Several years after Bernadette Truxal developed a love of European travel with her husband, she found kismet with a new Midwest neighbor. The pair became fast friends and teamed up to establish Wichita-based Maison & Co., rich with 18th– and 19th-century European antiques and art. Their modus operandi: capitalize on the power of the web and create a remote client base. (Mission accomplished.) Now flying solo, Truxal explains her particular love for French and Swedish Gustavian antiques, and how working and living with these pieces brings ease and authenticity into the home.
When did you discover your affinity for antiques?
I remember always having a fascination with antiques and architecture, and I’d spend hours poring over books and magazines, looking at beautiful old furnishings. My great-grandmother was a collector, and many of her pieces were in my childhood home. When I got married, my mother gave me a few of her pieces for my first home….