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The Queen of Dutch Décor – Hetty van Moorsel-van der Lande Interior Decorating

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 267px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/StIqdc-cwcI/AAAAAAAADoI/DVR41P2tBz0/s400/hetty2.jpg” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Every once in a while, you stumble upon something sensational. Recently, while preparing for an Antiques Diva Tour of The Hague and heading for an appointment at The Hotel des Indes with the concierge to discuss our behind-the-scenes Diva Tour of the hotel, my local Diva Guide & I crossed the street and out of the corner of our eyes we caught the word “Decorating” on a store window and went to investigate. Before stepping in the door, we knew we’d stumbled upon something good. After entering this “echelon on chic”, we knew this was better than good, it was great. By happenstance we’d found one of Holland’s best Interior Designers town.nl/den-haag-interior-decorating/” target=”_blank”>Hetty van Moorsel-van der Lande and by luck, The Designer was in residence and she appeared as chic, sophisticated and utterly charming as her designs. Needless to say, my Diva Guide and I instantly changed our plans for the following day’s tour to include a quick stop Chez Hetty to introduce our Diva Clients to “The Best of the Best”.

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town.nl/den-haag-interior-decorating/” target=”_blank”>Hetty van Moorsel-vander Lande Interior Decorating, bv
Showroom:
Hoge Nieuwstraat 34 d
2514 EL The Hague

Phone:
+31 (0) 70 36 22 951

All photos courtesy of town.nl/den-haag-interior-decorating/” target=”_blank”>Happy-Town Website.


Until Next Time, Make all your Decorating Dreams Come True!

The Antiques Diva™

A Special Thank-You!

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For more information on booking The Antiques Diva™ for speaking engagements, email to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com for details.

Another Amsterdam “Secret Sale” – Johan de Feijter’s Open Door Days

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In yesterday’s blog about Annette Brederode’s Private Sale on Dec 12 -14, 2008 I waxed poetically about “Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret”, but what I didn’t tell you was tory” target=”_blank”>“the rest of the story!”

This Secret Sale isn’t the only “Open Door Sale” in the Jordaan this weekend!

Just a few blocks from Annette Brederode’s abode in a quaint canal house is another “Open Door Day” at an antiques shop which is usually only “open by appointment”!

Last year while visiting Annette Brederode’s secret shop she crooned, “If you like my shop you should visit my friend Johan at # 58 Bloemgracht.”

Sadly I was in a mad dash that day and didn’t have a diva minute, so I made note of the address and promised to visit them on their next “Open Door Days.” Then, a week later, Lucretia, one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides, called to tell me that she had stumbled upon an Amsterdam antiques shop I HAD to know about – “It’s Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret” she cried! As she began describing the location I asked, “Could it be the same shop Annette Brederode recommended to me – Johan de Feijter at Bloemgracht 58?”

“Indeed!” Lucretia cried and then confessed that she hesitated to tell me as she was afraid that I might go and buy their entire inventory before she had a chance to return!

Amazingly my favorite antiques shop in Amsterdam had just recommended that I shop at the same shop that one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides called her “new favorite Amsterdam antique shop!” This was clearly destiny! Needless to say, I knew that Johan de Feijter’s shop at Bloemgracht 58 HAD TO BE GOOD!

On the next Open Door Days in June, I dashed to the Jordaan and was dazzled by Johan’s collection so much so that I knew this time I couldn’t lump Johan’s antique shop together in the same blog as Annette but that he deserved a blog of his own! I could go on for ages and pages telling about the incredible assortment of 18th and 19th century china, porcelain & pottery but clichéd though it may be, a picture is worth a thousand words… and these pictures taken recently at Bloemgracht 58 speak for themselves!

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Save the Date!
This year’s Open Door Days are 12- 14 Dec. and 19-21 Dec.
Hours: from 12 noon – 8pm

PS. When Johan sent me pictures for today’s blog, he clued me in on a little tip. His friend Eduard Tovar Estrada recently started a great new antiques shop that is particularly interesting! I think I might have to interview him next year as part of my Mantiques series! In the meantime, visit Eduard’s website – Antique Canes Amsterdamto see his beautiful collection of antique canes.

Enjoy these wonderful treats!

The Antiques Diva

Amsterdam – Brederode Secret Antiques Sale

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again, “The Twice Annual Secret Antiques Sale hosted in the private salon of Annette Brederode is Amsterdam’s Best Kept Shopping Secret!”

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Annette Brederode’s “Open Door” sale will take place Dec 12 -14, 2008.

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Where:
The sale takes place on the 3rd floor of an inconspicuous apartment building just off the Lijnbaansgracht (at #56D) around the corner from the Westerstraat.

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What:
Antiques, Home Furnishings, and Garden Décor abound in beautiful tableaus.

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Special Antiques Diva Discount:
Make sure you mention that The Antiques Diva™ sent you and save 10 % automatically!

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Happy Shopping!!

~The Antiques Diva

Dutch Dates – October Calendar

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Regardless of the weather, October is a hot month for Antiques Diva Readers to be in Amsterdam! Four upcoming events caught my eye and I couldn’t help but to share these dates with you.

Corry Kooy & Loes Botman Art Exhibition
Diva Readers will recognize the name Corry Kooy from previous postings about this up-and-coming dynamite Dutch artist whose open style I adore. She has a special exhibit Sept 27 – Nov 2, 2008 in Nieuwkoop at the Hoeve Rijlaarsdam Galerie & Beeldenpark. Corry will be sharing the show with pastel artist Loes Botman whose work I haven’t yet seen in person. A quick browse through his website tells me he is someone I’ll be interested to discover!

Woon Beurs Amsterdam
The Woon Beurs Amsterdam – Home Fair will be Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2008 at the Amsterdam Rai offering inspiration and decorating advice alongside halls devoted to the latest and greatest in Dutch design.

Kunst & Antiekbeurs Verzamelen In Stijl
The Kunst & Antiekbeurs Verzamelen in Stijl is back in town for 2 days only – Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, 2008. Entry is 5E per person and this dazzling art and antiques fair specializing in Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Jugendstil will take place in one of A’dams most centrally located hotels – Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square. Stay for lunch in their gorgeous Brasserie Reflet, with its Belle Epoque interior dating back to 1883.

Michael Parkes at Steltman Galleries
Years ago Antiques Diva Roving Reporter Lady Lotus turned me onto artist Michael Parkes at the Steltman Galleries in Amsterdam. Parkes is the world’s leading magical realist painter, sculptor, and stone lithographer and has been a staple at the Steltman Gallery since his first one man show in 1977.

Attention Gooische Vrouwen: Weesp Flea Market Friday, Nov 9th

he village of , in the ‘t Gooi region south of Amsterdam, is a chi-chi town with great shopping where you would expect to see the actresses from the popular Dutch soap opera Gooische Vrouwen out and about shopping or dining incognito with their current lover. Last time The Antiques Diva ™ was in Weesp, I was lunching with some ladies from the IWC and I swore I’d come back to hit the shops when I wasn’t so hurried. That day, after a lovely, long, intoxicating lunch along the Vecht, I had to rush off to catch my flight to and sadly I’ve never found my way back to this charming town.

Now The Maven has given me good reason to high-tale it back to her town! She left me a voice mail this morning informing me that I must come to Weesp this Friday, November 9, 2008 for a “Rommelmarkt” inside the “Grote Kerk”. For my English-speaking comrades, this means I’m going to a rummage sale at the big church in Weesp! While she did admit that there was a bit of trash to be found, she also insisted that there was a huge queue for the assortment of antique treasures. If I know The Maven, she’ll be the first in line, having her pick and leaving the rest of us to sort through what she’s left behind! The Maven promised me that we’ll find not only excellent antiques but also some exceptional bargains!! Needless to say, I’ll be elbowing the other “gooische vrouwen” (wives from the upscale ‘t gooi region south of Amsterdam) aside and pushing my way to the front of the line so that I can gobble up The Maven’s leftovers before someone with bigger sunglasses beats me to it!!

By the way, it’s a pity the show Gooische Vrouwen is only in Dutch, because if it were in English I suspect it’d give Desperate Housewives a serious run for the money.

Ta Ta For Now,

The Antiques Diva™

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