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When we invited Toma as a featured speaker at the 2014 Design Bloggers Conference, we only knew half her story. We were aware of her penchant for antiques, travel, and social media, but had little idea about her powerfully energetic style that automatically captivates audiences. Her command and knowledge of design and antiques combined with an acute knack for human connection makes you just want to be around her all the time.
/ Founder of Design
Toma was invited to speak at the 2017 LAPADA Conference at the House of Lords to share with our members her unique insight into the dynamics of the client/dealer relationship. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she presented a carefully tailored talk designed to motivate and inspire. I would highly recommend Toma as an expert in the wonderful world of international antiques.
/ CEO of LAPADA
Working with The Antiques Diva® & Co has been changing for my career – They’ve taught me how to use antiques, how to source them, how to find them and who to talk to. How to connect with experts in the industry. Through that I’ve been able to grow my company and bring a better product to my clients. I’m able to do my job better because of The Antiques Diva.
/ Interior Designer NYC
Mr. Call Designs
Toma Clark Haines is truly a force, and the exuberance she applies to her passion for antiques shopping is also evident in the relationships she’s cultivated with everyone from market dealers to the dedicated members of her multi-country team, not to mention the design community at large. Shopping (and navigating) the designer-frequented Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris Flea Market with Toma and her French guides was both enlightening and fruitful, making the not-for-the-weary process of negotiating, purchasing and shipping newfound treasures a total breeze.
/ Editor in Chief of
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine
We have returned home today, and wanted to thank you for our wonderful antique tour in Venice with Chiara and Orseola. Our teenage boys said it was their favorite tour of all! Thanks again for making our Venice trip a once in a lifetime experience.
/ Wheelock Design Associates
Whether you are an experienced traveler or designer with years of shopping trade shows under your belt, having the “Diva Team” help guide your experience is simply “good for business!” Time saved, hidden sources found, and all the headaches of shipping and handling made easy.. Why wait? Book a tour today!
/ Mehditash Design
I just returned stateside (cue the tears!) but I cannot thank you for such an amazing trip. You are a very busy lady and your time is precious so I was spoiled to get a tour with THE Antiques Diva. Not only did I learn so much about antiques, not to mention get an idea of how I will stock my home one day (overwhelmingly so) and get inspired to write this piece but I am very happy that I made a friend! I had such a great time, memories to last a lifetime!! I will be hauled up editing and writing and am very excited to share this big photo collection with you in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
/ ROSE & IVY
Wine and Design 2016: I just wanted to say “thank you!” to you, Jeremy, Toma and team for putting together a truly magical and unforgettable trip. There were so many amazing experiences throughout the week it is hard to say what I loved most (the wine is definitely high on the list)…I would go again in a minute.. A huge highlight of the trip was meeting the remarkable people who made up “our group”. I hope to see you all again next year if not before.
/ Founder & Publisher of www.bestselfatlanta.com
“An unpredictable surprise! The Antiques Diva & Co is a top notch guide company – their unpretentious and knowledgeable leadership make buying abroad successful, fun, and most importantly, EASY! On my list of things that I could not live without while shopping in Italy, AD & Co ranks at the top of my must have list.
/ Manager, Treillage
Originally from Scotland, I’ve worked as an antiques dealer there and in New York for 20 years. I never thought I would need the help of an antiques tour guide sourcing for the trade. I’ve been around the world and around the block resourcing fine, unusual objects for collectors, decorators and museums. Then, when I decided to expand my business with new sources, I signed up with The Antiques Diva on one of her Berlin tours. It was a wise decision which still stands me in good stead today with continued relationships and contacts generated on that trip. In addition, there is the lovely and lasting memory of the successful buying trip with The Antiques Diva! It is rare to find someone who consistently shows insight and excellence in a business setting and even more unusual when these same qualities are combined with fun and originality. Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, is that person. I whole-heartedly recommend any-one thinking of taking one of her antiques buying tours with she or her guides to jump at the opportunity
My entire experience in Belgium with The Antiques Diva & Co was so unforgettable that I don’t even know where to begin…. This was more than just a shopping trip but truly an adventure into the Belgium antiques world. I own a small antiques shop in Summit NJ. When Toma Clark Haines – owner of AD&CO – said she would be taking me to dealer’s homes and warehouses I have to admit I was afraid the dealers would not want to be bothered with a small operation such as mine. I could not have been more wrong. The Antiques Diva & Co is so respected that any client of theirs is given preferential treatment. I was welcomed everywhere AD&CO took me and all of the dealers treated me with kindness. Toma has made connections in the antique world that one could only imagine to hope having – we even visited a private castle and had wine and great conversation with the owner/dealer and his son after buying antiques from the castle. Not only does Toma know Belgium’s antique world she knows the countryside as well and personally drove me all over Belgium. Even more – Toma did her homework too. She had me – and my interior design style – pegged from the few photos I sent her, showing my aesthetic. Everywhere she took me I basically had to gasp for air because I could have bought everything in each and every store.
Thank you Antiques Diva for an experience I will never forget! I can’t wait to do it again.
/ The Muddy Boot, Antiques & Objects
As a young designer, my practice is based on composing pedigreed interiors. Living in New York City, I have access to quality antiques, but every other New York designer has seen the inventory. Instinctually, I knew shopping abroad would provide the differentiation from other designers I was looking for. I consulted books and could not find an insider’s perspective as to how to shop for antiques in Europe and manage the logistics.
The Antiques Diva & Co changed my practice in 2011 after a chance introduction on Twitter. With The Antiques Diva & Co, I now source antiques exclusively in Europe. The Divas pre-shop ahead of my trip, making sure time is best utilized. If I can’t make a trip, the Divas are able to source and provide buying services for acquisition. My clients benefit from her insight and team by having unique antiques in their homes. My benefit is having a colleague who guides me through the logistics and continually introduces me to exciting and new antiques that inspire my work.
/ Interior Designer in NYC
Don’t miss The Dynamic Antiques Diva, you’ll have an amazing time!
/ Bruce Tilley Decor NYC
Toma Clark Haines IS the Art of Fine Living.
Toma the Antique Diva. Nobody does it better. Makes me feel sad for the rest.
One of a kind. A gift to the art of discovery. Boundless energy, knowledge and integrity. Contagious kindness. Give her a whirl. Adventure awaits.
/ Hospitality | Residential Outside Sales Representative
Working with Toma Clark Haines – aka The Antiques Diva – has been an absolute joy! Her energy and enthusiasm are unparalleled, and her expertise of the Antiques industry is truly awe-inspiring. We were so lucky to have Toma lend her expertise for the launch of our new ANTIQUES collection at AmericasMart as a spokesperson during Atlanta market. Her daily tours and presence on the educational panel were a huge success, and we hope she will be able to work with us again in the future for all of our major Markets. She went above and beyond what was asked of her and surpassed all of our expectations. Toma has a way of making everyone she comes into contact with feel special and appreciated, which is SO important to the overall Market experience, and that’s one of the reasons why her company has been so successful growing from a one-person firm to become Europe’s largest antiques touring company. She makes antiques accessible whether leading a promotional group tour stateside or taking clients on her one on one customized antique buying tours.
/ Senior Manager of Gift, Home & Rug Marketing AmericasMart Atlanta
Working with The Antiques Diva & Co was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences in my design career. Founder and CEO Toma Clark Haines and her guides are unbelievably knowledgeable and the value of being in such a charismatic entourage of antique enthusiast was invaluable to me sourcing antiques abroad for my clients. I had the pleasure of working with Antiques Diva Italian Guide Susan and I could not have asked for a better guide. It was comforting to know I was working with someone who knew the lay of the land, and Susan was an expert antiques, the market itself, the international purchasing process, and shipping. More than just a resource, Susan was enjoyable company. Above and beyond is an understatement in the level of service, experience, and expertise offered by the Antiques Diva & Co. The items I was able to source for myself and my clients have so much more meaning and story with the hands-on experience coordinated by The Antiques Diva & Co in obtaining them. In addition to this being the ultimate and unparalleled way to source antiques, I left the trip feeling refreshed and inspired and most importantly that I had made new friends and gained trusted colleagues that I will utilize for the rest of my career.
/ Interior Designer NYC
Along with being an author and a journalist, I manage online platforms for global companies in design-related arenas so when it came time for me to select a set of tastemakers for one client’s new web site, the first person I reached out to was Toma Clark Haines because of her savvy outlook, global following and high-quality objectives for herself and her brand, The Antiques Diva & Co. I’m over the moon that she agreed to participate, and this made me realize the most fabulous thing about Toma is that though she is way too young to have cut a legendary swath in her field, she embodies the essence of success so well it is a thing of beauty to watch. You might say I have a touch of #DivaEnvy!
I wanted to send a note of thanks to all of you. On my drive home on Friday evening, I felt beyond lucky to have had the opportunity to connect with you. Life is certainly good when you get to spend two full days immersed in beautiful design, intriguing history, gorgeous scenery, abundant laughter and thoughtful conversation. Tamara & Toma, it must’ve been quite the undertaking to plan this tour, but I can say that your hard work, hospitality and extensive knowledge was very much appreciated and I owe you a great deal of thanks!
/ Public Relations & Events Manager, The Robert Allen Duralee Group
Ms. Toma is an actual Diva… we orbit together in the home furnishings industry. It’s kind of an ‘I’m with the band’ situation for me… she is global, she is fabulous, and one of the fiercest, inspiring women I know. She is well known in the world of home, specifically for antiques… so basically the most fabulous part of our industry. I recently sat on a panel with her where we discussed being “global women of design.
/ Aviva Stanoff Design
Shop as the dealers do and let self styled Antiques Diva Toma Clark Haines be your guide. Toma, who hails from Oklahoma, has built a highly successful business on her unique blend of insider knowledge and formidable energy. If you can keep up with her she’ll introduce you to dealers you otherwise wouldn’t get to meet, take you to antiques warehouses you’d never find on your own, and help secure bargains, that without her, might have slipped through your fingers. She’ll save you time and money. She’s a terrifically energizing person to shop with too.
/ Period Homes & Antiques,
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co, and her team of locally based Diva Guides are the ONLYpeople I recommend to anyone antique shopping in Europe. They know everyone, know where to find the best antiques for the best pricing and, most importantly, they KNOW antiques. They can recognize a fabulous find in a crowded room and then tell you what it was used for, the period in which is was made and where you can use it in your home today. Shopping with The Antiques Diva & Co will be the best time you will have ever had learning about design and history. Sophisticated, witty and so easy to be with, The Antiques Diva & Co is altogether a delight! I high recommend putting ‘shopping with The Antiques Diva & Co’ on the top of your bucket list!
/ The Daily Basics
I am an antique dealer and auctioneer that has spent decades driving the roads of New England and eastern Canada, knocking on doors, attending shows and auctions, and making estate calls in order to find inventory to support my business. The time needed to establish and maintain good contacts is significant. Imagine my surprise when I found out about The Antiques Diva & Co. Knowing that antique buying trips to Europe can be pre-arranged with guides that understand my taste and style, that can take me to the best suppliers, translate, and suggest good shipping solutions is an invaluable service. The Antiques Diva & Co offers a concierge level of service, whether the client is buying for their own needs or inventory to support their business.
John D H Bottero
/ V.P. of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
This is the best time in my adult life or at least since the year 2000 for an American using dollars to buy an apartment in Paris or a house in France due to the significantly reduced euro to dollar exchange. Plus you’ve got historically low mortgage rates and low housing prices. If you can’t swing buying a place, you should absolutely buy all of your antiques and collectibles this year and early next in France or anywhere in Europe – they are all on sale – reduced by 25% due to the euros slide. We are all going to be kicking ourselves if we don’t take advantage of this moment in time, which will not last. If you know what’s good for you, make it easy and work with the pro’s at The Antiques Diva & Co.
/ Author & Founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris & Paris Cocktails
There are just no words to describe how awesome The Antiques Diva & Co is! You made the entire process of buying antiques abroad easy from day 1 with: your info-packed email answering our questions before our tour about buying abroad, to taking us on a choreographed tour, to the final process liaising us with our international shipper. Our entire antiques buying tour has been seamless and perfect and I really can not thank you enough. You are a gem! I can’t wait to do this again and wouldn’t consider buying antiques abroad without you by my side.
/ Interior Design & Parish Sales Representative
The presentation given by Toma Clark Haines (aka The Antiques Diva) was a model of professionalism and preparation targeted appropriately for the audience. As a moderator for the event attendees told me time and time again how much they got out of what she had to say.
/ Editor in Chief,
New England Home
Wine and Design 2016: There is only one thing that I would change about my Antiques Diva Wine & Design Trip… .and that would have been the date on my plane ticket…to a week (or a month) later. I wasn’t ready for it to end! Thank you to Adam, Toma & Jeremy who created the most memorable experience with so much heart & thoughtfulness in every delicious detail. It wasn’t just a trip, but a life-changing journey that I was honored to be a part of along with 30 truly amazing people.
Vicki Gladdle Bolick
/ Ace of Space
Toma Clark Haines is a fabulous and incredibly engaging speaker extremely generous in sharing knowledge. The audience walked away from her Antiques Diva® Style Guide and accompanying Champagne Tour with invaluable information and a renewed passion for world of antiques. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fun, informative and engaging speaker. From the planning stages through her speaking engagement during the Spring Lecture Series at the Antiques and Design Center of High Point she was a joy to work with. We’ll be having her return to speak in the future!
/ Antiques & Design Center of High Point, NC
As this was our team’s first trip to Mercantein Fiera in Parma, Italy, we were naturally apprehensive due to our limited knowledge of the Italian culture and language. The first night we arrived The Antique Diva & Co (Toma Clark Haines and Susan Pennington) put our minds to ease. Their knowledge of the fair, the culture and general operations of the event were invaluable. They prepared us for what to expect and helped us navigate the labyrinth of aisles when we arrived at the show. Their guidance completely changed this experience for us….from one of intimidation to delight!
/ Marketing Director U.S. Antiques Show
Wine and Design 2016: As a long time lover of wine, I think I have come away from this Antiques Diva Wine & Design trip with very different eyes. Being a farm boy from Oklahoma I have certainly always had the farm to table experience and understood it’s virtues but something very significant altered in me being in the valleys of the Valpolicella and sipping the wine from it’s soil. I have been transformed. And the only thing that makes transformation more powerful is to experience it with others. I am honored to have shared such a magical experience with so many wonderful people. Until we can raise our glasses again….
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brida
/ Andrew Joseph PR
Wine and Design 2016: This trip was a dream come true for us in every way enhanced by the beautiful friendships we found in each of our guides – the generosity of Adam, the heart of Jeremy, and the joie de vivre of Toma.
Ruthann & Eric Ross
/ Interior Designer
Toma is a great connector of people and an amazing advocate for Antiques. If you haven’t been on one of her bespoke tours you’re really missing out. She opens the doors no one else has the keys for!
/ BBC Antiques Roadhouse
My Antiques Diva Hamptons Antiques and Design Inspiration Tour was truly a special couple days. Design. History. Inspiration. Rosé. Antiques. Old friends. New friends. Family. Food. and a lot of laughs!
/ Ron Marvin Design
It was a pleasure having Toma Clark Haines speak and guide market attendees on a vintage tour during the Total Home & Gift Market at Dallas Market Center. Her enthusiasm, spirit, warmth and knowledge are truly an inspiration not only to Market goers, but to everyone she meets. Toma is a leader to look to for guidance, an entrepreneur to aspire to be and a woman that shows us that with hard work, your passion can be your profession.
/ V.P. Marketing, Home & Design, Dallas Market Center
The Currey & Co design team spent a full day with Toma & Danielle at Le Puce de Paris. Having been to the market more than 20 times on our own, they took us to the back side of the flea market where we’d never been before – and it was all NEW to us. We found lots of inspirations and a few concrete ideas on new furniture designs. The best part of the day (other than a superb lunch) was a tour of vintage clothing & fabric shops. We could have spent all day there! Toma and Danielle seemed to know just about every vendor at the flea market and were full of historical information on how Le Puce came to be. All in all, it was a thoroughly entertaining day—oh, and did I mention champagne! Bubbly always makes an excursion more fun.
/ Currey & Company
Knowledge is power – The Antique’s Diva & Co has developed a powerful network of knowledgeable guides and antiques’ experts over the years creating valuable buying tours and services for designers, antiques dealers and enthusiasts. Identifying the best sources takes time and a lot of ‘hands on’ experience. Over the years of knowing founder Toma Clark Haines – I watched her and her team build trusted relationships with clients and vendors, identifying the best antique sources in Europe and sharing them with her clients. The company’s success and growth speaks for itself.
/ Founder, Modenus -
The Design Source
Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. It was a two-week mega tour and you, Gail, and your team delivered more than I ever know existed. The amount of planning and coordination that this trip took was monumental, and I cannot thank you all enough.
Your dedication to the antiques trade and to helping other women in business is unparalleled. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with you and get to know you better. Gail and you have inspired me and supported me in so many ways. I could never possibly repay either of you for everything, but please know how deeply I appreciate your help.
I said it while on the trip but want to say it again, nobody can do what you do! The people you have access to, the quality of the products, and the relationships you build make your business entirely unique. You are definitely a relationship builder! I look forward to many more trips with you.
/ Antiques Dealer & Founder of The Modern Antiquarian