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Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide, Mariska Meijers

Meet Mariska Meijers, Our New Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide

I’m delighted to introduce our new Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide, Mariska Meijers. Mariska is not just a Diva Guide but a Dutch icon in her own right. She’s a fellow #GirlBoss and when I’m having a bad day she’s the one I call to say “Shoot Me Now”. Then – of course –  she convinces me not to jump from that ledge! For those of you who are following me on my journey as I launch a new brand – the TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry line –  Mariska will also be our Amsterdam distributor for the collection. And will be participating in our TCH Collection pop-up shop in Paris this Jan 17 – March 18, 2018, at Galerie Vauclair. She’ll not only provide one of her signature custom-made kimonos for me to wear to the Vernissage January 19, but she’ll also have a special edition Diva Line of pillows for sale! What makes them Diva? Accessories of course? Anyone who knows me, knows I have a penchant for feathers, furs, glitter and more… and Mariska captures that personality in pillow form! 

Diva Line pillows by Mariska Meijers

Diva Line Pillows by Mariska Meijers, available at the TCH Collection Pop-Up Shop

Amsterdam Antiques Diva Guide, Mariska Meijers Mariska Meijers is a Dutch artist and designer, renowned for her signature vibrant colors and bold patterns. Based in Amsterdam, Mariska moved back home to Holland 15 years ago, after having lived and worked across Europe and Asia. She is an avid traveler and collector – and both inform her eye. She loves to share her hometown with visitors and introduce them to her local sources and contacts. She has grown her art and design studio into a global lifestyle brand sold through luxury department stores and small boutiques in over 30 countries. Her store/design studio in the historic city centre of Amsterdam is a hidden gem, located in the basement of a 17th century canal house on Keizersgracht 158 is filled with her own collections and art combined with original finds from all over the world, including art, antiques, vintage, lighting, jewelry and much more.

Mariska’s work has been featured in traditional and online media, including VOGUE.COM, The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Homes & Gardens, House & Garden, Marie Claire Maison, Domino, ELLE Decoration, ELLE DECOR, Living and others.

Mariska’s Amsterdam 

My 3 favourite vintage and antique stores in Amsterdam: 
  • Noordermarkt: an outdoor market only on Saturday and Monday.
  • Gezusters Stoop Lampshade Workshop: I have a strong love for vintage and antique lighting. This tiny store and shade atelier has a great selection and if they don’t have it, the owner Carin will source it for you. They can also build a lamp from any object you bring in and custom make a shade for it.
My favourite restaurant:
Toscanini: brilliant authentic Italian food – but you have to book weeks in advance.

 

My favourite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon in A’dam:

In summer, picnic on a boat touring the canals – but not on one of the large touristy ones. Rent a small one with a skipper. https://www.rentaboatamsterdam.com

In winter, Rijkmuseum as it is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Cut the lines by booking online. Alternatively, visit either Cromhout Huis (styled by the talented people of  Wunderkammer Webshop) or Willet-Holthuysen Museum, both beautifully preserved 17th centre canal houses.
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I personally invite you to book an Antiques Diva Amsterdam tour with Mariska and discover her Amsterdam for yourself!

Vaarwel,
Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva  

Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Dear Diva Readers,

I’ve got good news for you if you’ll be in Amsterdam today through 20th of December! European silver specialist Jacob J Roosjen is having a pop-up shop at the Galerie Prinsengracht, a gallery close to the Spiegelstraat and headquarters of antiques dealing in Amsterdam, which happens to be nearby the Rijksmuseum.

Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Jacob will be hosting this pop-up shop together with Paul Klunder, a renowned decorator from Belgium. The successful theme of “Dining and Shining” during the most recent PAN Amsterdam http://www.pan.nl inspired Jacob to continue his celebration of light into the holiday season. The motto for the pop-up of “Candles Stick Together” will carry on the idea of candlelight during winter and add to the festive mood in Amsterdam as well as help usher in the New Year ahead.

If you would like to join in the experience, be sure to stop in to Galerie Prinsengracht at Prinsengracht 795 in Amsterdam from 16-20 December from 14:00-19:00 and tell Paul Klunder or Jacob Roosjen that The Antiques Diva sent you!

Happy holidays,

The Antiques Diva®

Anouk Beerents

Dear Diva Readers,

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, who’s the fairest of them all?  Anouk Beerents Antiek Spiegels, that’s who!  For 25 years when international circles start discussing the finest antique mirrors, Anouk Beerents Prinsengracht shop inevitably is the first name that comes to mind

Perhaps the most magical shop in Amsterdam, Anouk Beerents Antiek Spiegels is a warehouse filled with over 300 mirrors from the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Specializing in gilt frames from France and Italy, Anouk painstakingly restores each piece in an artist process that requires the skills of Michelangelo to come up with the amazing results she yields.  Using traditional techniques, Anouk always preserves the original mirror, letting the age of the piece dance amongst the reflections

While Anouk’s shop is indeed a beauty, the vendor herself is equally lovely with long blond hair and an easy smile that welcomes visitors into her atelier. Often the door to the shop is locked but by ringing the buzzer you can be let into one of Amsterdam’s greatest secrets – Anouk Beerents Antiek Spiegels!

Anouk Beerents
Antique Mirrors
Prinsengracht 467
NL-1016 HP Amsterdam

Until next time,
The Antiques Diva®

Amsterdam Open Door Days

Dear Diva Readers,

This time of year is my favorite – brocanting is in full swing across Europe!!!  And Amsterdam is no exception – but in typical Dutch fashion they put their own twist on the antique season. Rather than spreading the antiques and vintage finds across the streets, several savvy antique dealers in the Jordaan have joined together to promote The Open Door Days!!

This weekend and next in Amsterdam several antique dealers are inviting you “chez them” – into their private residence to antique shop in their chic surroundings!!! Two of my favorite Dutch dealers are participating in the Open Door Days – Annette Brederode and Johan de Feijters. 

Where:
Chez Annette Brederode
Lijnbaangracht 56D
1015 GS Amsterdam
27th – 29th May 11am to 6pm

And also:
Chez Johan de Feijters
Bloemgracht 58
1015 TL Amsterdam
20 – 22 May, 2011
27 – 29 May 2011
from 12:00 to 8pm

While visiting Annette & Johan ask about where you can find other dealers participating in this weekend event! They’ll be happy to direct you to additional secret addresses open these few days only!


Read past Antiques Diva blog posts on this special weekend to see some sights from former sales and visit Johan’s online store!

Happy Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®

Diva-scovery: Gavelers Auction House

Dear Diva Readers,

There’s a new kid on the block… the auction block, that is. Enter Amsterdam-based Gavelers Auctioneers, the newest and hottest auction house to hit Europe.

Gavelers has introduced a new way of facilitating auctions – with their innovative platform, specialists play the leading roles, choreographing special sales in their area of expertise. With a roll call of heavy-hitters in the auction world, such as Silver Expert Jacob Roosjen and Modern & Contemporary Art, 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Expert Marcel Brouwer, their auction house is attracting a wealth of buyers and sellers. And while long-term auction-goers familiar with the auction process are loving this new house, Gavelers is also attracting newcomers to the buyer field with their online guide explaining “How to bid and buy at Gavelers”, making it simple for auction-virgins to learn the basics before bidding. Go behind the scenes with Gavelers with this video-clip of their inaugural auction.

Diva-scovery: Gavelers Auctioneers
www.gavelers.com

Going, going, gone!

The Antiques Diva®

In the Press! Victoria, Crave Amsterdam & The Examiner

Dear Diva Readers,

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!!!

The Antiques Diva™ Company is in the news!!! The fanfare started this summer when Victoria magazine featured me this July/August in their Calling Card section in their issue devoted to “Antiquing Tips from the Experts”! In an article titled “For the Love of Vintage” the article starts by saying, “Charmed by these old classics, these visionary women entrepreneurs have turned their passions for the past into successful businesses for today”!

Meanwhile, in September, I was thrilled to learn that the newest guide book by Crave featured me when it hit the shelves! Crave Amsterdam is the “Urban Girls Manifesto” and happens to be the most unique and stylish guidebook for Amsterdam living. It is a celebration of women entreprenesses that showcases some of the most creative, interesting, and gutsy proprietors throughout Amsterdam and is the ultimate diva source for where to shop in Amsterdam!

And last, but certainly not least, I was simply delighted that Monique Rubin, a journalist with The Examiner, had written an article on The Antiques Diva™ Tours titled “Shopping in The Netherlands: The Antiques Diva™ Tours”, detailing our adventures in Amsterdam and The Hague, hitting my favorite antique shops and flea markets whilst sipping champagne along the way. In fact, author Monique Rubin focused on that champagne tidbit, referencing Robin Leach using his closing comments “Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams” as her lead into the article. But don’t let me tell you all about it – you can read the article yourself here at The Examiner’s Netherlands Lifestyle and Travel Page!

Special Thanks for the mentions!

“Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams”,

The Antiques Diva™

June Open Door Dates – Dutch Dates

Dear Diva Readers,

Get ready, get set, mark your calendars – some of my favorite Dutch antique dealers are opening their doors for special fetes this June and you’re invited to shop your heart out diva-style all around Amsterdam!

June 4 – 6 June and 11-13 June from 12-8pm

Join Johan de Feijter for his special theme “Viva La France” at his shop Chambre des Amies! While I’ve written frequently about de Feijters sensational shop, I recently discovered that he’s also been in Travel+Leisure magazine and I simply have to share what T+L had to say about Chambre des Amies:

Owner Johan de Feijter founded Chambre d’Amis by accident. “I used to fill my house with things I’d find at flea and Belgium,” he says. “A few years ago there was an art fair in my neighborhood, and someone asked if she could show her paintings in my house. As they walked through, people kept asking to buy my things, and I thought, Maybe I should go into business.” These days, in his front room, kitchen, and courtyard garden, you’ll find all the flea-market treasures you’ve been too impatient to hunt for — vintage mercury-glass bowls ($190) and candlesticks ($125), creamy ceramic French, Belgian, and Dutch tableware from the 1800’s, turn-of-the-century photographs. Since the exquisitely edited store is a sideline for de Feijter (he’s a sexologist), he keeps eccentric hours — usually Thursday through Saturday, noon to six.

Chambre d’Amis
58 Bloemgracht
Amsterdam
By appt +31-20 623 6204.
June 4-6, 2010 from 11am – 6pm

Next up, is another all-time Amsterdam favorite – Brederode Kunst & Antiek – ran by the effervescent Annette Brederode in her own home! When you arrive at the address Lijnbaansgracht 56 D in Amsterdam’s Jordaan you might think I’ve lead you astray for you’ll find yourself standing in front of an apartment building rather than a typical antique shop. Never fear, ring the buzzer marked Brederode and mount the stairs to step into a typical French brocante! You must click around my blog to read more about this sensational shop and to see more pics of the type of inventory Brederode specializes in! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Brederode Kunst Antiek
Lijnbaansgracht 56D
Amsterdam
By appt + 31 20 6236 236

June 12-13, 19-20 from 11am-19:00

Speaking of things guaranteed to impress, I can’t gush enough about Robert Schreuder AntiquairRobert hosts a fascinating collection of antiques that are not only of special artistic or art-historical value but also very decorative, gracing modern as well as classical interiors. One of his specialties is Grand Tour souvenirs, with their echoes of the journeys of travelers from the 18th & 19th C. Meanwhile his collection of library accessories is down-right diva worthy dotted with a variety of writing boxes, inkwells and paperweights. Throw in tea caddies and tea boxes, sewing boxes, specially shaped thermometers and miniature portraits as well as an interesting period perfect collection of furniture and you might never want to leave chez lui! Join Robert’s Open Door Days June 12 & 13 and June 19 & 20 from 11am – 7pm or make an appointment to view his collection!

Robert Schreduer Antiquair
Ceintuurbaan 368
Amsterdam
By Appt + 31 6 2428 9550

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

The Better To See You With – Part Deux

Diva-scovery: Brilmuseum Amsterdam
Photo Courtesy of the Hollister Hovey blog

Lest you think I’m suggesting a bit of culture in Amsterdam sans shopping opportunity, shame on you! In the BrilMuseum (or National Museum of Spectacles) you can get culture and BUY the museum exhibits at the same time! Select from over 100 years worth of unworn eye attire in a reconstructed 1930’s optical shop with help from manager Mike Teunissen, a 4th generation specialist in glasses.

Whether your man’s looking for some authentic Buddy Holly frames or if you’ve thought you’d look quite the sexy librarian with some of the timeless century-old Schubert spectacles, this is the place for all your antique optical needs.

For those of you who don’t have a trip to Amsterdam planned but have been bitten by the antique or vintage spectacle bug, never fear: the BrilMuseum also sells online! Of course, buying in person is always more fun… as I’m always looking for an opportunity to chat about my travels, I must add that this is one of those perfect opportunities to share details about your trip. Inevitably people will comment on your new frames and when they do you can waylay them with the purse-sized scrapbook of your trip you made just to bore – I mean entertain – unsuspecting inquirers.

Diva-scovery: Brilmuseum Amsterdam
Gasthuismolensteeg # 7
1016 AM Amsterdam

Phone/Fax: 0031 (0)20-4212414

Web: www.brilmuseumamsterdam.nl

Email: brilmuseum.brillenwinkle@worldmail.nl

Hours: Wed – Fri 12pm to 5:30pm and Sat from 12pm – 5pm

Seeing is Believing,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Father’s Day is just around the corner. Why don’t you look at the Mantiques available at my online Brocante “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva and SEE what you can find?!

Think Outside the Decorating Box

Dear Diva Readers,

You might remember a couple months ago I did a blog post on The Urban Market’s November 8 antiques fair in Houston. On that post I included a picture of a darling wagon, calling it “the Find of the Day” and claiming it would make a sensational, eclectic coffee table for those who are interested in using fun finds in unique and interesting ways as home décor!

Just a few days after posting that picture I stumbled upon a picture in the July/August 2009 Elle Décor magazine featuring a similar wagon just as I described this one’s potential! Needless to say, I had to share it with you to help you visualize how one might turn a wagon into a coffee table!

The text on the feature photo reads:

“The living area of the barn turned guest cottage of Dan MacDonald and Gregg Kaminsky’s Long Island New York retreat, Cow Pond Farm, which was decorated by Kathleen Clements, has vintage photographs and subway sign displayed above a Chesterfield sofa from Mecox Gardens. The pillows are made from old grain sacks and an antique bellman’s car serves as a cocktail table. The rug is by Lauren, Ralph Lauren Home.”

Recently, while at Antiek d’ Eglantier Amsterdam, I stumbled upon these charming potato sacks and think they would go perfect with the décor in the room above!

Meanwhile I might just use them for a “Do-It-Yourself-Diva” project to make footstools similar to this pair of footstools recovered with La Post bags which I found on my Fall French Flea Market Extravaganza!

Until next time, think outside the decorating box!

The Antiques Diva ™

The Grand Tour & PAN AMSTERDAM

Dear Diva Readers,

A heavy card stock envelope came in the mail this week – return address Holland! It was an invitation from Robert Schreuder Antiques to attend PAN – Amsterdam, Holland’s most important national art and antiques fair and a must for every art lover! A few months ago I posted a blog describing my personal style, saying that The Antiques Diva Style is all about antiques juxtaposed with modern art. Well, PAN Amsterdam subscribes to this same mental school of decorating. At the fair you’ll find contemporary , modern art & designs going hand-in-hand with objects that have a long history—a beach scene by Cézanne, a 16th-century Madonna, a spectacular glass chandelier or a 17th C Grand Tour souvenir!

Robert Schreuder, perhaps the most charming antiques dealer in Amsterdam, included some pictures of items he’ll be presenting at PAN with his invite and he had me at Goedemiddag. The inventory in his eponymously-named, by-appointment-only shop on Amsterdam’s Ceintuurbaan is in a word, “To-Die-For”. Okay, make that 3 words, but you catch my drift… The concept behind his collection goes straight to my heart – Robert sells Grand Tour Souvenirs.

The concept behind The Antiques Diva Tours is that we travel, we shop, and we buy souvenirs to remember those travels. An antique souvenir is so much better than a cheesy T-shirt and so on Antiques Diva Tours we buy European antiquities and memories, returning home to put them on our mantle for all our friends to see! But in the 17th – 19th C during the Grand Tour, young men and ladies were doing the same thing as we on Diva Tours do today! They were traversing Europe, visiting Italy and France, learning the most important developments in language, arts, court etiquette, legal and political systems, science, culture and refined European taste. They visited France and Italy, Austria and the Low Countries and while they were out “getting cultured”, they SHOPPED, Antiques Diva Style!

“They bought souvenirs and these souvenirs became known as Grand Tour Souvenirs” – purchases made with an express purpose Robert explains, “of illustrating their knowledge and symbolizing their refined tastes. On their return home, these travelers exhibited the souvenirs as objects for study and discussion”

Don’t we do the same thing today when we antique shop abroad? A tour through my Berlin apartment is to tour through my travels. I sit in a bergere bought in Paris, sit my drink on a side table picked up in Budapest, Holland contributes the lighting, while the object d’art is pure Italian! Germany, Czech and Austria come into play in other rooms, as does Spain and Portugal, Tunisia and Greece… Each room I display souvenirs of where I’ve been which is a direct correlation with who I’ve become – the more I see and do, the more I train my eye, the more I change as a person. I’m slowly amassing my own personal grand tour collection….. and perhaps that’s why I’m so enchanted with Robert Schreuder Antiques – their Grand Tour collection isn’t just about my own personal memories, it goes beyond them, creating layers to the story, weaving through the annals of time.

On my antique shopping tours, I always ask clients why they buy antiques. The responses are often the same: they buy them because they think antiques are better made than modern pieces, because they like their lines or their patina, because they want to have home décor different than their friends, for eclectic style and because they transport us to another place and another time. The common denominator among all my clients is that they buy antiques because they are buying stories, pieces with a past and a personality. In Robert Schreuder’s Grand Tour collection, the past comes to life, bringing “black and white” to true “Technicolor”, vividly layering my present passion for antique “souvenir” shopping while living abroad like a delectable gateau “millefeuille” over centuries past, mingling my life with other-like-minded shoppers from the past.

When buying Grand Tour Souvenirs, for Antiques Diva clients the world comes FULL CIRCLE with the past and present uniting at Robert Schreuder’s Antiques!

I encourage you, if you’re visiting PAN Amsterdam, to stop by Robert’s booth and get him talking about his passion – THE GRAND TOUR. You’ll see his eyes sparkle and he’ll smile an infectious grin as he transports you to another place and another time, taking you along with him on a Grand Tour! And I dare you to walk away, out of his booth, without buying a memory from another place and another time…. Should you succeed in doing so, you’re a stronger person than I when it comes to giving into temptation!


What:
PAN AMSTERDAM


When:

Nov 22-29, 2009

Where:
Amsterdam RAI-Parkhal

What Time:
Daily from 11 am-7 pm

Thursday 26 and Sunday 29 November
11 am-6 pm
Visit Robert Schreuder Antiques at PAN AMSTERDAM BOOTH 55.

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™
(Seen right with Robert Schreuder last year at AFSH)

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