Oasis Oamaru in New Zealand

Oasis Oamaru in New ZealandWhile I was recently in Bali preparing for our upcoming Indonesian Antiques Tours, the very stylish Michael Nalder invited me over to his tropical oasis – his home – for a fabulous dinner and cocktails. While sipping champagne in this exotic locale, I had the opportunity to meet Greg Waite, owner of Oasis Oamaru, an antique store in New Zealand. We became fast friends, which seems to happen often in the international antiques community. Greg and I discussed his shop in New Zealand as well as life in general in his beautiful country. It’s safe to say that my desperate desire to travel there has only been enhanced since meeting Greg!

While we’ll be featuring Michael’s store in the coming months, as it happens to be one of my favorite sources in all of Bali, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of our new Antiques Diva friends in New Zealand. It never ceases to amaze me how small the world is when you’re constantly traveling. Who knows, perhaps The Antiques Diva & Co will be expanding to New Zealand next?! For now, here is a look at our friends from Oasis Oamaru.

Oasis Oamaru in New Zealand

Oasis Oamaru in New Zealand

Oasis Oamaru in New ZealandOasis Oamaru is located in the port warehouse area of Oamaru, North Otago in a circa 1876 grain store, which has New Zealand Historic Places Trust status. The store has an Asian focus when it comes to art and antiques. And this makes sense, after all, as Asia is where I met Greg! Each piece is hand selected and imported mostly from Indonesia and China. For an international mix, Oasis also sources pieces at local markets in New Zealand including vintage photography, reference books on all subjects New Zealand, and British studio ceramics. They also have a comprehensive selection of books on art and architecture.Oasis Oamaru in New ZealandIf you find yourself in New Zealand, stop by Oasis and tell him The Antiques Diva sent you!

Cheers,

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Asian Antiques at Villa Le Priotlet

Just east of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint-Emilion in France lies a beautiful home called Villa Le Priotlet. The family home, which has been lovingly restored and furnished, is owned by my friend, Doni Belau. Doni is the author of Girls’ Guide to Paris and is a fellow antique lover. One thing she’s done at the villa that I absolutely love is incorporate Asian antiques she purchased in Bali. Since we recently launched our Antiques Diva Asian Tours (including Bali), I thought it would be fun to show how Doni has used pieces she sourced in Asia to decorate her French villa!

Villa Le Priotlet

This centuries old authentic stone villa is set dramatically on the banks of the Dordogne River in a region which has produced some of the world’s best wine since Roman times. The villa, which is available for rent, consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, ideally set up for three couples or a small family. The perfect setting to relax and enjoy the peaceful views, the cosy villa has been thoughtfully decorated with a mix of modern pieces and antiques from Europe and Asia. It’s this mix of styles and time periods that I think is so smart and reflective of the way people live now.

 

 

Villa Le Priotlet

Villa Le Priotlet

Aside from statues and accessories, one piece that I particularly adore is a bed Doni purchased from Bali. Having just returned to Europe from Bali, I can tell you that Bali is the one place in the world that competes with the Paris Flea Market when it comes to offering the creme de la creme of antiquing! There is such a great diversity of inventory that you could buy containers of antiques and have them shipped home. I think Doni’s Indonesian bed is the perfect example of how to use statement pieces from exotic parts of the world in a more classic country setting. Can’t you just imagine sipping a glass of wine while lounging on that regal bed? And while Doni is at home in France… picture this by a pool in Florida or in lieu of a cabana in California.

Villa Le Priotlet

Asian Antiques at Villa Le Priotlet

If you would like more information on planning a custom one-on-one buying tour with The Antiques Diva in Asia, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help make your antiquing dreams a reality!

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®