Make it a Handmade-only Holiday – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

Every so often when my children were growing up, I would declare a HANDMADE ONLY Christmas.

The gifts to each other had to be made by hand by them.

I made […]

Decorating with Books – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – November 2015

One thing that I find extremely attractive in a home is a well-stocked book shelf. I hope not to be rude when I saunter over and read the spines of […]

Is the Era of Elegance Over? – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – October 2015

Everyday at the shop, someone calls about or brings in a set of fine China or crystal to sell. It seems as if complete sets of gorgeous […]

Knickknacks, Curios, and Tchotchkes – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – September 2015

These three words are heard as often as they are misspelled and misunderstood!

knick·knack: a small worthless object, especially a household ornament.

cu·ri·o: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.

tchotch·ke: a small object […]

Inside, A Treasure Trove Awaits! – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – August 2015

When you walk into Pickety Place, undoubtedly, the first thing you see are the glass display cabinets filled with shiny baubles.

There are silver and glass trays filled with all sorts […]

Happy Birthday Pyrex! – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – July 2015

In 2015, PYREX turned 100 years-old.

Like many innovations and excellent ideas, it’s invention was a fluke.

Chemists at Corning Glass Works, […]

Vintage Clothing Back in Fashion at Pickety Place – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – June 2015

I hate to tell you, but your ’80s clothes are now considered “vintage.”

I have not yet heard a word to describe the ’80s clothes as a […]

Please Pour the Tea – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – May 2015

With the coming of Spring, so comes the fun of hosting a Tea Party.

The English in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I made a fine art of tea time. Fine […]

The Iridescent World of Carnival Glass – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – April 2015

In 1907, the Fenton Glass Company in West Virginia produced a style of glass referred to as “iridescent ware.” Fenton called it Iridill and labeled it “Venetian Art.” The idea […]

What’s Trending – by Joelle Graves

Speaking of Antiquing – March 2015

My friend Charlotte, in New York keeps me abreast of the latest decorating news. We are both lovers of mixing old and new. A new dress with a vintage pin—a […]