Memories of Christmas in an Old House

Time marches on and at some point in one’s life the decision to downsize comes up. This is what we did two Decembers ago and although it was a good choice for our lifestyle, what I miss the most about our 1912 house is Christmas decorating. Old houses are meant for decorating in such a way that would appear as ‘over-the-top’ in a more modern … Continue reading Memories of Christmas in an Old House

An Unusual, Slightly Creepy, Antique

One of the most exciting things about what I do for a part time living is that I never really know what I’m going to find when I go somewhere to do an appraisal. Case in point: I recently came across a late 19th century taxidermy vignette that belonged to my client’s great grandfather. The idea of animals being stuffed and put into a glass … Continue reading An Unusual, Slightly Creepy, Antique

When Hardware is Like Jewelry

If you walked into Spec Hardware in Edmonton you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were in a jewelry store. The only difference is that the products are displayed on walls instead of behind glass cases. Imagine the cabinet hardware in the photograph above in a guest bathroom. It would ratchet any ho-hum bathroom to a whole new level of elegance. I was invited to … Continue reading When Hardware is Like Jewelry