Laundry Days

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’d like to tell you that at Diva Headquarters a magical fairy comes along and does my dirty laundry, but alas even Divas have laundry to do. No matter how much I send out to the dry cleaners, mountains of it still pile up if I’m not careful. And then, as soon as I get caught up, my husband or I wear more clothes and the problem starts all over again. Short of joining a nudist colony, my only option on fighting the battle of the laundry is to at least make my time in the laundry room not feel like such a dismal chore. Realizing that I can’t cut the process any more than I already have, I decided that at least I would make the process more asthetically pleasing to my eye!

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Photo Courtesy of Padaste Manor website
Nearly 5 years ago my husband and I visited the Baltics, spending a sensational week at Padaste Manor on Muhu Island off the northern coast of Estonia. We had champagne for breakfast and again for dinner and what I remember of that vacation always puts me in a perky mood. One of the days after horseback riding in the woods nearby the resort (or was it after the spa? or our Nordic fishing expedition?), my husband and I ventured into the nearest town. Naturally the first antique shop we saw beckoned us inside and I fell in love with a set of red polka dot kitchen canisters written in Estonian on one side and Russian on the other. I had to have the set, coming home with 32 canisters in total. Unfortunately, once I got home I realized that most of the canisters didn’t have a perfect seal and thus weren’t airtight for using in my kitchen as intended. That said, they were ideal for storing my laundry detergent and accessories!

Almost every time I speak at a women’s club or decorative fine arts association on the topic of antique shopping in Europe, I’m asked, “What do you do with all the vintage pieces and antiques you purchase?” As I hate to dust, almost as much as I hate to do laundry, the answer is simple – I only buy items that I can use in a practical way!

All those items that come in cardboard boxes covered in marketing jargon are decanted into containers that make me smile – that take me on a mental voyage, adding beauty (or in the case of these canisters – kitsch charm) to my everyday life! I don’t just do it in my laundry room but in every room of my house! My mouthwash is stored in an Eiffel Tower shaped wine decanter and my cotton balls can be found in a 19th C apothecary jar! Cookies are stored in a Delft print tin while all my pastas are decanted into vintage Bell jars I got from my Grandma!

Decanting from marketing-jargon cardboard boxes to unique storage containers is just one way of making your home more personal.

Live Everyday with a Smile!

The Antiques Diva

P.S. Are you looking for ways to add practical personality to your home? Visit my online Brocante, “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™!!

Blogging for Business – An Interview in the Swiss News

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Even for me, this is a strange picture to start a blog post with but bear with me – the Dalai Lama is here for a reason! I recognize that I’ve been known to veer off topic, not always writing faithfully about antiques but rather dipping judiciously into the diva-aspect of my persona. But you must be asking yourself, “Has The Diva FINALLY gone mad? Has she lost her antique marbles?”

Do have patience, darlings – even I recognize it’s a stretch to put a picture of the Dalai Lama on The Antiques Diva™ blog! Then again, I’ve been known to throw around some bizarre connections in my day, blogging about Bono or Queen Bea and while I like to think my meanderings “keep it real” here at the Diva Headquarters, the Dalai Lama is actually here for a very good reason.

While Mr. Lama may have gotten the cover on this month’s issue of the national business and lifestyle magazine, The Swiss News, I’m tucked away on the inside of this very issue in a special article on “Blogging Your Way to Business”.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by readers and clients alike is how The Antiques Diva™ blog turned into a business. Well, Chantal Panozzo got the inside scoop! Not just from me, but also from two of my fellow expat bloggers as well…” target=”_blank”>Swisstory and This non-American Life!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 284px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Click here to learn blog-turned-business secrets in Chantal’s exclusive, behind-the-scenes August Business Feature – Blogging For Business (and Pleasure)! And while you’re at it, why don’t you pop into Chantal’s personal blog One Big Yodel!

While Chantal’s blog & this article in The Swiss News are keeping you busy, I’m going to duck out the back door! I guess I should say Arrivederci – Living La Dolce Diva continues as my husband WG & I hit the road yet again! Destination – The Amalfi Coast! But this will be a working trip, as I drink prosecco and write prose, working on proposals and diva details whilst lounging on my hotel room’s balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the green lemon trees of Lattari Mountains! It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Never fear, I may be away but as always I’ve pre-posted some divalicious blogs to keep you busy in my absence.

Until next time, Ciao Bella!

The Antiques Diva™

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