Steal of the day

Antiques Diva Tuscan Tour

Dear Diva Readers,

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I love nothing more than encouraging clients to think outside the box, er… safe in this instance, stretching the imagination to see how far they can take an object from its original use. A cocktail cabinet in general – even when not housed in such a fascinating piece – is in the words of tocked-bar-ide-119581″>Apartment Therapy “an entertaining investment, a place of intrigue or conversation and a place to get the party started.”

Today we are heading to the flea market in Arezzo to buy accessories and decorative pieces for the project and we will look for some great vintage glasses, a cocktail shaker and some decanters to add to the piece! When creating a cocktail bar you don’t have to have a plethora of choices – rather put the ingredients on hand for a few signature drinks. In the drawers of this piece we could pick up some linen cocktail napkins from the mill at Busatti and perhaps have them embroidered with the name of the client’s house or their initials.

Here’s a peek at some other interesting cocktail cabinets courtesy of tocked-bar-ide-119581″ target=”_blank”>Apartment Therapy!

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 Et voila, shake and serve!
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.

  • Ooh! Love the photo of the library card / wine cabinet. We see a ton of those here in flea markets. I already have a big liquor cabinet. Any other ideas what I could stuff inside??

  • I like what we have in our house: an old art deco dessert trolley, gold with black glass and two larged spoked wheels on one end. Bottles on bottom, decanters, shakers and a lamp on top. Looks great, especially in the evening with the lamp on.

    And by the way, Madame Diva – I know you make a point of not shopping personally when on tour with clients…but I certainly wouldn’t object if you came back from Italy with a souvenir – you know, something “safe”…ahem…!