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Mercanteinfiera and The Antiques Diva in Parma

Dear Diva Readers,

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The fair covers five pavilions and is the largest of its kind in Italy with over a 1000 dealers from all over Europe, including Britain, France and Belgium. Together under one roof they offer a vast array of furniture and decorative pieces from ancient Roman & ecclesiastical artifacts to fabulous antiques prints and decorative arts, 18th century furniture to Italian modernism and collectables. The pavilions or ‘Padiglione’ as they are known in Italian are divided into styles; of main interest are #6 which houses jewellery, both precious and costume, 20th century Furniture and Decorative Arts, Vintage and Repurposed.

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As Susan, our locally-based Italian Guide explains,

“In Italy there is a little bit of everything but perhaps of most interest are lighting, mirrors and huge amount of paintings and prints (some with great mattes and frames) varying in style from the classic landscapes and still life to contemporary; some are purely decorative others are great masters. There are of course Roman artifacts but if they are genuine one can’t pretend that they go for a song, however some of the religious pieces are a bargain. Italian country is a very different style to French country, cleaner and simpler lines perfect for both a modern and traditional home. There are also lots of fun agricultural pieces which are great finds, for both decoration and repurposing. On the central-eastern side of the country there are many painted pieces; both Florence and Venice were famed for its artisan painters, many of whom moved east towards Le Marche. One can’t dispute that Italian 20th century design was highly innovative and creative, these pieces are still not totally appreciated by Italians and so are good finds too.

In short Italy probably has much more than you ever imagined, it just takes a little time to get to know the country, the people and the business… we know too that half the fun is finding merchandise but when time is short – and time is money – a little help goes a long way! And that my dears, are why we at The Antiques Diva & Co are here to help you.”

Mercanteinfiera Spring 2014 dates:

1-9 March, 2014

To book an Antiques Diva Italy Tour – any time of the year – email to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com

Ciao Bella!
The Antiques Diva ®
(Seen here with a few VIP friends @ Mercanteinfiera)

Mercanteinfiera Parma

Can’t Get Enough of Saxon Henry

 Dear Diva Readers,

I’m writing today to give a special Grazie Mille to one of my favorite bloggers: Saxon Henry of Roaming by Design!

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This month Saxon shared the news on her fab blog announcing to her readers that The Antiques Diva® & Co is now offering Italian Tours!  If you didn’t catch Saxon’s article on Antiques Diva Italian Tours make sure to do so now!

While I love Saxon’s blog Roaming by Design, I’m also a fan of all Saxon’s work (and Saxon in general as she’s one of my favorite travel companions and client-turned-friend).  Did you know that she publishes a number of blogs, including her life story –  topromise.com/ ” target=”_blank”>The Road To Promise?  She’s also turned her passion for social media into a career – her new Social Media consultancy firm, Adroyt, founded with the dazzling Richard Holschuh, is now in full swing!   

I simply can’t get enough of Saxon Henry!  Make sure to visit both these sites for more Saxon Henry fun!!

The Antiques Diva®

Where in the World is The Antiques Diva®?

Dear Diva Readers,

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Meanwhile as I’m on the road, The Antiques Diva & Co keeps appearing in different places around the world wide web! First it was a mention in tours-122004 “>Apartment Therapy’s article on French Shopping Vacations and Tours followed shortly thereafter by a few of my articles appearing in the Bonjour Paris newsletter.

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tory/going-going-gone-lhotel-drouot/”>Going Going Gone was about the Paris auction house Hotel Drouot while last month’s Bonjour Paris column tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/ “>Ask The Antiques Diva® shared details on the Salon des Antiquities de Bastille in Paris. And while I’m on the subject of Bonjour Paris, I must say I was delighted to be invited recently to attend a champagne cocktail hour chez Karen Fawcett, the Editor of Bonjour Paris. During that event I was delighted to meet Lisa Buros-Hutchins, the effervescent founder of Your Paris Experience!

Saxon Henry - Roaming by Design

Meanwhile, I was honored to spend a weekend in Paris with social media maven and journalist Saxon Henry. While we were out and about in Paris she posted about our wanderings on Roaming by Design, telling details of our meeting with passemeterie-artisan tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/”>Remy Lemoine whose work graces the interiors of some of the world’s top designers. When Saxon & I weren’t gallivanting about, we took some much-needed down time in the city of light and one of our favorite nights in Paris occurred when I decided to don an apron and whip us up a 5 course dinner!

On top of all of this, I was delighted that the Italian Luxury Linen company blog Belvivere did a feature on The Antiques Diva & Co! Mrs. Conti had me blushing like a bride over the praise she lavished on our European Shopping Tours and the inventory in our Online Store.

Speaking of online stores, the Belvivere linen shop is divine and a visit to CEO Jay C Conti’s website is a wonderful lesson in linen. Recently I was honored to be asked to write a testimonial for Conti’s upcoming book, “The Luxury Bedding Makeover System -A Step-by-Step Workbook To Dress Up a Beautiful Bed & Revamp Your Bedroom Décor”, which unravels the mystery of thread count, teaches the language of linen & deciphers quality in bedroom decor.

Andrea Martin - Expat Women.com

While that covers Europe, I was surprised to get a note from a contact on LinkedIn who had heard Andrea Martin of Expat Women.com speak on women entrepreneurs. My contact Jeannine wrote,

“I went to a talk in Singapore about owning your own business and the speaker used you – The Antiques Diva – as an example. I was like “Wow!, I know her”…. I’ll never forget going to your beautiful home in Amsterdam. It was so well decorated and all of the food and every detail was just right. I’m sure your business must be great if you put as much love into your business as you do your home.”

Love indeed – my company The Antiques Diva & Co continues to grow out of passion for what I do! If you want to follow my day-to-day, make sure to become a fan on The Antiques Diva & Co Facebook page or follow my tweets on Twitter!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

Photo credit below:  Angelica Arbulu Photography

Do It Yourself Diva – Eiffel Tower Shower Hooks

Dear Diva Readers,

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Now that’s what I call a Diva Idea for decorating your bathroom!   

The Antiques Diva®

(seen below with Saxon Henry and Patty Otis Abel last year, “Doing the Paris Puce”)

Channeling Your Inner Diva: A Review on Antiques Diva™ Paris Tours

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I’m blushing like a school girl after reading what Saxon Henry & Roaming by Design had to say about The Antiques Diva Shopping Tours in Paris!

Saxon Henry writes:

“When The Antiques Diva™ tells you that she will have you shopping until you drop, you had better believe her! Accessories goddess Patty Otis Abel and I spent a day in Paris with the daring Toma Clark Haines, the Diva herself, and were just about to the point of crying uncle when she breezed us right into The Ritz and straight into the Bar Hemingway! After one of head barman Colin Field’s French 75 cocktails, which he claims are the perfect balm for soothing fretful feet after a day of shopping or sightseeing, we were nearly as good as new…. “ Continue Reading…

Merci Saxon – Shopping with you was a Diva’s Dream Come True!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right in Paris with Saxon Henri & Patti Otis Abel)

MEET THE DIVA OF THE DAY:

Saxon Henry!

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Saxon Henry has written for a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Traditional Home, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Country Home, the Home & Design section of The Miami Herald and Coastal Living.

She is a regular contributor to Delta Sky Magazine, Latitudes Magazine, Sandow Media’s Luxe magazines, and Modernism. Henry is also a contributing editor to Modern Luxury’s MIAMI and Manhattan magazines and Interiors Magazine. Her European/Asian credits include Elle Décor (India), Residence Magazine (The Netherlands), Casamica (Italy), Style: Living (Singapore) and Architectural Digest in Austria and Germany.

Henry’s second book, Four Florida Moderns, was released by W.W. Norton & Co. in February 2010, and her blog, Roaming by Design, brings travel-related design subjects from around the world home. The journalist/author is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Design Commotion and The Antiques Diva Do The Paris Flea Market – VIDEO

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I whisked Saxon & Patty away from the daily grind of 5-star lunches, tours of fancy French museums and private meetings with Paris’ hottest designers and boutique/gallery owners to take them on an all-day outing to the Paris Flea Markets, hitting both Porte de Vanves and the Puce at the Porte de Clignancourt as well as an elusive one-day “vide grenier” (attic sale) before doing cocktails with famed bartender Colin Field at the Ritz Hemingway Bar then dining out at L’Absinthe, catching up with the Queen of Paris, Kim P, and Diva Friend & Helper, Sylvia!

All in all, it was a dashing day… but why tell you about it, when you can WATCH a snippet of our adventure on YOUTUBE!?!

Saxon is a media-marketing warrior with an entourage of gadgets in her bag – and she caught me on film with her FLIP Video camera. On the following video you’ll see me explaining to Saxon Henry how I like to use my antiques and vintage finds in practical ways! In other words, I never display antiques like a grandmother does! Watch & learn while I share a technique for using a vintage glass French flower frog!



A Diva-fession:

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Au Revoir et Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right between Saxon Henry & Patty Otis Abel)

 

 

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