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Bonjour Paris – Ask The Antiques Diva™

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In my tory/ask-antiques-provence/”>“Ask The Antiques Diva™” column from this month’s Bonjour Paris Newsletter, a reader writes in to ask about “Antiquing in Provence”. I discuss my favorite flea markets in Provence and recommend an essential book for travelers in France. Plus, I share tips on why you should and why you should not shop in l’Isle sur la Sorgue!

tory/ask-antiques-provence/”>Click Here to read the article at Bonjour Paris – the definitive guide to France!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

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Photo Credits:
Angelica Arbulu Photography

Diva-scovery: Passamaneria Valmar – Florence, Italy

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>One of the only trimmings stores in Florence with an on-site workshop, Passamaneria Valmar has been selling every conceivable tassel, trim, tieback, cord, and border for the last half century. And what’s not for sale in this tiny family run boutique on a smart street by the Palazzo Davanzati, will be made-to-order.

Passamaneria Valmar
Via Porta Rossa, 53/R
50123 Firenze Italia
Phone: +39 055 284493

Web: http://www.valmar-florence.com/
Email: to:valmar@valmar-florence.com”>valmar@valmar-florence.com

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photo courtesy of store website

Until Next Time, Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

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What is Diva-scovery?
A fabulous find or shopping discovery – be it an Antique Shop, Vintage or Home Decorating Store – that will entice diva’s on parade to stop, shop and drop some dough!

Do you have a Diva-scovery you’d like to share? Perhaps a favorite antique shop, an excellent brand or divalicious home decorating store. Whether you’re in Paris, Texas or Paris, France or anywhere else around the globe, I’d love to hear your Diva-scoveries!! Email me at to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com

Roving Reporter La Reine’s Hungarian Bathtub Herb Garden

THE ANTIQUES DIVA™ TOURS – CLOSED FOR ANNUAL VACATION DURING AUGUST – REOPENS SEPTEMBER While my tour guides are taking a much needed holiday and I’m away for the month of August sipping champagne at sunset on a Mediterranean Cruise (after taking a driving tour of Italy), I haven’t forgotten you, my loyal readers, in my absence. August 2008 you’ll enjoy a multitude of guest blogs, pre-posted light blogs and miscellaneous reader questions. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more great addresses and shopping tips this fall! All email inquiries or posted comments will be responded to come September!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Roving Reporter La Reine emailed a few weeks ago with a sensational idea! She’d recently moved into a penthouse apartment in Manhattan and was looking for ways to decorate her huge wrap-around balcony. While surfing the net, La Reine discovered a vintage Hungarian Baby Bath Tub at Garnet Hill and decided that it would make the perfect home for an herb garden! Apparently it was a limited item as I can’t find this item for sale on the Garnet Hill website anymore, but regardless of where you buy your baby bath tub – the idea is a sensational one! As I have a roof-top terrace as my back yard, I am always searching for planters and this photo has me rethinking how I will go forward with planning my plantings this fall!

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Repurposing antique and vintage unique objects such as bath tubs, or lobster pots, or any number of things, are an excellent way to make a diva-worthy eye catching display
! Do you have a diva-worthy idea that you would like to share with Antiques Diva readers? If so, email me at to:theantiquesdiva@yahoo.com”>theantiquesdiva@yahoo.com

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

One Minute Diva – Winetini

THE ANTIQUES DIVA™ TOURS – CLOSED FOR ANNUAL VACATION DURING AUGUST – REOPENS SEPTEMBER While my tour guides are taking a much needed holiday and I’m away for the month of August sipping champagne at sunset on a Mediterranean Cruise (after taking a driving tour of Italy), I haven’t forgotten you, my loyal readers, in my absence. August 2008 you’ll enjoy a multitude of guest blogs, pre-posted light blogs and miscellaneous reader questions. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more great addresses and shopping tips this fall! All email inquiries or posted comments will be responded to come September!

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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;”>Leave it to La Reine & Lady Lotus to tell me about a new thing that is all the rage in the
States — Winetini Hors D’oeuvre Plates.

You take your favorite champagne or wine bottle – perhaps a special bottle from your wedding or anniversary – and have it flattened into a fun & functional tray to serve hors d’oeuvres, cheese or petit fours! This is an excellent gift idea or a great way to make a memento of a special occasion. I’m trying to decide which would be more fun — a Winetini Tray with my Riga’s Finest label (from a bottle purchased while on holiday in Latvia a few years ago) or perhaps that fancy gold Bohemian Champagne label stripped off one of the many bottles we lugged home from the Czech Republic last year?

Whichever bottle I choose, it’s certain to be a conversation starter at my next cocktail party.

Bottoms Up!

The Antiques Diva™

The Alfajiri Gallery and De Nationale Art Deco and Design Beurs

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#382900;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:70px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When my new friend, Joanne, sent me an email telling me about De Nationale Art Deco & Design Beurs happening Jan 31 – Feb 3, 2008 in The Hague, I found myself distracted by something else I read in her email. For in that same email about the fair, Joanne had included a link for me to see her own online art gallery – The Alfajiri Gallery. I was gobsmacked to discover that my new English friend was an artist – and that she, along with friends Jane and Briony, had set up shop on the internet selling their sculptures, paintings, weavings and more.

While Joanne had sent me an email so that I could tell The Antiques Diva™ readers about the fair in The Hague, I felt that Joanne’s online art gallery was just as diva- worthy, so I decided to lead off today’s blog by sending you her way. Joanne’s resin bronze of running hares is so wonderfully William Morris-inspired that I’ve half a mind to add it to my collection. Briony’s oil painting of an artichoke is crying out to be hung in my kitchen/open dining area while Jane’s rustic weavings might just be the perfect raw and tactile contrast to juxtapose against the French finery I tend to favor.

Meanwhile, Joanne was indeed a gem for recommending this upcoming fair! De Nationale Art Deco and Design Beurs fair is a “who’s who” in the world of Dutch Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Amsterdam School. The top galleries in Holland gather to present and sell their collections crafted during the last century as they display applied arts from 1880 – 1980. To round out the selection, galleries and designers from Belgium and Germany have also tossed their own tory_1920_1930.htm#Cloche%20Hat%20Timeline” target=”_blank”>cloche hats into the ring, offering Jungendstil and Bauhaus designs. Add to the offerings the fact that this fair is held in the Grote Kerk on the Torenstraat in the middle of my favorite city in The Netherlands – The Hague – and you can just about guarantee where you’ll find me and WG this weekend! The fact that the Grote Kerk happens to be conveniently nearby my favorite Dutch department store (Maison de Bonneterie) hasn’t slipped my mind either – and I suspect they still have some of the January sales ongoing.

Unfortunately, as the Grote Kerk in The Hague isn’t very big and the fair is exceedingly popular, the church is bound to be crowded on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 2nd & 3rd. If you have the time, I recommend you squeeze in a visit on Thursday, Jan 31st or Friday, Feb 1st to avoid rubbing shoulders with the masses of humanity. Joanne also advises that you wear what her grandmother calls “sensible shoes” as the floor in the church is old, and thus uneven, with random steps and dips. And while you’re planning your wardrobe, remember to wear clothes that layer as Joanne recalls she nearly froze to death during her first visit to the fair years ago and then last year found the heat was turned so high that she was sweating bullets!

For the record, the heat didn’t seem to get in the way of Joanne’s shopping! A true diva through and through, Joanne was determined to shop in spite of the heat! Thankfully she did, and as a result she’s got a great tip for you! She advised The Antiques Diva ™ readers to keep an eye out for her favorite stall – Galerie Fleur de Lis – where they sell beautiful glass art and vases. For this week’s fair, she is already making a list and checking it twice – she’s going to find out which glass is naughty and nice! Needless to say, I’m angling for an invitation to visit Joanne for a proper cup of tea in the coming weeks so that I can see her latest purchases and get a better look at her own art work!

Until next time, Gros Bisous from one Art Deco Lover to Another!

The Antiques Diva ™

PS. Sadly, Galerie Fleur de Lis doesn’t have a website – but if you miss the fair you can still check them out in person at their shop in Delft.

Galerie Fleur de Lis
Roland Holstlaan 1068
2624 JR Delft
+31 (0) 15 262 87 60
to:galeriefleur@cs.com”>galeriefleur@cs.com

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