a straight line. As the legend…

Made in the shade

Edith Stern had such a penchant for lamps and shades that she changed them seasonally throughout her home. The home—now a museum, Longue Vue House and Gardens—is archetypal of the way the stylish, yet conservative affluent decorated their homes during…

Alluring Linens

Bryce Reveley turned her hobby—passed down from two generations of women in her family—into a lucrative career more than 30 years ago.“My grandmother knew how to make lace and quilts. All the women in my family, when they had some…

Rediscovering our Heritage

During their long marriage, Mercedes Whitecloud and her late husband Dr. Thomas Whitecloud shared a common passion: collecting Native American art.  Eventually, they accumulated more than 600 pieces, ranging from ceremonial pots to feasting spoons to beaded leggings and drum…

Tied Up in Knots

The foreground shows the back side of Persian kilim and its knots.“More than meets the eye.” This short, simple phrase holds much truth with regard to the splendor of an antique Oriental rug. While its color, pattern and texture can…

Turn the Page

“First, I want you to know the language. It’s not antique books, but rather antiquated and rare books,” says Joseph DeSalvo Jr. of Faulkner House Books, a haven for fine literature, rare editions and of course, William Faulkner, located in…