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You Are Invited To A Party At The Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

It’s time for all design lovers to flock to Paris! Maison & Objet will soon be on and Paris will be buzzing with chic designers and style setters from all over the globe. Of course I’ll be there too and I’m hosting a fabulous party at the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette and I’d love to invite you as my guest!!

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You Are Cordially Invited To the 3rd Annual The Antiques Diva & Co Paris Flea Market Champagne Brunch, co-hosted in association with Paul Bert Serpette upstairs at Philippe Starck’s Ma Cocotte at the Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen! It’s on Sunday, January 24 2016 from 11am – 3pm 2016.

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RSVP’S REQUIRED: ParisChampagneBreakfast@gmail.com

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Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Rocky LaFleur of Kneedler Fauchere, Elizabeth Ralls, Editor and Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Chuck Chewning, Director of Interior Design at RUBELLI.Along with special guest Elizabeth Ralls of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and Andrew Joseph PR we’ll drink champagne for breakfast and snack on croissants and more while rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of interior design in an event The Editor at Large has called in years past one of the highlights during the Paris’ Design Week/ Maison & Objet/ Deco Off!

There will also be a panel discussing “How French Culture, Art and Design has Influenced the Americas,” with this year’s design panel including myself, Rocky LaFleur of Kneedler Fauchere, Elizabeth Ralls, Editor and Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Chuck Chewning, Director of Interior Design at RUBELLI.

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We hope to have you join our party at the Paris Flea Market with fellow designers and influencers for a morning of networking, fun and fueling up at the restaurant Ma Cocotte at Paul Bert Serpette.

Now – you’ve heard me say Paul Bert Serpette a few times – perhaps you’re wondering what this is? The Paris Flea Market is divided into specific sections – and at The Antiques Diva & Co, our favorite section of the market is Paul Bert Serpette!  Stay tuned later this weekend for a few of our reasons why we love Paul Bert Serpette!

Where: Paul Bert Serpette, Ma Cocotte Restaurant, 106 Rue Des Rossiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Paris

When: Sunday, January 24, 11am-3pm

See you in Paris!

The Antiques Diva®

Currey & Co

Dear Diva Readers,

As I’m gearing up for High Point Market next week, I wanted to invite you all to a party I’m hosting in conjunction with Currey & Co called Midnight in Paris with The Antiques Diva & Co! It will take place in the Currey & Co showroom on Saturday October 17th from 3 to 5 PM and is sure to be one of the most fun events at High Point, as everyone knows Currey & Co’s showroom is THE place to be for a good time! The idea of the party came when we had the pleasure of taking the Currey & Co team on an Antiques Diva shopping tour of the Paris Flea Market this year during Maison Objet. Their team came over to Paris for inspiration and boy did they find it! We were able to take them to sections of the market they didn’t even know about. In fact, their PR Maven Bethanne Matari says, “The Currey & Co design team spent a full day with Toma & Dive Guide Danielle at Le Puce de Paris. Having been to the market more than 20 times on our own, they took us to the back side of the flea market where we’d never been before – and it was all NEW to us. We found lots of inspirations and a few concrete ideas on new furniture designs. The best part of the day (other than a superb lunch) was a tour of vintage clothing & fabric shops. We could have spent all day there! Toma and Danielle seemed to know just about every vendor at the flea market and were full of historical information on how Le Puce came to be. All in all, it was a thoroughly entertaining day—oh,  and did I mention champagne!  Bubbly always makes an excursion more fun.”

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While Currey & Co is known for their lighting lines which include chandeliers, wall sconces, table and floor lamps, they also manufacture a wide range of home furnishings, garden furniture, and accessories. In fact, they’ve been a purveyor of distinctive garden furnishings since 1988. The essence of Currey & Company is not only the product for which it is known but also the very important people who help to create the product and carefully deliver it into the hands of those other important people, the customers, in a timely fashion. While people are key, the product is also the lifeblood of the company and at Currey & Company they take pride in their original design work , meticulous craftsmanship and careful attention to all details of a product. The effort of their multi-step hand-finishing process manifests itself in the richness and depth of the final finish of many of their products. The appearance of these pieces speaks of the human hands that have touched them as well as of the design skills and craftsmanship that have created them. They have the willingness to do what many other manufacturers regard as too difficult or too time-consuming, and it certainly shows.

Some new products we love that will launch at this market are:

1. 3249  AR 4497  Sinclair Bar Cabinet

50.25″w x18.25″d x54.5″h

Material: Wood/Printed Glass

Finish: Black Lacquer/Emerald Green Lacquer/Malachite

A provocative mix of gloss black lacquer and reverse painted malachite glass panels make you want to see what’s inside this beautiful bar cabinet. Features include a gloss emerald green interior, lit with under-mount lighting, touch on/off, wine bottle storage for up to 13 bottles, a pull out tray and adjustable glass and wood shelves

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2. 4217  Odeon Bar Cart

36″w x19.75″d x35.5″h

Material: Wrought Iron/Mirror

Finish: Gold Leaf/Black/Light Roche Antique Mirror

Modern chinoiserie story with geometric patterning and shallow curved detail reminiscent of Chinese architecture

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3. 3258  Zhin Cabinet

33″w x23″d x62″h

Material: HDF/Solid Steel

Finish: Snow White/Molten Lava/Contemporary Gold

This Modern Chinoiserie cabinet has crisp lines, bold color and geometric hardware from an Asian motif. The lava red inside adds drama and the hardware is a statement on its own. The cabinet features ample storage with soft close drawers, cubbies with cord management and an adjustable shelf than can be removed to accommodate a small flat screen TV.

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4. 6258  Hester Table Lamp

34″h

Material: Ceramic/Metal

Finish: Gold/Black and White Stripes/Satin Brass

Shade: Off White Shantung

18x18x10/150w/1w/A

And an exclusive sneak peek only here on The Antiques Diva Blog

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5. 3244 Clara Folding Screen

78″w x2″d x74.25″h

Material: Wood/Brass/Linen

Finish: Natural Black Linen/Brass/Bronze

Inspired from a bangle bracelet this screen is full of drama. The black linen texture compliments the hand finished brass cladding that is inlayed into the piece. Each panel is hand wrapped in brass cladding to frame out the design with class.

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Cannot wait to see all these new products in person! Be sure to join us at the Midnight in Paris with The Antiques Diva & Co party as you can enter to win a tour of the Paris Flea Markets with the DIVA. Join us for lively conversations about antiques, design, travel and more while sipping a champagne cocktail, listening to live music and viewing new Currey products on the first official day of market.  SPECIAL 100 EURO OFF Diva Tour Gift Certificates will be given out at this fete in everyone’s favorite showroom at High Point! See you there!

Ciao,

The Antiques Diva®   

Maison et Objet

Dear Diva Readers,

I’ve just finished a fantastic Antiques Diva Tour in Paris! While there, we attended Maison et Objet which is a summit for all things design. I was there with Lori Lassen of At Home Berlin who sells high-end real estate for private clients and investors in Berlin often with complete fitouts and interiors. I was also accompanied by Christian Lemke and Justyna Walzcak of Re-Vamp.de  which provides interior design solutions working with developers, owners and investors. Before leaving Berlin, I gave them all a few tips on making our arrival at Maison seamless. I think it would be helpful for anyone attending this show for the first time so I thought I’d share my tips on the blog!

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First things first, be sure to buy your passes for Maison Objet before attending the fair. If you print your badges at home and bring them with you, you can avoid the long lines at the fair! You can find all necessary information at Maison Objet.

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Upon landing in Paris, there is a free shuttle that goes to Villepinte (Maison Objet) from all 3 terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport every 30 minutes from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Once you arrive at Maison, you can leave your luggage at the Salon in the cloakroom for about 3 or 4 Euro a piece—well worth it! Then all you need to do is shop shop shop! From Maison Objet there are free buses that run to Porte Maillot Direct. A taxi will cost about 50 Euro so the free shuttle service provided by the fair is a good option.

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Try not to be overwhelmed when shopping the fair. “What Disneyland is to kids, Maison Objet is to interior designers,” says Christian Lemke of Re-vamp.de. “Whenever you thought you’ve seen it all, Maison Objet guarantees to prove you wrong. There are always new amazing brands, designs, and ideas to discover,” echoes Justyna Walczak of Re-vamp.de.

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After attending day 1 of the fair, Lori says, “I’ve traveled and shopped the world and seen design around the globe, but here at Maison Objet it was as if the world came to me. The frustration of global shopping is ‘how do I get it home?’ but with The Antiques Diva & Co I found the solution.” And in fact, these three have some tips to offer first time attendees.

TIPS from  Lori, Toma, Jusytna and Christian:

  1.   Do wear comfortable shoes.
  2.   Don’t let your senses get overloaded. FOCUS & be determined.
  3.   Don’t forget to enjoy yourself.  This is France, have a glass of champagne and sit down and enjoy…. BUT save the wine for last or you
    won’t last very long at Maison Objet.
  4.   Do Hydrate. Water. Water. Water.
  5.   Don’t forget your business cards!

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Any time you attend a design show or center, it should be fun. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a lot of work! By keeping everything in balance and remembering a few key tips about being prepared, you are on the right path to having a successful shopping trip! See you at Maison Objet this coming January!

Ciao,

The Antiques Diva®   

Antiques Diva Styles a Room With Chairish

Dear Diva Readers,

Last year during Maison Objet I was delighted to meet one of the team members of Chairish, a curator approved online marketplace for vintage and used furniture.  When they recently asked me to choose a vintage rug from their site and design a style board for a room around said rug, I was up for the challenge!   When choosing a color palette for a room, it can be hard to step away from basic neutrals– going bold is a big decision. But as I always say “Fortune Favors the Bold!”… and “Go Bold or Go Home!”

Part of my mission is to make antiques relevant in today’s lifestyle. To me, that means mixing antiques with vintage and modern pieces to reflect
the way we live in the 21st century. Below you’ll see the rug I chose and then a mix of pieces—all available at Chairish.com—that I think would work
well together in a space.

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I love this beautiful Mid-Century Modern style sectional sofa. It looks comfortable and sleek. It’s fairly new, being only a year old and
well maintained. Starting with this piece we’ve already got a hip vibe going, but I want to mix in some antiques that will make my imaginary room
super stylish!

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This suede pair of classic French chairs with nailhead trim would be the perfect foil for the modern sofa. Probably from the mid-20th century, the pair is nicely made and are in very good vintage condition, with a couple of very small spots on the upholstery—which is one reason I would suggest reupholstering them. While at the upholsterers, I’d have them painted black and recovered in a malachite patterned fabric to give them an entirely new look!

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This stunning vintage Neo Deco brass ram’s head coffee table is the ideal statement piece. The gleaming brass finish of the three ram’s
heads contrasts brilliantly against the shiny black lacquered bass. It features outstanding quality construction with a three quarter inch thick
circular glass top. Here is where we start to add in touches of brass and gold to warm up the space.

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Across the room, I’d place this French provincial Louis XV Style serpentine walnut and veneer commode. This piece would compliment the chairs while contrasting with the sofa and modern rug. Things are starting to get interesting!

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Above the commode, I’d hang this vintage-inspired portrait of an aristocratic lady in the 1500’s. With its ornate gold frame, this sets the tone for a dramatic room. However, I’d place some modern accessories such as this unique black glass head, which was once a display mannequin. Mixing in some modern pieces keeps the commode from feeling stuffy.

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While we’re dotting the room with modern touches, I love this 1960’s Noguchi styled sculpture on a custom stand.  This piece would be stunning in front of a window.

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For the walls, I’d hang this vintage monochromatic portrait which features a restrained color palette, offset by the gilt wood frame. Above
it I’d also hang this original 1896 framed and matted etching of whitewater rapids in Glen Affaric River in the Scottish Highlands.

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Over the sofa, I’d hang this French style gold leaf mirror for added glamour. Every room needs a mirror and the style of this one contrasts with the modern sofa perfectly while also tying in the French chairs and the commode.

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For a few pops of color, I love this purple JuJu African feather headdress along with this emerald green glazed ceramic Asian-style lamp.  With its brass neck and a new black fabric shade, it ties in nicely with other pieces in the room.

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For overhead lighting, I’d finish the room off with this modern brass sputnik light with a raw brass (unpolished) finish. I think it adds just the right touch to this eclectic mix of pieces!

So there you have it! A fun melange of antique furniture and mid century pieces create a playful yet stylish space that is comfortable and elegant
at the same time – exemplifying that Antiques Diva Style!!

Thanks to the lovely people at Chairish for giving me the opportunity to dream up a space inspired by one of their gorgeous rugs!  Go check out the other lovely rugs they offer on their site!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

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!

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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!!)

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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!

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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!

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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!!!!).

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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®

 

Save the Date – Paris Maison Objet!

Dear Diva Readers,

We are over the moon excited to give you a “sneak peek” and a “save the date” for our 2nd annual Paris Flea Market Fête! 

2nd annual Paris Flea Market Fête: Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Paris Flea Market Party, Timothy Corrigan, Michael Boodro, Elle Décor, Maison Objet, Deco Off

If you are going to be in Paris in January for Maison Objet and Deco Off, we would LOVE for you to join us for our 2nd annual party at the Paris Flea Market!  I cordially invite you to join me, The Antiques Diva, along with my team of locally based Paris Diva Guides and esteemed special guests interior designer Timothy Corrigan and Editor in Chief of ELLE DECOR, Michael Boodro.

2nd Annual Paris Flea Market Fête

When:  Sunday, January 25
Where:  The Annex to La Petite Maison, 14 rue Paul Bert
What:  A lively discussion on shopping for French antiques with a Champagne breakfast (of course!)

Please RSVP to toma@antiquesdiva.com – more details to follow as the date draws near!

Paris Flea Market Fête: Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Paris Flea Market Party, Timothy Corrigan, Michael Boodro, Elle Décor, Maison Objet, Deco Off

All the best,

The Antiques Diva ®

Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Dear Diva Readers,

Antiques Diva and Andrew Joseph at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Last week I wrote to you telling you about the Americans In Paris Party held during Design Week – this week I have to tell you about my own Antiques Diva Party held at our favorite French antique vendors shop – Un Singe en Hiver!!!

Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête Invite

When the invitation reads “Join me at the Paris Flea Market…” you know the party is going to be good.  Throw in a guest list that includes 200 of the top American interior designers, a brunch buffet that reads as “France on a Plate” and copious quantities of champagne – all before noon – and the party is a sure-fire recipe for glamour. To close out the last day of Design Week in Paris, I  invited my clients and blog readers to join me for a Party at the Puce de Paris on the last day of Design Week during Maison Objet and Deco Off.  Following the fete  my guides and I  took clients on complimentary afternoon antique buying tours.

 Toma Clark Haines speaks to her guests at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

When asked the ingredient for the perfect party, my answer is simple.  Champagne!  For this special occasion I had my own Antiques Diva label created specifically for the fete!  When hosting a brunch party in Paris you don’t have to look far for the perfect ingredients – croissants, pain au chocolat and pain aux raisins.

champagne brunch at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

To prepare for the fete I pillaged the markets for fromage and charcuterie and served it on 18th C ironstone platters and cutting boards – all for sale at our hosts shop Un Singe Un Hiver – and picked up some flowers and put them in 19th C urns.  Et Voila you’ve got a party – diva style!

Diva champagne and chocolates at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Of course in Paris every day feels like a fete!  What I loved about planning this particular party – is that it was  easy yet elegant entertaining.  The French make everything seem effortless.  Living in Europe for 13  years has taught me that elegance boils down to simplicity.

Toma Clark Haines and guests at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

If you missed the party – have no fear – we’ll be hosting it again next year during Deco Off and Maison Objet.  This is sure to become an annual Parisian tradition during Design Week!

Editor at Large

Of course you don’t have to wait until next year to SEE FOOTAGE FROM THE FETE – Editor at Large TV was there to cover the event!

For More Photos of this Fete – Visit The Antiques Diva® & Co Facebook Page

Au Revoir!
The Antiques Diva®
(seen below with part of our my Antiques Diva Team)

local expert Paris Diva guides at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Diva Guide Danielle, my publicist Andrew Joseph, Diva Guide Katie, Diva Guide Jennifer, Diva Guide Debbi, and Diva Guide Susan (our Tuscan Diva)

All Photos are by Spanish Architecture/Interior Photographer José Manuel Alorda – WATCH this SPACE for exciting news on an upcoming project The Antiques Diva & Co is doing with this leading European photographer.

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

Maison Objet January 2014 Trend Report

Dear Diva Readers,

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 3

As The Antiques Diva®, owner of Europe’s largest antiques touring and buying services company, my job is to help clients – antique dealers, interior designers and mere shopping mortals – source antiques abroad.  Last week we attended Maison Objet – the most important international industry event for interior design, held in Paris – to spot the design trends for 2014, helping keep us – and you – au courant in the world of interiors.

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 8

BOLD POPS of COLOR reigned at Maison Objet with a clear move away from the use of neutrals.  We were seeing Greens, Fushias, Oranges, Yellows, Chartruses, but also Navy and Earthy Browns or Ocean-inspired Blues.  Pantones color of the year, Radiant Orchid, was also well-represented.

Accents were embellished with Gold and, again this year as with last year, all-Black rooms with Gold embellishments  stole the show, being the most dramatic and eye catching décor on display.  But everything that glitters is not gold.  If Gold was King, Copper was Queen and being used in abundance on all surfaces.  Bling was big overall!  Oversized or beautifully sculpted hardware on case goods shone bright like a diamond, reminding me that drawer pulls and hinges really are jewelry for the home.  Speaking of bright shiny objects – mirrors and glass (especially black glass) that reflected the rooms in which they were placed were de rigeur.  Crystal graced both the chandeliers and the table tops.  Lighting fixtures were oversized and extravagant.  If bigger is better, HUGE was HOT!

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 5

We saw a lot of use of mixed medias whether in lighting fixtures or home furnishings.  Fabric wasn’t just showing up in the linens, walls and on traditionally upholstered goods but also in unexpected places, embellishing chest of drawers exterior and interiors or wrapped around the arms of chandeliers. The mixed medias verged near the theatrical with sequins and hand-embroidered embellishments showing up in unexpected places.

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 2

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva

Overall and across the board, the look was eclectic and lent itself towards opulence.  We are still seeing lots of mid-century modern inspired interiors but more and more it was being mixed with Napoleon III.  There also was a flash back to the future with traditional craftsmanship and decorative items showing up in vendors all across the fair.  Hand-painted porcelain has gained a new appreciation and blue and white is back – though in my mind it never went out.

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 9

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 10

Maison Objet January 2014 had a dialogue with the 18th Century – with traditional Louis’ pieces in warm woods and sexy lines reinvented, utilizing modern fabrics. The Grand Tour was also reflected in the way interiors were styled – curiosity cabinets were everywhere as were taxidermy and objects from nature.  And I hate to say it but the Laura Ashley look with florals circa 1980 was making its way back into home décor but this time the florals were more embellished, more modern, with larger, cleaner patterns.

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva 7

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the show to me was the emphasis on Surrealism  – an entire section of the show was a voyage through space style, circa 1960.  Irregular shapes or geometric shapes repeated themselves throughout the show.  And while resin furniture has made definite inroads in this millennium, there is definitely an emphasis on natural fibers – rattan, leathers, silks.

The Antiques Diva

Antiques Diva & Co

See you at the next show!

The Antiques Diva
(Seen below with part of the Antiques Diva team from Paris and Italy
)

Maison Objet Paris Antiques Diva Team

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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