I finally did it!
I’m so excited because it was one of my goals for the New Year.
I also thought I’d take this time to share a few things about myself. I figured we’ve been friends long enough that you should know….
I’ve been an antiques dealer on and off for about 15 years now. My love for antiques began when I was in interior design school in college a loooong time ago. My favorite classes were Historical Interiors and getting to do all the line drawings of period furniture, moldings, and architectural features.
I left the interior design field to become an elementary school teacher. I taught public school for 10 years, then became an instructional supervisor at the Board of Education. During this time I was also a Primary Specialist with the State Dept. of Ed and a teacher trainer in classroom technology with IBM. After leaving the BOE I became a consultant and sold educational software and again did lots and lots of teacher training.
Blast from the past. My mom and I in the hall where both of us taught school in the early 90s. I guess “big” hair was still “in”.
What does all this have to do with interior design and my love for antiques?
During my teaching career, I never once lost my zeal and love for interior design. I loved arranging and re-arranging my classroom and other teacher’s rooms!!! It’s truly a passion of mine. I have never been able to “get it out of my system” so to say and I knew one day I’d be able to return to my first career love. I don’t think I’ve ever read a trade magazine that wasn’t home related.
Throughout all this I always managed to “dabble” in interior design and antiques.
I used to sell lots of antiques on Ebay.
I used to attend lots of antique furniture auctions.
I used to have an antique booth at a large antique mall.
I’ve bought and sold numerous types of collections i.e. flow blue, R.S. Prussia, Victorian furniture, and bisque French & German dolls (I’m also a recovering collector…that’s another story). I used to sit up at night doing lots and lots of reading and research on these topics while also attending trade shows related to these things.
I even thought I was losing what I had learned in design school (and since I was no longer a member of ASID) so I took additional classes to get certified with IADA (Interior Arrangement & Design Association) on use what you have decorating and Real Estate Staging.
Taking classes in Washington D.C. below.
Now throw in me being a Francophile.
I knew all this would eventually lead to something sort of like following your dreams. And sooner or later, if you stick to your knitting, your number will come up.
So here we are in the present. This blog was a way for me to meet others with like minds and interests in home décor and to give me a creative outlet in interior design while preparing me for empty nesting.
I never could have imagined where this blog has taken me. It has given me the opportunity to meet such wonderful people (YOU). It’s truly been amazing.
So here I am… pretending to be a free lance interior designer, going whole-hog (hillbilly slang) in French antiques, and escorting a wonderful group of ladies to France this fall to share in the same love of antiques and vintage treasure hunting that I have.
I’m not sure where this path will lead me, but I sure like where it’s going now!
If you get a moment, will you please check out my new shops and let me know what you think?
You’ll find things like this…
I’m encouraged by so many of you who have lovely shops of your own and who balance life with
such beauty and effortless grace.
I am not an expert in antiques but here I go…again…in a new venue.
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