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"The vintage stained glass window I found at an outdoor antique market. I repainted the frame. The collection of vintage Chinese Cloisonne containers I found over the years and placed together.

"On the wall to the right of the window are four painted ceramic plates from Portugal that I purchased on a trip. Hanging from the ceiling are two incense burners. The ceramic one is from Greece, the bronze one is a vintage piece I found in Bohemia. The light fixture is a vintage piece from the 30s that I purchased at an outdoor antique market. My dad rewired & repainted it for me."


"The large 'painting' on the right is actually an embroidered textile piece that I purchased in Thailand and framed when I got home. It has three-dimensional components to it which give it extra personality. The statue on the trunk is also from Thailand, and is one of their goddesses. The necklace around her neck is from India. The stack of three jewelry boxes--two are from Poland, the top one is from Argentina and was actually made to store tea.The painting over the chest of drawers is a beautifully painted piece on old leather. I found that and the frame, separately, both in India.

"The furniture itself is a complete set from the 1930s. It was someone’s wedding set. The original owner matched the Lane chest to it. The rest of the pieces all have that same inlaid emblem. I purchased the set at an antique shop right after the owner went into a nursing home and they had just cleared out her house.

"The other three pictures--the one rectangular one and the two ovals on the left--are all original signed prints by the same artist. It’s a famous artist from the 1910s-1920s but I can’t recall his name right now.

"Then there are two vintage ceramic bird hooks from the 1940s, which I use to hang some of my necklaces."

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