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The Antiques Diva Does Ruby Lane

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In yesterday’s blog highlighting Blandine Bayoux’s boutique, I mentioned that Antiques Diva™ Readers need not despair because Jolietrouvaille offers a wonderful assortment of antique French country “kitchenalia” online! Today, with that in mind, I want to take you on a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Ruby Lane. Here you can discover hundreds of independent shops showcasing quality antiques and art, vintage collectibles and jewelry items from around the world. And you don’t even need to leave your armchair.

While it is nice to be able to travel to Paris to visit the twice annual tou/foire/jamb.htm” target=”_blank”>La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambon, sometimes a diva must be practical. A trip to Paris merely to go antique shopping is many things, but practical isn’t one of them! When readers ask me for an online resource to go to for antique shopping, Ruby Lane is one of the first resources I think of! While eBay might be chock full of antiques for sale, Ruby Lane preselects their vendors, establishing relationships with the most compelling vendors around the globe. says, “Buying items from a Ruby Lane shop is similar to buying from a seller on Etsy: most store owners explain their selling and return or exchange policies, afford potential buyers the opportunity to ask questions before making a purchase; some even offers sales, coupons, or other purchase incentives; and many invite commissions for custom work.” The website is wonderfully organized by category or by newly arrived items. And their blog, Notes from The Lane, is also a great resource providing a framework of information on their items for sale. I’ve used their site as a resource so frequently; I’ve just added them as one of my “Diva Worthy Links”.

If you haven’t visited Ruby Lane, take a trip today to America’s best Antiques District! As always, tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!

Until next time, see you in “The Lanes”!

The Antiques Diva™

Paris Hotel Boutique

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>As Europe is my personal playground, my specialty is recommending fab flea markets and fêtes on this side of the pond. Most often, stateside readers simply must hop a plane and come “play with me” on “the continent” and I like to think that this is what makes me so darn loveable and why you’re all clamoring to read my latest post! That said, though a diva through and through, I also happen to be shockingly pragmatic at times and even I recognize that my stateside readers can’t spend their entire life with jetlag and need someplace more practical (and a tad closer to home than the torique/Default.htm” target=”_blank”>Paris flea market) to shop for their home décor. For those times when you can’t come to France, then Paris will just have to come to you – in a manner of speaking that is.

Lynn Goldfinger Abram, a San Francisco-based collector and antiques enthusiast, has amassed a wonderful assortment of items – from antique, jeweled crowns that bring out the princess in you, to a vast array of old hotel silver and a virtual treasure trove of well preserved items from the late 1800’s to the mid 20th century. These items make up her online catalogue at the Paris Hotel Boutique. Lynn has a great eye and buys what she thinks will “be in vogue” each season, stocking up on all those yummy things you see on the photo spreads of America’s best decorating magazines. Better yet, her prices seem to be shockingly reasonable. I might just order something myself and have it shipped to me in Europe.

Never fear, my dear European contingent, I haven’t forgotten you!

There is something for everyone as Lynn’s popularity is such that she already is shipping internationally as well as stateside! With the Euro as strong as it is against the Dollar, it might just make sense for you to buy your toma+tiara+pic.jpg”>toma+tiara+pic.jpg” border=”0″ />favorite European antique in America and have it shipped back home – kind of the antique shoppers take on the Lion King’s “circle of life”.

Bonne Shopping et Au Revoir,

The Antiques Diva ™

The One Minute Diva – La Table

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#440005;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Regional Reporter, The Duchess of Orange, just sent me a tip advising my readers in the Amsterdam area to drop what they are doing and make plans to go to La Table. It may sound French, but it’s Dutch through and through and held in quite possibly the most charming town south of Amsterdam. The ‘t Gooi village of Naarden Vesting is one of my favorite places to wander on a weekday afternoon when I’ve nothing better to do. In De Grote Kerk (The Big Church), from Thursday 8 – Sunday 11, November, you’ll find a feast for the eyes with this years theme “The Royal Setting” serving up a heady portion of inspiration for holiday décor and design. Pretty much everything to do with interior design, table decorations, and interior lifestyle in general will be celebrated! Celebrated chef Paul Fagel is making a special lunch and dinner arrangement with fair guests as he celebrates his latest book “Aan Tafel met Van Gogh” (At the Table with Van Gogh) . While in Naarden you’ll have to visit Het ArsenaalJan des Bouvrie’s (the most famous Dutch interior designer) design center where you’ll want to recline on one of his modern chaise lounges and wrap yourself in one of his fur throws. Bring a camera and snap a pic in a true diva pose while no one is watching…

All the best,

The Antiques Diva ™

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