Diva’s Only Sleep with Belvivere

Dear Diva Readers,

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Over the years my husband has driven me to the brink of insanity in the bedroom.   For 15 years of marriage he has disliked our sheets, duvets, bedroom linens.  I tend to be a form over function kind of girl and have always bought first for look and style.  To me, the sheets and duvet covers I’ve bought were comfortable enough – I was buying high thread counts and they felt fine.  To my husband they were torture in the bedroom.  My husband has growled, complained and nagged about everything from the weight of the duvet being too heavy to the texture of the sheets being too scratchy to a bedspread feeling sticky because it was too silky.  We’ve changed our bedroom décor nearly twice annually as I tried to satisfy his particular tastes! 

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A couple of years ago I discovered a brand that has changed my marriage!!  I discovered Belvivere!  My husband feels so passionately about their luxury Italian linens that he actually wrote CEO Jay C Conti a testimonial to be included on the Belvivere website.  My husband wrote…

“Okay, I admit it.  I am a guy who likes good quality sheets.  Over the years my wife has brought home set after set of sheets only to have me frown as I crawled into bed.  No matter how much she spent or where she shopped, they never passed my comfort test.  They were either too itchy, too stiff or too silky.  My wife says she married ‘the princess and the pea’.  Discovering Belvivere changed all that and sliding under their cotton sateen 700 thread count sheets transformed my bedtime ritual into a daily luxury.  My search for the perfect sheet is over.  Thank you Belvivere!” 

If you’re married to “The Princess and The Pea”, I’ve got a tip that’s guaranteed to save your marriage. Buy Belvivere!  And remember – Diva’s only sleep with Belvivere!

Good Night!!
The Antiques Diva® & husband seen below dining in Florence last May with Belvivere CEO Jay C Conti and his lovely wife

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 Women.com

While that covers Europe, I was surprised to get a note from a contact on LinkedIn who had heard Andrea Martin of Expat Women.com 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