Into Antiques?

On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Home Style: Make your fireplace mantel a hot focal point - MetroWest Daily News

Home Style: Make your fireplace mantel a hot focal point - MetroWest Daily News

As the unrivaled focal point in a room, your fireplace mantel is the star of the show. So it's fun to give this all-important spot a new look every so often. Here are three very different -- but equally dramatic -- summer mantel treatments to inspire you.

Contemporary color:

Start with a bold piece of contemporary artwork. I will never give up my love and devotion to traditional furnishings and artwork, but I'm really enjoying adding these rays of sunshine into my home. Next, since the artwork is so bold, select accents that don't compete too much. We started with a pair of tall, white ceramic urns holding faux ferns. The lines on the urns are classic, so the overall display will tie in well with the traditional artwork that surrounds the mantel.

I've often used books as decorative elements, and in the past year or so, had fun wrapping some of them in interesting paper. Bright turquoise plaid paper on the book adds a pop of complementary color and softens a few of the hard edges in the display.

Just when I thought the brightly colored pottery that designers are showing now couldn't get any better, I discovered new marvelous pieces in retro colors and groovy shapes. While they come in a host of colors, select ones that tie in the colors in your artwork and the paper-covered books.

Light and breezy French country:

The second look is soft on the senses, steeped in tradition and a bit romantic.

Start with a tall, stately French mirror. When I design mantel displays for friends and customers, I frequently use mirrors because I like how they bounce light back into the room. A mirror with soft colors is a perfect partner for a host of different color palettes. One designer flanked the mirror with a pair of matching lanterns because their traditional lines made him think of the lanterns that used to hang on the sides of carriages. Each lantern holds a sparkling glass candlestick topped with a pillar candle.

Working high to low, try adding a slightly shorter decorative grouping next to each lantern: a short stack of old books topped with lidded apothecary jars.

Since glass tends to look flat and empty when displayed on mantels, take two picks of faux greenery, bend them into loose circles, then insert them into the apothecary jars. Finished with the very shortest accents -- like a jar holding a mirrored ball and a piece of latticework pottery.

Earthy elegance:

It's an artful trick to wed the rustic elements found in nature with more elegant treasures. The result is restful and refined, yet earthy and organic. Here's how to pull it together:

Select your tallest, most dramatic design piece first, something like a statue, perhaps even one finished in a rusty patina, or a willowy form, echoing the lines of trees.

Work in some clear glass elements. Use greenery as accents -- perhaps some plucky little moss balls on a lidded glass riser -- then help the eye make a downward journey across the overall display by training a faux moss covered branch over the edge of the mantel.

Regal, yet rustic, the finished product will be the perfect pairing of the wild and the refined.

This column has been adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at She can be reached at



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