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Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Tips for Decorating Your Home

Redecorating the interior of a home with collectibles takes time and consideration.

Redecorating the interior of a home with collectibles takes time and consideration.

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Dr. Lori, Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery channel.   Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, Lori Verderame on Google+or call (888) 431-1010.

By Lori Verderame

Collectibles Make The Home Warm And Add Impact

At my recent appraisal stage show in Tulsa, an audience member presented me with a six-page list of the tips that I had provided during this show. I was a little taken aback by the volume of paper sheets filled with scribbled notes. I was also pretty impressed by her interest and dedication to take down each smidgen of wisdom that I imparted as I appraised, critiqued and evaluated objects brought to me. I just didn’t realize that there was so much useful information that individuals can benefit from.

This woman had been taking copious notes as I talked about all things art, antique and collectible so she could refer to them in the future. During my shows, I appraise objects and, as they come to mind, I use them to offer some tips about researching an object’s history, selling antiques and museum-based preservation methods.

At that particular appraisal show, I discussed several topics with residential realtors and staging professionals, including how to clean out a house and put money in your client’s pocket, and how to help make a home more livable as well as more marketable by staging it for sale and integrating a clean design aesthetic.

Whether you are trying to sell your home or just enjoying it for the long term, here are some of my favorite tips about managing your time and making your home warm and cozy.

Room by Room

Don’t bite off more than you can chew. For instance, give yourself an entire afternoon to clean out the guest room. By contrast, you probably need to set aside an entire weekend to tackle the attic. Remember that closets filled with items always take longer than you think. Get organized, devote time to your project, and ask family and friends for help.

When it comes to collecting antiques, museum professionals like me always stick to categories and try to collect in them. If you are decorating using items that you already have and are in storage, try to group them by category. This will provide decorative groupings that are seasonably appropriate.

When you put these items away after the season passes, consider using plastic bags for smaller items and plastic tubs for larger items. Mark the bags or tubs by category such as toys and games, china, glass, etc. It will make it much easier to find what you are looking for later.


Large or main walls that you first see when you enter a room are the most important in the decorating scheme. Place an item with a big impact on these walls: a spectacular work of fine art, a superb faux paint technique, or a bunch of family photos. One big statement piece is plenty!

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