Mixing it Up: Modern + Antiques for Diva Décor

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Last week while visiting my Belgian Diva Tour Guide Lucretia’s home I snapped this photo in her living room as I was walking out the door. This vignette in the corner struck me as not only perfect for spring but also perfect for showing readers how you can mix and match different periods and styles. The brightly colored modern art and funky yellow vase are such a playful contrast to the classically designed marble urn lamps with elegant taupe shades and the splendid collection of Empire porcelain.

In your own home I encourage you to play with your pieces. Put together the unexpected for eye catching displays for diva-style! Bursts of unexpected color will draw the eye, adding interest to your displays. Sometimes a dash of a bright color will add a playful, youthful punch, adding bursts of energy to an elegant display. If Domino magazine were still around, this is the type of styling I’d expect from their trendy editors! By accessorizing with unique, multi-head tulips (picked straight from the tulip field near the “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ open-by-appointment-only showroom in Wassenaar) Lucretia drew out the fun yellow and orange color combination in her modern collage painting again keeping perfectly in theme with the artist palette she’d prepared.

I also love the symmetry Lucretia has enforced. The matching plates, lamps and bulb vases lead your mind to expect more matched pairs. Even thought the four pots are not the same, their similar size, shape and colors fools the eye into believing that pairs continue!

Happy Decorating!

The Antiques Diva™

(In Antwerp right with Lucretia – my locally-based Belgian Diva Guide on an Antiques Diva™ Tour)

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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.

  • Tina,
    Doesn't that yellow just give an energy to the whole scene? Lucretia & I are photographed here in Antwerp and indeed it was a cold day, though if I recall it was significantly warmer than the day before when we were advance shopping for our tour!

    IF is always the key word with this… I agree!

    You're speaking my language… contemporary art is a favorite of mine.

    Castles and Crowns,
    You're welcome for a tour anytime! 🙂

    Thanks for your wonderful pop by the Diva blog – and for such great information!

    I'll take a look at that link and get back to you with my thoughts… intrigued!

    All the Best,
    The Antiques Diva

  • Hi Toma, love those lamps. I have a deck of antique German playing cards listed at my etsy store. Could you take a look and tell me how old you think they are, if you get a minute? It is peaceablehillfarm.etsy.com or you can get there from my blog, gatheratthefarm.blogspot.com.

  • Tina,

    It really wasn't — in my opinion 🙂 — all that cold, about four degrees Celsius (= ca.39 Fahrenheit. Anyway, I wasn't in Belgium at the time, myself.)

    In the background you see, behind the buildings with shops and restaurants, a part of the Antwerp Cathedral, built in the period 1352-1521. One tower remained unfinished; of the other one you can see here only the lower half. Here's a picture of the cathedral's west front taken at night:

    The ladies are standing in a large city square called the Groenplaats, and the statue at left is of Peter Paul Rubens, the painter and diplomat who lived and worked in Antwerp in the earlier seventeenth century.

    – Laval (Lucretia's husband)

  • Its perfect, and I love it. The pops of yellow bring such life.

    You two look as if you are freezing, can you tell me the temps that day? And the architecture in the background, oooh so amazing.