Giveaway! Kitchen Design Network Workshop

Dear Diva Readers,

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Kitchen Design Network

The workshop is set to be completely niche to the kitchen business.  Everyone wants a new kitchen and recent surveys show that it’s the most sought after remodeling project in home design today. The workshop is totally knowledge and experienced based and will deliver tangible skills designers can apply to their businesses and begin to broaden their services immediately.  It will be a “hands on” experiential day of learning for designers and decorators looking to learn from “real life, in the daily design trenches.”

The workshop is sponsored by the Miele Showroom and seating is limited to just 30 people.  SO…how do you enter to win 2 tickets from The Antiques Diva & Co?  To enter, simply “share” this blog post on your social media page and tell us why you want to attend this workshop!  Don’t forget to tag “The Antiques Diva & Co” on Facebook or on Twitter to be sure we see your answers!  The winner will be notified via social media and will be able to enjoy this fun and informative workshop all about the heart of the home, the kitchen!

Looking forward to hearing your answers!


The Antiques Diva  ®

Design Find Photo Contest – Vote for Me!!!

Dear Diva Readers,

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As of today – April 8 – voting starts to determine the winner of the competition – and you, my readers, are charged with the task of voting for me to win the competition! While winning the trip to London would be nice, honestly what I really want is to win an iPad – which would benefit you, dear readers, as it would allow me to blog live from the road while I’m on Diva Tours, giving you more access to antiques on the road in Europe!

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Following you’ll find my entries into the Modenus Photo Competition – all you have to do is follow the link for your favorite photos and click LIKE to help me become eligible to win!!

Repurposing is the name of the game at The Antiques Diva & Co and this gorgeous Ross Edwards Design “large bowl” at the Modenus booth at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show makes a perfect hat!

Vote for the Winning Photo

Kokoon! My favorite find at the Royal Botania booth at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show was this gorgeous outdoor bedroom – called Kokoon, created in teak wood and indoor / outdoor fabric I find this modern day hammock diva-worthy!

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The Antiques Diva & Co is in bed with Hastens – 2000T2 Flagship Model King Size Split Bed – customized as the densest bed in the world!  Believe it or not, this bed is stuffed with horse hair and that’s what gives this bed such amazing comfort!!!

Vote for the Winning Photo

Lights, Camera, ActionEthan Allen’s Maxi Me 9 Light Chandelier is ready for Action! It was the star of the Architecture Digest Home Design Show last week in NYC!!!  And at $1,999 it is a great buy, adding drama and intrigue to your home!

Vote for the Winning Photo!

Even diva’s do house cleaning with Miele!  This Miele Red Velvet Vacuum Cleaner has The Antiques Diva & Co stamp of approval… not to mention the Good Housekeeping seal! For those of you with HayFever, it’s the ideal purchase as it’s perfect for trapping allergins and the Red Velvet casing is princess perfect for decorating your cleaning closet!

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Splish, splash I was taking a bath…. round about last week in NYC at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show! I LOVE this Victoria & Albert Fos Tub constructed with volcano  lava stone and available in 22 different shapes and sizes. 

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Frame yourself with this Georgian Custom Cabinetry hand-painted with Farrow & Ball available at Crown Point Cabinetry!  A great find at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show on #BlogTourNYC! 

VOTE for the Winning Photo!

That’s one “Big Ass Fan” – and nope, I’m not talking dirty, that’s actually the name of the brand! This brand wants to be the “first thought in Home Design for Energy Efficient cooling systems that fit in any home decor”.

Vote for the winning photo!

I was BLOWN AWAY by the Modern Aire ultimate designed ventilating system at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show while on #BlogTourNYC!

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Hide & Seek with Jenn Air.  I’m loving this Jenn Air Wine Cellar – Product # JUW248RWRS found at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show I attended as part of #BlogTourNYC!   

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Let the Voting Commence!!
The Antiques Diva®

Live From New York!

Dear Diva Readers,

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How lucky for me that I was given a corner room on the penthouse with sweeping views over the Hudson and Manhattan!!  I definitely felt like I had arrived in STYLE!!!  And speaking of style, Veronika Miller and Tim Bogan of Modenus have it in spades.  They were waiting in the lobby with cocktail in hand.   The enchanting Pippa Jameson immediately got the party started by attempting to drink wine straight from the carafe….

Of course, Will of Bright Bazaar wasn’t far behind…

With the wine flowing, Modenus had organized a gorgeous little orientation fete where we ate a slew of nibbles (my favorite being the fish tacos) and got our goody bags while discussing our plans for the week!  Score!!

At this very moment whilst writing this blog post, I’m actually wrapped in luxury wearing the ” target=”_blank”>Turkish Towel BathRobe that came with the kit! 

Presents unwrapped and stashed in our room following our orientation cocktail, we dashed out onto the street, hobbling in our heels for dinner at Barbes, an amazing little Moroccan restaurant named after the Paris neighborhood at the foot of the Sacre-Coeur.  We found ourselves giggling and chatting and fast becoming friends…

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Caption:  Emily Peck, Hannah Coleman and Stacey Sheppard ham it up! 

We even got to see a few sites in transit to dinner… Andrew Dunning, of ADP Interiors pointed out the Empire State building as we dashed by.

A highlight of the night was getting to meet 2 of my favorite bloggers who were #BlogTourLondon participants last year – Tamara of Nest, Nest, Nest and Stacey of Quintessence.  Equally delightful were the sponsors on site for the night.  I had the pleasure of dining with representatives from Modern Aire and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

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We were given a bit of the inside scoop on setting up the show and then the next thing I knew more gifts were being bestowed upon us! THANK YOU Samuel Heath for the lovely robe hook & pull cord by designer Kevin McCloud.

And thanks to Kelly of Kelly’s Kitchen Synk for the use of her photo! Her’s came out so much better than mine I decided to borrow it!

All in all, I’d say our arrival evening into #BlogTourNYC went wonderfully – I was knackered when I got back to the hotel after flying into NYC from Berlin. 

Today we’re off for our 1st full day of adventure!!  On tap, includes a visit to the A & D Building for a” target=”_blank”>Poggenpohl & Blanco before popping down the road to the D & D building for afternoon tea with Madame De Le Curona, a luxury textile firm.  Then – Modenus knows how do it diva style –  they’ve coordinated a fab dinner in the Miele showroom after we tour the luxury apartments at One 57.

You might be wondering why we’re touring a luxury, 90 story skyscraper overlooking Central Park…. Well, aside from the photo opps, the key thing is the entire building opted to install Miele’s appliances… this building is the essence of fine living and so this decision speaks volumes!

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I should dash as the day is about to dawn…but stay tuned for more news from the road with #BlogTourNYC!

The Antiques Diva®

Mad about Miele

Dear Diva Readers,

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Buyers who bought Miele in the past can’t help but share their excitement over the great products!  When I was selected to go on tour” target=”_blank”>BlogTourNYC (occurring later this March) I immediately began tweeting  and facebooking about the brilliant sponsors who are making this all-inclusive free trip to NYC possible and within minutes of mentioning Miele as a sponsor my friends and followers on various social media sites began tweeting their feedback about this sensational brand.

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One response in particular got my attention.  Irina – author of the Irina Lapko blog, lives in Hong Kong and is a lifestyle goddess – loves design in all its forms, art, décor and shopping at the flea markets around the world.  She’s also brilliant in the kitchen and she credits her delicious bites to Miele. 

She posted this sensational picture of Chinese Moon cakes she baked in her Miele oven on my facebook wall, telling me, If you’re looking for an oven to buy, Miele is the one to go for!” 

And while these looked downright divine she caught my attention even more so when through a series of facebook comments she told how she made her 21 year old son a 21 layer Napoleon Cake in her Miele in honor of his birthday!

“21 Layers!!!” I exclaimed  – already thinking about how I could use this idea of making a birthday cake with a layer for every year! Though I must confess, I wonder just how tall a 40 layer cake might be!   Irina went on to explain how in her Miele, each layer puffed to perfection!!

Needless to say by the time Irina and I finished our chat I’d concluded two things… #1 Buying a Miele is an essential ingredient for being a goddess in the kitchen… and #2 I wanted to hop on a flight to Hong Kong to meet Irina and eat from her kitchen. In the photo below you can see Irina’s Miele peeping out of her kitchen in the background!

Irina has graciously agreed to share her recipe so with Miele you, too, can be a Kitchen Goddess!

Bon Appetite!
The Antiques Diva®

Irina’s Napoleon Layer Cake

Ingredients for 9 layer-cake (about 24 cm in diameter)

Puff dough:

250 g margarine softened;

200 g sour cream;

Plain flour as much as needed to make soft dough.

Custard cream:

**8 egg yolks;

1 ½ cups of sugar;

4 table spoons of plain flour;

1 liter of milk

*It’s best if you use non-stick trays for baking the layers. But can also be baked on a sheet of cooking foil placed on a regular tray.

– Mix margarine and sour cream until all mixed well and fluffy. Start adding sieved flour bit by bit until the dough is not sticking to your hands any more. Don’t knead it too much as the dough should be soft. Make it into a ball, wrap it with cling wrap put in the fridge for about 2 hours.

– Preheat oven to 450F or 230C.

– Take the dough out of the fridge and divide it in 9 equal parts. Make 9 balls, each for a layer. Put them all in the fridge and take one by one when ready to roll out and bake next layer.

– Take one ball out of the fridge and roll it out in a circle. Don’t worry if it’s not a perfect circle. The dough should be rolled up very thing. Be careful while transferring it to your baking tray, it can easily tear. Place in the oven and bake till it puffs and is nice and golden color. In my Mieli oven it takes about 6 to 8 min to bake a layer.

– Take the baked layer out of the oven, be careful as it is very fragile, place a plate on top of the layer and with a knife cut edges around the plate. Let your nice round layer cool down completely on a cooling rack. Put the cut edges in a plate, these will be crushed and used for sprinkling the top of the cake.

– Bake all the layers. Cut and cool.

Making custard cream.

–      Place egg yolks and sugar in a sauce pan and beat them together till mixture becomes pail color.

–      Add flour and mix well.

–      Add milk, mix all.

–      Place your sauce pan on the stove and bring it to boil, but DO NOT boil. Stir CONSTANTLY as it may easily burn at the bottom.

While stirring the cream you will feel it becomes thicker. Just when it starts to bubble, turn the stove off. 

Place first layer in a cake plate with slight raised edges.  Spread some hot custard cream on it. Put next layer on top and press slightly. Repeat and finish with the cream on top. Crunch with your hand all your leftover from cutting the layer edges and sprinkle it onto the top of the cake.

Let the cake cool down at the room temperature and put it in the fridge over night. 

Enjoy it for your breakfast next morning J 

**I use 8 egg whites to make omelet.   

Blog Tour NYC

Dear Diva Readers,

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So who’s who in the world of #BlogTourNYC?

The first name you must know is Modenus Founder & CEO, Veronika Miller – she’s the brainchild behind BlogTourNYC (and other “BlogTour” trips to London, Paris, and Milan).  These events grew out of her “desire to harness the online experience and bring it back to the real world”.   For those of you who don’t know, Modenus is the mot-de-jour in the design world, and this website has become practically synonymous with great design and unique products.  Veronika created BlogTour to bring her audience along as she and her selected bloggers scour the globe for great new design inspiration. Supported by sponsors in the design world and in the travel and hospitality industry, BlogTour is a wholly sponsored trip for those who win the competition – that means my trip to NYC is free, baby, and I’ve never been so excited in my life! Of course, they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch – so I’ll be singing for my supper…  For the next month I’m going to be telling you what’s chic, what’s chock, what’s hot and what’s not as I scour the best NYC’s Design World has got on offer!!

As part of #BlogTourNYC we’ll be going to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show during New York City’s Design Week, entering the event for an advance viewing to give you the inside scoop!!  I’m mad about Miele and they’re going to be hosting us for a design tour and dinner while Poggenpohl & Blanco have got brunch covered!  Needless to say, we’re going to be eating well on this trip for the feast of my eyes is going to be enough to fill me up! ” target=”_blank”>Spirit of Sports is going to get us jazzed up for making man’s caves (and rumor has it they’re planning some sort of game during our days in NYC).   Lest we work up a sweat, have no fear….  Victoria & Albert Baths is going to give us a royal bath and Big Ass Fans are going to be on hand for the cool down!  We’ll open drawers and doors with Duverre Hardware and turn on faucets with Samuel Heath.  Writing about Modern-Aire will be a breeze while I can’t wait to tell you all about a newcomer to the US market, Scholtes.    These sponsors of #BlogTourNYC are going to make my March a dream come true!

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So – that’s what I’m going to be doing this March 2012! I’m going to be stepping away from the antique table to take a look at what is new in the world of interior design and to examine how it influences the world in which we live.  However, don’t fret, I’ll be taking all these great designs and sharing insider information on how we can combine them with The Antiques Diva® Lifestyle.  Wouldn’t Poggenpohl’s clean lines look great with a Venetian mirror?  Or a Victoria & Albert bath paired with some 17th C Cathedral candlesticks?  What about a 18th C limestone fireplace surround inset above your Miele? 

Stand back, ladies and gentlemen – I’m going to do New York – with Antiques Diva® Style!

See You in The Big Apple!
The Antiques Diva®

(seen below at Columbia University on my last trip to NYC)

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