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Bath Decorative Antiques Fair March 2017

March 2 – 5: 28th Annual Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

28th Annual Bath Decorative Antiques Fair45 dealers will be at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair offering a wide diversity of antiques, including painted furniture, garden antiques, mirrors, lighting, textiles, English and European pottery, collectible Country House objects; as well as super-chic metropolitan pieces. The Fair is held in the historic Pavilion, located a few minutes walk from the center of Bath. While attending the Fair, be sure to visit Bath and enjoy the many local restaurants and bars.

 

Bath Decorative Arts Fair dealers

Sconces from Elizabeth Lee Interiors                                              La Place Antiques bombe and urns

Gail McLeod, England Antiques Diva Guide and co-organiser of Antique Fair & News, says:

Antiques Diva buying agent Gail McLeod

The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair is one of the most popular and unique antique fairs in the UK, is a must-show for dozens of dealers, and attracts new antiques dealers every year. Visitors love to attend the fair in charming and historic Bath, and never fail to be impressed by the diversity and quality of offerings at the fair. The show tours with antiques expert Judith Miller and Antiques Young Gun Edd Thomas are absolute must-dos!

 

 

Bath Antiques Fair dealers

Life England vendage table                                                            Branching Out Antiques garden cloches

Special Events at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair:

  • March 2: Trade Only Day
  • March 3: Antiques industry celebrity tour with ‘The Queen of Antiques’ Judith Miller
  • March 5: Collaboration with vintage and antiques market BathVA, with a ‘Style Up Top Picks’ tour of the Bath Decorative Fair and BathVA with Edd Thomas of ‘Edd in the Clouds’

About The 28th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair:

  • For a complete list of dealers and show information: www.bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk
  • Date: 2-5 March 2017. TRADE ONLY 2 March
  • Venue: The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU
  • Opening Times:
    TRADE PREVIEW Thursday 2 March: 12noon – 5pm. Admission with Trade Invite or Trade Business Card. Otherwise £10.00.
    PUBLIC: Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March 10am – 5pm
  • Admission: £5.00
    Complimentary tickets: http://www.bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk/freeTicket.php
Bath Antiques Fair antique dealers

Simon Wharton Antiques reclaimed fireplaces                           Scandinavian by Design red chair + stool

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Alfies 40th Anniversary Party in London

Everyone knows that I love a good party, and will use any excuse to celebrate! Champagne anyone? One of my favorite English antique institution, Alfies, is celebrating their 40th anniversary! To commemorate this occasion, they’re running several activities this month in conjunction with the London Design Festival.

Alfies Antiques London

Even though I can’t be in London this month, as I’m traveling in Asia setting up our new Antiques Diva Asia Tours #WatchThisSpace, our English Diva Agent Gail McLeod is on the ground and in command leading a special VIP GROUP tour for one of our favourite clients, Modenus. Founder of Modenus, Veronika Miller is a dear friend and she brings a group of clients – including bloggers, designers and dealers – over each year during London Design Week as part of Design Hounds.

Alfies Antiques London

Alfies Antiques London

The Antiques Diva segment of their London tour will be on 21 & 22 September and our plan first is to whisk them off to Martin Johnson’s fabulous new warehouse he has opened in Lewis with the lovable Fontaine boys for an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse in the best of the decorative antiques trade in England. And then the next day Gail – aka the Commander in Chic – will take them to Alfies and the Antiques Young Guns pop-up and the Church Street dealers. Sadly the Design Hounds have to dash before the Alfies party begins… but if you watch the #DesignHounds on Instagram you can get a glimpse into this VIP DIVA TOUR!

Alfies Antiques London

Besides the 40th Anniversary Party at Alfies, there are several other events taking place this week in London, and we’ve got the run down of must-Diva-do’s!

September Events to Celebrate Alfies London 40th Anniversary

If you find yourself in London be sure to check out the pop-up shops featuring several Antiques Young Guns dealers, many of whom are AD&CO friends and vendors! Even if you’re not able to be in London, check out their websites below.

AYG members standing at the pop-up shop are:

Alfies Antiques London

And last but not least – Rumor has it Design Hounds will be joining me in Asia to kick off the new year… if you’re interested in joining that VIP GROUP TOUR make sure to contact either me or Veronika @ Modenus.

Cheers,

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

AYG of the Year 2015

Dear Diva Readers,

As the world becomes a smaller and smaller place, the importance of international business becomes greater and greater. This month as we are Going Global I’ve been on 3 continents! At The Antiques Diva & Co, one of our favorite things to do is introduce international clients, be they tourists, antique dealers, or interior designer, to our European sources. Often times, these become long lasting relationships, both personally and professionally. And speaking of international business and the future, Antiques Young Guns USA launched earlier this year after forming a strategic alliance with Antiques Young Guns UK. What a great way for young professionals in the antiques trade on both sids of the pond to connect!

AYG of the Year 2015 Brand

Antiques Young Guns USA promotes growth, education and exposure to those in the trade, 39 years old or younger, to a national audience of antiques enthusiasts. The program offers many member benefits, including online exposure through the Antiques Young Guns marketplace, several buying and selling events throughout the year, recognition in numerous trade and national publications, and much more.

I’m pleased to share that the 2015 Antiques Young Gun USA of the Year is Margaret Schwartz, owner of The Summer House. She is the first AYG USA winner of this award, and also happens to be a client of The Antiques Diva & Co! The award recognized Schwartz for her stellar contributions working as a young professional in the antiques industry.

AYG of the Year 2015 Schwartz, Margaret

Schwartz began her career working at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which played a key role in inspiring and developing her passion for the home décor business. After four years, she left to open her own shop, The Summer House. Schwartz applies her signature styles and passion for home design to hand pick today’s best finds: upholstered furniture, fashionable jewelry, eye-catching lighting, exquisite rugs, fine art, and more.

Schwartz received a prize package valued at $10,000. The prizes, with significant contributions from the Antiques Young Guns’ industry partners, vary from complimentary booth space at U.S. Antique Shows events to free educational opportunities to advance trade knowledge.

Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. currently has more than 20 members and ten industry partners since the program’s launch this past March. In the last nine months, Antiques Young Guns has published their own website and merchandise gallery for members, set up multiple social media platforms, organized their first networking event, and provided multiple opportunities for its members’ onsite at U.S. Antique Shows’ nationally recognized events. To say the least, they have been busy creating and maintaining platforms for the next generation of antique professionals. And that’s music to my ears! To see young antiques dealers like Margaret Schwartz recognized for their vision, innovative ideas, and hard work means that the antiques industry has a promising future.

As we go into the new year, let’s all celebrate the fact that antiques are not only still relevant, they are a key factor in the decorative industry! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Long live antiques!”

Cheers and congratulations Margaret!

The Antiques Diva®

Gail’s Garden Tips

Dear Diva Readers,

I’ve said it time and time again— a big part of my company’s success is due to finding the right people to work with – serendipitously those people have always appeared into my life.  Each of my Antique Guides not only love antiques but also have their own unique niche in the world. Some are into fashion, others manage properties and renovations while others run their own global stores. Our Diva Agent in the UK, Gail McCleod, wears many hats including being one of the founders of Antiques Young Guns and founder of Antiques News & Fairs. But if you were to visit her charming house in the village of Colerne, one peek behind the gate would reveal that she is an avid gardener who is passionate about her quintessential English garden on the hill of this dreamy village in Wiltshire.

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

After staying with Gail on a recent Antiques Diva buying tour in the UK and seeing her garden in all its summer glory, I’ve asked her to share a bit about gardening and using garden antiques in particular on the blog.

The Antiques Diva:
What got you started in gardening? Have you always loved it?

Antiques Diva English Agent – Gail:
It has always been in my DNA – I cannot remember a time when I was not aware of what was going on in the garden.  I have bought 4 houses in my life and each time have asked to see the garden before the house!  In the summer I can usually be found at 6 am in my dressing gown tying in sweet peas, watering tomatoes, and cutting flowers for the house in the cutting garden.

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

The Antiques Diva:
If someone’s not a seasoned gardener but wants to create a beautiful garden, what’s the first step? How do you get started?

 

Antiques Diva English Agent – Gail:
It really helps to follow a good garden blog or magazine for a full year. I read every day when I got my first proper garden.  In England the seasons dictate everything – people often say England has 4 seasons in one day with the unpredictable weather but in truth we have clearly defined seasons and the gardens reflect those seasons.  Good advice to any would-be gardener coming to a new garden – watch carefully for a full year if possible!  See which way the wind blows, where the sun falls or does not fall, see what comes up in the Spring – there may be 100s of bulbs under the ground to delight you so wait to see what happens!

A brown field site is a whole different story!  Aspect, soil, exposure to wind and sun are all vital but inspiration is all around us with wonderful garden shows, online blogs and luscious magazine articles.  Time is important, do not invest in a hugely complex scheme if you have a busy career (note to self here!). Be prepared to spend some time on the planning and make sure you attend to the details of soil preparation and planting schemes – and some fun embellishments to anchor the scheme and say something about you!  Above all, enjoy!

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

The Antiques Diva:
How do garden antiques help enhance and anchor a garden? How do you use them?

 

Antiques Diva English Agent – Gail:
Texture and colour is key in a garden and to have stone and terracotta to offset the luxuriant colours of the plants is a real must.  Antiques in the garden can also give form and structure which is particularly useful in a rampant cottage garden like mine – adding a touch of formality.  Planters, jardinières, troughs and urns of all styles – antique, industrial, vintage, all lend character to both traditional and contemporary schemes and fulfil the essential role of planting opportunities.  Not everyone is lucky enough to have a large outdoor space, many people lead crazy busy lives in cities and have a balcony or veranda – wonderful planting vessels offer a chance to be creative in a small space.

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

The Antiques Diva:
How have you achieved “garden rooms” in your own garden?

Antiques Diva English Agent – Gail:
Fifteen years ago when I first saw my current garden it was a 1/3 acre of tussocks of grass on a hillside site with no features and a few scruffy and determined plants.  However, it had a spectacular view of the valley below and I immediately knew what I would do with it.  I was influenced by Sissinghurst, the great Vita Sackville West garden which is divided into rooms by permanent planting with the famous “white garden” which I wanted to replicate to make the most of the outstanding moonlight in my open hillside site.  I was lucky to have a source for rustic timber poles and a talented local craftsman who went off to the woods to source the cross timbers for my rustic trellising which is a feature of the garden and was used to form the “rooms”.  A very large proportion of my income then went on plants and irresistible pieces I just had to have—  cast iron benches, stone pots by the dozen, wrought iron fretwork tables and pretty chairs to dot around in spots to sit and enjoy the view – the list goes on!  Working in the antiques trade is a constant battle with temptation.  The Antiques Diva & Co Ltd has so many wonderful vendors on our books who inspire us on a daily basis with their fabulous finds, it can be very hard to resist sometimes!

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Garden Tips, Antiques Young Guns, Antiques News & Fairs, Gail McCleod, Wiltshire, Antiques Diva, English Gardens,

The Antiques Diva:
What are clients most looking for when it comes to garden antiques?

Antiques Diva English Agent – Gail:
Currently there is one word on everyone’s lips: architectural reclamation!  75% of our tours in the past 12 months have been architectural salvage tours, private and professional clients looking for architectural fragments for the house and garden – decorative iron work to convert to table tops or wall art inside and out, gates, fencing, doors, shutters, arbours, arches, planters, trellising, summerhouses, chimney pots, all sourced from fabulous old European houses, industrial buildings, schools, churches and glorious gardens.

Thanks so much Gail for taking some time to share a bit about your passion for gardening with us! One thing is for sure—you’ve inspired us! For more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

 

Cheers,

 

The Antiques Diva®  

AYG Award Party in London

Dear Diva Readers,

Everyone knows that The Antiques Diva® loves a good party. But couple that with an entire party devoted to the world of antiques – filled with the movers and shakers of the antiques world – and I am in my element! I, along with my UK Antiques Diva Agent Gail McLeod and our behind the scenes Creative Guy Andrew Skipper, were recently in London to attend an evening to celebrate the Antiques Heavy Artillery Mentors of Antiques Young Guns at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair. The party, which was held in the Club Room, was sponsored not only by The Antiques Diva® & Co but also more importantly by BADA, LAPADA, and, of course, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

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Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Attending the party was a myriad of antiques trade professionals and journalists. We spent the evening mixing and mingling, champagne in hand of course! When it was time for the awards ceremony, I was so pleased to present the award for Most Innovative Mentor to my friend and renowned antiques dealer, Spencer Swaffer. He gave space in his own store for a pop-up shop to his mentoree Paul Jones during the busiest week of the year.  The overall winner of the Heavy Artillery Mentor Program went to Robert Young who could not attend the party, so it was accepted by the Young Gun whom he mentored which happens to be our very own Swedish Divo Guide, Daniel Larsson.

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Following the reception, everyone gathered at a fabulous new restaurant at Vauxhall called Counter. As well as being a well-known expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, Mark is also one of the co-founders of Antiques Young Guns along with Gail McLeod and George Johnson. Drinks, dinner, and lots of conversation ensued until the wee hours of the morning. A Diva’s work is never done!

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Huge congratulations to Gail Mcleod who worked tirelessly to put this evening together, all while taking VIP clients on tour during the same week as this monumental event in the antiques industry. They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person… well, Gail certainly knows how to get things done! Looking forward to seeing Antiques Young Guns grow in the coming year and can’t wait for the next party!

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The Antiques Diva®   

Antique Young Guns in Love

Dear Diva Readers,

Love is in the air in Britain… just in time for Valentines!  My favorite group of young antique dealers are setting shopper’s hearts atwitter with their #AYGINLOVEPOP UP SHOP in LILLIE ROAD, LONDON 11-14 FEBRUARY 2015 to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Curated by AYG co-founder George Johnson and AYG of the Year finalist Lily Trunfull, these darlings will present a gorgeously choreographed collection of seriously sexy stock in which to fall in love!  Find a rare c1865 bentwood Thonet rocking chair or an early C19th Scandinavian settee, a vintage lead cherub sculpture for the garden or a late Victorian burr walnut boxed decanter set for the dining room.  And have no fear… should LONDON not be on your travel list this Valentines….  The Antique Young Guns website will also run a virtual Pop Up #AYGINLOVE gallery for one month from 11 February 2015.

AYGINLOVE, Antiques Young Guns, Pop Up Stores, London Antiques, Lillie Road, George Johnson

Lillie Road #AYGINLOVE POP UP SHOP
315 Lillie Road, London, SW6 7LL
11-14 February 2015

The shop will be open:
Wednesday 11 February – 12pm – 6pm
Thursday 12 February – 10am – 6pm
Friday 13 February – 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 14 February -10am – 7.30 pm

Late night opening and drinks party:
Friday 13 February from 7pm till late

Happy Valentines!
The Antiques Diva®

Paul Jones Pop-up Shop at Spencer Swaffer

Dear Diva Readers,

Recently on an Antiques Diva Tour, renowned antiques dealer Spencer Swaffer played host to a group of Designers on an an Antiques Diva / Nobelinks Design Tour in the UK.

Spencer Swaffer, The Antiques Diva, English Antiques

The role of host is a well-known role for Spencer and his wife Freya.  Spencer continues his hospitality hosting this month a pop-up shop as part of a mentoring program offered through Antiques Young Guns.

As part of the Antiques Young Guns awards earlier this year a young Welsh dealer named Paul Alexander Jones won a coveted spot to open a small pop-up shop within Swaffer’s store for the next ten days (cleverly in conjunction with Battersea Decorative Fair which is less than a two hour drive from Swaffer’s store).

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Much of the stock offered by Jones does not appear online so venturing to the pop-up gives would-be clients a glimpse into an exclusive inventory of antiques. Hailing from a very rural North Wales town, Jones offers ‘country’ style pieces– think richly glazed potter, beautifully figured timbers and charming, naive folk art. Paul confided he’s bringing some warm Welsh tapestry blankets to sell—perfect timing if you ask me, as Autumn is upon us!

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Antiques Young Guns, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones, English Antiques, Country style decorating, Battersea Decorative Fair, Nobelinks, Steve Nobel,

As I’m constantly combing over Europe for the best antiques dealers, whether that be quality of pieces or best prices, I’m always thrilled when new talent developed in the antiques field. Having opened his shop in July 2012, Paul Jones is sure to learn a lot about the antiques trade while being mentored by sage Spencer Swaffer. I’m excited to hear more from Paul and see how networking with other established dealers enhances his business!

If you’ll be in the Arundel area over the next week, stop by and say hello to Paul and Spencer. Tell them The Antiques Diva sent you!

Happy shopping,

The Antiques Diva®

Edd in the Clouds

Dear Diva Readers,

In July I wrote about attending the Antiques Young Guns Awards Ceremony in London.  That night I had the pleasure of meeting Edd Thomas, the mastermind  who choreographs the antiques collection at Edd In The Clouds where he focuses on antique and vintage furniture that suit the modern home.  He looks for pieces that have a real story to tell where possible. Most of Edd’s pieces date to the decorative art period of the 1850s-1950s including important designers and retailers.

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Edd Thomas of ‘Edd in the Clouds’, winner of a Lorfords showcase prize during the Antiques Young Guns Awards with AYG co-founders Mark Hill and George Johnson

Edd explains, “There is nothing better than finding an unloved item from the dusty corner of one persons home and putting it pride of place in someone elses.”

Dealing is far more than just work for Edd and he is a proud member of the Antiques Young Guns movement, a passionate group of young people working in the Antiques industry.  Part of the awards ceremony in July was pairing Antiques Young Guns with trade legends for a mentorship program.  Edd Thomas was paired with Marc Allum of The Antiques Roadshow.

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After the party we went for dinner with a group of Antique Young Gun friends and Edd was telling me about a recent purchase he’d acquired for his store –  a 10 seat Gothic style Victorian mahogany dining table which is one of the original tables from the opening of the Natural History Museum in London.  I love pieces with provenance.  When I buy antiques I’m looking for a story – for romance – for adventure!  I was hooked and immediately began asking questions.

Antiques Young Guns, Edd in the Clouds, Edd Thomas, Decorative Antiques, Marc Allum, The Antiques Roadshow, Gothic style Victorian mahogany dining table

Edd explains, “The Gothic style dining table seats 10 comfortably.  Constructed in solid Cuban mahogany it has aged beautifully.  With its 6 legs and very solid top, the piece dates to 1880-1881 and would have been used to display larger animals in either the main hall or one of the side wings of the museum.”  Indeed early photos of the museum show a very similar example with a giant stuffed crocodile on top!

Antiques Young Guns, Edd in the Clouds, Edd Thomas, Decorative Antiques, Marc Allum, The Antiques Roadshow, Gothic style Victorian mahogany dining table

The Natural History Museum, designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse, remains one of the jewels of London. As with most civil projects the original costs of the building spiraled out of control. However, as Edd explains, “despite this the Treasury were still willing in Dec 1877 to sign off a substantial furnishing cost of £177,000 understanding the importance of the tables and show cases to the visitor experience. While Waterhouse designed some of the cases and benches himself, the majority of the furnishings were designed by Sir John Taylor  who was senior surveyor at the office of works and a joint designer of the British Museum. The detailing on the legs of this table is a common one found on other items throughout the museum even today and the table was most likely a designed by Taylor. It was most certainly constructed by the firm of W.Cubitt and Co.”

With changing needs this example was finally sold off by the Museum in 2005 to the previous owner and a quick tour around the museum today shows only one or two similar tables (but far smaller) still exist, making this almost unique. It comes with a letter of sale from the museum as well as relevant research Edd has collected from their archives.

Offered in good condition with great original patination to the top, this table is an opportunity to buy a piece of British history with a  story to tell!  Measuring  235cm long x 140cm wide x 77cm high – it’s priced £3700.

Contact Antiques Young Gun Edd Thomas of  Edd in the Clouds for more details.

Until Next Time,
The Antiques Diva®

Antiques Young Guns

Dear Diva Readers,

This Independence Day I spent the day in London celebrating the 4th of July at an English antiques celebration!  While my American readers were watching fireworks I was hanging out with a whole bunch of fire crackers!  The Antiques Young Guns!

The Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill, George Johnson, Alys Dobbie, Andrew Skipper, Lorfords Antiques, Robert Young, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, James Gooch, Doe and Hope, Timothy Medhurst, Daniel Larsson,

The Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill, George Johnson, Alys Dobbie, Andrew Skipper, Lorfords Antiques, Robert Young, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, James Gooch, Doe and Hope, Timothy Medhurst, Daniel Larsson,

On Friday July 4th, The Rooftop Restaurant at Alfies Antiques Market in London was the place to be! The much anticipated awards ceremony for the Antiques Young Guns took place and I was delighted to be in attendance.  The Antiques Diva & Co has strong representation in this esteemed group of young people involved in the antiques trade. Two of our Diva Guides, Alys Dobbie of NanaDobbie and Daniel Larsson of D Larsson Interior, are members along with our Creative Consultant Andrew Skipper.  And, most importantly, our English Antiques Diva Agent who leads our tours in the UK, Gail McLeod, is one of the founding members of Antiques Young Guns along with Mark Hill and George Johnson!

 

The Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill, George Johnson, Alys Dobbie, Andrew Skipper, Lorfords Antiques, Robert Young, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, James Gooch, Doe and Hope, Timothy Medhurst, Daniel Larsson,

There were eight winners of a showcase at the prestigious Lorfords@Babdown kindly donated by Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson, owners of Lorfords Antiques and one of these winners was our very own Antiques Diva London Guide Alys Dobbie! It was also announced that eleven entrants will be mentored by renowned antiques experts and dealers.  We are so excited that our Swedish Guide Daniel Larsson will be mentored by Robert Young! (Alas Daniel was busy leading a VIP client on a Diva Tour in Sweden so he missed the event – here I am on stage accepting the award in his place).

The Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill, George Johnson, Alys Dobbie, Andrew Skipper, Lorfords Antiques, Robert Young, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, James Gooch, Doe and Hope, Timothy Medhurst, Toma Clark Haines, Daniel Larsson

If you recall, earlier this year, I announced on the blog my favorite dealers at The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair.  Well one of my top picks, James Gooch owner of Doe and Hope,was presented the prestigious award of Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 by winner in 2013 Timothy Medhurst. I have to tell you, I really think James is “one to watch!”  He has an amazing eye and will be shaping the way we decorate in the future.

James Gooch Awards, The Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill, George Johnson, Alys Dobbie, Andrew Skipper, Lorfords Antiques, Robert Young, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, James Gooch, Doe and Hope, Timothy Medhurst, Daniel Larsson,

All in all it was a fabulous evening celebrating the next wave of antiques enthusiasts. A highlight of the evening was meeting Steven Moore from the Antiques Roadshow (a twitter friend turned Real Life friend).  From dealers to journalists to auctioneers, these young people are changing the world of antiques for the better!

Rock on Antiques Young Guns!

The Antiques Diva®

 

Greetings From America and Andrew Skipper

Dear Diva Readers,

You may not know me but I’m Andrew Skipper and I’m one of the team members working behind the scenes at The Antiques Diva® & Co headquarters helping to make the magic happen!  You’ve heard the expression “it takes a village”? You may not realize this but The Antiques Diva® team is comprised of 18 people scattered across the continent.   As for where I’m based…that’s a difficult question to answer.  You see, I live 3 months in Europe then 3 in the USA, then it’s back to Europe for another 3 months then back again to the USA for another 3.  As an American interior designer, antiques dealer and lifestyle expert I was hired to help the company keep a fresh eye on an American perspective.  Toma (aka The Antiques Diva®) has lived outside of America for 14 years and she felt she needed a breath of fresh American air to remind her how we do things in the good old USA.  That’s where I come in… I am from a small town in northern Indiana, USA. So when the opportunity to live and work in Europe came, I was beyond excited! I had been on a tour of Europe just after college, which gave me enough time to do all the “tourist things,” which I loved. But this time I would be traveling throughout Europe for extended periods of time!  I was enamored with the thought of scouring flea markets, warehouses, and antique stores with Toma and her Diva Guides. Who better to introduce me to the antique world in Europe than The Antiques Diva?!

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

One thing that attracted me most about this opportunity to work with The Antiques Diva & Co was the European lifestyle—laid back, wine with lunch, beautiful historic surroundings— it all sounded so different from my life in Indiana. I planned to purchase treasures from each place that I travel. What I love about shopping, and antiquing in particular, is that each object has a memory attached to it. Not only the history of its former life, but the memory of how I acquired it.

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Every time I look at an antique tribal urn I purchased in Belgium, I am reminded of the day Toma and I spent, laughing with each other, sipping prosecco with vendors while she lay on a tiger rug (that’s a whole other story!). When I see the collection of pewter trophy cups on my coffee table, I think of my friends Scott and Jennifer, who were always up for hitting the Berlin flea markets with me on the weekends. A horse-hair covered pill box takes me back to the market in Parma, Italy, where I shopped with my new friends Carol Lee and Miller until we finally had to stop for a cappuccino break!  The top hat that hangs on my wall reminds me of my fantastic day spent at the Paris Flea Market with Paris Diva Guide Danielle, and then the macaroons and wine we shared afterward…how divine!

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

The vintage Turkish slippers I purchased in Bath make me laugh out loud, not just because of their fun appearance, but because the day I bought them was filled with laughter with my new friends Diva Agent Gail McLeod, Judith Miller and the Antiques Young Guns. The bird figures resting on my mantel bring back memories of slipping in and out of stalls at the Portobello Market in London with Diva Guide Alys Dobbie then popping into a pub for steak and ale pie. Yum! The antique white collar in my study makes me think of Anna from The Antiques Roadshow and our wonderful day in Antwerp. There are so many more objects and stories…too many to tell here.

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

I suppose, after thinking it over, that when I look at these various trinkets, I am taken back to a time and a place, and I am reminded of the people I was with. The people that effected my life and my outlook on the world. I am taken back to conversations— moments spent getting to know strangers who would become new friends.

Perhaps one of the most important lessons my time in Europe has taught me is that we are all more alike than we are unalike.  When it comes right down to it, we all just want to be validated. We want to connect—to know that we matter. We want to be heard.  Underneath the surface we are all asking, “Do you see me?  Do you hear me?” I had this notion that people in Europe would somehow be different from my fellow Americans. And while there are some differences, at the end of the day, we are all on this planet and in this life together. Antiques bring us together by allowing us to share stories.  They help us connect with the past and acknowledge our humanness. Through connecting and sharing, we realize that people are the most important things in life. It’s relationships, not stuff, that truly matter.

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

By surrounding ourselves with objects that have a story, we can remember the people in our lives each and every day. That, to me, is the real gift of shopping, antiquing and decorating. Collecting mementos that enrich our everyday lives by bringing back memories of happy times with people who we enjoy. For me, these various treasures are not just pieces of Europe I’ve brought back to America with me. They are pieces of memories, connecting me to the wonderful people who I met and shared some of the best times with. I’d say it’s time to get our there and make some more memories (and purchases!).  Who’s with me?

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

Be well,

Andrew Skipper

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