Designer Spotlight: Jeffrey Alan Marks

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;”>One of the perks of my job is that I get to travel frequently and meet wonderful people from all over the world.  Being in the antiques industry often connects me with interior designers and taste makers, whether they be clients or industry leaders that I meet while speaking at different conferences. Last month I spoke at the Design Bloggers Conference and had the opportunity to meet many well-known interior designers, but perhaps one of the most interesting (and cutest!) was Jeffrey Alan Marks.

Jeffrey is an internationally known designer who infuses his projects with antiques from around the globe.  Being one of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, Jeffrey has graced television screens in over twenty-five countries, showcasing his relaxed yet tailored esthetic.

The Meaning of Home

His “sophisticate informal” look can also be seen in his first coffee table book, The Meaning of Home, published by Rizzoli  – which currently graces my coffee table.

In the book (which one can’t help but drool over), Jeffrey’s  relaxed California style mixes with old world European antiques which lend just the right amount of polish and glamour without getting fussy.

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The juxtaposition continues with interiors that blend weathered wood surfaces with sleek modern finishes.  The book is real life proof that decorating with antiques can be stylish, fresh, and very “now.”  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Antiques are Modern!

Jeffrey Alan Marks

Jeffrey Alan Marks

The icing on the cake?  Jeffrey includes his favorite shopping addresses and sources in the book, giving you access to the perfect pieces to complete your own home!

Jeffrey’s designs are constantly featured in top shelter publications such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and Town & Country. Be on the look-out for what this style setter does next.  I have a feeling we will see great things from Jeffrey that will change the design industry as we know it!

Toma Clark Haines, Design Bloggers Conference

Happy Reading!
The Antiques Diva®
(seen above with Jeffrey Alan Marks)

Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design Show

Dear Diva Readers,

LA Art ShowOpening Night Party at Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design Show

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This fair – the Los Angeles Antiques, Art + Design Show – happens to be among the crème de la crème of events stateside.  This year they have a new location at the 3 Labs Studio locatted in the Hayden Tract arts district in Culver City on LA’s west side.  The Hayden Tract, a former warehouse district, is now home to cutting edge architecture, film and design studios, private schools and art galleries. “The new location will be a huge asset to the show,” explains LA co-chair Bianca Chen. “Not only is it conveniently located for our patrons, but it is a great architectural backdrop for the dealers who showcase some of the finest antiques, design objects and fine art from around the world.”  Some of the top English dealers were holding court in LA during the show including Sue BrownWilliam Cook Antiques and Kalms Antiques.

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As part of the opening celebration, the Decorative Arts and Design Council honored famed husband and wife team Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter as the recipients of LACMA’s prestigious Design Leadership Award. The pair have long been recognized as innovators in the industry, Street-Porter for his iconic architectural and design photography and Kelly as a celebrated interior decorator, design author and critic. Beyond their individual portfolios, which for Tim include Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise and L.A. Modern, the famed couple has collaborated on numerous published titles including Casa Mexicana Style, Casa San Miguel, and their acclaimed Rooms to Inspire series for Rizzoli. Past recipients of the Design Leadership Award have been world-renowned antiquarian Joel Chen and legendary designer and entrepreneur Rose Tarlow.

“The importance of the design and art being created in and around Los Angeles cannot be overstated.  Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda find inspiration and new talent here every month,” explains Newell Turner, Editor-in-Chief of the Hearst Design Group.

“Southern California has always inspired dreams of the good life, but its thriving home furnishings industry may be America’s best kept secret” explains the Hearst Design Group SVP and publishing director, Kate Kelly Smith.

A FEW Images from the show:

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Watch this space for dates and details on next year’s event!
The Antiques Diva®