Josephine Ryan at The Decorative Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

I’m positively dreadful… I really shouldn’t do it, but yet… I always do. I can’t help myself. I pick favorites.

Josephine Ryan

While shopping at The Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair (one of my favorite fairs) last spring with one of my favorite clients (nicknamed P.) I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of my favorite décor book authors and favorite antique vendors.  Josephine Ryan is iconic in the French interiors world – penning a slew of books on topics including The French Home, Essentially French and (un-French) Essentially Irish.  Both my client, P, and I have spent ages pouring through her books and when meeting her recently at the fair we “fan-girled out” literally moving ourselves into her stall, monopolizing her time.

Josephine Ryan

Josephine Ryan

Josephine is as lovely as in person, as she is a writer, and as her inventory is online.  Simply Swoonworthy.

Her booth at the Decorative Antiques Fair is always amongst the prettiest and her inventory practically flies off the shelf, so when shopping with Josephine buy quickly or the person standing beside you so innocently might just take the lead!

Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

While a visit to Josephine’s website is pure armchair antiques travel, you can meet the famous authoress and vendeusse next week at the Autumn Edition of The Decorative Antiques Fair, otherwise known as Battersea!!

When?  1-6 October 2013
Where? Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Why? To shop til you drop, seeing the best in decorative trends in one stop.

Save the Date to Join us at the Spring Fair 29 April-4 May, 2014 or  Autumn Fair 30 September-5 October, 2014

And just like when shopping with Josephine, don’t delay – our multi-day tours during these periods sell out quickly!!  During this period we  not only shop the fair but we criss-cross England from the south coast through the Thames River Valley and all over London!

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By the way…while Josephine’s online store is sensational and her stall at Battersea is going to knock your socks off, you have to know that she also has a fabulous shop in London!  If you miss the fair dates above, you simply must pop into her shop and see her – and of course tell her The Antiques Diva & Co sent you!

Josephine Ryan Antiques
17 Langton Street
SW10 0JL

But wait…there’s more!  Not only can you visit Josephine’s shop in London, you can ALSO visit her house in Provence, France!  Ok, visit may not be the right word…  Did you know she allows visitors to RENT HER HOME in Provence?  You can live like Josephine for a week or more, staying in her charming home in France.  See her website for more details or follow her on Twitter!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

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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.