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Nutcracker collectibles

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori By Dr. Lori Verderame According to reports, an Italian bronze nutcracker dating back to the 4th century B.C. is among the earliest one known and King Henry VIII gave Anne Boleyn a nutcracker as a gift. Nutcrackers span the globe among various cultures. Sparked by famous examples amassed by collectors, an interest in the history of cracking the nut uncovers three basic methods to free a nut from its shell: […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori Antiques and Alzheimer’s memory care

by Dr. Lori Verderame My parents both suffered from Alzheimer’s disease requiring specialized care. I am not a specialist in Alzheimer’s care nor am I trained to give medical advice. That said, as a child of two parents with Alzheimer’s, I know something about the struggles for families living with the disease. Since I have met many other Alzheimer’s families, I wanted to share what I have learned about how heirlooms contribute to happy visits […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Vintage Scandinavian Design By Dr. Lori Verderame Scandinavian design focuses on the lifestyle choices of those living in the lovely regions of Northern Europe. In Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden, furniture must be thrifty in cost, comfortable, and related to outdoor living. The unique seasonal weather changes known to Scandinavia dictate much about how life goes on there. For instance, in the summer, there are long days of sunshine. In the winter, darkness fills days […]

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Decorating with Family Heirlooms There is an overwhelming abundance of home make-over TV shows, and online blogs about redecorating, redesigning, and reconsidering the objects with which we live. Antiques and family heirlooms are front and center when it comes to innovative design. Here are some tips from my experience as a museum director and expert antiques appraiser that might prove fun and interesting. Arrange Collections Architect Mies van der Rohe was onto something when he […]