News-Antique.com - Jun 14,2010 - DALLAS, TX. When celebrity designer Sandra Espinet makes a statement it is usually played out in color and décor. Now, secrets shared in the June issue of Latique Magazine could influence the way people put antiques to practical use, all the way down the design chain from luxury decorators to the family next door.
As designer to stars like Holly Robinson Peete and the elite Cabo San Lucas winter community, Sandra Espinet’s clientele is wealthy enough to have custom made everything. So when she says in the exclusive interview with Latique.com that antiques often add more interest to a room than luxury name brands or made-to-order pieces, it is notable.
Although Latique.com is an antiques online site that specializes in showcasing traditional antiques and fine period art, Espinet is not a traditionalist in the strict sense. She is known for creating flowing indoor/outdoor spaces that resonate with exotic touches gleaned in the markets of Morocco, Asia and South America.
Still, Espinet explains that when antiques are properly used they provide a wow factor that exceeds anything on the market today. “When people see an antique there is a gasp,” she says. “It is always followed by the question, ‘Where did you get that?’ ’’ And who doesn’t want to hear that?
The designer goes on to offer advice on how to make practical use of antiques, a point of view that goes to the heart of many homeowners’ reservations about buying period items.
Sandra Espinet’s tips include how to use antiques to hide flat-screen TVs and how to choose the right antiques for a young family’s active lifestyle. She also tells why it is important to buy the most expensive first and how to make antiques work in contemporary settings.
Juile Garrett VanDolen, the founder of Latique.com, commented on the interview. “Sandy’s point of view is just what our readers need now. She makes antiques new again. Just the thing our readers need to see.”
A popular media personality, Espinet can be heard on Martha Stewart Radio with Mario Bosquez. Her HGTV special, “Celebrity Holiday Homes,” was highly rated. Recently, Espinet won the California Home + Design’ Readers’ Choice Designer of the Year Award for a Bohemian-style Outdoor Room.
The full interview with Sandra Espinet is at Latique.com. Shoppers who love Sandra Espinet’s home decor can get the Espinet look by searching antiques and decorative art listings on Latique.com.
To demystify antiques for a new generation of shoppers, Latique.com incorporates a monthly online magazine that features popular decorators. Latique Magazine also features an undervalued “it” item each month that gives buyers an opportunity to bargain hunt at the highest levels. This month it’s wall sconces.
To view the more than 1400 antiques from over 30 dealers and to read the Sandra Espinet interview, please visit http://latique.com.
Sandra Espinet is based in Cabo San Lucas and Los Angeles. http://sandraespinet.com
Latique.com is the recently launched antiques online site specializing in traditional antiques and classic decorative arts.