Diva-scovery: Unopiu

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While browsing the stores at Berlin’s Stilwerk last week I discovered Unopiu – a store whose motto proclaims itself as having “the world’s largest range of outdoor products”. While I was entranced with their gorgeous collection of furnishings for verandas, terrace’s and pool houses, I’m lucky to be able to fit a gas grill and tiny table and chairs for two on the back balcony of my urban apartment. Though I was enchanted by Unopiu’s outdoor collection – as delicious as it might have been – that wasn’t what caught my eye.

No, instead it was the Interior Collection that was one part Tuscan and one part French provincial with the remaining third being an extra dose of European country style. I could see any of the pieces fitting comfortably on the pages of Kathryn Ireland’s Classic Country book, bedecked with her brightly colored fabrics and vintage finds. A visit to their website lured me further into their folds – thus today’s DivaScovery is Unopiu.

Unopiu was started in 1978 when 2 partners with a craze for gardens started a utopian project to create furnishing solutions for open spaces as though they were part of the house, with the same care and the same elegance – 30 years later this small handicraft store has 30 showrooms in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Austria and publish 3 million copies of their catalog (containing over 2000 items) in 6 languages!

Best of all, Unopiu offers online shopping – so you, dear Diva Readers, are only a click away from today’s Diva-scovery!

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Image from an article titled “La Dolce Vita with Unopiu” on Hidden in France blog

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Images above and below from Polyvore

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Until Next Time, Happy Shopping!
The Antiques Diva™

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

Hurry – Last Chance for Brederode Voorjaarsbrocante 2008 This Weekend!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Since posting my blog Unopened Mail, my inbox has been inundated with readers asking for more details about the to-find-my-favorite-french.html” target=”_blank”>Brederode Voorjaarsbrocante, which happens to be one of my favorite antiquing opportunities in Holland! This secret sale, held only twice a year in the summer and then again in the month before Christmas, takes place on the 3rd floor of an inconspicuous apartment building just off the Lijnbaansgracht (at # 56D) around the corner from the Westerstraat.

Lucky, locally based Diva readers, who act quickly, still have a chance to visit Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret – to-find-my-favorite-french.html” target=”_blank”>The Brederode Voorjaarsbrocante! This Secret Sale is going on this weekend June 13 -15, 11am – 6pm. But don’t despair, for those of you who don’t live in Holland or can’t make the date, Ms. Brederode also opens her gorgeously-attired apartment by appointment for a select few the rest of the year!

Mention The Antiques Diva ™ and you are guaranteed a 10% discount off of goods purchased!

Coming up to the building, you ring the buzzer marked Brederode to be allowed entrance in the building, then ascend the stairs following a sign directing you to the third floor before entering a French Garden Paradise. A step inside Brederode Voorjaarsbrocante brings me back to early summer in St Remy de Provence and I can almost smell the lavender in the air and taste the rosé wine & olives. While Mevrouw Brederode has a wonderful assortment of eclectic antiques, her specialty is garden furniture. Her style is shabby chateau chic with a heavy emphasis on bringing the outdoors inside. This year’s sale I also noticed a leaning towards folk art unnoticed in previous visits chez elle.

Although I am a writer, I write today searching for words to describe Brederode’s French country collection. I realize that this is a moment when photos speak louder than words. So rather than waxing poetically about the Brederode Voorjaarsbrocante, I decided to do something I rarely do. They say a photograph is worth a thousand words so I’m going to let the following photos speak for themselves…

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That said, I can’t help but share with you what one Diva Reader commented after visiting the brocante, “I bought a table, chair, flower container, a piece of pottery and some iron edging for the garden . They were exactly the type of things I was looking for. I will definitely be a repeat customer. Thank you so much for the information!”

Another emailed to say, “I’ve fallen in love with Brederode and can’t wait until the Christmas sale!” While a third merely asked, “Where else can you buy a perfect garden gnome, a collection of Belgian lusterware, a Parisian café table and a pair of carved wooden birds and birdcage?”

When I expressed my enthusiasm to Mevrouw Brederode, she blushed girlishly with pride and said “I’m so glad you enjoy my shop!”and then she continued on, giving me more tips on things to do nearby!

“On Saturday, there’s the famous Boerenmarkt (farmers market) on Noordermarkt at the other end of the Westerstraat. It’s only a 5 min. walk from my house so would be perfect for your Diva’s to visit when they visit me. And then around the corner there’s also a normal street market on the whole of the Lindengracht. And last but not least, I must send you to another Secret Sale… Do you know about Chambre D’Amis? This is yet another brocante sale in a private home at the Bloemgracht #58! It’s only a 5-10 minute walk from my place – You should certainly visit Johanne after visiting me!”

So I took her advice and ambled through the Jordaan and yet again I was delighted to discover a wonderful French oasis next to this Amsterdam canal. This secret sale runs off and on throughout June & July beginning this weekend 13 -15 June, 2008 and then again 20 -22 June and 12 -15 July before opening its doors yet again for Santa Claus 19-21 December, 2008. The inventory is heavily French influenced and contains the most gorgeous collection of glassware I’ve seen in one locale as well as an incredible assortment of 18th and 19th century china, porcelain & pottery. Again, the owner has impeccable taste and one has the conclusion that to shop from here means you too have Style with a capital “S”.

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Happy Shopping Diva Readers! I’ll be back next week with mor
e divalicious tips on where to hit the summer sales this June & July!

Tot Ziens!

The Antiques Diva™