Not Just Any Loo Will Do!

Dear Diva Readers,

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#781300;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>This week while I’m out of the office with a client, shopping in Belgium for architectural salvaged antiques, I felt like you needed to be able to shop along vicariously with me – so I’m showing one of my favorite sources for building or renovating a home with reclaimed goods.  I’ll be criss-crossing Flanders and Wallonia looking for stairways, window frames, marble mantles and more, but I’m going to send you bathroom shopping today in England’s Stiffkey Bathrooms where they have an incredible collection of antique bathroom fittings as well as new bathroom accessories.  Over the years they’ve been featured in numerous magazines and worked with high-profile interior designers at stately homes, hotels and other historic buildings. They’ve also advised on antique bathrooms for several film and television shoots and supplied many unique items for hire!

Stiffkey Bathrooms
89 Upper St. Giles Street Norwich,
Norfolk, NR2 1AB, UK 52.629354 1.285493
Tel: +44 1603 627850

I’ve always wanted an antique loo – but not just any loo will do.  Someday, when I get my villa under the Tuscan sun, I’m going to renovate my bathrooms with a Delft painted toilet – I mean, what else would The Antiques Diva® do? 

This is perhaps toilets-lavatories/shanks-syphonic-wc-suite-c1890″ target=”_blank”>my favorite of their collection…

Circa 1890

You might be wondering where its water tank is…  Look up Silly!

This charming toilets-lavatories/victorian-blue-transfer-wc-c1890-no-name-just-chicken-trademark-london-outlet” target=”_blank”>Victorian Blue Transfer WC C.1890 – No name, just ‘chicken’ trademark

Although, it might give new meaning to the phrase, “It smells like a barn yard in here!”

For my sink, I don’t think I want to go with another blue & white motif… for some reason I’d want that to be a tad simpler… my dream sink is this Serpentine-Fronted” French Double Basin by J.Delafon, Paris  C.1900

Of course, what bathroom would be complete without a nice soaking tub?

Happy Baths,
The Antiques Diva®

Save the Dutch Dates: Delft Sept 23-26, 2010

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re in Holland Thursday September 23 to Sunday, September 26, 2010 you won’t want to miss the return of the Oude Kunst-en-Antiekbeurs in the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft. While this museum is best known as being the site of the infamous assignation of William the Silent, I simply can’t keep quiet about the upcoming fair.

to 10px; WIDTH: 358px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 80px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Approximately 35 Dutch antique dealers are coming together in a fair the coordinator says is “designed for the traditional collector and art lover who likes to be seduced by the atmosphere of old Delft and the Prinsenhof Museum”.

Make sure to visit two of my favorite vendors at the fair – S. van Leeuwen Antiquairs
with his sensational collection of Dutch furniture and porcelain and Rocks and Clocks by D.E. Aardewerk. And tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!

While you’re at the fair, why don’t you plan to make a day of it! Take a Cultural Day in Delft – with the admission ticket for Oude Kunst en Antiekbeurs, you not only will be able to shop your heart out but you can wander the stairway where William the Silent said his final words, sticking your fingers in the bullet holes near the foot of the staircase where he fell. You can also visit the Museum of Meerten Lambert with their extensive tile collection, Delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and paintings.

The Prinsenhof Musuem
Sint Agathaplein 1
2611 HR Delft, The Netherlands

Adults: € 15, –
Museum, CJP and 65 + pass: € 10, –

Tot Straks!
The Antiques Diva™

Treasures on Tuesdays – 21 piece Vintage Blue & White Sea-Themed German Tea Set

to 10px; WIDTH: 336px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Sail away with me to “Tea Time at the Baltic Sea”! This “German Delft” (Deutschland’s version of Holland’s famed blue & white pottery) is a vintage set from Rugen Island with nautical and windmill theme motif and includes 21 porcelain pieces in nearly perfect condition. Set includes Tea Pot, Sugar Bowl, Cream Pitcher, 6 tea cups with 6 saucers and 6 cake plates. (Silver accessories and vases shown in picture are not included in purchase). This is a simply gorgeous set and one of my favorite pieces in our collection. Item #183

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$149 (or 121 Euro) includes international shipping

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