Founder's Letter

By: Julie Garrett VanDolen • Jun 01, 2010 • 0 Comments

Here we are on the brink of summer and the close of the new Latique’s first quarter. I’m happy to report that Latique is quickly becoming the online antiques site of choice for dealers, ASID decorators and a growing community of people like you.  People who may be decorating their first homes, upgrading starter furniture, adding sophisticated accessories or even personalizing vacation homes.

With each passing day, we learn more about the features you want and use. One of the things we have discovered is that the announcements on the bottom of the homepage are the first place returning visitors look for news of new shipments and sales. These dealer-generated notes are dealers' status updates and they're worth checking out every time you check in.

Another feature you report liking is Latique Magazine’s designer of the month. In this issue, Sandra Espinet, luxury homes interior designer, tells you why antiques are the ultimate green and how she uses them to make a statement. You may have seen Sandra’s work on HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes or heard her on Martha Stewart Radio. Sandy Espinet’s firm, Square One Interiors, does around 20 primary and vacation residences annually. She recently completed the fabulous home of Holly Robinson Peete in Los Angeles.

Each of our designer interviews is structured to give you ideas on how to blend antiques into your home and make them work with your lifestyle. We know that few people want a house that is a period piece. As Sandra Espinet says, that way “it becomes too much like Disneyland.”  Yet antiques and the decorative arts do give a unique depth of character to rooms. We rely on top tier designers like Joe Minton, Tobi Fairley, and Willson Powell to show us how to use them to best advantage.

A new feature this month is the Dealer Corner. We’re kicking off with Pat Monroe, the Austin, TX based dealer. The Dealer Corner is where you get face time with Latique sellers. You will discover the specialties that fuel their passion, and why. You will hear in their own words how they got into the business and why it is an exciting way of life.

The Dealer Corner is one of the first of several new features and improvements we plan to launch in the coming months. By visiting Latique frequently, you will be among the first to test and comment on these new enhancements. We look forward to receiving more of your input.

In the meantime, enjoy all that Latique offers!