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Antiques and Flea Markets in Belgium

Dear Diva Readers,

When most people think of antiquing in Europe, they envision strolling through the Paris Flea Market or shopping the French countryside.  Some fantasize about unearthing treasures in Italy, ambling down antique filled lanes in England or finding the perfect painted piece in Sweden. We help clients antique in all of these scenarios, however there is one teeny tiny country in Europe that those not “in the know” tend to forget.   Belgium is Europe’s best kept secret.  I’ve said it for years… Belgium is a girl’s best friend! For a country barely the size of Maryland, it’s positively chock full of treasures that delight from chocolate to fashion and a diamonds… and antiques.  Per capita there are more antique dealers in Belgium than practically any other country in Europe, making it an ideal country to take an Antiques Buying Tour!

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When taking clients on buying tours in Belgium, we typically stay somewhere central – often basing ourselves in Antwerp – and from there proceed to cover the entire country in about 3 or 4 days. If you drive an hour in any direction from Antwerp you find yourself crisscrossing the country from north to south, dipping into both Holland and France and working your way towards the German border. Each day on tour we shop a variety of places – from small antique shops to large over-the-top warehouses.  The next day we’ll take clients to specific dealers hand-picked for them, often meeting the dealers at their own homes, in private residences and shops that aren’t really shops, but storage units opened only on appointment.  Our third day on tour in Belgium tends to be ALL about the flea markets.  For those really motivated we wake early and pillage Waterloo…  but my favorite Belgium Flea Market after all these years is still the Tongeren Flea Market, which literally takes over the entire town center each Sunday of the year snow, rain or shine.   On a Belgium Buying Tour our clients have usually spent the first two days of their tour buying furniture and special art pieces so the flea market day is typically all about the smalls, which when shipped are essentially shipped for FREE as they are packed inside the drawers and cupboards they’ve already purchased – this maximizes client’s shipping costs!

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Tongeren Flea Market has several sections.  As I always I have a plan of attack, I  always begin at the stalls which line the Leopoldwal – the street opposite the old Roman wall.   Here we have a few favorite dealers who consistently have excellent inventory – one of my favorite is the gorgeous blond couple with antique ironstone at incredible prices.   From porcelain to chandeliers and French manequins – some of my favorite vendors set up here.  Next up you have a choice  – you can wrap back around towards the town square – the Veemarkt.  The market weaves it’s way around several streets – from the Maastrichterstraat, de Schiervelstraat, Clarissenstraat, and Eburonenhal.  But after the Leopoldwal shopping along the Roman Wall my second and third favorite spots to shop are the two indoor sections – in the Sports Hall and inside the Parking Garage.  Here you’ll find everything from linens to crystal to furniture. Clients find all sorts of things such as wooden cheese boards, antique coffee grinders, mirrors, iron stone pieces, sculpture, and much more.  I think the better quality inventory tends to be found inside these 2 halls.

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It’s always such fun to see favorite dealers that we’ve been buying from for years.  A shopping tour at Tongeren involves running into old friends – from vendors to other dealers we know.  The great thing for our clients is that we have good relationships with these dealers, which means they not only give our clients the best prices they can but they also give a fun shopping experience for our clients – inviting our clients into their stalls as long-term friends rather than another tourist passing through for a day.  In town – and in the area nearby –  we have a slew of dealers we adore who have permanent shops where we stop of a glass of champagne or a coffee and cookies!

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For anyone who loves flea marketing, Tongeren should definitely be on your list! if you’d like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in Belgium, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to show you our version of this small-but-amazing country!

The Antiques Diva®   

Salvo Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

To close out a recent week-long VIP Antiques Diva UK tour with Olga Granda-Scott, co-founder of The HighBoy, we hopped in the car and headed from London to Henley for Salvo Fair for opening trade day. Antiques Diva UK Agent Gail McLeod met us at Fawley Hill, Henley on Thames, the estate of Sir William and Lady McAlpine which was the venue for this year’s fair. Salvo is the largest architectural salvage fair in the UK.

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The Antiques Diva cooling off at the Salvo Fair!

Dealers at Salvo offer a wide variety of architectural salvage, ranging from very affordable tiles and hardware to reclaimed building materials such as a huge bridge which held court at the center of the fair. As we perused the grounds, we spotted a nice mix of garden antiques including sculpture, fountains, and repurposed items which are in high demand right now. There were also plenty of retro signs, decorative antiques, and vintage pieces. I especially liked the variety of industrial items which could be used in new construction. A pleasant surprise was the affordable prices at Salvo. Our Creative Consultant Andrew Skipper even picked up a fun antique door knocker shaped like a fox for less than half the price he would pay in the USA.

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Aside from the inventory, the set up of the fair was everything you would imagine when you picture a country antiques fair in England. Old fashioned tents with bunting (strings of colorful flags) strewn from side to side set the stage for a picturesque day. There was even a charming tea tent where we attended a private party with the local Lord and Lady and the “county set” after the fair closed. Complete with champagne, roast lamb, quail eggs, smoked salmon, and scones, the evening was a quintessential English one—and the ideal way to complete a Diva tour of some of the UK’s top antiques fairs.

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If you would like information on our UK Antiques Diva tours, please email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help you find the antiques you’re looking for while also giving you a truly unique experience of culture, travel, and the Diva lifestyle!

The Antiques Diva®   

Diva Does Masterpiece Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

While taking Olga Granda-Scott of The HighBoy on a whirlwind Antiques Diva UK experience to introduce her to a few of our favorite fairs and dealers, we attended opening day of the renowned English antiques fair Masterpiece in London. Offering museum quality pieces, this fair is one of the best in Europe, comparing often as a smaller TEFAF.

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Before heading to the fair we checked out Antiques News & Fairs to find out what the must-see booths were. Discovering that the Empress Eugenie’s pearl earrings would be on display, we headed straight to Siegelson’s booth upon arrival at the fair.  This pair of natural grey pearl earrings appear on Empress Eugenie’s ears in a portrait of her which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York so being able to see them first hand was quite a treat! The only disappointment? They wouldn’t let me try them on! And darling… I would have worn them well! 🙂

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After meandering the antique filled aisles and stopping by the bar for a glass of champagne to sip while we shopped, we spotted one of our favorite pieces at the fair. It was a George Hepplewhite gentleman’s social table from Apter-Fredericks LTD. This rare table, one of only two known to exist, was made for social drinking. Drinking in the 18th century was prevalent at all levels of society and was so socially acceptable that by the end of the century specialized furniture was being made especially for drinking. With space for multiple champagne bottles and glasses, it’s perfect for a Diva!

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Speaking of tables, we also came upon a stunning center table with a specimen marble top from Tomasso Brothers Fine Art. The overall booth was stunning and really drew us in, but this special table – complete with its original documents – is a stand out piece.

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It was also fantastic to have a quick chat with Robert Young in his booth. Robert is one of the founders of Masterpiece – and is a leading folk art dealer in the UK.  What I loved about his booth – and inventory in general – is that it was entirely different from anyone else’s at the fair. Surrounded by dealers offering polished furniture and glitzy jewels, Robert’s inventory celebrated the unpretentious creations of artisans, adding a creative depth to the overall feel of the fair.   Because the fair is not segregated, it makes for an exciting experience to shop the fair – Russian jewels are in stalls next to English Folk Art opposite a stall filled with Neo-Classical busts.  Each turn of the neck gives an experience to another land, another time.

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All in all, the fair was a glamorous experience with museum quality pieces at every corner—net, net, Masterpiece is Diva-Worthy and if it’s not already on your social calendar consider it a Must Go on the London Antiques Scene!  My only regret (beyond not getting to try on those darn pearls from Eugenie) was that I wish we could have stayed longer, but a Diva’s work is never done. We had to jet off to the hotel to get some sleep as the following day we traveled to the country to attend Salvo Fair, but more on that later! Stay tuned to the blog to hear about the rest of our week-long journey through antiques fairs of the UK!

The Antiques Diva®   

Entrepreneur Blog – An American Setting Up a Business in Europe

Dear Diva Readers,

As an American who owns a business overseas, I am always asked how I did it. As with any business venture, setting up a company – whether at home domestically or abroad in a foreign country – is a process. It can seem overwhelming. I always knew I wanted to live in Europe, and I think a lot of people have the dream of living an international life, but where do you start? I’ve heard so many women say they want to move to Paris and open a business, but with legal details, visas, and currency exchange rates, it can be tricky to navigate the international waters.

One thing I’ve been able to do since I first moved to Europe is find the right people. In fact, the concept of my business is actually based upon the fact that I have best little black book of antiques addresses in the whole of Europe.  My best piece of advice for anyone wanting to start a global business is to hire experts to help!   Recognize what you know and what you don’t know. I had plenty of creative ideas, but I had no clue how to create a legitimate company in a foreign country.  For legal matters, find an attorney who operates in the country you want to do business in to help you register the business. Have that attorney help with your insurances and confirm that you have all the appropriate licenses, etc.  Find a good accountant in the country you want to move to and set up business in as well. They’ll walk you through the process and explain VAT (value added tax) as well as how to hire employees.  You don’t just need an accountant in the country you’re moving to…. you also need an accountant in the country you’re moving from – the two of them will work together to make sure they’ve got your back when it comes to global taxes.  Taxes are handled differently in various parts of the world and knowing what you’re getting into from the beginning is extremely important. When starting a business, start on the right foot by hiring the right people who can support you.

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Getting involved in the local community has also been a key component for my success. A lot of cities have international organizations like the IWC (International Womens Clubs), AWC (American Women Clubs) and Internations (an organization for both men & women).  Even if your goal is to make friends with locals while living abroad, joining these organizations when first moving to a country is key.  Here you can network to find the right people to help with your business.  Websites such as Expatica are also great resources. In making both business contacts as well as in making personal relationships, I want to connect with other like-minded people to bounce ideas off of and stay connected. These groups are an ideal place to do just that. See if the city you’re starting a business in has a Crave Guide which lists the top 100 Women Entrepreneurs locally – it’s a brilliant place to start networking! They hold quarterly meetings to get together and if you can attend these types of events, you’ll be placing yourself in front of the right people. I’ve also sought out the WIN (Women in International Networking) organizations. Finding and meeting these people means you have people to whom you can ask questions. When you have stumbling blocks, this network of people has already been in your shoes and can help navigate though the sometimes murky waters of starting a global company.

The reality is that most of my learning has been step by step. However gathering as much information as you can and then surrounding yourself with the right people to help guide you are two very important elements of succeeding when it comes to operating a business in a foreign country.

Don’t let fear hold you back! Just do it!

The Antiques Diva®   

AYG Award Party in London

Dear Diva Readers,

Everyone knows that The Antiques Diva® loves a good party. But couple that with an entire party devoted to the world of antiques – filled with the movers and shakers of the antiques world – and I am in my element! I, along with my UK Antiques Diva Agent Gail McLeod and our behind the scenes Creative Guy Andrew Skipper, were recently in London to attend an evening to celebrate the Antiques Heavy Artillery Mentors of Antiques Young Guns at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair. The party, which was held in the Club Room, was sponsored not only by The Antiques Diva® & Co but also more importantly by BADA, LAPADA, and, of course, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

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Attending the party was a myriad of antiques trade professionals and journalists. We spent the evening mixing and mingling, champagne in hand of course! When it was time for the awards ceremony, I was so pleased to present the award for Most Innovative Mentor to my friend and renowned antiques dealer, Spencer Swaffer. He gave space in his own store for a pop-up shop to his mentoree Paul Jones during the busiest week of the year.  The overall winner of the Heavy Artillery Mentor Program went to Robert Young who could not attend the party, so it was accepted by the Young Gun whom he mentored which happens to be our very own Swedish Divo Guide, Daniel Larsson.

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Following the reception, everyone gathered at a fabulous new restaurant at Vauxhall called Counter. As well as being a well-known expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, Mark is also one of the co-founders of Antiques Young Guns along with Gail McLeod and George Johnson. Drinks, dinner, and lots of conversation ensued until the wee hours of the morning. A Diva’s work is never done!

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Huge congratulations to Gail Mcleod who worked tirelessly to put this evening together, all while taking VIP clients on tour during the same week as this monumental event in the antiques industry. They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person… well, Gail certainly knows how to get things done! Looking forward to seeing Antiques Young Guns grow in the coming year and can’t wait for the next party!

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The Antiques Diva®   

JVR108 Inventory

Dear Diva Readers,

At my home in Berlin, I have a stack of coffee table books in my living room which I love to peruse when I have down time.  At the top of the stack is a favorite, “Houses of Veranda”, which always gives me drool-worthy inspiration. Imagine my excitement when one of our Antiques Diva sources, owners of JVR108, contacted me and told me they were opening an antiques showroom adjacent to their boutique hotel in Antwerp, and that the inaugural inventory includes the very console table which graces the front cover of “Houses of Veranda!” I felt like I had died and gone to… Diva Heaven!

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Philip and Frederick have purchased several pieces from the renowned Chateau Rozenhout which was decorated by Axel Vervoordt and Brigitte Garner. The inventory is so top secret that it hasn’t even been announced yet! In fact, the guys are in the process of designing their showroom so the furniture is in a storage unit at the moment. But that doesn’t stop The Antiques Diva! While recently touring with trade clients, we had the opportunity to shop the storage unit, filled with exquisite pieces in this private warehouse. It’s so thrilling when we’re able to find pieces with perfect pedigree like this and make them accessible at amazing trade prices to our clients.

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Of course, after shopping the storage unit, we went back to the hotel and the boys of JVR108 had a private chef prepare a 5 course dinner for us—A Diva’s work is never done! If you’d like information on these pieces, contact us at info@antiquesdiva.com. And don’t forget, when you’re in the Antwerp area, stay at JVR108 for an top-notch experience. And tell them The Antiques Diva sent you to make sure you get SPECIAL BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS not available otherwise!!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Mantiques For Father’s Day

Dear Diva Readers,

In honor of Father’s Day, we want to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite “mantiques.” Every man needs his own space or man cave, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish with a dash of diva, er make that divo, thrown in!  See our top picks for Father’s Day gifts from our friends at The Highboy’s website below! It’s rather appropriate we’re giving a shout out to The Highboy for today I’m off to London to meet Olga Granda-Scott, co-founder of The Highboy, for a week of antiquing in London and beyond!

1-Leather Club Chairs

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This pair of vintage brown French club chairs from the 1970’s are fantastic. Done in the Art deco-style, they’d be the perfect place for Dad to sit back and relax at the end of a hard day. Covered in a two tone brown leather with single piping trim and removable cushions,  these very comfortable chairs are also right on trend.

2- Desk Sets

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Desk sets are the perfect accessory for the study—a place Dad spends many evenings. This 20th c. Italian Leather Desk Set is in superb condition and will add that pop of color to a dark-paneled room. We’re just picturing a distinguished gentleman sitting down to write a note on this desk set—very sophisticated!

3- Bar Carts

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Ok, we must admit that a bar cart is an essential for any home. But this sleek Italian model from the 1950’s is perfect for Dad with its ebonized mahogany wood frame with antique brass fittings and smoked grey and black glass tiers. It’s masculine, modern, and begs the question, “Shaken or stirred?”

4- Cuff Links

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A beautiful and practical gift for Dad would be this pair of 14K yellow gold and reverse painted “Essex Crystal” nautical flag cufflinks. Essex crystal is a process where rock crystals are cut as a cabochon and carved on the flat side, then painted on the back to produce a three-dimensional effect. Even when he’s not wearing them, cuff links look great just laying on a desk or side table.

5- Globes, maps, Travel Accessories

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Travel accessories are so on trend right now. But they are also masculine, which makes them perfect for the man cave. This original copper plate engraving with original hand color by British artist Robert Wilkinson (fl. c. 1768 – 1825), titled “An Accurate Map of the West Indies” published June 2nd, 1794 is an amazing decorative piece. The tentative British claims in Belize and on the Mosquito Coast, where English buccaneers, pirates, and privateers set up makeshift unofficial colonies from which to raid Spanish treasure fleets, are noted. As this region was highly important to British maritime commercial and military interests, Wilkinson also identifies various shoals and other undersea dangers throughout. What an exciting piece that Dad would love!

For more mantiques, check out The Highboy here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there! And to my own “Papa Bear” Happy Father’s Day!

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The Antiques Diva®   

Root Cellar Designs

Dear Diva Readers,

As a woman entrepreneur and blogger, I am fully aware of what it takes to start a business and then keep the momentum up. You have to truly love what you do in order to maintain an energy level that allows you to grow and expand your business. That’s why I’m always excited when girlfriends of mine are able to succeed in business! My friend Tamara Matthews Stephenson has a fabulous blog, Nest by Tamara which was one of the first blogs I started following online back in the beginning of the blogosphere.  She frequently writes about antiques and how they influence her interior design. I’ve had the privilege of taking Tamara on an Antiques Diva Tour in Milan in conjunction with Blog Tour Milan by Modenus and am always happy to paint the town red with her when in New York!

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Tamara and her friend Susan Young have recently launched Root Cellar Designs, a fabulous custom textile company, and I’m so proud of her and impressed by the Spring 2015 line that I want to feature it here on my blog! The pair of ladies have backgrounds in the fashion and interior design industries and have pulled from both of these arenas to create fabrics that are whimsical, stylish, and take cues from history, which I love of course!

Root Cellar Designs, Tamara Matthews Stephenson, Nest by Tamara, Modenus, Blog Tour Milan, The Antiques Diva, Custom textiles, Susan Young,

The fabrics are digitally created and printed on cotton/linen fabric which means they are durable and easy to live with. I love the fact that they are using new technology along with historical influences to create an innovative product! The team says, “We like playing with history and traditional elements then tweaking them so they are fresh and new, and we are excited to note that you most likely will not see our designs anywhere else in the home marketplace.”

Root Cellar Designs, Tamara Matthews Stephenson, Nest by Tamara, Modenus, Blog Tour Milan, The Antiques Diva, Custom textiles, Susan Young,

Their products have been featured in NY Social Diary, The Editor At Large, and New York Spaces, among others. They’ve used philanthropic causes to give back and promote the line this year including The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Black Tie Tabletop Gala, Housingwork’s 11th Annual Design on a Dime Charity Showhouse and Sale, and the Third Annual IFDA NY Chapter’s Take A Seat Auction to benefit Habitat For Humanity. Come summer, Root Cellar Designs will begin selling at various design and art shows throughout the NYC metropolitan area, and they hope to offer products online by fall 2015.

Root Cellar Designs, Tamara Matthews Stephenson, Nest by Tamara, Modenus, Blog Tour Milan, The Antiques Diva, Custom textiles, Susan Young,

I’m so proud of Tamara and Susan for following their dreams and starting this business! I love when women can take their experiences and pair them with their dreams. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for these women and Root Cellar Designs—I’m sure we’ll be seeing some wonderful creations this year!!! Congratulations ladies!

Yours,

The Antiques Diva®   

(Seen here at my Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fete with Tamara – in the middle – and friends)
Root Cellar Designs, Tamara Matthews Stephenson, Nest by Tamara, Modenus, Blog Tour Milan, The Antiques Diva, Custom textiles, Susan Young, Toma Clark Haines, Paris Flea Market Party

CORE ONE IN THE COTSWOLDS

Dear Diva Readers,

Oh bugger… It’s the end of an era!  The eleven dealers who share the space at Core One Antiques, just off the Kings Road in London, have confirmed that they will be closing their iconic Gasworks premises on 24 June 2015. Anyone who is anyone has shopped these hallowed halls… this location was one of London’s best kept design secrets.  Shopping here almost guaranteed you’d bump into the crème de la crème of the design world. Yoo Hoo!?  Martyn Lawrence Bullard anyone?

Core One Antiques, Cotswolds, Gasworks, Lorfords Antiques, Toby Lorford, Hangar One at Babdown, The Antiques Diva, Sourcing antiques in London

They have been unable to renew their lease due to the rampant development of the riverside area adjacent to Chelsea Harbour Design District.  Finding another equally prestigious and established location to trade from together presented a huge challenge until the dealers heard that Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson who own Lorfords Antiques in Tetbury and the nearby Lorfords @Babdown Airfield had acquired a second hangar on the site at Babdown, which has a very similar flavour to the artisan community at The Gasworks in Fulham.

Core One Antiques, Cotswolds, Gasworks, Lorfords Antiques, Toby Lorford, Hangar One at Babdown, The Antiques Diva, Sourcing antiques in London

Cometh the hangar…,

Cometh the diaspora of displaced London dealers….

And so Hangar One at Babdown opens for an early bird preview from 8 June 2015 and will be fully open from 15 June 2015.  The incoming Core One dealers who will continue to trade together in vast individual showrooms with the similar industrial chic aura of the Core One premises will be:

Dean Antiques,

Christophe Edwards

Roderic Haugh

Christopher Jones

Simon Pugh

Richard Steenberg

Garoa Zugasti

Core One Antiques opened to acclaim in 2001 with a group of elite dealers sharing the vast building showing an collection of antique furniture and objects from the very grand to the very sleek, the frankly industrial and the hugely quirky.

The dealers came from all walks of life and brought their varied taste and experience to the great mixing pot that was Core One Antiques. The combination of styles and periods provided an eye popping sensory experience equivalent to visiting the best of international antiques fairs.

Core One Antiques, Cotswolds, Gasworks, Lorfords Antiques, Toby Lorford, Hangar One at Babdown, The Antiques Diva, Sourcing antiques in London

Lorfords at Babdown is very much in line with the original Core One idea, to bring together an unrivalled group of dealers to provide a stage for the very best in antiques and design under two roofs @Babdown!

Core One Antiques, Cotswolds, Gasworks, Lorfords Antiques, Toby Lorford, Hangar One at Babdown, The Antiques Diva, Sourcing antiques in London

From left, Toby Lorford, warehouse manager Joanna Ferguson and her mother Lesley Ferguson

Toby Lorford, founder of Lorfords explains, “They say timing is everything, and acquiring the second hangar here at Babdown at just the right moment gave us the opportunity to welcome this important group of dealers from Core One to embellish our impressive line up of resident dealers at Babdown.  We have been told that we now represent the most important trade call in Europe and we look forward to developing this unique space going forward.”

The Antiques Diva ®

Quintessence and Stylish Shopping By Susanna Salk Take an Antiques Diva Tour

Dear Diva Readers,

As an antiques & design blogger myself I’m often asked what design blogs I read… and one of my favorite is Stacey Bewkes’ Quintessence Blog.  From art and architecture, interiors and design, fashion and jewelry to books and movies, food and wine, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well-researched, original content in the online world.  I love that she takes us behind the scenes to some of the world’s most gorgeous properties and gives us a peek into some of the very best shops all over the globe.  We get to tag along as she attends exclusive events, meets design icons and tastemakers and connects the dots to bring you the story behind the style.  In addition to blogging, Stacey was revolutionary in the blogosphere when she teamed up with Susanna Salk to produce and edit one of the best design video series.

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Imagine my excitement when these two dynamic women confirmed that they wanted to take an Antiques Diva Tour of Mercanteinfiera with me! I couldn’t wait to get these ladies to Italy and show them the ropes of navigating Italy’s largest antiques fair which takes place twice a year in Parma. With over one thousand vendors and several buildings, it can be tricky to weave your way through the thousands of international shoppers – but don’t worry, we know the fair and its vendors like the back of our hand!

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Once we started shopping, I could see why these two women are known as international tastemakers. Their eyes are trained and I watched as they gravitated toward piece after gorgeous piece! Some of their favorite finds were a large mirror, a stately lion statue, a rustic armoire, architectural ornaments, and a pair of oversized urns. They also pointed out that attending fairs like Mercanteinfiera is a great way to get styling ideas as the exhibitors create interesting displays. I couldn’t agree more!

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

In a blog they wrote about their Antiques Diva experience, they write, “In our two days at the Parma antiques fair, we effortlessly wove through the multiple massive buildings, following Toma and Susan (our charming and knowledgeable Italian Diva) to meet special friends and dealers, from Toma’s favorite purveyor of Murano glass to the creative couple from Florence who fashion chic new treasures by blending antiques with modern artistry,to her dealer friend Maurizio from Sicily (now located in Florence).”

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Read the entire blog and watch the fun video they shot in the video series Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk.

Thanks ladies for coming over and living La Dolce Diva for a few days! We certainly had a blast giving you just a glimpse of what we do on a daily basis all across Europe. When you’re ready for round two, why don’t we hit Les Puces in Paris… or The Decorative Fair at Battersea in London… or hop in the car and let us introduce you to our secret sources in the Belgian countryside… So many options, so little time!

Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, Susanna Salk, Stylish Shopping, The Antiques Diva, Mercanteinfiera, Parma Antiques Fair, Sourcing Antiques in Italy, Toma Clark Haines,

Ciao,

The Antiques Diva® 

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