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March 8, 2013 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

An American antiques valuations expert recently took time out of her busy show schedule to explain how Open Bookcases, Victorian balloon backed dining chairs and other antiques can be an indispensable aid to home décor – by allowing reporters inside her own home.

If anyone can find a use for a single Victorian balloon backed dining chair , it is a Lancashire antiques dealer, who must make every piece of furniture look as attractive as possible to the prospective buyer – and that means arranging them as they would look in someone’s home. This is something Illinois antiques valuer Debbie McArdle knows something about. The Dutch Colonial home she shares with her husband Jim is dressed with arts & crafts furniture and other country store antiques.

Anyone who thinks antiques are only for the rich should have a word with Debbie, who – as a young newlywed short on cash – depended on cheap, unwanted Victorian furniture to decorate her home. She quickly discovered she had a new career; one that fitted in with modern environmental sensibilities. She said:

“The trees were already cut years ago and they don’t have the chemicals you can find in new furniture.”

Debbie’s home is full of quirky, creative ideas: a themed antique cabinet from a veterinarian’s surgery and another that once displayed ribbons in a haberdasher’s shop.

People in the Ribble Valley can find Victorian balloon back dining chairs and antique dining tables at their local antiques dealer.

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