Introducing the Inaugural Antiques Young Gun of the Year Margaret Schwartz
Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. named Margaret Schwartz, owner of The Summer House, the inaugural Antiques Young Gun of the Year. The award celebrates the hard work, dedication and excellence displayed through a young gun’s work in the antiques industry. Each candidate that applied for the title was evaluated by an expert judging panel on the categories, including career development, vision for the antiques industry, social media activity, and key contributions.
Schwartz was chosen collectively by the judges because she possessed not only a passion for the trade, but also a desire to help introduce and nurture future generations, which embodies Antiques Young Guns program’s mission.
“The role of ambassador requires someone who is an excellent representative of the antiques trade. That person should be professional, personable, and passionate. I believe that I possess those qualities and that my love of antiques is contagious!,” she said.
After college, Schwartz began her career working at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which played a key role in inspiring and developing her excitement for the home décor business. After four years, she left the company and acquired The Summer House, an antiques and home design store located in New Canaan, Connecticut. Having her own brick-and-mortar shop, Schwartz is able to apply her signature styles and passion for home design to hand pick her favorite finds, including furniture, fine art, lighting, rugs, and of course – antiques.
“I have always had a love for beautiful interiors, which is why I started working for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. During my time there, I was able to learn a lot about design, and it sparked my interest in pursuing a career in interiors full time.” She continues, “When I left to open my own shop, I knew I wanted to have a collection of antiques, but wasn’t sure I had the background for it. I put aside my hesitation and I couldn’t be happier with that decision. Being able to work with antiques these past few years has been a dream come true. I plan on spending the rest of my career preserving pieces of our history.”
Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. currently has more than 22 members and ten industry partners since the program’s launch in March 2015. In the last ten months, Antiques Young Guns has published their own website and merchandise gallery for members, set up multiple social media platforms, organized their first networking event, and provided multiple opportunities for its members’ onsite at U.S. Antique Shows’ nationally recognized events.
For more information on Margaret, her merchandise and her upcoming projects, visit www.thesummerhousect.com
Visit www.AntiquesYoungGunsUSA.com for more details on the Antiques Young Guns program and how you can become a member.