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top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Brederode Kunst & Antiek is back with their Najaarsbrocante the 10th, 11th, and 12th of December with a fabulous private sale in Amsterdam’s Jordaan! Brederode joins together with area antique dealers to make a special weekend of antiques, art and open doors. This year’s sale will feature lanterns, candelabras, mirrors, glasswork and a variety of French brocante items! But Brederode isn’t the only one opening the doors to her private residence for a pre-Christmas sale: visit Brederode to get a map to other vendors participating in this open door weekend in Amsterdam.
Dec 10, 11, and 12
1015 GS Amsterdam
Read past Antiques Diva blog posts on this special weekend to see some sights from former sales!
P.S. The Antiques Diva® & Company blog was just featured in a list titled “40 Antique Shopping Blogs” to know! Check it out!
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But I must confess for me Notre Dame is my first choice!
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- Hand painted designs on monofil or penelope, or printed designs on penelope.
- DMC Medici wool and/or hand-dyed wool at Aubusson, France
- Needlepoint needles.
- Instructions for the stitch to be used according to the canvas you pick.
The Gobelin or Aubusson stitch on a penelope canvas imitates the old tapestries and is quite easy to learn. They put instructions and drawings in each kit. If you have a problem, email them and they will assist you.
Diva Tip: Perhaps my favorite feature of the store is that if you have an antique armchair you’d like to recover Tapisseries de la Bûcherie gives you instructions on to-make-armchair-needlepoint.asp”>how you can create your own needlepoint pattern for your armchair!
Tapisseries de la Bûcherie
2, rue du Haut Pavi
Hours: 2pm-7pm daily except for Sunday
Or shop online http://www.bucherie.com/
Do you plan on visiting the shop soon? Print directions and a map!
The Antiques Diva™
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You might have already guessed this about me, but I’m a girly girl. My bathroom is filled with all sorts of potions and perfumes, oodles of accessories and creams for this and that. Needless to say, clutter control is down-right a necessity. And while I’m always searching for antique cupboards, cabinets and commodes for storing things out of the way, there are a few things I need to keep within easy reach but still want organized in a more controlled environment. My Diva-worthy bathroom clutter control solution: a French brocante find now available for $60/47 Euro on “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ is this charming vintage champagne bucket!
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When I learned that CHEFinBERLIN was offering an “Art of Entertaining Workshop” I knew you needed to know about it!
27 September @ 13:00
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►Cost: 20 €
Please email to:CHEFinBERLIN@me.com”>CHEFinBERLIN@me.com for registration details and address.
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you enjoy my blog, then you need to know about this great list of “tography-colleges.org/50-best-blogs-for-the-avid-antiquer/”>50 Best Blogs for the Avid Antiquer” In addition to featuring The Antiques Diva™ blog, the list includes some of my favorite sources including The Elegant Thrifter and Pamela’s Antiques Blog. The list starts out with an explanation, “Whether you’re hunting for a killer mid-century lamp, Victorian knick knacks or old photographs, antiquing can be a fun and often inexpensive way to build a collection and spend an afternoon. For those looking to do a little research before they head out, blogs can be a great resource for learning about new ways to use items, what’s valuable and what’s not and discover the tricks the pros use. Here are 50 blogs to help you build your antiquing knowledge.”
The Antiques Diva™
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So why then is today’s blog post about Vintage Fur just as we’re wanting to shed our coats in hopes of warmer days? Because the prices on vintage fur are dropping by the day – consider it sale season at the flea markets around the world!
While I wouldn’t buy a new fur coat, propagating the current supply chain, I’m gaga over vintage fur – and the best time to buy vintage fur is not in the brrrr of winter when prices are at a high and people have coats on the mind, but rather when everyone else is thinking thoughts of warmer days. Just like in the stores when inventory changes from one season to the next, vintage fur vendors at flea markets want to sell their winter inventory and prices are being slashed by the week!
Of course, why read about vintage fur shopping when you can watch another exciting episode of the todays-episode.html” target=”_blank”>Diva News Network on The Antiques Diva’s YouTube Channel!
The Antiques Diva™
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STOP THE PRESS!!!
La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons on the île de Chatou start’s today – March 12th!
Come! Come now to this suburb just outside Paris, France!! You’ll find the absolute best assortment of French antiques plus some wonderful food all in one locale – what more could a person ask for??
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Friday, March 12 to Sunday March 21*
Daily from 10am – 7pm.
*Dealers shop early on March 11 with invitation for entrance.
the Parisian suburb of ile de Chatou
Europe’s best twice annual flea market with over 800 vendors !
How to Get There :
Take RER A Direction Saint Germain en Laye to stop Chatou
Don’t forget to tour.html” target=”_blank”>book an Antiques Diva Tour to visit the famed flea market on the arm of a seasoned shopper !
The Antiques Diva™
Dear Diva Readers,
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While you can actually read his article (as it was first seen on The Diva blog here), I just had to show off my husband’s first tear sheet!
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Moreover, I had to draw your eye to his new logo!
The Wine Guy – The grapes beg to him, “Drink Me!”
The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with The Wine Guy)
For today’s diva post, I’m sending you chez elle to read her post on Pen Appeal!
And Ladies, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, take note! An antique or vintage fountain pen (or pen accessories) makes a great “mantique” present for your significant other!
Until next time, happy shopping!
The Antiques Diva™
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In 2009 I wrote I a blog post titled “Buying Notions in Italy” where I shared my passion for tassels, trims, tiebacks, cords and bows. Judging by the amount of emails I got from readers on this topic, my passion for passementerie is a shared one. The French say that passementerie adds that certain “je ne sais quoi” – that little something extra- that puts the finishing touch on a room.
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Juliana also adores passementeria (as well as antiques) but she’s taken this passion and designed a career for herself! She’s a pillow designer, but she doesn’t just make ANY pillow. Juliana combines antique embroideries and tapestries (and other interesting textiles) then carefully selects from her collection of European metallic “galloon” trims and sews them onto luxurious velvets, making gorgeous pillows fit for a diva!
A Few Diva-licious Pillows from Juliana Antique Textiles:
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15 x 18 – Rare antique European hand embroidered crown appliqué with metallic threading and jewels. Blue topaz velvet hand trimmed with tiny dark gold vintage metallic cording from France. $422
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18 x 18 – Antique gold and silver hand embroidered metallic ecclesiastical appliqué of a pelican feeding her young. Champagne velvet hand trimmed with vintage gold metallic soutache from France. $550
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16 x 16 – Antique French painted tapestry bordered with antique French metallic old gold galloon on creamy velvet and self-corded. $410
Juliana first became interested in textiles on a visit to the Guatemalan markets 17 years ago where she began to appreciate the hours and energy poured into hand-sewn goods. While studying in Spain during her college years, Juliana fell in love with anything European and old. Becoming enchanted by antique European textiles was inevitable!
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Diva-scovery: Juliana’s Antique Textiles!
Visit Juliana’s website: www.antiquetextilepillows.com
The Antiques Diva™