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Mixing it Up: Modern + Antiques for Diva Décor

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Last week while visiting my Belgian Diva Tour Guide Lucretia’s home I snapped this photo in her living room as I was walking out the door. This vignette in the corner struck me as not only perfect for spring but also perfect for showing readers how you can mix and match different periods and styles. The brightly colored modern art and funky yellow vase are such a playful contrast to the classically designed marble urn lamps with elegant taupe shades and the splendid collection of Empire porcelain.

In your own home I encourage you to play with your pieces. Put together the unexpected for eye catching displays for diva-style! Bursts of unexpected color will draw the eye, adding interest to your displays. Sometimes a dash of a bright color will add a playful, youthful punch, adding bursts of energy to an elegant display. If Domino magazine were still around, this is the type of styling I’d expect from their trendy editors! By accessorizing with unique, multi-head tulips (picked straight from the tulip field near the “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ open-by-appointment-only showroom in Wassenaar) Lucretia drew out the fun yellow and orange color combination in her modern collage painting again keeping perfectly in theme with the artist palette she’d prepared.

I also love the symmetry Lucretia has enforced. The matching plates, lamps and bulb vases lead your mind to expect more matched pairs. Even thought the four pots are not the same, their similar size, shape and colors fools the eye into believing that pairs continue!

Happy Decorating!

The Antiques Diva™

(In Antwerp right with Lucretia – my locally-based Belgian Diva Guide on an Antiques Diva™ Tour)

Amsterdam – Secret Sale Days

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Long-term Diva Readers have heard me time and again divulge details on Amsterdam’s best kept secrets: The Open Door Days of Annette Brederode and Johan de Feijter.

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Mark your calendars for a sensational weekend of Antiques Shopping in Amsterdam!

June 5, 6 and 7, 2009
11am to 6pm.

To read more about past sales, click on the names of each vendor and get all the diva-licious details and pics!

Annette Brederode
Lijnbaansgracht #56D
Amsterdam

The sale takes place on the 3rd floor in an inconspicuous building.. ring the buzzer and climb the stairs for shopping paradise!

Then pop a few blocks over for another Secret Sale!

Johan de Feijter
Bloemgracht 58
Amsterdam

As always, Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. The photo at right was taken the night of our good friend Harry’s 50th birthday dinner at De Jonge Dikkert (a restaraunt just outside of Amsterdam in the city of Amstelveen). The restaurant is among our favorite Dutch treats, partially due to the historic ambiance inside a Dutch windmill built in 1672 and also owing to the sensational modern French Mediterranean cuisine done with a Dutch touch!

Amsterdam – Brederode Secret Antiques Sale

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again, “The Twice Annual Secret Antiques Sale hosted in the private salon of Annette Brederode is Amsterdam’s Best Kept Shopping Secret!”

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Annette Brederode’s “Open Door” sale will take place Dec 12 -14, 2008.

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Where:
The sale takes place on the 3rd floor of an inconspicuous apartment building just off the Lijnbaansgracht (at #56D) around the corner from the Westerstraat.

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What:
Antiques, Home Furnishings, and Garden Décor abound in beautiful tableaus.

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Special Antiques Diva Discount:
Make sure you mention that The Antiques Diva™ sent you and save 10 % automatically!

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Happy Shopping!!

~The Antiques Diva

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