Choose antique and know where to put it at fair
by Angela Bender for Sun-Times Media
April 30, 2010
Kaufman believes that antiques can be fabulous signature pieces that can add a “wow” to any room. Kaufman suggests, rather than packing a room full of antiques, have antiques interspersed among other pieces — perhaps an antique side table or console in a family room or a piece used in a foyer or music room that adds a little “fun” to the decor.
Designers at the fair also will be choosing their favorite finds to be featured at “Designers Discoveries.” Designers will sift through the thousands of antiques at the fair and choose their favorite item to be highlighted throughout the weekend. They will show how the piece can be used in a home and will be on hand to educate people about their chosen piece. At last year’s show Kaufman featured Dali dreamstone, one-of-a-kind, thin slabs of marble that can be used as pieces of art. She showed how to incorporate the dreamstone into a variety of different decorating styles from contemporary to transitional.
“(Antiques) have a commanding presence about them, so I typically incorporate antiques into my design when I’m looking for a piece that catches attention,” Kaufman said.