Louvre Decorative Arts Gallery in Paris

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>It’s time to study abroad. No need to waste time at the La Sorbonne –  it’s time to go study arts and antiques at the Louvre!  I’ve always said that anyone interested in antiques should really spend time indoors at the museums in addition to at the flea markets so they can educate their eye on quality, but now more than ever I encourage you to take my advice!  The Louvre has finally reopened its 18th-century decorative-arts galleries after a nine-year, $35 million renovation during which time this wing was closed. The project was spearheaded by who else? That bastion of French Interior Design – Jacques Garcia!  But Monsieur Garcia didn’t make a dime off the project – he donated his time to the Louvre for the love of antiques.

French Interior Design - Jacques Garcia, The Louvre, 18th Century Decorative Arts Gallery, Lessons in Art and Antiques, The Antiques Diva, French Antiques

French Interior Design - Jacques Garcia, The Louvre, 18th Century Decorative Arts Gallery, Lessons in Art and Antiques, The Antiques Diva, French Antiques

French Interior Design - Jacques Garcia, The Louvre, 18th Century Decorative Arts Gallery, Lessons in Art and Antiques, The Antiques Diva, French Antiques

This 23,000-square-foot space has 33 galleries, including 14 period rooms faithfully recreated covering the period from 1660 to 1790.  With more than 2,000 objects spread over 35 rooms consider this the ULTIMATE LESSON in French Antiques! The Louvre’s collection of eighteenth-century decorative art – royal furniture, decorative bronzes, rugs, tapestries, gold and silver ware, porcelain, jewelry and scientific instruments – is one of the richest and most comprehensive public collections of its kind.  Each room is accurately reproduced with pieces only from that period. I’m not only going to go visit the new exhibit myself I’m scheduling an outing for my entire Paris team to go together with me this fall!

The Antiques Diva®
(seen here at the Louvre with my darling husband before a gala I attended there one magical night in Paris several years ago)

Antiques Diva at the Louvre, Toma Clark Haines, Paris, Louvre Pyramid,

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

grand hotel de bordeaux and spa, The Antiques Diva Bordeaux Tours, Sourcing French Antiques, Best Hotels in Bordeaux

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>One of the perks of being a Diva Guide is that you’re really required to check out fab hotels so we can make recommendations to our clients – and, as a result, we  test a lot of hotels from luxe high-end boutique hotels to more budget-oriented places to rest your head for our clients.  Last week Diva Guide Tara, our locally based Bordeaux Antiques Guide, spot checked The Grand Hotel de Bordeaux and she has declared this hotel 100% Diva Worthy – the perfect place for a splurge when traveling in Bordeaux.  Of course this classification comes as no surprise it was decorated by Diva Favorite Jacques Garcia!  And if the neo-classical façade in the “quartier des Grands Hommes” looks familiar then that’s because this mansion was designed by the same architect who designed Bordeaux Grand Théâtre.  Five stars now shine above this historic building which has succeeded in finding the perfect balance between its rich past and luxury services.

The Antiques Diva®