Makeshift Headboards

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House Beautiful July/August 2010
Photograph by Roger Davies

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In the July/August 2010 House Beautiful I was absolutely smitten with the Baroque Cartouche Repurposed Head Board used by interior designers Marshall Watson & Jeffrey Kilmer in their client’s Salt Lake City guest house. Smitten with the idea of repurposing items for headboards, I had two items found recently on Antiques Diva Tours in Amsterdam and Antwerp spring to mind.

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />In Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier, this wooden embellishment from a ship in Holland would be positively dreamy. My husband and I have this metaphor for our marriage saying he is the captain of our ship – getting us where we want to go – but I’m the cruise director – ensuring that we stop and take plenty of excursions so it seems the ideal headboard for our master bedroom! When I first saw this piece I thought it was the back of a carriage like the piece we found in Antwerp on a Diva Tour.

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />I’ve had my eye on this piece in the International Antiques Centre in Antwerp for months… This shop ran by an American living abroad is positively palatial, containing over 4000 square feet of international antiques in a 16th C converted warehouse.

to 10px; WIDTH: 267px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />For years I’ve been smitten by the idea of repurposing headboards, and have often thought a garden gate would be ideal. In this Chicago Home and Garden magazines spread, the interior designer Kramer Design used a 75 year old balcony railing to accomplish the desired mood.

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The Antiques Diva™
(Seen Right at Le Grand Hotel Intercontinental Paris)

Reader Question – English Country Fairs and Antique Markets

Dear Antiques Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You recently posted some brocante dates for Holland and France. Can you recommend a similar list for England? I love watching BBC television for their decorating and antiques programs. I would like to visit an antique fair and country fair while touring the UK this August. My husband is English and thus far each trip across the Channel has been to visit his friends or family in Somerset. This year for our holiday I convinced him to take me on a tour of his home land so I can visit the sites we see on TV. This will be our first “holiday” in the UK. We’ll take the ferry from Calais and as my husband phrases it, “We will peter around for 4 weeks.” He’s setting the itinerary but do you know of a good antique fair we could visit?

Your advice is appreciated.



Bonjour Marie-Claire,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You are a lucky lady! Not only have you married an English man (I’m a pushover for those sexy British accents) but you have family & friends to visit in Somerset whenever you want. I suspect you’ve read every to_you/2003/09/jane_austen.shtml” target=”_blank”>Jane Austen novel there is and I imagine you call “ton marie” Darcy every chance you get! Nevertheless, I can understand you wanting to get out and see more of the countryside. Jolly old England happens to be one of my favorite places on the planet and if I weren’t taking a driving tour of Italy before hopping on our Mediterranean Cruise this August, I might have major envy over your travel plans! You must let us know where you went and what you did when all is said and done!!

As for antique fairs, again lady luck has smiled down on you as August in England is smacked full of great antiques fairs and country fairs. And (again lucky you) I just met up with my good friend The English Rose who was taking a long weekend in Brussels last weekend on her quest to visit all the European capitals. While there, The English Rose loaded my arms with a stack of English magazines and in that stack happened to be the latest copy of BBC Homes & Antiques.

All your answers come from this August 2008 issue – so you might want to bid The English Rose a quick Bonjour & Merci while tootling around the countryside!

Cheerio Mate!

The Antiques Diva™
(with a little help from her friend, The English Rose)

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International Antiques & Home Show
5-6 August, 2008 at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire

Newark International
7-8 August, 2008 at Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground in Winthorpe

Bowman Fair
8-10 August, 2008 at Bingley Hall – Straffordshire Country Showground

The South Cotswolds Antique Fair
8-10 August, 2008 at Westonbirt School

Affordable Ceramics & Decorative Arts Sale
16-18th August, 2008 at Dreweatts Auction House – Mansfield Road, Nottingham

Chatsworth Country Fair
29-31st August, 2008 on the grounds of the Greatest of the Peak District’s Homes