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 […]
In my travels as an antique appraiser I sometimes come across furniture that we see very little of in western Canada. For some reason, western tastes in informal antique furniture runs […]
Warning. This post contains some venting about an article that was published in the Edmonton Journal about how losing our front lawns is somehow connected to creating a vibrant city. […]
If you’re planning to spruce up your home or do a renovation check out these upcoming workshops.
“A wine label is worth 100 years of experience” is something that I was told once when I took a wine appreciation course. The same could be said about reading […]
Who would have thought that a product that had been discarded because it was discoloured and distorted could be such a thing of beauty? Old house enthusiasts will know that […]
My sister in law bought our Welshie a “seasonally-appropriate”outfit and judging by the look on her face I don’t know if she’s too impressed.
After a few false starts our fireplace is finally in place not only just in time for Christmas but also for the cold minus 30 degree temperatures we have been enjoying here in Alberta.
For some strange reason I’d always assumed that the fireplace in our 1912 house had been made with concrete – and it was but I had no idea it was actually […]
It was going to be so easy. My husband and I found a fireplace insert that would fit the opening of our 1927 fireplace within a half inch. Dreams of sitting by […]
An email from a reader: Dear Johanne: Today I bought a teacup that I’m having a hard time finding what year it was made. It’s quite a plain yellow teacup […]