Living The Antiques Diva Lifestyle

Dear Diva Readers,

Antiques Diva Home

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A Sneak Peak at our new home in Berlin….  Slowly but surely our decorating decisions are coming together!

On April 4th  – about 5 months after the fire – we finally moved into our new home – and then my busy season hit at work and 3 days after moving I went on the road, hitting 3 continents within a month’s time.  Juggling decorating a new home with a travel schedule that could only be described as insane has been…  well, INSANITY.  But 2 solid months after we moved in, our house is beginning to look like people live here! This weekend’s dinner party with dear friends who let us stay chez them following the fire was a wonderful way to feel like life was returning back to normal.

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My husband with John & Gayle Butrin of Matthew’s Table.  Special Thanks to Matthew’s Table for letting us stay with them after the fire in our home.

While I haven’t written much on my blog about our new home, I have actually been writing about the decorating process at The Daily Basics where they are featuring a series called Lessons in Real Life Decorating.  Several years ago House Beautiful  did a series where contributing editor Frances Schultz embarked on a renovation of Bee Cottage, sharing with readers behind-the-scenes details of how she decorated her home. As owner of Europe’s largest antique shopping tour company, helping both the trade and tourists buy antiques abroad in 8 countries, I have a brilliant little black book of sources.  In this series I reveal where I personally choose to shop to decorate my European home.  I share photos on what I buy and why and, better yet, tell what I paid for certain purchases on this side of the pond.   For example, see the silver domes I used for that “voila” moment at my dinner party?  I bought them in England on a recent Antiques Diva Tour at The Blanchard Collective.

My series is not a guide for how to start over after a fire for my life is anything but “by the book”, but it gives a good glimpse into what it’s like to live and work in Europe and gives you access to my personal source list for buying abroad.  The first two segments are out already with Part One telling about our decision to change our decorating style when starting over and Part Two dishing on kitchens in Europe.  Did you know when you move into an apartment in Europe the kitchen is often not included?

Speaking of kitchens… let’s get back to that dinner party last night!

Le Menu:
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Seared Scallops Garnished in Truffles
accompanied by white wine from Tuscany – a 2009 Vernaccia di San Gimignano

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Papardelle with White Truffles
accompanied by a Vino Nobile di Montepulcciano

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Roasted Lamb Filets served on a bed of argula with side of Greek Salad

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Cheesecake (brought by our guests)

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We were very fortunate that, while most of our furnishings in our former flat were not salvageable after the fire, our extensive glassware and crystal collection was saved sans probleme! So was the silver my great great grandparents brought with them on the boat from Dover when they traveled to America before the turn of the century.  Now want to hear a confession?  In a pinch, needing a table cloth to fit our new table and give a festive flair of the occasion, I discovered last minute that IKEA’s king size duvet covers made an ideal oversized table cloth.  This satin table cloth is machine washable and yet just dressy enough to  be perfect décor!  I love it when last minute improvisations turn out beautifully.

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The Antiques Diva & husband with Gayle Butrin.

Bon Appetit!
The Antiques Diva®


Dear Diva Readers,

If I were to make of list of what “moves me” I would have to say 3 things…

1) Gorgeous decoratively painted antiques

2) Phenomenally fast and sexy cars


3) Gorgeous gourmet kitchens


It’s the latter where I like to spend my time when I’m not criss-crossing Europe on antique buying trips.  I relax by cooking at home and enjoying a lifestyle that goes hand in hand with the old world style I enjoy with antiques on tour.  Of course, I want the latest innovations in the kitchen, so I can have those silver domed voila moments serving up perfect cuisine on 100 year old plates.

These 3 things get my pulse pumping and lucky for me, given that I live in Berlin, all of them are readily found in Germany!

Regarding point #1 above (gorgeous decoratively painted antiques)… I carried my most recent purchase (an early 19th C painted German cabinet) home in the back of my German car – an Audi SUV – going 220 km per hour (136 mph) on the German autobahn. Wait… I wasn’t speeding! Remember, it’s unlimited speed in Germany on certain sections of the autobahn.

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(My most recent purchase – an Antique German Cabinet Circa 1800 +/- with original paint –  which I’ll be tucking near my uber modern kitchen at home to store extra pantry items).

In my house we actually changed the word kitchen to the German pronunciation “kutchen” – for just like das auto, when it comes to kitchens it has got to be German.  The Mercedes of the kitchen world is Poggenpohl – the oldest and best known kitchen brand in the world.

Founded in 1892 in the heart of Germany, Poggenpohl has been reinventing life in the kitchen one idea at a time.  Poggenpohl was the first to introduce the transformative innovations we consider standard today – white lacquer furniture, ergonomic work-top heights, and the kitchen island!  In fact, with a company this old I could combine my love of antiques with their brand… anyone in the market for a kitchen from 1928, Poggenpohl style?

(Poggenpohl Circa 1928)

By 1930 Poggenpohl was already becoming an international brand.  And while this might be an old German company, their designs are anything but old fashion.

(Poggenpohl Circa 2011)

The brand’s innovative new technologies and expertise has its fame spreading far beyond the German borders and today they are known as a trend setter in the kitchen world providing unsurpassed quality, craftsmanship and materials paying the utmost attention to detail – never compromising on perfection.

From their German hand manufacturing site they sell to more than 70 countries around the world and their product is being used in some of the top real estate development projects being implemented around the world.  Their name is synonymous with luxury-living and their kitchens confer exclusivity, create desire and add value to homes everywhere.

And when I say everywhere – I do mean everywhere…. Here are just a few of the places Poggenpohl is popping up:” target=”_blank”>The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 

These “Residences” offer a variety of spacious and elegant oceanfront homes that bring a new concept in Caribbean living to the region’s most affluent island. Situated on the widest stretch of world famous Seven Mile Beach, these Residences are offered with two to seven bedrooms (2,400-20,000 square feet) and are priced from $3 million. Each Residence features open floorplans, nine to ten foot ceilings, a professionally equipped Poggenpohl chef’s kitchen and terraces overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

515 Park Avenue

515 Park Avenue, on the southeast corner of 60th Street in the Big Apple, is the tallest residential building on Park Avenue located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood. The building has 36 floors with 43 apartments, of which 26 are single floor units. 515 Park Avenue offers many high end services including doorman, fitness center, wine cellars, private dining room, residents only library, and maid service .  That maid service will come in handy cleaning up after all the posh parties the residents are going to hold, entertaining out of their Poggenpohl kitchens.  For years NYC has been known as a place where the residents dine out rather than inviting guests over for a night in – but Poggenpohl’s kitchens at 515 Park Avenue are changing the NYC nightlife!

London, Trevor Place, Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge is arguably London’s premier residential area and is enhanced by many world class shops, hotels and restaurants.  Of course, I fear Poggenpohl’s kitchens might put the area restos out of business – with their gourmet kitchens, why eat out?

The brilliant thing about Poggenpohl is you don’t have to go to exotic locations such as London, NYC or Grand Cayman to have Poggenpohl in your own home.   You can go online and download″ target=”_blank”>Poggenpohl’s catalog so you can start doing some armchair kitchen renovation from home sweet home… haus süß haus!

The Antiques Diva®

Antiques Diva Toma Clark Haines

(seen here at KBIS at BlogTourNola, with my BlogTour friends)


Blog Tour New Orleans: Day 4


Dear Diva Readers,

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We’ll start the day with a media event at Wilsonart – one of America’s leading brands for countertops before meeting Danny Seo who will be talking about eco-friendly home remodeling.

Through his best-selling books, television programs, products, magazine columns and his how-to lifestyle lectures, Danny Seo continues to share the creative ideas that have made him America’s leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living.

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Next up we get more time with” target=”_blank”>Silestone after spending yesterday afternoon with their reps as we toured houses in the Make It Right foundation where Silestone is a key sponsor in donating materials for these incredible innovative rebuilds.  It is incredibly moving to see how this company gives back – truly investing in the future of New Orleans as they help residents rebuild their homes.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Silestone, they are the world leader in natural quartz surfaces for kitchens and  baths.

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For this next media tour with Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet I’m praying they will be giving samples….  Kalamazoo is bringing the pizzeria home with their Artisan Fire Pizza Oven. Then we’ll be heading over to Toto… TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer. They offer a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals

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After all this media buzz at KBIS we’ll have worked up an appetite.    But have no fear because our sponsors Poggenpohl/Blanco/Silestone are having us to their showroom for a special private dinner!!!

Today is going to be a day devoted to learning more about some of the key brands in the kitchen and bath industry.  While I personally don’t work in Kitchens & Baths, I love the opportunity to better understand the house as a whole so that I can learn how the whole house functions together in great design.

Warm Regards,
The Antiques Diva®

Blog Tour New Orleans: Day One

Dear Diva Readers,

You’ll remember last March 2012 I had the incredible opportunity to attend #BlogTourNYC as part of a design initiative created by Veronika Miller, the brainchild behind the world’s best interior design resource catalog and networking platform Modenus.

Well, drum roll please… no wait… let’s pull out the full on orchestra!

This pic was taken this weekend at the New Orleans French Quarter Festival

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In fact, I SHOULD sayI’m in NOLA” as I came to town a few days EARLY to warm up the crowds and get the party started early for the rest of the BlogTour crew!  When my editors at a UK publication heard I was going to be on this side of the pond, they sent me on assignment a little early so I’ve been doing a little antiquing, New  Orleans style, scouring the south to see whats chic for an upcoming print feature.

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The Blog Tour New Orleans Crew –  tour-nola-meet-bloggers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Dec-a-porter+%28Dec-a-Porter%29″ target=”_blank”>Meet the Bloggers

Today – Tuesday, April 16 – I will meet up  with the Rest of the #BlogTourNola gang as they arrive in town to join me with Modenus for a full on 4 days of fun and festivities meeting sensational sponsors and expanding my design repertoire!  Together with the entire #BlogTourNola Team I will be covering NOLA’s design scene, antebellum architecture in the Garden District, Creole architecture in the French Quarter and a selection of very modernist developments in the parts of town that were most heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

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Shockingly, 8 years after Hurricane Katrina ,many of these areas are still not rebuilt and families were never able to return home. Hopefully the coverage from BlogTour will spark renewed interest into this situation – in fact, many people are simply unaware the problem remains and that the newly funded development could also mean jobs for many in the area.   Your support in helping #BlogTourNOLA share the message by retweeting and sharing the message on Facebook would be greatly appreciated for our initiative.

Last year, NYC was a crash course in interior design as we met some of the top movers and shakers in the Big Apple at the Architectural Digest Design Show.  This year in Crescent City we will be beating a different drum – we will be spending 2 days at KBISthe Kitchen and Bath Industry Show at the New Orleans Convention Centre.


This is the main event for the Kitchen & Bath industry and it is an inspiring, interactive showcase of everything new in the field, where the brightest and best designers and brands assemble to spot trends, experience product introductions and find the practical solutions and valuable connections that will take them into the future.  As you know for my antique buying tours in Europe we work with both tourist and the trade – antique dealers, interior designers and architects.  For my trade clients, this is one of the biggest shows they attend each year and I’m delighted I’ll be able to join several of my top clients this year in person at the show as we discuss how the trends impact their design needs.

Now…   you know me.  I LOVE FOOD and I’ve got to tell you New Orleans is a fabulous place to host a Kitchen show… because this is a serious Foodie town!  From poboys, jambalaya and gumbo to beignets and chicory coffee… this diva has some serious eating to do while she’s in the house.

We’ll kick off our #BlogTourNola events with a dip into our hotel bar tonight before walking through the French Quarter to Sobu Nola – a restaurant that Esquire Magazine voted one of the Best New Restaurants in America.

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In addition to KBIS serving as a wonderful sponsor, our other sponsors for this week’s fabulous festivities include:

Blanco – For three generations, BLANCO has quietly and passionately elevated the standards for luxury sinks, faucets and decorative accessories.

Du Verre – Du Verre Cabinet Hardware and Bath Accessories, Du Verre has begun transforming its manufacturing process to reflect global concerns about sustainability

Mr. Steam – Mr.Steam® makes the world’s most luxurious steam showers and steam baths for the home and for the spa  – not mention diva worthy towel warmers!

NKBA – The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is an international non-profit trade association for kitchen and bath professionals. They provide resources for consumers and industry professionals and promotes professionalism and ethical business practices.

Poggenpohl –  Poggenpohl  is a time-honoured kitchen brand and one of the world’s best-known. The design and production of these exclusive kitchens is carried out in Herford, Germany with distribution to all continents. Complete kitchen solutions are sold to end-consumers through about 35 Group-owned stores in major cities, to independent kitchen stores and to business customers in the project market.

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This week as I report you LIVE from NEW ORLEANS  these SPONSORS will be key players in all we do!!!

Stay tuned for more #BlogTourNola coverage!!

Laissez les bonne temps roulez,

The Antiques Diva®

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Blog Tour NYC Brunch with BLANCO and Poggenpohl

Caption:  Brunch with Poggenpohl & Blanco

Dear Diva Readers,

During my recent trip to NYC as part of tour” target=”_blank”>BlogTourNYC I had the opportunity to enjoy a brunch hosted jointly by Poggenpohl and BLANCO at the A&D Building in honor of the new chef-inspired Eric Ripert Kitchen.  

Eric Ripert is chef of the celebrated three-star Michelin rated New York restaurant Le Bernardin and he cooks with both Poggenpohl and BLANCO at home and on his Emmy award-winning TV show, Avec Eric.

Not only did we get to snack on divine brunch foods and hear a slew of details about kitchen trends but we were also introduced to never-before seen products including the BLANCO CERANA Fireclay Apron Front Sink and Poggenpohl’s +ARTESIO Kitchen.  Joining over 30 design editors in an interactive and educational event, we saw Eric’s concept for cooking and entertaining at home brought to life in a beautiful contemporary and eco-friendly design.

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Having the opportunity to taste Eric’s treats while touring New York’s ultimate design center resource for luxury kitchens alongside fellow #BlogTourNYC participant Kelly Morisseau of Kelly’s Kitchen Sync was a dream come true as her expert eye honed in on kitchen features I might have missed on my own.   

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Kelly’s blog, Kelly’s Kitchen Sync, is a top-ten kitchen design blog on the internet and with good reason – her award-winning experience includes more than 25 years as a professional kitchen designer, both on her own and for leading design/build firms. She is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) and a Certified Interior Designer (CID) in California and also author of a new book on kitchen design.

What caught Kelly’s eye as we were touring this Poggenpohl/BLANCO event at the A&D Building was the Miele cooktop inset into the Poggenpohl counter and set back to allow for a plating station at the front.

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Kelly also remarked upon the 66” high tall pantries on the far wall behind the kitchen island. 

As Kelly tournyc-the-kitchen-version-pt-1.html” target=”_blank”>wrote in her blog, this feature “makes a room feel more open, allows for design and decor applications, and keeps storage ergonomically within reach. This design has been part of European and world kitchen design for at least 30 years. Still going strong in high-end design.”

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Kelly oohed and aahhed over Poggenpohl’s plate rack calling it a “little piece of artwork – beautiful wood, beautifully finished, slick steel. “

With her kitchen designer’s eye, she also noted a detail I would have missed altogether – the electrical outlets in the band above the lighting.

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Touring the Poggenpohl & BLANCO Kitchen at NYC’s A&D Building alongside Kelly Morisseau reminded me of a statistc I’d read that 80% of consumers want to redo their kitchens. Most of them will want to pull their hair out at some point in the process… but with using tips from Kelly’s book and products from Poggenpohl & BLANCO, it’ll go a long way to avoiding remodeling stress!

When you use the best – it shows!

Bon Appétit!
The Antiques Diva®
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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®

Bringing the Paris Ritz Home with Poggenpohl

Dear Diva Readers,

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I love the idea of decorating my home with diva-style after the décor of the Ritz Hotel in Paris.   If it’s good enough for the Ritz… then it’s good enough for me!  But I couldn’t consider buying those Haviland Ritz dishes without considering a cupboard worthy of storing them!  Lucky for me, not only are the Ritz dishes for the sale but the Ritz kitchens are also for sale!  You too can custom order your very own Poggenpohl kitchen just like the Ritz Paris!

My mouth is watering at the thought of someday installing a Poggenpohl kitchen in my own home and my husband is practically revving his engine at the thought of the Porsche Design.  

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Poggenpohl is the world’s first kitchen manufacturer to use carbon fiber for styling cabinetry fronts. Laminated and applied to a glass front, the lightweight composite adds a three-dimensional appearance, is durable, temperature-resistant and widely used in aerospace and automotive engineering.  

All this has got me thinking… with our 16 year wedding anniversary just around the corner, perhaps we should order his & her Porsche’s?? 

A Poggenpohl P’7340 kitchen for me and a Porsche Carrera GT for him!

Gute Fahrt & Gros Bisous! (Good Drive and Big Kisses)
The Antiques Diva®

Puttin’ on the Ritz with Poggenpohl

Dear Diva Readers,

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When The Ritz in Paris wanted to upgrade the kitchen in The Imperial Suite – the finest suite in their hotel- they were looking to outfit it with a kitchen whose name was as synonymous with luxury as their own.  With Poggenpohl, luxury met luxury in Paris. 

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The Ritz Hotel was opened in 1898 by Swiss hotelier César Ritz.  Poggenpohl, a company known for its cutting-edge contemporary kitchen design, is actually a few years older than this grand Parisian institution, having been established in Germany in 1892.  Today Poggenpohl is the world’s most famous kitchen brand.  So famous that when the world’s most luxurious suite in the world’s most luxurious hotel in the world’s most luxurious city needed a kitchen revamp, the Ritz chose Poggenpohl knowing that with them they’d be able to keep their promise of giving their guests unsurpassed luxury in every conceivable respect. 

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Poggenpohl thought of every detail…  A particularly impressive feature of these luxury kitchens are the handle-less units with a precision system that automatically opens them in response to a nudge and closes them again after they are given a slight push. Doing away with handles emphasizes the furniture’s uncompromisingly purist look. 

This purist look pairs perfectly when juxtaposed against the elaborate suite.  The Poggenpohl “Porsche Design” kitchen is finished in driftwood to match the rest of the interior and the cabinets are a brushed pine that beautifully imitates its namesake. A black worktop in satin-finish glass provides an exciting contrast to the warm Driftwood and least you be wondering where Porsche comes into play, the innovative frame is a Porsche aluminum design forming the backbone of the kitchen, uniting the materials of wood and glass to create a sophisticated, practical design that’s purist in its look and absolutely perfect for the Paris Ritz Imperial Suite.  Apparently 2-star Michelin chef Michel Roth of the Ritz agrees… he looks right at home with his CHROMA Knife set in The Imperial Suite kitchen

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With a suite this beautiful all that’s left to do is to relax in style and, perhaps, admire the view from The Imperial Suite overlooking the Place Vendôme


Photo: Ritz

Gros bisous de Paris!  (Big Kisses from Paris)
The Antiques Diva®
(seen below with Colin Fields, the famous bar tender at the Ritz’ Hemingway Bar with some of my all-time favorite clients at the end of a week-long Paris tour!)

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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