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;”>I’ve been a long-time fan of toriamag.com/” target=”_blank”>Victoria magazine and was absolutely honored when my own company appeared in their tours/in-the-press-victoria-crave-amsterdam-the-examiner/” target=”_blank”>magazine this past July/August 2010. I love flipping through the pages of their publication, taking in gorgeous scenery, reading great travel articles, collecting recipes, but most of all I am inspired by their home décor and photos illustrating the art of graceful living. In the current issue – March/April 2011 – I was smitten with a unique idea I found!
The stylists at Victoria magazine filled antique apothecary jars with spring tulips for fresh take on spring table décor. I’m always a fan of using unique pieces as vases and this idea is right up my alley!
And while it does add an eclectic touch to the table, the overall look they created is still decisively traditional and elegant.
I tried the look at home, moving it from the dining table to my coffee table to give my living room a fresh look in hopes of spring and I was delighted with the results.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was enamored by this look… my cat, Catpuccino, spent the afternoon gazing at the artful arrangement. Was it the apothecary jars that caught his eye? The tulips? The antique crystal bowl filled with hand-painted Czech eggs or perhaps the Biedermeier wooden tray which collected the lot? In my online store at The Antiques Diva & Co, we’re offering a great selection of small and large apothecary jars as well as a varied assortment of antiques, vintage pieces and objects of curiosity.
The Antiques Diva
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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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!
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™!!