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One Minute Diva: Clutter Control in the Bathroom

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You might have already guessed this about me, but I’m a girly girl. My bathroom is filled with all sorts of potions and perfumes, oodles of accessories and creams for this and that. Needless to say, clutter control is down-right a necessity. And while I’m always searching for antique cupboards, cabinets and commodes for storing things out of the way, there are a few things I need to keep within easy reach but still want organized in a more controlled environment. My Diva-worthy bathroom clutter control solution: a French brocante find now available for $60/47 Euro on “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ is this charming vintage champagne bucket!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />When I’m not using this Moët et Chandon heavy-duty champagne bucket to chill bubbly, it’s repurposed year round as a chic catch-all beside my bathtub! Perfect for the inner diva in everyone!

The Antiques Diva™

(with artfully arranged bubbles!)

Diva News Network Video – Brussels – Place du Grand Sablon

Building on momentum from last week’s DNN Video The Hague, I decided to hit the streets again, diva style, in this special DNN episode on Brussels Place du Grand Sablon. This posh square boasts an upscale weekend antiques market every Saturday 9 am – 5pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm. Lining the square you’ll find lively cafes, chic designer shopping, interior stores and enough high-end antique boutiques to see why the Place du Grand Sablon is considered “THE” place to be for weekend Belgium entertainment. Join me as I share historical and tourist information and then delve deep inside the market to show you some of the best finds of the day!

The Antiques Diva ™

This Brussels video was picked up by CNN and shown on their homepage on October 6th, 2008. Click here to see the official Antiques Diva shown on CNN!

A Reader’s Photo

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>From time to time, Antiques Diva™ readers email me with questions, tips or compliments. Having correspondence with my blog readers makes cyberspace seem a little smaller, a little more intimate and a whole lot more friendly. Just yesterday I received an email with this attached photo from Philip, the Cyprus-based author of “Taxi Diaris” – whose site name means “one who loves traveling” and not “Taxi Diary” as I first assumed!

He wrote, “A picture I had last Sunday in the seaside reminded me of you Diva!”

Thanks Philip!

The Antiques Diva™

Belgium Art, Flea Markets and Brocantes Spring/Summer 2008 Calendar

April 17 – 21 – Art Brussels
Brussels Expo Centre

May 1 – 4 – Antiek en Brocantemarkt,Havenbuurt, Blankenberge

May 16 -19 – Eurantica Brussels – Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Palais 5 de Brussels Expo

June 1 – Grote 9 Straaten en Pleinen Rommelmarkt, Gent

June 27 – Avondrommelmarkt – Kuringen

July 5 – Rommelmarkt, Veurne

August 2 – Trammelant Rommel en Kunstmarkt, De Haan
(Vendors dressed in Belle Epoque costumes)

August 23 – 24 – Brocante Rommelmarkt, Temploux

September 13 – Grote Rommelmarkt, Gent

September 13 -1 4 – Zomerendemarkt, Klemskerke


The Antiques Diva™

Technical Difficulties

Apologies to my faithful readership… the ADSL Router is broken and we are in process of having it replaced. As soon as it is up and running again, I assure you the Antiques Diva will be back!!

Until then…. Happy Shopping!


top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#382900;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While sipping an Appletini in Palm Beach this past January with La Reine and her husband, The Big Guy accused me of being a sexist blogger, appealing more often to the senses of my female readers and not focusing enough on antiques that appeal to men.

“Moi?” I protested lamely, flittering my French manicure in shock over his insinuation and then coyly playing with the pearl necklace WG purchased for me in China.

He continued to say that he finds The Antiques Diva™ tales entertaining and uses the brocante dates and antique shop addresses to pad his Palm. “Nonetheless,” he continued, “I want more meat. I want to read more about man-inspired-antiques and I want more addresses of places where manly men go.” This said – I note to paint a picture for the reader – with his giant, linebacker shoulders straining his” target=”_blank”>Tommy Bahama and a cigar dangling unlit from his mouth having just purchased it at The Cigar Connoisseur in Delray.

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Man + Antiques = Mantiques!

As much as I wanted to deny it, I knew I had no excuses. I am a girly-girl and The Big Guy had a point. I had unintentionally, in my nail polish and pearls, neglected my male readership. Boys, I value you and I am ready to eat some humble pie. Thus, I’ve set about remedying this situation at once. Over the next few months I will bring to you a new series titled Mantiques – but I desperately need your help as I can’t write this series alone.

As a girly-girl, I need your input on what “mantiques” you’re interested in, where you shop for them, what you look for when you’re out at a market or boutique, as well as general questions on “Where to find XYZ?” from mantique shoppers. A few questions WG and I have been pondering: “Are mantiques really that different from antiques?” and “What are the differences between what a lady buys and what a man buys? Is this difference merely aesthetic or are there things that a man shopper is more naturally drawn towards?” Ladies, perhaps you can help on this — What mantiques do the men in your life buy or collect that you wouldn’t?

By the way, Big Guy, The Mantiques Series is dedicated to you. Stay tuned for the first Mantiques Exclusive – “An Audience with the Pelikan Pen Guy”.

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Should you, or someone you love, have a Mantiques Collection you’d like to discuss with The Antiques Diva ™ readers or if you have a question on where to find your favorite Mantique, please email me at

One Minute Diva – The Foire Nationale a la Brocante et aux Jambons March 2008

Dear Diva’s,

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:Red;border:4px solid blue;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve heard me wax poetically about the famed tou/foire/acc.htm” target=”_blank”>Foire Nationale a la Brocante et aux Jambons tou” target=”_blank”>twice before so I won’t regal you with details of this giant French flea market with over 800 vendors held in the Parisian suburb of Chatou, but I wanted to give you a quick reminder to book your ticket to Paris to attend the Spring Brocante.

Air France is offering a special discount to Jambon Lovers offering as much as a 25-45% discount when you book roundtrip airfare with them between March 2nd and 21st. Enter Event ID 03115AF when booking.

Chatou details:
When: Dealer Day March 6. Open to the Public March 7 – 17

Time: Daily from 10am to 7pm

tou/foire/plan.htm” target=”_blank”>Where: Chatou, France. RER stop : Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Croissy

Book your tickets now!!

The Antiques Diva™

For more details see the tou/foire/acc.htm” target=”_blank”>Foire website or, better yet, read about it on the pages of the The Antiques Diva!
Part 1 – to-find-my-favorite-french.html” target=”_blank”>Q&A; – Where to Find My Favorite French Flea Markets
Part 2 – My Favorite Flea Market

Part 3 – One Minute Diva – The Foire Nationale…

One Minute Diva – PAN Amsterdam and Signature Christmas Show

After posting my End of The Year Art and Antiques Calendar 2007, two readers have written in with their updates to the calendar. I also updated this info on the calendar itself but couldn’t help myself but to send a separate blog calling your attention to these sensational shows!

The Canadian Queen writes, “Don’t miss The Signatures Christmas Show in Ottawa, Canada – it’s their 25th anniversary!” This year’s party theme is “Crafts and Cocktails” and with a theme such as that (spotlighting 2 of my most favorite things), you’d be crazy to miss the fun and festivities!

Ms. Holland wrote in saying “this was an impressive list of art and antiques fairs, and in (her) opinion, PAN Amsterdam should definitely be on it!” Right she is, for I was completely remiss to have left the much-anticipated PAN Amsterdam off my list! It’s been on my personal calendar for months and I’ve already scheduled an outing to attend with some of my “Antiques Diva” friends! PAN Amsterdam is The Netherlands leading national art and antiques fair, offering valuable art and antiques for inspection and purchase at the Amsterdam RAI. More than 100 dealers from the Benelux region present an impressive variety of objects ranging from classical antiquity to contemporary art and photography and the fair is renowned for its reasonable prices. Simply put, it’s a “must do” on your “to do” list!

Happy Browsing,

The Antiques Diva ™
(with a little help from her friends!)

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