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Antiques

Everything You Need to Know About Dallas Antiques

From the best cleaner and local shopping event to Jan Showers' top tips for collecting, refer here for all your antiquing inquiries.

Antiques That Never Get Old

Designer Pam Kelley guides us through today’s top styles.

Louis XV Painted French Provincial

The 18th-century chests, sideboards, chairs, and side tables are as sought after today as they have been for the last 50 years.

Most likely to spot it here: Art & Antique Hunter

Art Deco

A choice of homeowners who want transitional or modern environments, the glam style is attracting more and more young buyers as well as seasoned collectors.

Most likely to spot it here: 20c Design

French Biedermeier & Empire

Both from the early 1800s, the sleek and sophisticated styles blend beautifully with modern architecture and today’s lifestyles.

Most likely to spot it here: Embree & Lake

Queen Anne & Chippendale

In more casual settings, such as a second home or ranch property, English pieces from the 1700s—especially larger items like cabinets and chests—work comfortably.

Most likely to spot it here: Wolf Hall Antique Collective

Mission

From the late 1800s to the early 1920s, this beefy, strong style has the clean lines that designers and architects love.

Most likely to spot it here: Debris

Architectural

Doors, mantels, flooring, and lighting, along with outdoor sculpture and fountains make interiors and gardens special.

Most likely to spot it here: Pittet Architecturals

Start Collecting

Feel intimidated by antiques? Interior designer Jan Showers shares advice for the new collector.

A “Caroline” settee from the Jan Showers Collection and vintage finds such as a bronze gallery table, a pair of French brass floor lamps, and faux parchment fauteuils from the 1940s create a sitting room in the landing of this Showers-designed Preston Hollow home.

Tip No. 1
Think of antiques as heirlooms. Antiques have a past. Think about where they lived and who might have owned them. Enjoy them now and pass them down later.

Tip No. 2
Mix it up. Every room should have at least one antique piece—more if possible. Build character with a mix of periods and styles.

Tip No. 3
Ask good questions. Always find out the age of a piece, what it is made of, and if there is an important provenance (someone important designed the piece or a famous person owned it).

Tip No. 4
Educate yourself. Browse the best shops and look through auction-house catalogs. Know the difference between an antique (more than 100 years old) and vintage (at least 30 years old).

Kramer’s Best Antique Improver

Made in the USA, this small-batch wonder product cleans and conditions wood like no other. It reverses dryness, restores color, and protects from future cracking and warping. ($20/kramerize.com)

Bow Down to Chinoiserie

In the 18th century, chinoiserie became popular across Europe—particularly in France and Britain. Travelers and merchants took inspiration from Eastern cultures and translated it into intricate embellishments. Today, the word is synonymous with delicate wallpapers and fabrics in pastel tones. “Chinoiserie always adds a touch of timeless elegance to any interior,” says Michelle Nussbaumer of Ceylon et Cie, “from an 18th-century lacquered Chinese screen, to my pagoda daybed, or even a Hollywood Regency moderne piece.”

The Best Antiques Event

 

Though at one time the Dallas-Fort Worth area drew several big antiques shows each year, they are either no more or not worth the time and effort, says Pam Kelley of Pam Kelley Design. However, the twice-yearly show and sale at Antique Row is something she and many other designers look forward to shopping. Fresh-faced dealers such as Brooke Drake (see above), Lindley Arthur, and Melessa Brooks bring a sharp eye and new energy to the Dallas antiques landscape. “They are doing very interesting, relevant things,” says Antique Row manager Mary Vera. It can be hard to stay relevant in the antiques business, but these ladies are shaking things up. At the events—held each spring and late fall/pre-holiday—shoppers save 20 percent on every item from every vendor.

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