There are so many events going on over the next few weeks that celebrate our country’s 150th birthday that it’s very hard to fit even a small number of them […]
A reader recently contacted me with a photograph of a gorgeous tea cup that she owns. (Unfortunately I did not save her photo because I hadn’t planned on writing a […]
There are many reasons for partners, married or not, to disagree, but what kind of furniture to have in one’s home doesn’t have to be one of them. Since I […]
Why did you choose to live in your current home? What was there about the house that made you realize that this was the right place for you? Beyond its […]
What exactly is patina? This is a question I get asked fairly often when I do talks about antiques. I have to answer honestly and tell the person that patina […]
Years ago a client of mine purchased a dining room suite at an auction. It had seen better days to be sure and she was understandably concerned about the high […]
There comes a time in every one’s life that it is necessary to sell belongings – your own or someone else’s. Garage sales are one way but what if your […]
The Evolution of a Room Is the parlour just another Victorian room that is totally irrelevant to today’s homes? To understand how this room evolved into today’s living room and […]
A sewing table or work table is a table that was used for sewing. It originated in 1770 in England and was eventually adopted in Canada and the USA. Based on the philosophy […]
I’m always amazed at the kinds of antiques that I get to see here in our city when I do appraisals. After all, we’re a land-locked city in central Alberta, […]
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to downsize? Even donating your goods requires some forethought.
Christmas decor can be serious business for some of us. Heritage homes, like the one I live in, lend themselves to over-the-top decorating. I spend a lot of time decorating […]
One of the biggest benefits of getting an antique appraisal is finally being able to know what it is that you have – and what it might be worth. It’s possible, however, for you to do some basic research yourself.
Landscapes are great but I love to photograph architecture. I especially love the details that we often forget about once we’ve admired a building as a whole – especially the […]
Have you ever been to Quebec City? Did you know that it’s one of only two surviving walled cities in North America? (The other is in Campeche, Mexico). Quebec City […]
There are artists who don’t shy away from putting their lives and/or experiences out there for the public to see. I think it takes a certain personal courage to produce such art – to know that people will judge them – for better or for worst, and yet, to do it. I have the pleasure of knowing and having taught such an artist – Edmontonian Joanne Barwise.
What a question. I can hear you saying “When you need to get rid of them” and that would be true if you are under time constraints. People who are […]
Identifying what the marks mean on the bottom of a teacup can be sometimes challenging but other times, ridiculously easy. This Instant Antique Expert Tip answers the question “What does […]