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One Minute Diva – Brederode’s Najaarsbrocante 2010

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top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Brederode Kunst & Antiek is back with their Najaarsbrocante the 10th, 11th, and 12th of December with a fabulous private sale in Amsterdam’s Jordaan! Brederode joins together with area antique dealers to make a special weekend of antiques, art and open doors. This year’s sale will feature lanterns, candelabras, mirrors, glasswork and a variety of French brocante items! But Brederode isn’t the only one opening the doors to her private residence for a pre-Christmas sale: visit Brederode to get a map to other vendors participating in this open door weekend in Amsterdam.

Don’t forget to mention The Antiques Diva® sent you!

When:
Dec 10, 11, and 12
from 11am-6pm

Where:
Lijnbaangracht 56D
1015 GS Amsterdam

Read past Antiques Diva blog posts on this special weekend to see some sights from former sales!

Happy Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®

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Laundry Days

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’d like to tell you that at Diva Headquarters a magical fairy comes along and does my dirty laundry, but alas even Divas have laundry to do. No matter how much I send out to the dry cleaners, mountains of it still pile up if I’m not careful. And then, as soon as I get caught up, my husband or I wear more clothes and the problem starts all over again. Short of joining a nudist colony, my only option on fighting the battle of the laundry is to at least make my time in the laundry room not feel like such a dismal chore. Realizing that I can’t cut the process any more than I already have, I decided that at least I would make the process more asthetically pleasing to my eye!

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Photo Courtesy of Padaste Manor website
Nearly 5 years ago my husband and I visited the Baltics, spending a sensational week at Padaste Manor on Muhu Island off the northern coast of Estonia. We had champagne for breakfast and again for dinner and what I remember of that vacation always puts me in a perky mood. One of the days after horseback riding in the woods nearby the resort (or was it after the spa? or our Nordic fishing expedition?), my husband and I ventured into the nearest town. Naturally the first antique shop we saw beckoned us inside and I fell in love with a set of red polka dot kitchen canisters written in Estonian on one side and Russian on the other. I had to have the set, coming home with 32 canisters in total. Unfortunately, once I got home I realized that most of the canisters didn’t have a perfect seal and thus weren’t airtight for using in my kitchen as intended. That said, they were ideal for storing my laundry detergent and accessories!

Almost every time I speak at a women’s club or decorative fine arts association on the topic of antique shopping in Europe, I’m asked, “What do you do with all the vintage pieces and antiques you purchase?” As I hate to dust, almost as much as I hate to do laundry, the answer is simple – I only buy items that I can use in a practical way!

All those items that come in cardboard boxes covered in marketing jargon are decanted into containers that make me smile – that take me on a mental voyage, adding beauty (or in the case of these canisters – kitsch charm) to my everyday life! I don’t just do it in my laundry room but in every room of my house! My mouthwash is stored in an Eiffel Tower shaped wine decanter and my cotton balls can be found in a 19th C apothecary jar! Cookies are stored in a Delft print tin while all my pastas are decanted into vintage Bell jars I got from my Grandma!

Decanting from marketing-jargon cardboard boxes to unique storage containers is just one way of making your home more personal.

Live Everyday with a Smile!

The Antiques Diva

P.S. Are you looking for ways to add practical personality to your home? Visit my online Brocante, “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™!!

Diva-scovery: Bric-a-Brac in Prague

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My darling husband surprised me with a trip to Prague so he & I could have a little R&R; and1-on-1 time after I’d been out of town for an extended period during my Antiques Diva tours. We went to Prague to take long walks holding hands, to drink copious quantities of Czech beer (his intent, not mine, as even living in Germany has not converted me to being a beer drinker) and to nibble our way through the winding streets of Prague.

Achieving our goal, we sat for long periods in dark, candlelit cafes discussing Kafka and pondering Bohemian thoughts and, though this trip for once was one planned without intentions of visiting an antique shop one, we stumbled out of a café one late afternoon and into a sensational antiques shop called Bric-a-Brac. And while I considered turning away, not wanting “work” to interfere with our romantic interlude, my husband pulled me inside. For you see, something you might not know about The Wine Guy is that he might as well have been nick-named The Antiques Guy for he shares my passion in European antiquing. This, along with many other traits, makes him a sensational traveling companion as he’s always ready to stop, drop and shop!
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While the alley leading to the shop was tempting, stepping inside the store was even more so…

Won’t you join me on a quick tour?

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Next time you’re in Prague and looking to do a little antique shopping, pop into Bric-a-Brac! You never know what you might find!!!

Diva-scovery:
Bric a Brac
Týnská 7, Prague 1
Phone: (+420) 222 326 484
Metro: Staromĕstská (line A) or Námĕstí Republiky (line B)

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right on Charles Bridge in a self-photography attempt with The Wine Guy!)

Diva-scovery: Passamaneria Valmar – Florence, Italy

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>One of the only trimmings stores in Florence with an on-site workshop, Passamaneria Valmar has been selling every conceivable tassel, trim, tieback, cord, and border for the last half century. And what’s not for sale in this tiny family run boutique on a smart street by the Palazzo Davanzati, will be made-to-order.

Passamaneria Valmar
Via Porta Rossa, 53/R
50123 Firenze Italia
Phone: +39 055 284493

Web: http://www.valmar-florence.com/
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photo courtesy of store website

Until Next Time, Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

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What is Diva-scovery?
A fabulous find or shopping discovery – be it an Antique Shop, Vintage or Home Decorating Store – that will entice diva’s on parade to stop, shop and drop some dough!

Do you have a Diva-scovery you’d like to share? Perhaps a favorite antique shop, an excellent brand or divalicious home decorating store. Whether you’re in Paris, Texas or Paris, France or anywhere else around the globe, I’d love to hear your Diva-scoveries!! Email me at to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com

Diva-scovery: G. Benevento – Venice, Italy

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Cannaregio, 3991
30121 Venezia, Italy

Phone: +39 (0)41.5220901

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The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Do you have a Diva-scovery you’d like to share? Perhaps a favorite antique shop, an excellent brand or divalicious home decorating store? Whether you’re in Paris, Texas or Paris, France (or anywhere else around the globe) I’d love to hear your Diva-scoveries!! Email me toma@antiquesdiva.com

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Another Amsterdam “Secret Sale” – Johan de Feijter’s Open Door Days

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In yesterday’s blog about Annette Brederode’s Private Sale on Dec 12 -14, 2008 I waxed poetically about “Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret”, but what I didn’t tell you was tory” target=”_blank”>“the rest of the story!”

This Secret Sale isn’t the only “Open Door Sale” in the Jordaan this weekend!

Just a few blocks from Annette Brederode’s abode in a quaint canal house is another “Open Door Day” at an antiques shop which is usually only “open by appointment”!

Last year while visiting Annette Brederode’s secret shop she crooned, “If you like my shop you should visit my friend Johan at # 58 Bloemgracht.”

Sadly I was in a mad dash that day and didn’t have a diva minute, so I made note of the address and promised to visit them on their next “Open Door Days.” Then, a week later, Lucretia, one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides, called to tell me that she had stumbled upon an Amsterdam antiques shop I HAD to know about – “It’s Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret” she cried! As she began describing the location I asked, “Could it be the same shop Annette Brederode recommended to me – Johan de Feijter at Bloemgracht 58?”

“Indeed!” Lucretia cried and then confessed that she hesitated to tell me as she was afraid that I might go and buy their entire inventory before she had a chance to return!

Amazingly my favorite antiques shop in Amsterdam had just recommended that I shop at the same shop that one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides called her “new favorite Amsterdam antique shop!” This was clearly destiny! Needless to say, I knew that Johan de Feijter’s shop at Bloemgracht 58 HAD TO BE GOOD!

On the next Open Door Days in June, I dashed to the Jordaan and was dazzled by Johan’s collection so much so that I knew this time I couldn’t lump Johan’s antique shop together in the same blog as Annette but that he deserved a blog of his own! I could go on for ages and pages telling about the incredible assortment of 18th and 19th century china, porcelain & pottery but clichéd though it may be, a picture is worth a thousand words… and these pictures taken recently at Bloemgracht 58 speak for themselves!

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Save the Date!
This year’s Open Door Days are 12- 14 Dec. and 19-21 Dec.
Hours: from 12 noon – 8pm

PS. When Johan sent me pictures for today’s blog, he clued me in on a little tip. His friend Eduard Tovar Estrada recently started a great new antiques shop that is particularly interesting! I think I might have to interview him next year as part of my Mantiques series! In the meantime, visit Eduard’s website – Antique Canes Amsterdamto see his beautiful collection of antique canes.

Enjoy these wonderful treats!

The Antiques Diva

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