Steal of the day

Antiques Diva Tuscan Tour

Dear Diva Readers,

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I love nothing more than encouraging clients to think outside the box, er… safe in this instance, stretching the imagination to see how far they can take an object from its original use. A cocktail cabinet in general – even when not housed in such a fascinating piece – is in the words of tocked-bar-ide-119581″>Apartment Therapy “an entertaining investment, a place of intrigue or conversation and a place to get the party started.”

Today we are heading to the flea market in Arezzo to buy accessories and decorative pieces for the project and we will look for some great vintage glasses, a cocktail shaker and some decanters to add to the piece! When creating a cocktail bar you don’t have to have a plethora of choices – rather put the ingredients on hand for a few signature drinks. In the drawers of this piece we could pick up some linen cocktail napkins from the mill at Busatti and perhaps have them embroidered with the name of the client’s house or their initials.

Here’s a peek at some other interesting cocktail cabinets courtesy of tocked-bar-ide-119581″ target=”_blank”>Apartment Therapy!

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 Et voila, shake and serve!
The Antiques Diva®

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Blogs I’m Reading

Dear Diva Readers,

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 Blog’s I’m Reading:

Design Sponge

Design*Sponge is a design blog run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, the site updates between 6-8 times per day and was declared a Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by the New York Times.

Habitually Chic

As a stylish, young, interior designer living and working in New York City, blogger Heather Clawson is constantly surrounded by habitually chic people, places and things and she muses on art, architecture, design, fashion, photography, books, events, and everything else habitually chic!


The SourceBook for the Modern Home, Remodelista is written by a group of friends who share eerily similar design sensibilities; a collective design DNA and who care – a lot – about interiors. They’re known to wake up in the middle of the night to bid on Thonet dining chairs and in an entirely selfless manner – merely for the benefit of their readers – they wade through stacks and stacks of gorgeous design magazines every month!

Apartment Therapy

With a tag line that reads “saving the world one room at a time”, Apartment Therapy helps their readers make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.


Chic Tip is a daily design blog dedicated to the art of interior design, residential architecture, stores, hotels and restaurant design featuring stores, products, artists, reviews, sales, contest announcements, trends-in-the-make and more.  And it’s not just a blog; it’s a community – for designers seeking inspiration and for amateur design enthusiasts. is edited and published by Michelle & Keren, both professional designers with an addiction to modern and mid-century design.

Velvet & Linen 

Written by Los Angeles Interior Designer Brooke Giannetti, Velvet and Linen is a blog about Brooke’s life with her Architect husband.  As a California-based interior decorator, her projects often incorporate Belgian and Swedish antiques paired with industrial and outdoor elements. Brooke frequently collaborates with her husband, architect Steve Giannetti, on projects as well as their home store Giannetti Home. 

Inspiring Interiors


Inspiring Interiors is a simply gorgeous blog, where its author painstakingly chooses some of the most inspiring interiors to give inspiration to her readers.  She looks at every detail in a photo, attempting to concoct ways to copy the chicest ideas.

Happy Reading,
The Antiques Diva®

Where in the World is The Antiques Diva®?

Dear Diva Readers,

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Meanwhile as I’m on the road, The Antiques Diva & Co keeps appearing in different places around the world wide web! First it was a mention in tours-122004 “>Apartment Therapy’s article on French Shopping Vacations and Tours followed shortly thereafter by a few of my articles appearing in the Bonjour Paris newsletter.

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tory/going-going-gone-lhotel-drouot/”>Going Going Gone was about the Paris auction house Hotel Drouot while last month’s Bonjour Paris column tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/ “>Ask The Antiques Diva® shared details on the Salon des Antiquities de Bastille in Paris. And while I’m on the subject of Bonjour Paris, I must say I was delighted to be invited recently to attend a champagne cocktail hour chez Karen Fawcett, the Editor of Bonjour Paris. During that event I was delighted to meet Lisa Buros-Hutchins, the effervescent founder of Your Paris Experience!

Saxon Henry - Roaming by Design

Meanwhile, I was honored to spend a weekend in Paris with social media maven and journalist Saxon Henry. While we were out and about in Paris she posted about our wanderings on Roaming by Design, telling details of our meeting with passemeterie-artisan tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/”>Remy Lemoine whose work graces the interiors of some of the world’s top designers. When Saxon & I weren’t gallivanting about, we took some much-needed down time in the city of light and one of our favorite nights in Paris occurred when I decided to don an apron and whip us up a 5 course dinner!

On top of all of this, I was delighted that the Italian Luxury Linen company blog Belvivere did a feature on The Antiques Diva & Co! Mrs. Conti had me blushing like a bride over the praise she lavished on our European Shopping Tours and the inventory in our Online Store.

Speaking of online stores, the Belvivere linen shop is divine and a visit to CEO Jay C Conti’s website is a wonderful lesson in linen. Recently I was honored to be asked to write a testimonial for Conti’s upcoming book, “The Luxury Bedding Makeover System -A Step-by-Step Workbook To Dress Up a Beautiful Bed & Revamp Your Bedroom Décor”, which unravels the mystery of thread count, teaches the language of linen & deciphers quality in bedroom decor.

Andrea Martin - Expat

While that covers Europe, I was surprised to get a note from a contact on LinkedIn who had heard Andrea Martin of Expat speak on women entrepreneurs. My contact Jeannine wrote,

“I went to a talk in Singapore about owning your own business and the speaker used you – The Antiques Diva – as an example. I was like “Wow!, I know her”…. I’ll never forget going to your beautiful home in Amsterdam. It was so well decorated and all of the food and every detail was just right. I’m sure your business must be great if you put as much love into your business as you do your home.”

Love indeed – my company The Antiques Diva & Co continues to grow out of passion for what I do! If you want to follow my day-to-day, make sure to become a fan on The Antiques Diva & Co Facebook page or follow my tweets on Twitter!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

Photo credit below:  Angelica Arbulu Photography