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Transatlantique at Marburger Farms

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… you meet the nicest people on the internet. Last year when I began tweeting, one of my first twitter connections was @TopBrokerOC, a charming man named Robert Watson who lives in California and shares my passion for antiques and European Travel. Needless to say, we were fast friends! When I found out that Robert’s company Transantlantique would have a booth at the Marburger Farms Antique Fair in Round Top, Texas I knew I had to tell you about him and Kathy Klingaman, his wife and life partner!

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Stop by The Transatlantique Antiques booth at Marburger Farms! Tent C, Row A, Booth 4-5

Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with my cowboy boots in honor of Round Top, Texas!)

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Kelli from A Rendez-Vous with Style wrote in with a quick note:

“Dear Diva, I saw this florist in San Diego and thought of you!”

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One Minute Diva – Del Mar, California

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My friend Kelli at A Rendez Vous with Style wrote a diva-worthy blog this week on shopping at the chic and arty shops in Del Mar, California. My favorite among her selections was a sneak peek into a boutique called Bon Bon. Bon Bon offers an array of delightful comforts for your home including luxurious linens from Bella Notte, House Inc., and My Blankee. They have plump down-filled sofas and chairs, custom draperies and a fabulous selection of vintage chandeliers and custom lighting, not to mention oodles of statuary and iron garden elements! To read more diva-worthy shopping tips on the best boutiques in and around Del Mar, California, visit Kelli’s blog today!

The Antiques Diva™

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