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The question I hear most often at antiques shows is, How do you know whether something is silver? People aren't necessarily looking only for sterling; they just want to know what they're buying. Most of the time, you can find the answer simply by turning over the teaspoon, fish fork, ice cream saw, or cheese scoop (antique flatware is that specialized).
Convention has a definite influence on the choices we make when decorating a room. Most of us will select complementary artwork, a favorite vase, or other items to suit our taste. But one choice not often considered is a book or, more accurately, stacks of them. Designer Thomas O'Brien has a vast book collection, including vintage selections, newer printings, art books, and architectural guides. Instead of keeping them behind glass or in a row on shelves, Thomas places these volumes of books...