Whats Hot & Whats Not: Antiques as Investments by Jerry Shroud

Various categories of antiques go through cycles of popularity based upon design trends and their impact on consumer taste. As a result, some styles which sold for top dollar several years ago are now fetching much less in today’s market; even half what these pieces formerly garnered. By contrast, certain items have seen an increase in prices due to renewed interest. For true collectors or those looking at antique purchases as investments, fluctuation of pricing due to popularity presents a great opportunity to buy when a given style is out of vogue, or the prospect of selling for a higher

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Treasure hunter

Rachel Ashwell, the founder of Shabby Chic, explains the lure of the antiques markets that inspire her work

Over the years vintage finds have become more and more desired, appreciated and actually understood. Whether apparel, furnishings or textiles, it seems to me that the thirst for uniqueness and eclectic treasures has grown. Sometimes it might be budget that drives the attraction, but often it is about having things that are one of a kind that blend easily into the decor of already-owned pieces.

Only in Round Top, Texas and the neighboring little towns could there be a flea market covering

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I’he most important style books oj the season celebrate 15 top designers and offer a wealth of glorious rooms sure to delight

Brian J. McCarthy’s timeless interiors draw from his deep knowledge of the history of decorative arts-as well as his own eclectic sensibility, LUMINOUS INTERIORS (Stewart. T a b o r i & Chang. S60; November), the first monograph of his three-decade career, looks at nine projects completed over the past six years, including an opulent Atlanta home with an 18th-century spirit; the designer’s bright, quirky upstate New York retreat; and a lush, art-filled Manhattan apartment, below, that held

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Inherited collections, thrifty vintage buys and a love of colour have added depth to Janice Issitt’s 1980s home in Buckinghamshire.

Janice Issitt has loved antiques for as long as she can remember. Her dad collected and restored old clocks and when she was growing up she would spend many a Saturday visiting the V&A with him. ‘I could probably lead guided tours — I still know it like the back of my hand,’ she laughs.

Her home — a detached 1980s property in a Buckinghamshire village — isn’t what you’d expect of a typical antiques lover, though. Walls are painted

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Amendments to the Federal Law on weapons

For quite a long time in Russia there is a discussion of whether to introduce at the legislative level, the right of Russians to keeping short-barreled firearm in your own home or ban drop in force. The web site www.pravoparitet.ru one can find detailed information about the legal capacities of storage and use guns. People who have long dealt with the instrument and realize that this is a very effective tool for self-defense, advocate for the fact that the new amendments to the law on weapons have been submitted. There is another layer of Russian people who argue that legalizing

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