These were all taken on a single night. (The night I bought Lumniquest's softbox for flash). I now absolutely love this softbox when shooting closeup objects. It helps to diffuse the light quite a bit. I'll try and do a sample shot of with softbox and shooting with flash direct.
I also used a 50mm f1.4 lens for all the shots. The black and white pics were converted using PS. I use the 10D.
As for my house being filled with antiques..ya la. Thats quite true. My house is quote a mix of antique and modern stuff but its mainly antique with strong colors as you can see.