Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 80px; line-height: 70px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>One of the things I most love about my job leading Antiques Shopping Tours in Europe and England is the opportunity to work with the trade in their various projects and securing items on their shopping list for their antique stores or decor projects. I’m currently in Italy on a “to the trade” antiques tour with my Diva Guide Susan and an interior designer who has been commissioned to decorate a 6000 square foot, 200 year old Tuscan farmhouse. When she came to me asking The Antiques Diva &Co to help with her project she gave me a list of the items she was interested in finding. At the top of her list was a focal point for the two floor, rather narrow, entry to the property.
On Sunday in Arezzo at the monthly flea market we scoured high and low for a variety of pieces perfect for the project. We stumbled upon a 24 pronged wrought iron chandelier perfect for this room… But still were lacking something with bling to punctuate the space when Eureka… My Diva Guide Susan and I remembered a gorgeous 4 foot tall shield ideal for the space in a store just around the corner from this famous Italian flea market. Capturing my client’s attention I took her by the arm and walked her towards what I was hoping to be her ideal solution to her entry way – a giant four foot tall shield from the end of the 1800’s.
My client loved the piece and within minutes a heraldic theme for the Tuscan estate began emerging in my client’s mind. She and her assistant designer began brainstorming: “are flags going too far?” or “what about…”
When shopping abroad with designers I find these Eureka moments tend to happen in spades – being in a foreign country offers design inspiration merely by walking down the street. In the markets there are opportunities to score pieces with serious wow factor. And while this client was so fortunate to be shopping for a client’s home in Tuscany, had she been shopping for her own home or for a client’s home in America we could have easily shipped some statement pieces back to the USA. If you have one item shipped it can be expensive, however you have to take into consideration the fact that even with shipping your total cost for a purchase is still usually less that you’d find at home. And if you have 3 or more items shipped the cost becomes quite reasonable and more attainable for the average shopper. Shopping in Europe opens a world of sources to you – allowing you to create the wow factor – with statement pieces for you or your clients home!
The Antiques Diva®