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Decorating with Antique Textiles

Dear Diva Readers,

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When it comes to antique textiles, repurposing is also the name of the game. We find that clients often purchase antique textiles and have them made into one-of-a-kind pillows. Imagine perfectly worn velvets enhanced by intricate brocades being sewn into custom throw pillows. How decadent! These are the perfect additions to sofas, beds, and chairs that really add that element of personality to a room.

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Speaking of pillows, we’ve even seen people purchase vintage fur coats and create decorative—and plush— pillows from them. It’s a great way to repurpose something that may otherwise never be used again.

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Of course, special antique textiles are art in themselves. Our Diva Guides in Venice, Italy know this to be true. They have access to collections of museum quality textiles from Italy and Asia that can act as artworks in a well-curated home. Simply by taking a remnant of an ancient piece of embroidery and framing it in a modern frame, you can achieve a very sophisticated look that would be at home in a traditional or contemporary space.

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Lastly, whether you count them as textiles or not, antique rugs are always a great addition to a well-decorated room. They are not only soft with interesting patterns, but they were made to last. Think about it— a rug is something that gets a lot of wear every day!

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However you choose to decorate with antique textiles, one thing is for sure—you’re going to be adding warmth and personality to your home! If you would like more information about taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour or utilizing our Buying Services abroad, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Stay warm,

The Antiques Diva® 

Layering with Antique Rugs

Dear Diva Readers,

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Layering a small rug over a larger one can help define a seating area. It visually pulls things together, creating a sense of intimacy in a given space.  Another easy way to add texture with small rugs is by using animal hides. We recently had a client purchase a vintage reindeer hide on tour! And, remember: don’t be afraid to layer rugs over carpet either.

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While we’re talking about texture, be aware of the rugs you’re layering. You want to make sure they are of different weaves. For instance, if you have a jute or seagrass rug on your wood floors, layer a rug of a different material on top—like wool. You want to have a mix of flat and textured rugs.

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I think it’s best to have your main rug be pretty neutral and for it to have less pattern. Then you can layer colorful patterned rugs on top to add interest. By starting with a neutral base, you open up your options when it comes to layering on smaller rugs throughout the year. This allows the smaller rugs to be more like accessories.

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And lastly, consider adding antique rugs to every room in the house. Of course you’ll want them in the living room, but why not add a rug in the kitchen to spice things up? Also think about the bedroom—wouldn’t it be nice to step out of bed each morning onto a soft rug?

As the foundation of any room, rugs are not only a good idea but also a good investment!  So the real question is … where should you buy your antique rugs?? Of course, we’ve got a source for you! The The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair – held this 16-19th April 2015. Visitors to LARTA 2015 will have the opportunity to source items originating from Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China, as well as from Europe and Africa, and from all periods up to the early 20th century.

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Address : The Showroom, 63 Penfold St, London NW8 8PQ

The Showroom is an arts venue about half a mile north of Marble Arch, 100 yards from Edgware Road.

Dates & Opening Times 2015

Thursday 16th April – Opening Night, 6pm – 10pm (by invitation only).
Friday 17th April, 11am – 7pm
Saturday 18th April, 11am – 7pm
Sunday 19th April, 11am – 5pm

Entry is free at all times!

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva

Stay warm,

The Antiques Diva® 

Getting Cozy With Antiques

Dear Diva Readers,

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Think about what you do with your wardrobe when it’s cold outside—you add layers! Do the same thing in your home by layering antique rugs on top of natural rugs like sisal. Adding that extra element helps bring warmth – and cozy color – to any room. Who wouldn’t want to wake up and have their feet touch a thick wool rug as soon as they hit the floor? How luxurious! But also think about well-worn rugs. Sometimes threadbare rugs can add a dimension of timelessness to a space that transports you.

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And speaking of layers, now is the time to accessorize. Pile on antique & vintage table cloths on the dining table as well as the side tables to help soften things up and create a sense of envelopment. Mix up textures to achieve a luxurious feel. Think about textiles you want to touch— velvet, leather, silk, wool, chenille— by mixing all these textures, you’ll be creating a rich environment that feels cozy and comfortable. I’m swooning over this fur covered antler-chair available with on of our vendors in Antwerp and think it’s the perfect winter item for you home!  Incorporate antique textiles into your throw pillows – look for a seamstress (if you’re not one yourself) who can whip up your finds into liveable art for your home. Imagine having a one of a kind pillow on your sofa that’s made from a centuries old Venetian textile!  Or like the fabric used for the red pillow above I had in my home in Holland which originally was used in a church.  Not only will a piece like this set your space apart and make it feel cozy, it will also act as a conversation piece.

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Of course, adding greenery to your house will instantly make it feel more homey. But simply bringing a plant home won’t have as much of an effect if you don’t have the right container. There are so many antique containers that can act as planters. Why not use a vintage champagne bucket to plant your orchids in or like I did with tulips above in my own home? What about taking a trophy cup and planting a violet inside it? Think outside the box!

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Candlelight is another important element when it comes to making your house feel cozy in the winter. Be sure to purchase interesting antique candle holders like candelabra, hurricanes, and perhaps colored glass vessels.

However you choose to decorate your home this winter, nothing compares to the feeling of walking through the door and instantly feeling enveloped by the space you’ve created. Here’s to warm nights snuggled up at home with those you love!

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Cheers,

The Antiques Diva®

Layering Antiques into Your Rooms

Dear Diva Readers,

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Create a sense of warmth by layering antiques into your rooms. What do I mean by this? Add antique rugs—thick wool rugs that keep warmth under toe are ideal. Or why not layer a few rugs—think sheep skin or reindeer hides placed on top of oriental rugs or worn persian rugs. And don’t be afraid of a bit of wear… rugs that are threadbare in a few spots can be charming!  We’re talking perfectly imperfect is charming!

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Now is also the time to bring out the bric-a-brac that you’ve packed away during the summer when flowers from the garden are filling the coffee table . A bare coffee table can play host to a stack of books topped by a small sculpture and a beautiful bowl filled with potpourri. When you’re at the flea markets, look for items with lots of texture— i.e. small wooden boxes perfect for hiding clutter like remote controls, marble bookends, leather bound books, pretty dishes and small paintings to prop on easels.

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Think about creature comforts as well. Having a nice tea set is always a good idea whether you’re enjoying a hot cup of tea while curled up in your favorite reading chair or sharing tea time with a friend.

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No matter how you choose to warm your home up this fall season, layering antiques into your decor is a sure-fire way to create a cozy atmosphere that will have you and your loved ones spending quality time in the most important place—home sweet home.

The Antiques Diva®

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