Tips and ideas for decorating with antiques

Heirlooms can bring new life to a room, whether the décor is traditional or contemporary.
If you’re looking for the right accent piece, antiques can provide “a sense of historical nature and timeless appeal,” says Maria Palance Perron, formerly of RIA Design in Bristol and current design consultant at Creative Design Construction & Remodeling, Inc., in Northvale, New Jersey. “Mixing old and new enables an antique to take on new life, with a new generation and a new purpose.”The New Hampshire Antiques Show, entering its fifty-fifth year in 2012, is a draw for thousands of collectors and antiques lovers throughout the Northeast and beyond. Presented by the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA) at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, the show is renowned for its dealers who spe­cialize in high-quality Americana, including folk art; ceramics; country and formal furniture; as well as paintings and prints.”The show is really a ‘perfect storm,'” says Richard Bojko, president of NHADA and owner of Parker-French Antique Center in Northwood. “It brings together reputable dealers, fresh merchandise and a desire by all our dealers to educate visitors about antiques.”If you’re attending this year’s show, scheduled for August 9-11, Perron suggests bringing measurements of the spaces you hope to fill, so a dealer can most effec­tively guide you in your purchase.The pieces shown here are just a sampling of the diverse offerings at last year’s New Hampshire Antiques Show. For more information on this year’s show, visit