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Cracking Antiques
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Foreword by Mark Hill and Kathryn Rayward Living with Antiques: using antiques and vintage finds to furnish your home. Buying Antiques: What to look for when buying everything from bookcases to pottery, chairs to candlesticks. Bargains to look out for and special features suggesting how to display your finds. Reviving Antiques: paint effects and other treatments to breathe new life into old things. Know your style: Understanding different styles - what they are and how to get them. Resources: Advice on buying from antique fairs, shops, auctions and online, directories. Index

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Ties in to an exciting new BBC2 primetime television programme - 6 x 30 minute programmes. Created by the team behind 'The Apprentice', 'Supersizers' and 'Grow Your Own Drugs'. Promotes antiques and vintage as the ultimate in recycling - don't buy new flatpack furniture which will wear out quickly, spend the money on something with a story that can be sold if you tire of it. This book is for the 14 million Ebay users in the UK who want to personalise their homes. Taps in to the anti-Ikea zeitgiest. Takes antiques off their pedestal and shows you how to live with them. Shows how to use antique and vintage pieces in modern homes - you don't need to live in an 'old' house to enjoy them. Takes the fear out of buying antiques. Inspires those who can't move to improve.

Foreword by Mark Hill and Kathryn Rayward Living with Antiques: using antiques and vintage finds to furnish your home. Buying Antiques: What to look for when buying everything from bookcases to pottery, chairs to candlesticks. Bargains to look out for and special features suggesting how to display your finds. Reviving Antiques: paint effects and other treatments to breathe new life into old things. Know your style: Understanding different styles - what they are and how to get them. Resources: Advice on buying from antique fairs, shops, auctions and online, directories. Index

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Mark Hill was a specialist at Bonhams and Sotheby's before joining an internet company where he became a director, running its exclusive alliance with eBay Live Auctions. He is now the resident 20th-century design and collectables specialist at Miller's, and the author and publisher of a series of books on 20th-century design. Mark is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. He writes for magazines including Collect It! and BBC Homes & Antiques. Kathryn Rayward trained as a theatre designer and has been working as an interior designer for the past 10 years. She specialises in taking unloved pieces of furniture and transforming them into one-off 'haute couture' pieces of design using vintage fabric and old painting and gilding techniques. As an interior designer she strives to create interiors for her clients that reflect their personalities. She likes every item within a room to have a 'story' and enjoys helping clients to find exciting pieces for their homes. She has appeared on Grand Designs Indoors (C4), Real Rooms (BBC1), she is the design face of UKTV Style where she presented Room Rivals, Design ER, Buying Style, Style File, and Get the Look. She is one of the main designers on the hugely successful series 60 Minute Makeover (ITV). She lives in Brighton.

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