“I try not to impose hard and fast rules,” said Inman, “but I spend considerable time educating and explaining why proportions, finishes, design languages, and provenance of a piece are essential to a beautiful space. Balance, tranquility, energy, patina, and connectivity are keys to my design approach. I like to use antiques to instill spaces with character and a sense of story.”
And although he’s flexible with clients, he does follow a personal rule. “I avoid too many heavy or dark pieces in a design,” said Inman. “Simplicity is my idea of luxury; clean lines and refined finishes defy trends.”
Luisana on the other hand, throws out guidelines and takes a decidedly personal approach to antique selection. “Each piece has to move me on some level. Antiques are used to humanize spaces and to tie the present with the past. Every physical space needs a connector to the past. It provides the thread that ties us all together and makes the experience real!” Where does the antiques dealer shop? “Of course, the Antique and Design Center is number one on my list,” says Karen Luisana, an interior designer, antiques dealer and founder of the Antique and Design Center. But Luisana admits to loving other places as well. “Head to Randall Tysinger for the ultimate inspiration.”
And she believes you’ll know when you’ve found the right piece. “Go by your gut instinct when choosing an antique.”
That’s varying, yet constructive, advice from people who’ve spent decades selecting treasures that fulfill their clients’ needs and dreams. Whether your preference is antiques or reproductions, and your approach is guided by extensive research or immediate gut reaction, you can be sure to find authentic, unique, and exquisite gems from other eras in the halls at High Point Market.