May I Flush In Peace

Dear Diva Readers,

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BlogTourNOLA, Modenus, Toma Clark Haines, New Orleans Design, KBIS,

I’m usually very good at fulfilling my commitments. I’m nothing if not loyal.  However, life got in the way after I attended #BlogTourNola and I didn’t get all the sponsors written about at the time.  I was in the middle of a move, I was in the middle of taxes, and oh by the way, my company was growing by leaps and bounds and I was struggling to manage it all.   Yes, I’m making excuses.   And I have been for over a year.  But since then I’ve felt quite guilty that I never wrote about one of our fabulous sponsors – totousa.com/Welcome.aspx” target=”_blank”>Toto.

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In fact, Toto has been haunting me.  I was staying at my friend’s apartment in Chicago and went to flush the loo… and who did I see? Toto Toilets!  I was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta speaking at the Design Bloggers Conferrence and again? Who did I see?  Toto Toilets! In fact, at least once a month – always in a high-end luxury accommodation – I would bump into my friend Toto in the restroom.  They were everywhere.  And Toto doesn’t just do toilets.  In fact, they also do bathroom fixture (gorgeous sleek towel racks and paper holders) as well as bath tubs and faucets, even showers.  Toto is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer with a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals. For over 90 years, they have been producing their products.  I was certain I’d never have a moment’s peace in the bathroom again unless I cleared my conscious – so wanted to write today to tell you about this top brand.  I really like luxury living – whether in hotels on the road or at home – and  I knew without catching up on my BlogTourNOLA obligations I’d never flush peacefully again – because I’m telling you I can’t turn around without bumping into a bathroom product by Toto.  They’re everywhere because quite simply – they’re the best.

Ta Ta for Now,
The Antiques Diva®

(Seen below on BlogTourNOLA with blogger Linda Merrill of Surroundings)

Toma Clark Haines and Linda Merrill, BlogTourNOLA

Upcoming Travel Schedule

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 40px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>IIt’s been an incredibly hectic week and a half at home in Berlin: not only did we launch our new Antiques Diva tobello-market-tours” target=”_blank”>London Portobello Road antiques shopping tour, I’m also prepping and packing for a 2 week mega tour of the US:

  • In New York City I will speak at the International Furnishings and Design Association IFDA at the NYDC Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 5.30 PM
  • Then I head to Los Angeles for a series of “very top secret” meetings
  • Before heading to San Francisco to host a party along with Kneedler Fauchere on April 1, 2014
  • And then I will be whizzing through Atlanta as part of ADAC (otherwise known as the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) speaker series on April 3 at 10am
  • Next up – it’s High Point Furniture Market where I’m part of the Spring Lecture Series for the High Point Antiques Center on Tuesday April 9 at from 4-5pm and leading a champagne antiques tour of the market – no passport required.
  • And finally heading off to Milan for their Furniture Fair to host a fete for the tour/meet-the-bloggers-blogtour-milan” target=”_blank”>#BlogTourMilan crew

My poor husband has the patience of a saint (and happens to be meeting me in Milan to whisk me away for a week in Tuscany after this grueling schedule)!  So to show him my appreciation for his patience with my crazy travel schedule, I spent an afternoon in the kitchen and put together a meal he’ll remember while I’m away – our goose is cooked!:

Goose Dinner - The Antiques Diva

Served with a selection of champagne and wines, including a gorgeous Chateauneuf du Pape, bien sur!

I hope to see you soon at one of my US stops or on an Antiques Diva® Buying Tour.  Remember our Spring Fling with DEEP DISCOUNTS off our Paris Flea Market Tours is on through April 1, 2014.  Book your tour now to save $$$ of any Paris Flea Market booking in 2014.

Bon appetit, et Bon Weekend!
The Antiques Diva®, seen below with my beloved during our summer vacation last year in NOLA

Toma Clark Haines