Two things I think we all could use a little more of these days: time and money. If you're a collectahollic like me, that rings true even more. But even if you're short on change, a little creativity goes a long way. Enter the Faker, a quirky, super fun column in the Chicago Tribune from writer Judy Hevrdejs, together with photo editor Mike Zajakowski. A couple of weeks ago, Judy and I chatted all about collections—why I love 'em and, more important, how to fake 'em! Check it out! (Click twice to enlarge.)


Three of the pictures came from old collecting stories we did on antique silver trophies, Jasperware, and Bakelite. The other one is a vignette of curiosities, new and old, with a distinctly Chinoiserie feel. There are transferware platters collected over years, Chinese dragons from the flea market, and pagoda shakers from a great store in Rye, New York called Wish. You can even see the two vases mentioned in the article that I spray-painted black to look like Wedgwood basalt!


Have a great holiday weekend, everyone! Jaithan and I will be back Tuesday with a fantastic, behind-the-scenes tour of the Food Network prop house you're going to love! But in the meantime, on the subject of collections, have you ever faked a thing or two in your home? I'd love to hear about it.