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;”>At my home in Berlin, I have a stack of coffee table books in my living room which I love to peruse when I have down time. At the top of the stack is a favorite, “Houses of Veranda”, which always gives me drool-worthy inspiration. Imagine my excitement when one of our Antiques Diva sources, owners of JVR108, contacted me and told me they were opening an antiques showroom adjacent to their boutique hotel in Antwerp, and that the inaugural inventory includes the very console table which graces the front cover of “Houses of Veranda!” I felt like I had died and gone to… Diva Heaven!
Philip and Frederick have purchased several pieces from the renowned Chateau Rozenhout which was decorated by Axel Vervoordt and Brigitte Garner. The inventory is so top secret that it hasn’t even been announced yet! In fact, the guys are in the process of designing their showroom so the furniture is in a storage unit at the moment. But that doesn’t stop The Antiques Diva! While recently touring with trade clients, we had the opportunity to shop the storage unit, filled with exquisite pieces in this private warehouse. It’s so thrilling when we’re able to find pieces with perfect pedigree like this and make them accessible at amazing trade prices to our clients.
Of course, after shopping the storage unit, we went back to the hotel and the boys of JVR108 had a private chef prepare a 5 course dinner for us—A Diva’s work is never done! If you’d like information on these pieces, contact us at to:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com. And don’t forget, when you’re in the Antwerp area, stay at JVR108 for an top-notch experience. And tell them The Antiques Diva sent you to make sure you get SPECIAL BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS not available otherwise!!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 50px; line-height: 40px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>W hile many of our clients are trade professionals—antiques dealers who come abroad wishing to stock their stores with European antiques— we also get tourist clients, mere shopping mortals, who are looking to purchase special pieces for themselves. One such couple was Kirk and Cookie who contacted us, as they were renovating and redecorating their home in the USA and wished to buy several specific pieces to use. Of course we were happy to help and scheduled them for a multi-country tour which included stops in Paris, Belgium, and Bordeaux.
We first met face-to-face in Antwerp—they’d just arrived from Paris where they’d shopped the Paris Flea Market with our Diva Guide Debbie. Since they were staying at our favorite hotel in Antwerp, JVR108, we sat down there and went over their list of desired items. What impressed me about them was their organization! They had a folder containing photos of each room in their home along with dimensions. This meant that while we shopped with measuring tape in hand, we would know whether certain pieces of furniture would fit in their rooms at home. They were also looking to source antique European fireplaces and other architectural salvage to incorporate in the renovation.
I knew exactly who to take them to! We have a few wonderful sources for antique fireplaces and upon arriving at one of these locations, the charming vendor had prepared a gorgeous luncheon which he’s laid in the garden behind his store. We sat in the warm sun, sipping wine and enjoying delicious sandwiches while Kirk & Cookie told the vendor what they were looking for—using visual tools like the photos and layouts they’d brought.
After lunch, we walked through the vendor’s warehouse which is full of fireplaces and architectural salvage. The dealer explained that in his workshop he could altar any of the fireplaces, thus making it possible for them to select one which had the color, type of stone, and motifs they desired. After gathering information on several candidates, the couple selected a spectacular fireplace that the vendor agreed to measure and send 3D plans via email before altering the existing piece.
Afterward we headed upstairs to the loft, where Kirk found the perfect pair of leather club chairs for his home study. We went to several other places and they were able to purchase several decorative items as well as a priority on the list—a desk for Kirk! Upon departing us in Antwerp, Kirk & Cookie met up with Paris Guide Debbie in Cognac, France, where she and her husband invited them to join their table at a prestigious charity event where they happened to be sitting at the table next to Fergie—that’s right, the Duchess! At the end of their buying trip, they shopped in Bordeaux with our Diva Guide Tara where they found even more lovely pieces for their home.
Once the shipment was received back in the USA, Kirk sent photos of the pieces after installation. I love seeing the end result of a buying tour! Everything in the photos he sent was sourced with The Antiques Diva & Co with the exception of the chair behind the desk. Kirk writes, “We Can’t thank you enough. Cookie and I had the time of our lives and would go back tomorrow to work with you and do it again! Thank you for all of your help and for the experience and knowledge of your team. We had a great time and met some amazing people in each of you. The cognac experience was fantastic and one of those “once in a lifetime” events that only happen when you have completely flexible plans and are willing to take a chance.”
Well Kirk & Cookie, we enjoyed having you on tour and hope that each time you sit down at your desk or ease into the club chairs that you think of us with fondness! Your home is absolutely beautiful and we’re glad that we could play a part in making your dream a reality. After all, helping people source their dream pieces is what we do – At The Antiques Diva & Co we make dreams come true! And we love to see people living modern lives alongside antiques!
If you would like information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour or utilizing our Buying Services, email us at to:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com. We’d love to help make European antiques accessible to you!
The Antiques Diva®
P.S. I’m closing with quite possibly the worst photo ever taken of me. It was the end of a very long day shopping. I must confess I look exhausted… but I’m smiling from ear to ear as I simply adored these clients!
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;”>With my travel schedule, I stay in A LOT of hotels around the world. And when living out of a suitcase, discovering a comfortable boutique hotel can be like finding water in the desert. There’s nothing like finishing a long tour day with clients and returning to a stylish abode outfitted with every comfort in mind. And when I do find a place like this, I share it with my clients—and today I want to share it with you! I was recently traveling to Antwerp (I am constantly there for business) and stayed at a lovely hotel called JVR108.
The hotel is actually a historic mansion that happens to be right near the heart of Antwerp. The location is convenient to the historic city center where you can find shops, restaurants and museums, not to mention the city’s famed cathedral. Public transportation is close by and there are also bicycles available to guests free of charge. But convenience isn’t all JVR108 has to offer— from the owners & staff to the gorgeously decorated rooms, this place has it going on!
Proprietors and owners Phillip Ver Hoeye and Frederik Aers play an integral role in the day to day operations of JVR108. In fact, they live in a private section of the mansion. Together, the pair have transformed the interiors as well as the secluded garden which is open for guests to use. Indoors, a tasteful combination of antiques, custom throw pillows and hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper set the tone for a luxurious experience. I found myself wanting to pack up many of the objects and take them home, and in fact, several antique pieces throughout the hotel are for sale! From paintings and mirrors to furniture and throw pillows, JVR108 allows you the opportunity to take a piece of it home with you – to me that’s the best type of hotel! One at which you can also shop!!!
Each guest room is individually styled which is a welcome perk as I’ve stayed in just about every chain hotel in this hemisphere! Add to that the fact that the bedding is so lush you simply melt into it, and you have The Antiques Diva’s seal of approval. I can’t tell you how welcome we felt while staying here. It takes special people to make you feel at home and in fact, we recently invited Phillip and Frederik to our home in Berlin for dinner because we enjoyed them so much and appreciate their hospitality.
A section of JVR108’s website describes the hotel as “A place best shared only with the closest of friends. Pleasures, delights and elegant bliss that you might prefer to keep to yourself…a well-guarded secret.” Well, I guess the secret is out, but at least it’s been shared with friends—you, my dear diva readers!
The Antiques Diva®