Antiques Diva Office

I Give You My Antiques Diva Office!

My life has been a whirlwind these last few months at The Antiques Diva & Co. While traveling on an around the world ticket from Europe to Asia to the USA and finally back home to Berlin I’ve literally circled the globe building new relationships and strengthening connections as we launched brand new Antiques Diva Asia Tours, started development at the factory of the first product in our Antiques Care and Restoration product line, and premiered at High Point Market as the Brand Ambassador for Pandora de Balthazar among other things! I was on the road 3 months and traveled to 3 continents and in 9 countries.

From speaking engagements to private dinner parties to taking clients on antiques buying tours to dealing with day-to-day details running our own in-house shipping company – my life is made up of many aspects. I’m a business woman but my business either operates on the road in whatever hotel I’m staying in, whichever country I happen to be in, or it operates out of my home office.

I am a firm believer that one’s home – or home office – should reflect themselves, and after contemplating the experiences I have throughout the world, I looked at my home office in Berlin, and was not surprised to see the international mix of pieces from different time periods and styles. I thought it would be fun to share a bit of this eclectic mix here on the blog, so without further ado, I give you my Antiques Diva Office!

Antiques Diva Office
photo credit Susanne Ollmann

My French Louis XV desk with doré bronze mounts is a piece I purchased from the Paris Flea Market. I love the Diva-esque female figures that grace each corner. This is a POWER Desk – What makes this piece even more special is that it is signed and has the original makers mark. The 18th century Rococo desk chair is also a French piece, fit for a Commander in Chic! To hide files and clutter, I use an 18th-century Bavarian cupboard with a beautiful painted Romanesque scene on the front.

When it comes time to catch up on industry reading, I relax on the Rococo Style Napoleon III chaise lounge which I purchased in Bath, England. I had this piece recovered in a gorgeous fabric which I sourced through Linda Merrill. For artwork, I have a pair of 1960’s gold ceiling tiles which were salvaged from the ballroom of the Russian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. Accessories in my Diva Office change frequently, depending on where I’ve been and what little treasures I’ve picked up! As soon as my shipment from my recent buying tour in Asia comes in you’ll see some Asian Chic adding to the ambiance.

My Diva Office is a reminder that what makes a room—and a life— interesting is the mix. Old and new, refined and rustic, extravagant and simple, mastering the art of the mix adds depth and character—two qualities I hope I have both as a person as well as in my own home.

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

The Decorative Trend Forecast

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Ever wonder which antiques and vintage items are going to be the next big thing in interior décor?  I’m not talking about fads, but trends.  What’s the difference?  House Beautiful Editor in Chief Newell Turner explains in the January 2011 issue, “Fads come and go, Trends live longer.”  The lads and ladies who curate London’s famed Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair recently shared on their website what they see as insider’s tips on the current trends in interior décor.  After reading their list I was impressed by how “spot on” their tips were – one look around my own home and office shows how I had already implemented these trends, Antiques Diva® style!

Objects on a Grand Scale

Huge armoires, glass-fronted cabinets, giant mirrors and over-sized lighting have been especially popular this year.  In my own home I’ve implemented this look with my giant bulbous living room chandelier!  The non-traditional shape and oversized appeal adds wow factor to the room!

Black accents

Be on the lookout for black lamps, small furniture such as ebonized or japanned chairs, desks and occasional tables, and glassware. In The Antiques Diva® office, I have a small chinoised French Napoleon III side table punctuated with black-shaded lamp.

Upholstered furniture is more popular than ever

The Decorative Fair team claims upholstered furniture was flying off the stands at their last fair!  Advice I often give clients is that they can actually save money – and “be green” – by buying antique or vintage instead of new.  The Decorative Fair explains, “Antique furniture offers better quality value-for-money than new!”  Often I see items in furniture stores that cost 3X the price for a new reproduction that it does for an antique or vintage ORIGINAL piece.

Hotel Chic incorporating boudoir glitz and gold

 20th C furniture is especially popular in unusual finishes such as parchment, vellum and lacquer, antique Venetian mirrors, and lots of antique gilding – furniture, frames or lamps.  You can’t go into a room in my home without coming across one of these items!  My bathroom alone incorporates both a gilt stand and a vintage Venetian mirror!

Industrial lighting vs feminine crystal

Top sellers at The Decorative Fair include quirky wall lights, original Anglepoise lamps, modernist glass chandeliers, extravagant antique crystal chandeliers and all kinds of floor-lamps.

 In The Antiques Diva® & Co office we juxtapose Baroque chairs with a white table and an über stylish modernist glass chandelier.


Floral and colorful textiles and useful English & Decorative wood furniture           

Floral and colorful textiles used as a ‘statement’ in a room: just one piece of upholstered furniture will get the look, or cushions and bed/sofa throws using antique textiles.  In The Antiques Diva® office, we set the Diva tone by using flush turquoise velvet with an array of pink silk throw pillows.

Decorative wood furniture that complements wallpaper schemes: chests of drawers, side tables, consoles.  The Decorative Fair reminds us, that now is a great time to buy – “Some prices are half what they were in the 1990s.”  The English tea table I paired with my turquoise canapé is a functional piece I use daily – plus the dark wood tones down the gilding on the upholstered piece.

Natural history objects as decorative features

Large shells, fossils, antique coral, antlers, and large pieces of polished or natural quartz and semi-precious stones are being snapped up by decorators.  In my entrance hall, I use a combination of these elements to create a modern day Curiosity Cabinet type of display using a tortoise shell, a collection of shells gathered on beaches around the world and some old apothecary jars. 

Whichever way you choose to implement these decorative trends into your home, do it with Diva- Style!  Get ideas and shop for your home décor in our online brocante!

Happy Decorating,

The Antiques Diva®