Dear Diva Readers,
aking your home “green” has never been so chic. Join me Wednesday, October 15 at 2pm at Fall Market at the D&D Bldg in NYC to learn how to create an eco-elegant interior.
Along with LEED accredited professional, designer and author Trudy Dujardin, I’ll be discussing how to achieve green spaces and the ways in which antiques can play a roll. This event is moderated by Atlanta-based designer and Bravo’s “Top Design” star Kerry Howard.
A book signing of Trudy’s latest book, “Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior,” published by Pointed Leaf Press, and light snacks and refreshments will follow at the de Le Cuona showroom at the D&D Bldg.
See you in New York!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
hen being interviewed one of the questions I am most frequently asked is “If you had to choose one favorite place in the world, where would it be (and why)?” Such a tough question, but there are things I love about each place I travel.
As an American who has lived in Europe nearly 14 years (5 in Paris, 4 in Amsterdam and currently reside in Berlin) I have to say Europe is my playground. As the owner of Europe’s largest antiques touring company I travel in 7 or 8 countries each month. Waking up I never know which language to greet the day! Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” If that’s true my life is a well-read novel… to choose only one favorite place feels quite simply an impossibility.
I love different places for different reasons. I grew up in Oklahoma – and I love the serenity of slipping a saddle on a horse and riding across the salt plains. In Paris I slip into my European life like someone else does their favorite little black dress. I was born for Paris and it is here I feel most at home. I dream in French.
And I love New York. The excitement. The lights. The feeling that I’m in the center of the world that’s really just a small town where everyone seems to know everyone else. Meanwhile Tuscany takes me out of the city and reminds me of my country girl roots.
But to escape from reality I go to Asia which feels like a mysterious wonderland so foreign, pushing me out of my comfort zone and out of my own skin. My husband and I area heading back to Thailand for our big vacation this year to go elephant trekking in the Golden Triangle and shopping in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. (Note: Watch this space – with the help of some of our locally-based Thai design and antiques industry friends we’ll be sharing some shopping tips this summer on Where to Antique and Shop in Thailand).
All said and done, at the end of the day, it would be impossible to choose one favorite place. There are too many pages in the book of life to read.
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
I’m thrilled to be speaking about how to shop abroad at the Paris Flea Market and further afield for the International Furnishings and Design Association in New York on Tuesday March 25 at 6:00 PM.have a confession…I’ve been having a love affair for quite some time…with Paris! If there is any place on earth that captures my heart and makes me swoon, it’s the City of Light, which is why
I’ll be taking the audience on a virtual tour of the Paris Flea Market and other global markets giving my tips on where to go, what to buy, and most importantly, answering that question everyone wants to know the answer to – how to get it all home!
If you’ll be in the New York area on March 25, I’d love to see you at The New York Design Center. Seating is limited so reserve your space now. Buy tickets through the IFDA Events.
Until Then, can’t wait to see you in New York!!
The Antiques Diva
Dear Diva Readers,
Decoration and Design Building. In this discussion intended for an interior designer audience we answered a slew of questions from where to go, to what to buy, to how much it actually costs and – most importantly – how to get it home once you buy it, sharing insider knowledge and secret hints and tips. Held in the D&D Building’s newest and hottest showroom, our host was the Bespoke by Luigi Gentile Showroom which specializes in custom, fine, hand-crafted furniture exclusively for the interior design community. During our Panel Discussion my cohorts and I were able to linger on perhaps the most comfortably chic, custom-made sofa I’ve ever sat on… and whilst discussing European antiques at one point I found my mind pondering Bespoke’s sectionals. What I love about this showroom is they make custom as easy as buying one off the showroom floor. They assist in all phases of the specifying process, from the initial conceptual selection of the basic style to the direction of the fabric application.ast week I was delighted to speak in NYC on a panel on The Accessibility of Sourcing Antiques in Europe at the
The event was moderated by the effervescent Tamara Matthews Stephenson, the blogess behind “Nest by Tamara” blog. I first met Tamara when on #BlogTourNYC several years ago and was immediately charmed by her wit, her savvy style and chic design sense combined with fabulous personality. Needless to say I’m not the only one who has been charmed by here – her blog has been voted #1 out of the Top 100 Design Blogs by Modenus. She is a mover and shaker in the design world – Dot & Bo listed Tamara as one of the TOP 50 Home Influencers inspiring us in how we live today. She started the event by sharing how her own father worked in antiques and telling stories of growing up going to auctions… should I ever decide to start Antiques Diva New York, Tamara would be the first person I’d call to help me leap the Atlantic.
In addition to me participating on the panel several famed interior designers also shared their stories of buying abroad. I was joined by interior design maven Justin Shaulis, Jon Call of Mr Call Designs and Philip Gorrivan who divides his time between NYC and London and whose work has graced some of the top shelter publications from Elle Décor to House Beautiful. Philip Gorrivan owns the eponymously named multi-disciplinary design firm incorporating interior design, architecture and product design. The firm brings its wide expertise and tailored modern taste to high-end private residences, commercial properties, yachts and hospitality projects in the United States and abroad; creating spaces, furniture and fabrics that are at once fresh and new, yet elegant and classic. His carefully edited aesthetic stems from his passion and study of the decorative arts and the history of architecture juxtaposed with contemporary art and new techniques and finishes.
Both Justin Shaulis and Jon Call of Mr Call Designs have been on recent Antiques Diva tours and both say the accessibility of sourcing in Europe has changed the way they as designers will do their business in the future. Justin Shaulis, who is quite possibly the most charming lad in Manhattan, has over 15 years of experience in architecture and interior design, working with some notable names in the industry. If his name sounds familiar it might be because you’ve seen him on HGTV – Justin starred as the Design Host for a philanthropic-based series called “Home Rules” where he and Lifecoach, Fran Harris, worked on changing the life of a family inside and out in one week. Additionally he has worked with leading furniture manufacturers to create industry showcases, provided architectural and design services for financial firms and large-scale offices in major corporate spaces while maintaining a boutique-styled approach. His experience with special projects, including development of houses, homes, estates, museums, showrooms and offices, has allowed Shaulis to make major contributions to a variety of different design outcomes. Shaulis’ perspective on design is drawn from diversity: a blue-collar upbringing, a Big 10 University education and his home in New York City. In 2002, Shaulis founded Justin Shaulis, Inc. creating a studio environment and utilizing holistic design methodologies based on context and quality of life in realizing Emotive Design.
Meanwhile designer Jon Call is simply dashing and adoreable and everytime I turn around I keep seeing his name popping up in the press. He studied architecture in Seattle before moving to New York to work for Diamond Baratta, where he was immersed in their world of vivid color, custom furniture, and storied tradition. After that, he worked for Shawn Henderson, another young designer, before striking out on his own in 2010. The name of the firm, a somewhat cheeky reference to the days when designers were known by Mr. or Mrs., embodies Call’s spirit: he winks, rather than nods, at the past. Clients say he is smart, professional, energetic and that he listens well but will be firm in “preventing you from making a bad choice.” Those looking for a rubber stamper with access to the D&D or a dusty Park Avenue institution are advised to keep looking. Those in search of a fun, fresh designer with classic taste would do well to pay a visit to Mr. Call.
Mr Call is both the past and the future of interior design; he is equally comfortable sketching plans for custom casegoods as he is posting fabric options for clients on Pinterest. A young designer with a savvy clientele, Call is embraced by the downtown (and Brooklyn) crowd, but his is not a sleek loft look. Rather, Call achieves a tailored take on classic style that is American in the broad, free-spirited sense of the word. It’s a palette that includes everything from Federal pieces to Mad Men Midcentury to clever details that conjure a wry smile. Above all, Call aims to give his clients spaces that balance comfort with “the luxury of a room with personality.”
It was such an absolute pleasure to be able share insight with the NYC Design Community into the Accessibility of Sourcing in Europe. Having panel members with profiles such as these greats of design made the event even more special.
If you’re bummed to have missed the event in NYC – don’t worry – we’re taking this gig on the road. Stay tuned for this Panel Series to come to a city near you. Next up: Chicago on Tuesday!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Save the Date! Come join me in NYC on Nov 5th at the beautiful Decoration & Design Building!
I’ll be on a panel along with interior design maven Justin Shaulis (of HGTV fame) and famed designers Philip Gorrivan and Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs. Plus, we have the good fortune of having esteemed blogger and interior designer Tamara Matthews-Stephenson of Nest By Tamara as our guest panelist and moderator!
The topic du jour will be the Art of Collecting and the Accessibility of Sourcing Antiques in Europe.
Come! Listen! Learn! ENJOY!!
See you soon in The Big Apple,
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
I had to write and tell you about the 2013 AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design at The Armory which starts today in the Big Apple. It runs October 9 – 13, 2013.
For the last week I have been in Parma, Italy at Mercanteinfiera leading a group of VIPs on an Antiques Diva Tour. Among those VIPs is Marion Harris who will be exhibiting at the Avenue Show. In the photo below Marion is located just behind me with the black hair.
Hanging out with The Antiques Diva & Co Crew after a hard day shopping Mercanteinfiera. Dealer Marion Harris, who will be exhibiting at the Avenue, was shopping in Parma to prepare for the fair!
Marion bought the most amazing things and she’s bringing them back to New York to share at the fair!!!
Each year, the Avenue show boasts a diverse selection of fine and decorative arts spanning various eras and genres, including English, Continental and American furnishings from the 17th century through Art Deco and Mid Century Modern, not to mention Fine Art, Contemporary Photography and Estate Jewelry. Offerings can be previewed on the Show’s Pinterest boards.
According to Show Director Barbara Goodwin this much-loved “shopping show” is supported by designers and collectors who appreciate the diverse inventory and price points. Renowned interior designers serve on the event’s Design Committee with Co-Chairs Ellie Cullman and Mario Buatta. The show also offers a full program of original lectures and events that enhance the shopping and collecting experience. Make sure to check out the Show and Special Events Schedule www.avenueshows.com/rsvp
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue @ 67th Street, NYC
PRIVATE OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW BY INVITATION ONLY
Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 pm – 9:00pm
PUBLIC SHOW HOURS
Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12
11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 13
11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Happy Shopping! And if you see Marion Harris do stop by and say Buongiorno and tell her The Antiques Diva® sent you!
The Antiques Diva®
The lesson of the day is that the contacts in a Diva’s “Little Black Book” are worth their weight in gold – or rather make that jewels, fine art and authentic Versailles furniture! I’ve just added a contact to my address book that will have you swooning.
A scheduling conflict had my smile turned positively upside down to miss both the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris and The Armory Show in NYC. You know my motto reads “Love antiques, will travel for world-class antique fairs and flea markets”…so you can imagine my sorrow at having to sit out not just one, but two. While moaning to friend and business contact Saxon Henry of Roaming by Design over my misfortune, Sax had the perfect solution to my problems. While she couldn’t clone me so I could be in two places at once, she could introduce me to a friend of hers who just so happened to be attending both events this fall. The next best thing to being in both Paris and New York is knowing someone who will be – someone who could fill in both me and my readers on the crème de la crème of these antiques events so that even when I’m home on the range I won’t miss a moment of the action.
Enter “Candid Kellogg,” the soupcon of style, whose jet set life has me wanting an upgrade on my frequent flyer account. As I type back at the office in Berlin, Candid Kellogg is living la diva loca in Paris, sipping champagne and making me green with envy… Just like “snap, crackle, pop,” Kellogg sets aside her crystal flute to share with Diva Readers a contact from her little black book to yours.
Candid Kellogg writes:
“As the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris winds down this week (ending on September 22nd), and you find yourself returning to the other side of the Atlantic looking for a museum-quality Monet, Norman Rockwell, authentic Versailles furniture, or a quirky Enigma Machine, then step into the Rau Antiques booth at the Armory show this fall, September 30 to October 3.
Bill Rau, the third generation owner of this venerable, prestigious antiques and fine arts gallery based on Royal Street in New Orleans since 1911, has a master’s eye when it comes to acquiring spot-on antiques and, lately, pedigreed fine art, a category that has shown a marked increase in the past 18 months.
Rau Antiques is a sprawling 30,000 sq ft gallery, with a neighboring townhouse called Le Salon, which offers the connoisseur and visitor to New Orleans an impeccable and historical tour of 18th and 19th century decorative arts.
Just one of the items in his extensive collection that has me drooling is a Paul de Lamerie Sterling Coffee Pot. Incredibly rare, this sterling coffee pot, crafted by leading Georgian silversmith Paul de Lamerie, features finely engraved and repoussé decoration in this lavish Rococo example with shells, lion masks and richly detailed foliage. De Lamerie, considered for more than 250 years as the pre-eminent English silversmith of all time, he created some of the finest Georgian silver ever made, and also fused English Queen Anne elements with French Rococo style. He is simply unrivaled, and works similar to this coffee pot can be found in museums and important private collections around the globe. Hallmarked London, 1742. 8 1/4″ wide x 8 1/2″ high”.
If Candid Kellogg has you salivating for more fine art and antiques, you must visit Rau Antiques Booth at The Armory Fair this fall.
September 30 – October 3, 2010
Antiques and Art at the Armory features more than 50 dealers from around the world, specializing in high-end antiques and art. The show is vetted to ensure the highest quality and assurance of authenticity.
Special thanks to “Candid Kellogg” and her touch down from Paris! And stay tuned for more!
Dear Diva Readers,
You’ve done TEFAF and PAN Amsterdam, you live for going to London’s Olympia Art & Antiques Fair and the Biennale des Antiques is a Parisian rite of passage… but have you done The Avenue’s Antiques & Art at The Armory?
You might as well flip open your online agenda and type a great big “Save The Date” for there is no place else you’d rather be this Sept 30 – Oct 3.
ANTIQUES AND ART AT THE ARMORY
Thursday, September 30 – Sunday, October 3, 2010
Park Avenue Armory, New York City
This crème de la crème event, produced by Avenue Magazine, is held at The Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, New York, NY) and gathers over 50 of the world’s most renowned antique dealers in one posh locale! Art & Antique inventory on hand will be endless, focusing on French, English, Italian, Swedish and Continental furniture from the 17th century through mid century modern.
Rumor has it their collection of fine silver includes Early American, English, Tiffany and Jensen and their Russian antiquities and art are TO DIE for! I for one am a huge fan of clocks and barometers and objets de vertu and simply can’t wait to discover what contemporary art and prints they have on hand! But don’t take my word on it – see what a host of America’s finest interior designers – such as Miles Redd and Mario Buatta – have to say about it! Watch the Highlights from Last Year’s Fair!
The Antiques Diva™
When I received the following email from Eduard Planting Fine Art Photography in Amsterdam, I knew I had to share the details with NYC area readers – Dutch Art Now is taking a bite out of the Big Apple!
If you happen to be in New York between 2 and 14 March, then please feel free to visit us at The National Arts Club and see the work of:
- Reinier Gerritsen, from the “Wallstreet Subway” series
- Diana Blok, from the “See through us” series
- Igor Kruter, from the “Karakal Girls” series
- Christopher Regis-Gludd, from the “Amsterdam” series
The show will be opened officially by the Dutch Consul-General on Tuesday night, 2nd March – Please let Eduard Planting Fine Arts know if you’d like to be invited for that occasion!
For more information read: Going Dutch!
Dutch Art Now:
Opening times & address:
March 3 – 14, 2010: 11AM – 5PM
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York City
La Reine is back with another exciting Guest Blog for Antiques Diva Readers!!
In early March, the sun peeked out of the NYC clouds, the temperatures skyrocketed to nearly 60, and The Big Guy and I decided the open roads beckoned and it was time for a day trip. Our former home in nearby Litchfield County, CT, is only about 90 miles northeast of our home in NYC, in the northwest corner of Connecticut, and since it had been nearly 15 years since we’d returned, we decided to take a little walk down memory lane combined with a little antiquing, lunching and shopping.
Litchfield County is known for its rolling hills, picturesque Revolutionary-era villages, prep schools, horse farms, and of course, antiquing. For 3 years we lived halfway between Litchfield and Woodbury, two villages known for their shopping and antiquing. We drove up I-95, crossed over to I-84, and found our way to route 6, where we slowly cruised through the countryside and enjoyed the melting snow and barren trees, watching winter slowly dissipate. After the obligatory stop in front of our former Victorian-style home, we took photos to text to our kids, pointing out how few changes the present owners had made.
Then onto Litchfield, where we had spent many weekend afternoons browsing, shopping and lunching, often after an afternoon cross-country skiing in the nearby White Memorial Park. As we were only there for the day, we decided to limit our Litchfield excursion to West Street on The Green, the “main drag” or town center of this charming town. Our first stop was Les Plaisirs de la Maison, a French-Country antiques store which conveniently had a parking spot directly in front. While I was investigating the dishware and tabletop accessories, TBG was checking the framed maps of France, looking for maps that included our favorite holiday spot, Corsica (often missing from old French maps as it went back and forth between France and Italy). Despite the 20% off all inventory promotions in effect, we didn’t find anything we desperately needed or wanted, although if I go back, a magnifying lens in the shape of a fleur-de-lys was intriguing. However, we enjoyed watching another couple trying to decide if a 6 foot by 3 foot table with 6 leaves was big enough for their entertaining needs: we have a small 2 bed/2 bath on the Upper West Side, where I’m not sure this table would make it in the elevator: I know it wouldn’t fit in my dining room!
Then, it was well past noon and our Starbucks cups were long empty, so on the advice of several shoppers, we strolled to the corner and tried a recently opened restaurant, @the corner. We were not disappointed. As usual, TBG tested the burger, and I ordered the Thai chicken wrap, and my only regret was that I hadn’t ordered the other half to take with: it was far too large to eat in one setting, but I was afraid of it sitting in the car all afternoon.
After a hot and foamy cappuccino, we wandered into Kitchenworks and Gourmet Gifts, which I did not remember from previous visits. The owners assured me it’s been in Litchfield for 30 years, but had recently relocated from around the corner. After purchasing a few kitchen necessities (including a microwave egg cooker, which we have used quite successfully several times), I continued on to Workshop Inc, where I scored some hugely discounted Christmas napkin rings (for my gift drawer!) and a new summer top, sadly full-price. TBG had spotted a long-ago favorite, R. Derwin Clothiers. This men’s store is clearly for those with English-country aspirations: Hunter boots, Scottish cashmere, Italian suiting, TBG was happy happy! After wrapping up a silk pocket square and brightly knit cashmere socks, I reluctantly dragged TBG along to our next stop, and the next, and the next. Soon, TBG was stocking up on teas at Flora & Fauna; the Harney and Sons Paris blend is delicious, and appropriately housed in a white and blue tin!
Before we knew it, the sun was lowering in the sky and we hadn’t even been to Woodbury! So back down rte 6, past White Flower Farm (unfortunately closed for the season, but there will be a Part Deux: we will be back in the spring!) Shortly we were stopping at Mill House Antiques, on Main Street in Woodbury, one of my long-time favorite antiquing wonder-amas. The grounds and buildings alone are worth the visit: the 17th century shop is situated on the Nonnewaug River, with a grist mill out back, 7 out buildings, and luscious gardens, all carefully restored.
While The Big Guy entered into a long conversation on the limited edition Lionel train on display (the owner hopes to open a train store on one of the out-properties soon), I wandered the 4 buildings filled to the brim with tables, chairs, chandeliers, clocks, end tables, paintings, pottery and glassware: all gorgeous, all quality, all pricey. My favorite discovery was the “Rolodex Table”: a round English landowner’s drum table, with the perimeter constructed of drawers, one for each renter, so the landowner could keep his accounts straight. Too clever! Keep your eyes open at this well-known antiques haven: you never know who you might see here!
C’est triste, we had reached Saturday 5pm closing times for the shops, and we sadly drove past many more antiques and specialty shops in
Woodbury, all along rte 6. However, we know we’ll be back when White Flower Farm gets their tomatoes and herb plants in stock, this time we’ll leave a little earlier, and lunch a little quicker!
A la prochaine,