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Wrapping Up 2014 with The Antiques Diva

Dear Diva Readers,

As we wrap up 2014 and I reflect on this year I’m reminded of words by Charles Dickens,“it was the best of times and…” well, the best of times! I cannot help but think “Wow!” It’s been a fabulous year of growth for us here at The Antiques Diva & Co.  We’ve grown to being the largest antiques sourcing company in Europe, offering customized buying tours in 8 countries (and counting) and working with a team of 18 locally-based guides.   If I could sum up the year in three words they would be Clients, Collaborations and Celebrations!

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Party, Maison Objet, Deco Off, Editor at Large, Timothy Corrigan, Paul Bert, Serpette, Michael Boodro, Elle Décor,

We kicked off 2014 in January with our first ever Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fete coinciding with Maison et Object and Deco Off.   With over 150 mega VIP guests in attendance the event received great media coverage and we were able to film a special tour of the Paris Flea Market with Editor at Large.  Such was last years success we’re doing it again this January 25 2015 for our second annual fete at the Paris Flea Market in conjunction with special guests Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of Elle Décor, one of my favorite “Frenchy” interior designers, Timothy Corrigan and the owner of the Paul Bert/Serpette, Jean-Cyrille Boutmy (RSVP now for details toma@antiquesdiva.com! You’re invited!!)

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Tobi Fairley, Denise McGaha, Jon Call, Mark Cutler, Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair,

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Jon Call, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair,

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair,

In February (and again in September) we were able to once again take VIP groups of American Interior Designers to Mercanteinfiera in Parma, Italy. Attending this large antiques fair is always a treat, but most especially when the clients are as fun as Tobi Fairley, Denise McGaha, Jon Call and Mark Cutler!   Later in the fall we were delighted to film Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk along with Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence for an upcoming episode on antiquing in Italy, Diva Style at Mercanteinfiera!   Watch this space! Both trips were filled with antiques sourcing, photo shoots and copious quantities of food & wine.  This month I was also delighted to add a new member to our team at Diva Headquarters – Andrew Skipper!

Then in March I hopped on a plane and headed to the USA to speak alongside Michael Bruno founder of 1stdibs at the Design Bloggers Conference. It was such an honor to meet so many talented design enthusiasts and to be able to share my story of turning a blog into a business.  Again, many lasting relationships were forged at this fantastic conference!

Just days later I was back on a plane headed for the UK. Our lovely Diva Agent Gail and I met up with Antiques Expert Judith Miller who gave our group of clients a private tour of The Bath Decorative Fair, which happened to be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a Champagne fete.  Yes, Champagne does tend to follow me around.  At the end of the month, I headed back to NYC to speak at the IFDA New York Design Center. What a jam-packed month!

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, San Francisco Cottage & Gardens, Joy Venturini,

Criss-crossing the USA, I then flew to Atlanta to speak at ADAC and then spoke in both Los Angeles and San Francisco (special thanks to Kneedler Fauchere for hosting a fete in my honor).  I was also delighted to attend the launch party of San Francisco Cottage & Gardens where I befriended fashion icon Joy Venturini who moments before this photo was taken officially told me I was the “best dressed” for the event!  What a treat it was to see so many clients and make new friends!

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, High Point Market, Antique & Design Center, Mad Cap Cottage

Then it was time for High Point Market which is THE MEETING PLACE for all my clients and colleagues.  Here I hosted – what else? – a Champagne tour of the Antique & Design Center after leading a Style Guide lecture on the Louis (lest you think antiques are boring… this talk involved plenty of sex and scandal to spice up the antiques and history!!!!).

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Blog Tour Milan

But I couldn’t stay long at High Point – I had to jet back to Milan, Italy for Salone to meet my Italian Diva Guide, Susan, to lead a VIP tour for Blog Tour Milan! Our lovely clients enjoyed this gorgeous city with us culminating in our party at the famous Campari Bar. After all that jet-setting, it was time to meet my husband in Tuscany for some much needed down days of relaxation at the Villa Bordoni.   I’ve been fortunate my husband has been able to travel with me on some business trips as I criss-cross the globe and we met in exotic destinations.

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Spring Market, D&D Building, Antiques in the 21st Century,

May brought along plenty of client tours, including taking The Antiques Roadshow Magazine on tour throughout Belgium. But then in May it was back to the States for Spring Market at the D&D in New York where I spoke on a panel about Antiques in the 21st Century. Then in June a life-long dream of mine came true! We kicked off our first Antiques Diva Venice Tours with our new Diva Guides Orseola and Chiara! Exploring this enchanted city on the arms of two locals has given me access to a world I never thought I’d know as an insider.

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Las Vegas Market, Antique Trend Forecast, Design Tastemaker,

July took me to The Windy City of Chicago for a speaking engagement at the Randolph Street Antique Market where I did a promo spot on ABC in Chicago! Then it was off to Las Vegas Market where I spoke on Antique Trends and was delighted to be named one of their Design Tastemakers!!

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Anantara Elephant Camp, Golden Triangle,

August brought some much needed down time in Thailand as my husband and I traveled to Thailand together to spend time at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok followed by shopping in Chiang Mai (Watch this space for upcoming Diva News! Will the Diva Do Asia?) followed by an amazing week at the Anantara Elephant Camp in the Golden Triangle learning to drive my own elephants.  Taking in this magical place was truly what we needed after all the hustle and bustle of this whirlwind year!

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Steve Nobel, Nobelinks,

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Decorative Fair, Battersea, Traditional Home, Antique Markets in London

In September I was back in London, leading a VIP tour alongside industry sage and icon Stephen Nobel. Taking in exciting inspiration and sourcing unique antiques was the name of the game—along with lots of bubbly, bien sur! By the end of the month I was back again in London, taking a lovely journalist from Traditional Home on a special tour which coincided with The Decorative Fair at Battersea.

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Gotha Biennale, Fall Market, Darcy Fulton, Jackson McCard, John Rosselli, Bunny Williams, Treillage, Art and Antiques Fair Parma Italy

Then in October after spending time in Italy for Mercanteinfiera I flew back to the Big Apple to speak at the D&D Building for Fall Market. But I couldn’t stay long because up next was High Point Market where I spoke yet again about my Antiques Diva Style Guide. High Point is always like a reunion! Such a pleasure to see so many familiar faces.  Before I knew it, I was back to Italy for another VIP event – attending the opening night gala at the Gotha Biennale with special VIP guests Darcy Fulton of John Rosselli and Jackson McCard of Bunny Williams’ Treillage!

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Olga Granda-Scott, The Highboy, Doris Athineos, Traditional Home Antiques, Jonathan Burden, Antiques in the 21st Century

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, Holiday House New York, Justin Shaulis, Gallery Hopping in Miami, Louis Navarrete,

In November we capped off the year with our last Antiques Diva event as I returned to NYC, speaking alongside the grande dame of antiques Judith Miller, Traditional Home magazine antiques editor Doris Athineos and Olga Granda-Scott of The Highboy at Jonathan Burden, Antiques and Works of Art. I was also able to go to the opening night gala of Holiday House New York with my dear friend and client Justin Shaulis whose room “Gallery Hopping in Miami” was simply a show stopper!  I was also particularly partial to client Louis Navarrete’s Bohemian Rapsody!

All these events… and I’ve not mentioned the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS YEAR.  As a company my 18 guides and I served more clients than ever before! Our busiest week of the year  we had more than 25 clients spread across 6 of our tour countries!!!!  Thank you for your support, your love and…baby, we quite simply could not do it without you.

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, ICEHOTEL, Arctic Circle Dog Sledding, Reindeer Sledding in the Arctic, Northern Lights, New Years Resolutions

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, ICEHOTEL, Arctic Circle Dog Sledding, Reindeer Sledding in the Arctic, Northern Lights, New Years Resolutions

The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, Year in Review, ICEHOTEL, Arctic Circle Dog Sledding, Reindeer Sledding in the Arctic, Northern Lights, New Years Resolutions

And that brings us to December where I’ve fallen into a pile of exhaustion as we entered our slow season,  as I spent my holiday in the Arctic Circle.  You must add the ICEHOTEL to your bucket list. It’s amazing.  I’ve spent the last week dog sledding in the tundra, reindeer sledding (and making one too many sightings as those buggers crisscross the roads in the Nordic) and stargazing while watching the Northern Lights. All in all I’d say it’s been a full, fun and fabulous year.

As we prepare for 2015, I can’t help but think that the BEST is still ahead!  This past year has had many highs (and a few lows as well) and the lesson here has been on priorities. In January 2014 I told my husband my goal for the year was to jump off cliffs…. free falling to see where these risks I was taking would take me.  The year has yielded more returns than I ever expected.

Thank you to all of my clients, friends, family and followers for everything and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2015!!! Let’s make it a great year!

Happy New Year,

The Antiques Diva®

 

Upcoming Travel Schedule

Dear Diva Readers,

IIt’s been an incredibly hectic week and a half at home in Berlin: not only did we launch our new Antiques Diva London Portobello Road antiques shopping tour, I’m also prepping and packing for a 2 week mega tour of the US:

My poor husband has the patience of a saint (and happens to be meeting me in Milan to whisk me away for a week in Tuscany after this grueling schedule)!  So to show him my appreciation for his patience with my crazy travel schedule, I spent an afternoon in the kitchen and put together a meal he’ll remember while I’m away – our goose is cooked!:

Goose Dinner - The Antiques Diva

Served with a selection of champagne and wines, including a gorgeous Chateauneuf du Pape, bien sur!

I hope to see you soon at one of my US stops or on an Antiques Diva® Buying Tour.  Remember our Spring Fling with DEEP DISCOUNTS off our Paris Flea Market Tours is on through April 1, 2014.  Book your tour now to save $$$ of any Paris Flea Market booking in 2014.

Bon appetit, et Bon Weekend!
The Antiques Diva®, seen below with my beloved during our summer vacation last year in NOLA

Toma Clark Haines

 

Americans In Paris Party

Dear Diva Readers,

“I could have danced all day… I could have danced all night….” You can’t hear me singing, but when I think of this fete, I think of this song as it was simply a glorious night to remember.  The night I’m talking about is The Americans in Paris Party at La Salon des Arcades at the Hotel de Ville to celebrate Deco Off when the most famous showrooms in Paris open their doors for a full on inspiration tour.

Deco Off Americans in Paris Party

The Party was hosted by some of the top show rooms in the USA –  Ainsworth-Noah, De Sousa-Hughes, George Cameron Nash, Hines & Co, Holly Hunt, Jerry Pair & Associates, Jim Thompson USA, John Brooks inc, Kelly Forslund Inc, Kneedler Fauchère, Thomas Lavin and Webster & Company.

Deco Off Americans in Paris Party 3

While I’m sharing pictures here on my blog you will definitely want to check out some of the footage shared on Editor at Large TV (part one and part two of last year’s event).  These videos will give you a feel for the both the annual event and what Paris Deco Off means to the design community.  At the event – hosted in conjunction with the mayor of Paris – some of the top names in design were in attendance.

Deco Off Americans in Paris Party 2

Deco Off Americans in Paris Party 6

This party is an annual event which means, darling, I’d love to see you next year at both The Americans in Paris Party and Paris Deco Off – not to mention my own Antiques Diva Party I’ll be hosting again next year.  What party was that you asked? Well stay tuned later this week to see the Editor at Large TV coverage on my Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fete! If you can’t wait for the blog … then follow this link for a sneak peek!

Until next time,
The Antiques Diva® 

Deco Off Americans in Paris Party

PS:  To book an Antiques Diva Tour or inquire about our Buying Services so you can source antiques abroad virtually, email info@antiquesdiva.com

Welcome to Paris Brunch

Dear Diva Readers,

Design Week Antiques Diva

Yesterday I kicked off Design Week in Paris by attending the annual “Welcome to Paris Brunch” with Kneedler Fauchère at their St Germain des Pres apartment in the 6eme Arrondisement.  The brunch was a virtual “who’s who” in design and I had the opportunity to meet some of my favorite designers from NYC to LA!

Antiques Diva Paris Design Week

Caption:  With Andrew Joseph, Rocky La Fleur and Penelope

What I loved about the event was the casual chic with which it was put together – a gorgeous buffet styled by design great Rocky La Fleur graced the table.

Kneedler Fauchere Antiques Diva

Effortless chic perhaps is what Kneedler Fauchère does best.  As a company they set the standard for luxury service and inspirational aesthetics. Ultimately their mission is to create an unsurpassed resource for design professionals in which they extend a partnership to support their talents in creating meaningful and enduring lifestyles for clients anywhere in the world. With show rooms in Southern California, San Francisco and Denver and carrying lines such as Dedar, Clarence House, Hermes, Jim Thomson and, bien sur, their own line of Kneedler Fauchère wall covering they are the top “go to” resource for designers.

Their “Welcome to Paris Brunch” is only one of the events they host during Maison Objet and Deco Off.   For the full schedule of Kneedler Fauchère events going on in Paris this week see Editor at Large guide to Maison Objet and Deco Off.

I was delighted Editor at Large included my own Antiques Diva party at the Paris Flea Market in the their line up of events. If you haven’t RSVP’d – do so now! We’d love to include you in our fete!

Maison Objet Andrew Joseph

If you’re not in Paris this week for M&O, Have No Fear!  You can attend the party virtually!  I’m thrilled to announce Editor at Large TV will be filming  the party to cover in one of their episodes and then following along on a Paris Flea Market tour!

I will close with one last announcement:  at Wednesday morning’s party I received my first Emmy! I’m serious! My publicist Andrew Joseph saw one sitting on the shelf in the library and did an entire ceremony, handing me the award.  Alas I fear when I sent this picture to my brother he informed me that a borrowed Emmy – even if formally presented to me in a friend’s party – did not count as my own!  😉   I like to think this Emmy will be my first of many!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva

Toma Haines Emmy Award

 

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