"We have different talents and different lives but that's exactlywhat makes the business work" says Renee Hunt (seated right) with husband Terry and business partners Chris Bronson (seated left) and husband Storm Carr.
Just a week later, the two formalized their partnership, which includes their husbands, Terry Hunt and Storm Carr. Soon, Chris and Renee were making travel plans, and in June 1999 they came back with their first container of antiques. They now spend at least two months out of the year traveling in France and throughout Europe.
Renee's negotiating skills and fluency in French paired with Chris's design talent have enabled the partners to find treasures such as the 8-foot-tall, 18th-century hand-carved Louis XV walnut clock that was sold recently to a Little Rock collector. "A lot of people have pickers--they're French people who pick out pieces and then send photographs to American dealers," Renee explains. "It's a whole different thing when we are looking at it ourselves--Chris with her great eye and me finding out as much as I can about the piece. That makes a huge difference in the quality of what we bring back."