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Dealers say antiques are a sensible decorating option

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The McArdle dining room shows the type of country store antiques the couple buys and sells.

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Jim and Debbie McArdle have learned a lot about antiques in their decades of collecting.

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The McArdles have antiques throughout their home, including this large coffee grinder.

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Pierre Auguste Cot's The Storm inspired many copies like this one.

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Women celebrated the U.S. Centennial with embroidery on punched paper. This has the popular eagle and flag motif, but the value is lower than it could be because presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are stenciled on, not sewn.

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Here's how Debbie McArdle solved the riddle of what to hang above the fireplace in the family room. The oak bookcase that fits perfectly in a corner of the room is one of the couple's prized finds.

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Visitors even enjoy the laundry area of the McArdles' home.

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Jim McArdle collects pewter-trimmed graniteware.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Jim and Debbie McArdle have learned a lot about antiques in their decades of collecting.

photos by Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Pierre Auguste Cot's The Storm inspired many copies like this one.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Women celebrated the U.S. Centennial with embroidery on punched paper. In this example, the value is lower than it could be because presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are stenciled on, not sewn.

Jim McArdle collects pewter-trimmed graniteware.

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The quilt above the family room fireplace answers the show-stopping question: What do you put in that huge focal point under the vaulted ceiling? If you're Debbie McArdle, the answer is a red, white and blue quilt in a star pattern, hung on a custom frame. Yes, she and husband Jim are patriotic. And the nation's colors -- translated to muted red, oatmeal and cobalt blue -- work well with the country store antiques in their 1970s Dutch colonial style home.
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