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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 towelcompany.com/ ” 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 town.poggenpohl.com/seite/home.html” 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®

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!  tofsports.com/ ” 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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