Q&A: Liz Ughetta of Bohland & Graham

Q: Tell us briefly about yourself – What are your interests or your hobbies?
A: I love the antiques business. I’ve always enjoyed antiquing – so, it only made sense to open my own shop. By the way, the name of the shop comes from my husband’s grandmother’s name & my grandmother’s name.
Where can I hang this in my house?! An amazing Ringling Brothers Circus banner, found in upstate New York.

Where can I hang this in my house?! An amazing Ringling Brothers Circus banner, found in upstate New York.

Q: What inspired you to open an antique store in the Richmond area?
A: Richmond is such a great town. The shop was a leap of faith – and knock on wood, so far so good. It was also in my blood, my mother had an antique shop in Southampton, NY. I learned a lot from her – and she made it fun – it was addictive!
Love this tall english cupboard with pewter and stoneware display!

Love this tall english cupboard with pewter and stoneware display! I loved it so much, I had to purchase two of the smaller platters for my own collection!

Q: How would you describe your shop in comparison to other stores that offer antiques in the Richmond area?
A: When asked to describe what we carry at Bohland & Graham – it’s hard to come up with a simple answer that encompasses everything. I usually say it’s a mix of traditional antiques,  mid-century & industrial furnishings with interesting objects interspersed throughout. There’s definitely a certain vibe to the shop. The other day one of my customers said, “I just want to hang out here.” And that’s a wonderful compliment.
You can never have too many antique dress forms!

You can never have too many antique dress forms!

Q: What do you see as big collecting trends for 2013? Are there some hot items that one should invest in?
A: I try not to pay attention to trends. I think it’s better to buy what you love, and what speaks to you. Timeless sounds trite, but If you buy what you love, it will always work together – my mom taught me that. A good decorator will cull items from your own collection to incorporate with new acquisitions. It’s rare to find a decorating book from ten years ago, that doesn’t look dated. Rose Tarlow’s book, The Private House  originally published in 2002 is the exception to that rule.  It’s an inspiration, with lots of great advice on how to make your house a home.
Beautiful antique chest with english leather books and miniature boxes.

Beautiful antique chest with english leather books and miniature boxes.

Q: What is the most unique object that you’ve ever brought into your shop? How did you acquire it?
A: I went to a sale about 2 years ago at Abraham Lincoln’s great great nephew’s house on the Piankatank. It was fascinating & I purchased a lot of unique items at that sale as well as some very beautiful traditional pieces. I’m only sorry I didn’t buy more!
Fantastic early 19th century lantern. LOVE the red glass!

Fantastic early 19th century lantern. LOVE the red glass!

Q: If I had an antique store, it would be empty! I’d bring all the treasures home with me! Does your personal home decor style influence what you put into your shop?
A: Somewhat, however now that I have a store – I’ve neglected my house.  It’s like having 2 homes less than a mile from each other. Also, whenever I find something great – I want to share it with my clients.
Liz looks for treasures for her shop everywhere, including the flea markets in Paris.

Liz looks for treasures for her shop everywhere, including the flea markets in Paris.

I fell in love with these heavy cast iron industrial wheels! No reproductions here!

I fell in love with these heavy cast iron industrial wheels! No reproductions here!

Q: What would be your advice for those who are just starting to purchase antiques?
A: I’m repeating myself, but my advice would be buy what you love. If you don’t know anything about antiques – visit some of our wonderful resources right here – from the VMFA which has a terrific permanent collection, to the Virginia Historical Society to Agecroft Hall, as well as many other museums and historic homes in Richmond!
Keep your treasures locked away in this awesome old Richmond safe.

Keep your treasures locked away in this awesome old Richmond safe.

Q: What other services does your shop provide?
A: We try to provide outstanding customer service. We offer free local delivery, designer discounts, and gift wrapping for smaller items or wedding presents, etc. We are so lucky to have such wonderful customers, it’s only natural to want to please them.
Another great chair and antique lithograph!

Another great chair and antique lithograph!

For more information about this wonderful shop, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bohlandandgraham
Bohland & Graham
2605 West Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 859-1577
Store hours: Mon. – Sat. 10am – 6pm
GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!! The winner of my first ever blog giveaway is Sam!! Congratulations Sam (I’ll be in touch via email shortly!) and thanks so much to everyone who entered the drawing!
Upcoming Events:
Winter in the Valley Antique Show
Feb. 9th, 2013
11am – 4pm
General Admission $5
Augusta Expoland
Fishersville, VA
Copyright 2013. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

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