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t T heir mother did more in this sense than just provide artwork: both she and their father invested in them a love for art overall, which is overtly evidenced in both apartments. Above Victoria’s bed is a Hiroshi Sugimoto time-lapse movie theater piece, which was a twenty-first birthday present, and her Daniel Bachelor collage, also in her bedroom, a gift for her college graduation. Her favorite artists include Frank Stella, Tom Wesselmann, Alex Katz, and David Hockney, and even though their original pieces prove to be slightly outside of her budget range, she looks to emulate their sense of color block and geometry in her aesthetic. Even with Antonia’s impulsive design nature and Victoria’s planned, meticulous approach, the two definitely align on the thrill of one certain task: the aptitude for successful antiquing. They both are big on reupholstering, tweaking, and updating their finds, and though the found pieces reflect an entirely different end aesthetic, the art of the search is a passion they dually share. Their mother instilled in them the love of a chic bargain, taking them to flea markets and antique shops up and down the Dixie Highway in Florida and teaching them how to shop in such environments. “She literally had us repeating the mantra ‘NEVER PAY RETAIL!’ over and over as we walked through these flea markets; the three most valuable words a girl can know!” says Victoria, who distinctly remembers her eight-year-old self spotting a china rabbit figurine marked for a dollar, and telling the flea market vendor she wouldn’t pay a penny over 50 cents. Both apartments are filled with great finds; inexpensive pieces beautifully restored, adding their own unique elements to each home. Equally addicted to eBay, Victoria’s obsession for the online auction site began in college when she purchased a curved-back Eames-era chair. It arrived in orange vinyl, but she recovered it in cream leather, and still has it to this day. Her prized finds include her Italian 1930s tumblers with a family crest, which rest on her bar, and the Parzinger-style side tables in her bedroom. She even scored an authentic Marilyn Monroe photograph by Bert Stern, which she calls “the first real piece of art [she’s] ever bought.” 201 Lonny february • march 2010 february • march 2010 Lonny 202