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Love & Lust: Objets de Decoration – Style & Design: Best of the Web Award

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I was delighted Friday afternoon to discover that The Antiques Diva blog, alongside French Garden Antiques and Design Commotion, was given this award by The Decorating Diva:

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The Decorating Diva was founded by Carmen Natschke, the award-winning designer and co-founder of Room In A Kit LLC. In 2002 the parent company decided to spin off a sister company of Room In A Kit LLC by launching The Decorating Divas workshops where students learned everything from how to faux paint to how to accessorize like a professional decorator. At each workshop, dozens of students asked about online decorating and buying resources and The Decorating Diva online magazine was born from those requests!

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Want to read what The Decorating Diva had to say about The Antiques Diva™?

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“The Antiques Diva is written by the fabulous Toma Haines, an American expat living in Berlin, Germany with an extraordinary eye for luxe European antiques, vintage jewelry, and art. Toma has taken her love of antiques shopping and made it a career – lucky for antiques lovers (and travel lovers, too) the world over! Toma offers European antiques and decor shopping tours in Paris, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Antwerp and Berlin. To keep up with Toma’s latest antique finds, follow The Antiques Diva on Twitter.”

Thanks Decorating Diva – Though we both know you’re a diva every day, we’re giving you “The Diva of the Day” award here at The Antiques Diva™ site as a small way to say Merci Beaucoup!

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The Antiques Diva™

Diva-scovery: Third Floor Antiques

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Interview with Third Floor Antiques

Antiques Diva:
Tell me about Third Floor Antiques. How did you get involved in specializing in this particular period of jewelry?

Third Floor Antiques:
My husband and I have been selling antiques for over 25 years. We became involved with Scottish jewelry while shopping an antiques market in London about 23 years ago. I saw a unique brooch with colored stones set in silver. I inquired about the price and was told it was 19th century Scottish and was 180 pounds. This was a great deal of money in those years, especially for silver! I thanked the dealer and left. Later in the day while resting in the hotel, my husband returned and purchased the brooch as a surprise for me. So began our mutual appreciation and passion for antique Scottish jewelry. Like many others, our love of collecting became a business. While my husband is a practicing Medical Oncologist, he still has been able to travel with me and assists me at exhibitions.

Antiques Diva:
What a romantic story! Could you tell Diva Readers what’s special about the period you’re interested in?

Third Floor Antiques:
I love its distinctive designs and naturalistic elements. I appreciate the intricate work fashioned out of materials that have little or no intrinsic value. My husband loves the more artistic pieces and I adore the very traditional designs.

Antiques Diva:
I know there are so many to choose from that it might be difficult to answer this question, but do you have a favorite piece in your collection?

Third Floor Antiques:
One of my favorite items in our inventory is #754380 stock #2189. It is a Scottish agate penannular brooch of exceptional size and choice of colors. The use of penannulars and fibulas to secure cloaks has been used for centuries. In this example the Scottish designers made the “look” sleek, modern and yet decidedly Scottish.
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Antiques Diva:
I’m swooning… it’s so modern and amazing that this piece dates back to the 1880’s. I love the description on the website explaining how it was made to adorn tartans. The (following) description of it on your online catalog really transports me to another time and place:

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Queen Victoria’s love of Balmoral Castle, and the traditions of its people was equally matched by the enthusiasm of the populace. If the Queen wore Scottish jewelry, so did the people. Thus this industry grew and some wonderful pieces of jewelry were created. This penannular is not only grand in stature, but in its fine execution.


Antiques Diva:
How do you see this broach being worn today?

Third Floor Antiques:
It is easily used on sweaters, coats or better yet, on a paisley scarf. While wearing it – wherever you are – you can imagine the heather and the Scottish mist.

Antiques Diva:
Any other favorites you care to share with Diva Readers?

Third Floor Antiques:
The other period of design that we love is the Georgian period. The jewelry is handmade, scarce and so very beautiful. We are currently offering a tore.html#item” target=”_blank”>wonderful pair of Georgian garnet pansy earrings – I have had Georgian earrings of this design only once before, as finding long Georgian earrings seem to be getting all the more difficult. The earrings are light on the ear and suitable for day or evening wear. The cascading leaves terminate with a pansy and all four sections articulate. The pansy was a popular flower used to symbolize remembrance. Given as love tokens, these are as wonderful and sentimental today, as they were two hundred years.

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Georgian Garnet Pansy Earrings
Antiques Diva:
Perfect for valentine’s day! (note to my darling husband, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)!

Third Floor Antiques:
Valentines is indeed just around the corner! Another of my favorites is a pair of tore.html#item” target=”_blank”>very rare Georgian chalcedony earrings.

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Very rare Georgian chalcedony earrings
Both are exceptionally lovely and rare in form.

Antiques Diva:
Have you noticed trends in jewelry in terms of what the public wants?

Third Floor Antiques:
Movies such as “Queen Victoria, The Early Years” have increased public demand and awareness. Several new books on Scottish and Georgian jewelry are also available for researching these areas.

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Janet, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your business! I’ll look forward to finding you at the next Pier Show! Any last thoughts before we go?

Third Floor Antiques:
Thanks so much for the opportunity to be on the Antiques Diva blog! My husband and I have travelled abroad several times a year in search of these fast disappearing treasures. We are fortunate to share the passion and the pleasure of meeting hundreds of dealers and having unique experiences. We hold these treasures and then entrust them to other loving hands.

Antiques Diva:
Thanks Third Floor Antiques for being a special Antiques Diva blog guest – Janet, you are The Diva of the Day!
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Until Next Time,
The Antiques Diva™

Think Outside the Decorating Box

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You might remember a couple months ago I did a blog post on ton-usa-edition.html” target=”_blank”>The Urban Market’s November 8 antiques fair in Houston. On that post I included a picture of a darling wagon, calling it “the Find of the Day” and claiming it would make a sensational, eclectic coffee table for those who are interested in using fun finds in unique and interesting ways as home décor!

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The text on the feature photo reads:

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Until next time, think outside the decorating box!

The Antiques Diva ™

One Minute Diva – Sketches for Charity

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>A friend in the blogosphere just emailed, sharing insight into a new project she’s started called “Sketches for Charity” and I wanted to spread the word about her project.

Tina Steele Lindsey is a talented full-time artist residing in Atlanta, focusing on abstract works and figures as well as creating custom pieces for private spaces. Sketches for Charity is an opportunity for you to do “good works” while scoring high-quality art work for incredibly reasonable prices. She’s kicking off this program with a sketch titled “JuJu B” selling for $50, an incredible bargain for art lovers. The full proceeds of the donation will go towards one of the following organizations: Doctors Without Borders, CARE, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Visit Tina Steele Lindsey’s website for more details and stay tuned to Lindsey’s site for future Sketch for Charity Opportunities!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

All in a Day’s Work – A Date With Bono

to9j_CI/AAAAAAAADXw/AF4LDBuUTJA/s1600-h/091.JPG”>top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>This morning I woke bleary-eyed. If I were in full confessional mode I might reveal that perhaps I had too much St Emillion with dinner last night, but as I’m a diva and a diva never reveals these details – especially when guests are staying chez elle – I slugged an extra shot of espresso and headed out the door, ready to the take on the day, diva style! Fashion Stylist Kelli Djulus of A Rendez-Vous-With-Style & I were doing a Diva Tour of the Berliner Trödelmarkt. The itinerary was set: breakfast from the Bäckerei, the afternoon spent hard-core antiquing on the Straße des 17 Juni with a quick bite of Bratwurst, followed by a relaxing and indulgent High Tea at Berlin’s best hotel, The Adlon.

Everything went according to plan. Kelli had fantastic success on the tour, scoring a gorgeous pewter and etched glass Art Nouveau decanter, a Christkindl German Christmas plate, a vintage Burberry coat, 2 crystal caviar containers, 2 French Art Deco chrome canisters (one for sugar and the other for chicory plus a date made for later in the week for a private viewing with the dealer), 2 original hand-crafted necklaces and a pair of earrings. All in all, not bad for a day’s work. I guess we could say that Kelli “did find what she was looking for.”

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Just another day’s work in The Life of The Antiques Diva™.

Walk On!
The Antiques Diva ™

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Reader Question: Paris Flea Market Dates

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Dear Diva,

top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I love your blog! You have inspired me!! I am traveling to Paris on April 28 for 1 week and am hoping to go to Chatou. Do you know if the flea market is on-going? Perhaps during the weekend only?

Thanks!
Robin

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Dearest Robin,

top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I hate to dash your dreams, but the Foire Nationale de la Brocante et Jambon won’t be going on when you’re in Paris next week! This fair, held in Chatou, is only twice a year and you just missed the March 6 – 15, 2009 dates and the next dates for this fair are not until Sept 25-Oct 4, 2009. 

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A good standby for flea marketing anytime when in Paris is the torique/Default.htm” target=”_blank”>Paris flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. This well-organized flea market has no stalls set up on blankets in the street – instead it has permanent structures housing millions of euro of inventory, complete with 13 districts, 2000 vendors & 7 miles of alleys! It’s on every weekend Friday – Monday. Friday is dealer day, Saturday and Sunday is shopping for mere mortals. Monday is a nice day to go as there are smaller crowds at this typically overcrowded market; however, many of the vendors are closed or close early in the spirit of TGIM! (Thank God It’s Monday).
Another regularly scheduled weekend flea market in Paris is the Porte de Vanves market. Not as big as Les Puces, this market in Paris’ 14eme arrondisment has more than 350 vendors open Saturday and Sunday from 7am-3pm all year. The smaller-sized makes it a more compact outing for a morning’s brocanting.
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Until then… à bientôt et bon voyage!

The Antiques Diva™

Tip from Diva Reader – The Contessa

Dearest Diva –

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I just ordered another cook book that I thought your readers might be interested in learning about – The Tavern on the Green Cookbook! It’s just out and has some wonderful recipes and a complete history of the restaurant. I’m sure you are familiar with this wonderful NYC restaurant.

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And before I go, I wanted to ask do you know about the website www.luxaholics.com ? If you’re not familiar with it, I’m certain you’ll be happy I introduced you to it.

The Contessa

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Silver Palate Chili For a Crowd!

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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound yellow onions, coarsely chopped
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
4 pounds beef chuck, ground
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/3 cup ground cumin
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 1/2 tablespoons salt,
or to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
3 cans (28 ounces each) Italian plum tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cans (16 ounces each) dark-red kidney beans, drained
2 cans (5 1/2 ounces each) pitted black olives, drained

1. Heat the olive oil in a very large pot. Add the onions and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 15 minutes. Add the sausage meat and ground chuck; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the meats are well browned. Spoon off any excess fat and discard.
2. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley and kidney beans. Stir well and simmer, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.
3. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add olives; simmer for 5 minutes more to heat through. Serve immediately.

Serves 20. Per serving: 260 calories, 19g carbohydrate, 26g protein,
10g fat, 55mg cholesterol.

Guest Blog: Flower Basics from The Contessa

Guest Blogger The Contessa writes:

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SdJq2igqa1I/AAAAAAAACzs/TrSnS5IqIo4/s320/056.JPG” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Knowing that I was the daughter of 2 florists (or as they are now called “floral artists”), The Antiques Diva asked me for some tips on flowers. I grew up surrounded by beautiful blossoms all the time. My father also had a love for growing and had 3 large greenhouses. He was, at one time, the largest geranium grower in New York State. His designs won many awards and today, on the anniversary of his passing, I am proud to pass along some things I learned from him.

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If you don’t have room for a garden, I encourage you to support your local florist or farmers market.
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to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SdJq2fCytwI/AAAAAAAACzk/IG1IJ6b1XV8/s320/028.JPG” border=”0″ />Arranging the flowers is a bit of a personal thing. No one likes the same thing all the time. One important tip….as you are arranging your flowers, make sure all leaves are above the water line. If you don’t do this, the leaves will rot quickly and make for a really foul smelling water. There is nothing I like better than a tall clear vase with about a half dozen white gladiolas. I think it is sheer elegance. I also prefer a smaller vase with white tulips. If you prefer a mix, it’s up to you. Color co-ordinate as you would your wardrobe. In other words, don’t put orange and purple flowers in the same vase. ICK! Now that doesn’t apply if you are doing a big arrangement of wild flower. Mother Nature has provided us with a beautiful palate of wild flowers that somehow always seem to go together. Here in upstate NY, you can drive along a country road and pick a variety of wild flowers from Black Eyed Susan’s to Queen Ann’s Lace.

No matter how you arrange your flowers, the trick is just to do it. No home is complete without some of nature’s beauty. Enjoy!

The Contessa – The Diva of The Day

A Note From The Antiques Diva

Have you enjoyed the photos in today’s blog? All of these beautiful pictures were taken at Holland’s famous garden Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower garden with over 7 Million flower bulbs planted annually! In 2009 Keukenhof will be open from March 19 to May 21 – and this Diva typically visits a number of times to see the blossoms in their various stages. Rumor has it that this year mid April is the best time to go to Keukenhof.

Do you feel like doing a Divalicious Craft Project? This Spring take pictures of your garden and turn those photos into cards with the help of to_Cards.jsp” target=”_blank”>Kodak Gallery’s photo tools? to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SdJrHERORWI/AAAAAAAAC0M/XL4VKmlNzyI/s320/Diva+and+Wine+Guy.jpg” border=”0″ />

Last Minute Diva – Amsterdam Auction at de Zwaan Veilinggebouw

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dutch-based Diva Readers will be delighted to know that de Zwaan, a canal-side Amsterdam auction house, is hosting a killer sale “Algemene Kunst-en-Antiekveiling” 10 – 25 March, 2009.

While the sale is next week, the viewing days are going on right now and rumor has it there are some great items up for grabs!

Viewing Days!!

Thursday 5 March until Sunday 8 March from 10am – 5pm daily

Late viewing on Thursday evening from 7pm – 9pm

For the sale dates, visit de Zwaan’s website and while you’re there take a browse through their online catalog.

As always, should you be interested in attending the auction with a helping hand, email The Antiques Diva at toma@antiquesdiva.com to schedule individual auction shopping services.

Veilinggebouw De Zwaan B.V.
Keizersgracht 474 – 1017 EG Amsterdam
Telefoon 020 622 0447 – Fax 020 638 45 76
E-mail info@dezwaan.nl

USA Edition – Guest Blog – Save the Date New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dear Diva Readers,

Save the Date! Mark your calendar – March 14-15, 2009! This is the last big collecting event in New York City until fall.

  • 500 Shops and Galleries in ONE building. Pier 94 12th Ave., @55th St., NY
  • Fabulous and Affordable Furniture, Jewelry, Silver, Ceramics
  • Industrial Arts, Collectibles, Fashion, Art and so much more!

From tea towels to Tiffany and way beyond… you’ll find it at the Pier Show.

NEW HOURS: 10-6pm on Saturday and Sunday

Admission: $15
(But take a hint and watch the NY Times on Fridays in February for a discount admission coupons)

For More Details: visit stellashows

By the way, Dealers, this show is made with you in mind! Dealer Specials (of up to 50% off certain items) are being compiled and will be emailed to registered dealers prior to the show.

While there, check out the Glass, Rug & Furniture Restoration & Conservation booth as well as the Toy, Memorabilia & Pop Culture Appraisals

Coming to you LIVE FROM NEW YORK,

The Contessa

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