Design Commotion and The Antiques Diva Do The Paris Flea Market – VIDEO

to 10px; width: 332px; cursor: hand; height: 400px; text-align: center;” src=”” alt=”” border=”0″ />top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Last month I had the opportunity to “do Paris” on the arm of Saxon Henry, the vivacious force behind Design Commotion, an online design magazine exploring everything hot in the world of design and architecture. Saxon was in Paris with her good friend, the effervescent Patty Otis Abel, writing and researching an article for Delta Airlines in-flight magazine. Stay Tuned for the article in June 2010.

I whisked Saxon & Patty away from the daily grind of 5-star lunches, tours of fancy French museums and private meetings with Paris’ hottest designers and boutique/gallery owners to take them on an all-day outing to the Paris Flea Markets, hitting both Porte de Vanves and the Puce at the Porte de Clignancourt as well as an elusive one-day “vide grenier” (attic sale) before doing cocktails with famed bartender Colin Field at the Ritz Hemingway Bar then dining out at L’Absinthe, catching up with the Queen of Paris, Kim P, and Diva Friend & Helper, Sylvia!

All in all, it was a dashing day… but why tell you about it, when you can WATCH a snippet of our adventure on YOUTUBE!?!

Saxon is a media-marketing warrior with an entourage of gadgets in her bag – and she caught me on film with her FLIP Video camera. On the following video you’ll see me explaining to Saxon Henry how I like to use my antiques and vintage finds in practical ways! In other words, I never display antiques like a grandmother does! Watch & learn while I share a technique for using a vintage glass French flower frog!

A Diva-fession:

to 10px; width: 150px; cursor: hand; height: 150px; text-align: center;” src=”×150.jpg” alt=”vintage French flower frog from The Paris Flea Market” width=”150″ height=”150″ border=”0″ />If you love this idea then it’s time for me to fess up! My good friend La Reine, author of the She’s Shopping Now blog, originally came up with this idea years ago when she learned that both our husbands were fountain pen collectors! She gave my husband my first flower frog and I’ve been an addict ever since. For more Diva-Tested, Diva-Approved ideas make sure to tors!%20She%20gave%20my%20husband%20my%20first%20flower%20frog%20and%20I’ve%20been%20an%20addict%20ever%20since.%20For%20more%20Diva-Tested,%20Diva-Approved%20ideas%20make%20sure%20to%20%3Ca%20href=” target=”_blank”>visit La Reine’s blog – She’s Shopping Now!

Au Revoir et Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right between Saxon Henry & Patty Otis Abel)



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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Mary –
    You and I have a similiar eye – I love anything Louis and beyond!

    An Eye For Detail –
    You bet, I'll be posting the article as soon as it's available online!

    Tina Steele Lindsey –
    You've got to be my favorite reader – every comment you leave gives me a warm smile! Thanks for everything!

    Lady Lotus –
    It's time for a trip to Paris… and believe it or not, you might soon be able to buy flower frogs and more from me! I'll just leave this as a teaser….

    Saxon Henry –
    You – in one word – ROCK! Can not wait until our next adventure…

    The Antiques Diva(TM)

  • Hi Everyone: Saxon Henry here! The article will be online when it's out in June. I'll definitely let Toma know so she can post a link. Thanks so much for all your kind comments. I had a blast with that vivacious gal at the flea markets! I'm even working on getting us an encore gig this summer. Stay tuned!

  • Hi Toma–Loved seeing you in the "movie"! Looks like life is super busy.
    The flower frog is cool; but the bronze Louis XVI style candlesticks are more for me. Have a great week–Mary

  • Thanks Kathleen and Victorian Cobweb – I had a ball in Paris with Design Commotion. And by the way, ask and you shall receive… I just filmed a small video clip in Berlin to post on my blog soon!

    Stay Tuned!
    The Antiques Diva

  • I will second the Video more often idea!

    I'm going to have to book a Delta Flight! Hopefully they will have it somewhere on cyberspace!

    Love the signature Hermes'scarf!

  • Delta Airlines magazine! How exciting!! And good tip on the flower frog – you should use video more often!