New Year’s Greetings

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 80px; line-height: 70px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>You might have noticed it’s been ages since my last blog post… 2012 rolled in with a storm in the sky and the year sped by at breakneck speed, a series of awesome events that had my feet barely touching the ground as I was swept away from London, New York, Paris, Provence, Florence, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond. My business has grown more than I could ever imagine. We’ve grown from a simple 1 person business when we started in 2008 to a team of 10 amazing divas without whom I couldn’t do my job. As we’ve grown The Antiques Diva & Co has also had some growing pains as the amount of work required has also exceeded the number of hours in the day and juggling the demand has been a challenge.

As incredibly wonderful as this year has been, it’s been all consuming and bone numbing tiring at times – in 2012 I slept more nights on the road than at home in my own bed. As a result when I was home I found all I wanted to do was nest. Surrounding myself in the familiar was my antidote for my hectic travel schedule – my home has been my safe haven – that place that restored and rejuvenated me.

On Thanksgiving night my husband woke at 1.30am smelling smoke. Our downstairs neighbor had left a candle burning before retiring to bed and it caught his flat and our building on fire. Though my husband, cat and I escaped into the night, our home was lost and we entered the holiday season homeless. Gracious friends opened their home to us and we lived with them from the night Nov 23 until today Jan 2nd when we finally move into temporary furnished housing.

Today, the second day of the new year, we start over – creating a new life, a new home and a new safe haven. Our goal is to find a new permanent place to live by April and these next few months while we live in temporary housing will be filled with house hunting and buying the basics so we are able to move into a new property and start a new chapter of our life.

As the new year is upon us it’s time for new beginnings. I’m not sure what this New Year will hold but as always, one day will lead to another. And for now, that knowledge that life goes on, is enough. Like the Phoenix, we will rise again.

Blessings to you and yours as we enter this new year,

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.

  • Dear Toma and BJ –
    I just read of your situation today, I am so shocked and so very sorry this happened. May I add my thankfulness to those expressed before me that no one was injured, or worse. I can’t imagine how dreadful, but if I know one thing, you are both brilliant and resourceful and your lives will again resemble normalcy as time progresses. Easy for me to say, but peace be with you both, along with our thoughts and prayers.

    • Tina, Thanks so much for your warm words! It’s a long road ahead, but we’re doing well… and finally starting in all this chaos to find a bit of normalicy!! Lets just chaos doesn’t become the NEW normal!!

  • I am so sorry to hear about your lose, but praise God you all awoke and escaped with you lives, cant replace those! but you will have fun finding new treasures and redecorating! colleen

  • Dearest Toma…what an absolute tragedy. Reading your words sent chills down my spine but I am thankful that you, your husband and your cat are all safe. Your home, your collections, your antiques…the pictures you have shared with all of us over the years have been stunning. The fact that you are starting over now…makes my heart ache for you. All of us that have watched you soar with your business and with your life have no doubt that you will once again soar to incredible new heights. We are all cheering you on, Dear Diva.
    Warm regards,