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Chateau Deulin Antiques Fair

Chateau Deulin Antiques Fair

Chateau Deulin Antiques Fair BelgiumI’ve been around the world and I, I, I….” (sing with me people) have never visited a castle as magnificent as this. Who wouldn’t want to travel to the Belgian countryside in the fall and shop for antiques at a privately owned Chateau? While the Chateau Deulin always has antiques for sale by private appointment – this is one of our favorite diva-worthy sources in Belgium – for the next two weekends Chateau Deulin is hosting the Chateau Deulin Antiques Fair!

 

Join our AD&CO team October 1 and 2 and next weekend on October 8 and 9 in the Chateau Deulin Antiques Fair where chic shopping meets Chateau living as a plethora of top antique dealers gather on the grounds to sell out-of-this-world antiques.

Shop for everything from fine 18th-century furniture to jewelry and tabletop items. Clients are always gobsmacked when they visit the castle and its grounds, as enchanted by the turrets and as they are the lovable family who calls this palace home sweet home. Over the last several years as I’ve visited the Chateau I’ve been able to watch as restoration took place, one section of the chateau at a time, and finally after extensive restorations the renovation is complete and the Chateau is ready host the many antique-lovers who will be pouring in this month to shop the fair. If I were to have a second wedding I’d definitely do it in their chapel – the chateau does rent out the facility for private events and gatherings as well, and rumor has it, there is a suite of rooms in one of the wings for special guests.

Should you not be traveling in Belgium this weekend, but want to book a special Antiques Diva Tour drop me an email info@antiquesdiva.com so we can book a special Antiques Diva Weekend with you at the Chateau visiting nearby antiques venues whilst sleeping and dining in the castle.

Bonne Shopping,

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Chateau de Deulin

Dear Diva Readers,

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Part of what makes The Antiques Diva Tours so special – if I do say so myself –  is that we custom plan tours for each client whether they’re requesting a fairy tale or a hard core buying experience that has them sourcing from dawn til dusk (which during the long days of summer can run from 5am to 10pm).   Each tour is as individual as our clients are!  Once we know what type of pieces and what type of experience a particular client is looking for we delve into our little black book of sources – some public, some private residence – and map out a route specific to that person’s shopping list, planning each and every detail along the way. A comment that we consistently hear from clients post-tour is “Wow! I never would have found those places without you!” That’s our specialty: Taking you to hidden gems and introducing you to our sources so you can find the perfect pieces and have the best European experience – an experience fit for a Diva!

Chateau de Deulin

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

On a recent buying tour in Belgium, we took a client to perhaps one of the most sensational sources in all of Belgium… the Chateau de Deulin.  The Chateau was built in 1758 and remains a private residence to this day – for 300 years it’s been in the same family and the family has opened up their home only on appointment to sell antiques!

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

First arriving the Chateau we take a long walk up the driveway appreciating the proportions of the Chateau and sighing over the fact we’ve stepped into a real life fairy tale.  Entering through the center courtyard we pass through a pair of large gates – a walled garden can be glimpsed just to the north of the house. We later learn that this garden, which dates back to the 18th century, was restyled into a French garden at the beginning of the 20th century and remains as such today.  The U shaped main house is comprised of whitewashed bricks and blue stone and welcomes guests with an inner courtyard surrounded by outbuildings including its own chapel. There’s even a tower that has me convinced I’m hearing “Rapunzel, Rapunzel… Let Down your Hair” echoing in the wind.

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

We are greeted by the gorgeous young Monsieur Simon de Harlez and his even more beautiful girlfriend, Ivy, who graciously welcome us into their home. Oh la la… both my client (and myself) feel like we’re in heaven.  I’m certain God is the ultimate interior designer – and these rooms are fit for a diety.  We sigh over the sumptuously decorated rooms, mostly in the rococo style with a mix of European furnishings and decorative accessories, and my client’s cries of ecstasy get louder when she realizes many of the pieces are for sale! On this particular trip we were just shopping at the Chateau but my client immediately begins making plans to return with The Antiques Diva & Co when she discovers that Chateau will open up its private guest rooms for accommodation and special meals in the dining room for clients of The Antiques Diva & Co! Incidentally I failed to mention that the gorgeous dining room… one of my favorite rooms of the “house”…  is decorated with original paintings depicting hunting scenes – a reminder of the days when the Chateau de Deulin was used as a “little” hunting lodge.

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

Today the stable has been converted and now houses antiques that are for sale. Simon’s father, Stéphane de Harlez, is a renowned Belgian antiques dealer and takes us through each “room,” excitedly chatting in French about each piece.  When he compliments me on my French, I laugh and say “Je parle comme une vache”  (I speak like a cow) to which he responds… “Moi?  I speak like a BULL!” 

Chateau de Deulin, Antiques Diva Tour, Buying Antiques in Belgium

Purchases made, we’re invited to join the family in sharing some wine and nibbles al fresco  While sipping our wine, we discuss Chateau de Deulin’s upcoming antiques fair it hosts every year on the 2nd and 3rd weekend of October.  We’re already planning a special trip for this event in 2015!

Our lovely visit complete and purchase orders written, we are ready to depart. After many cheek kisses, we hop in the car and pull away from this lovely estate, but I can’t help wishing that we were staying here for a couple more days so we could explore this enchanting home and its grounds…. perhaps if you join me in October we can stay a while longer? 

Sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself and wonder what more could I ask for. Oh, and speaking of asking for more, the family also owns and operates an antiques warehouse not far from the Chateau. Of course, we went there as well! A Diva’s job is never done!

The Antiques Diva®   

The Antiques Diva Belgian Experience

Dear Diva Readers,

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Lunch at Mulino – an Antiek Café on the French/Belgian border

However it’s not all work and no play. Our relationships with our trusted dealers and sources allow us to offer clients the best shopping experience possible—Diva style!  Last week I was leading a tour in Belgium where the antique dealers seem to be the most hospitable in Europe.  On our first day, just about the time when we needed to refuel, a favorite antiques dealer we were visiting met us at the door with a bottle of Champagne. How thoughtful! He and his wife then offered to make us a gorgeous lunch consisting of croque monsieur and fresh cherry tomatoes. This little bit of down time allowed the client and I a few moments to go over the morning’s purchases and discuss items that she was considering. After our lunch break, we were refreshed and ready to hit the road for our next appointment! (and a few more purchases were made in the store after refueled with lunch and some bubbly).

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Anne-Marie of Antiques Histoire in Tongeren opening a bottle of champagne for Diva clients

The second day on tour, we stopped into another favorite dealer around lunch time. She too had a bottle of Champagne at the ready and after toasting to a successful buying trip, we enjoyed a beautiful spread of ham & cheese sandwiches that she had prepared. To finish, she offered us apple cake, made with locally grown apples. How decadent!

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Sourcing antiques in Europe, Filling a container with antiques, Buying Tours of Belgium, Antiques Diva, Belgian Antiques Dealers, Champagne, European Lifestyle

Sourcing antiques in Europe, Filling a container with antiques, Buying Tours of Belgium, Antiques Diva, Belgian Antiques Dealers, Champagne, European Lifestyle

Sourcing antiques in Europe, Filling a container with antiques, Buying Tours of Belgium, Antiques Diva, Belgian Antiques Dealers, Champagne, European Lifestyle

It’s the kindness and thoughtfulness of antiques dealers whom we know and trust that help make The Antiques Diva Buying Tours what they are. When you come on one of our tours, it’s all about introducing you to the best dealers in Europe and building lasting relationships so that we can help you source antiques for years to come. More than just shopping, The Antiques Diva & Co gives you a glimpse into the European lifestyle—and what’s better than a little champagne while you work?  My husband always jokes, “Do you really work? I’m only seeing photos of you drinking champagne!!” Our client filled her container in 2 days  – so that’s proof positive that shopping with The Antiques Diva® is more than just fun, but when shopping for antiques does it ever really feel like work?!

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Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

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