Meet the Bloggers of Blog Tour Milan

Dear Diva Readers,

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Award winning interior designer Pamela Copeman is noted for her posh panache and timeless designs that unite classic style with a modern, often colorful twist.  With over 20 years of experience in the design world, her Posh Palettes Blog is definitely a valuable resource for information on the latest and greatest products and trends in interior design.

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The nationally recognized interior design firm Kandrac Kole will be represented by none other than founding principal designers Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole!  Voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designers in 2013 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, their work has been featured on HGTV, The New York Times, House, Southern Lady Magazine, Atlanta Home Improvement and  These ladies’ love and commitment to the power of interior design is exhibited in their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala and through their blog which was established in 2009.

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Carmen Maria Natschke is a new media entrepreneur, freelance writer, social media diva, speaker and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the internationally acclaimed design blog, The Decorating Diva. Carmen travels the world over as a lifestyle and design expert sharing her love of art, architecture, design, and trends with thousands of Decorating Diva fans from around the globe.


As the Founder of SketchThis.Net, Eric Schimelpfenig has taken pencil and paper operations and converted them to 3D, worked with Google on Sketchup’s development, created 3D content for companies large and small, and taught Sketchup to countless students all over the country.  He is also an active columnist in Kitchen & Bath Design News, and often speaks on emerging technologies for the design field.

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and owner of The English Room in Charlotte, North Carolina.  With an elegant, eclectic and colorful style, she has completed homes all over the East coast that have ranged in style.  Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work, which has been published in many print and digital publications.

Tamara Matthews Stephenson

Tamara Matthews Stephenson was inspired to start her lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara, by her busy life as a NYC interior designer.  Tamara has written for Traditional Home Magazine, Venu Magazine, Today’s Equestrian and New York Spaces Magazine.  She hopes to help her clients and readers create a stylish yet well-lived in home while putting it all into perspective.

Krista Nye Schwartz and Tami Ramsay

Krista Nye Schwartz and Tami Ramsay are the duo behind the boutique interior design firm, Cloth & Kind with offices in Ann Arbor, MI and Athens, GA.  They have a passion for textiles and cultured spaces, and like to tell a story through their interiors.

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Robin Plaskoff Horton’s award-winning and Webby-nominated blog, Urban Gardens, is a lifestyle story told from the ground up.  Encompassing urban style, design, and nature, Urban Gardens focusses on the whole picture.  Robin has been a featured speaker at the Garden Bloggers Conference, Woman at Woodstock, and the Garden Writers Association Annual Meeting.  She is a contributor to and has been a featured curator for social commerce sites Pickie and Luvocracy.  Mashable named Urban Gardens “One of the Top 10 Must-Follow Home and Garden Twitter Accounts.”

Lisa Smith

Interior designer Lisa Smith is also author and publisher of  As owner and visionary behind Interior Design Factory, Ltd. , a boutique design firm where they devise everything from furniture to light fixtures, Lisa lives by her words, “do it once, do it right.”

Looking forward to taking all of these wonderful design enthusiasts on an abbreviated Antiques Diva tour in Milan!  Until then…

Ciao Bella!
The Antiques Diva®

The Decorating Diva Style Maker Look Book

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When The Decorating Diva LLC listed my blog as one of the “Best of the Web” I was over the moon at the recognition she’d doled out, but when she asked me to compile a “look book” of images that define The Antiques Diva™ for the first of her Style Maker Look Book series I practically didn’t come back down from orbit!

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The Decorating Diva, LLC writes:

“‘Style Maker‘ Toma Clark Haines, founder of The Antiques Diva Tours and editor of the fabulously divine European antiques shopping and lifestyle blog, “The Antiques Diva”, shares her dream living room decor with The Decorating Diva, LLC readers via her elegant, refined and beautiful style and design look book compilation!”

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And stay tuned! While above I show you my dream living room, over the next few months – via The Diva News Network videos – I’ll take you on a tour of my real life living room at home in Berlin!

Thanks Decorating Diva, LLC for the shout out!


The Antiques Diva™

Love & Lust: Objets de Decoration – Style & Design: Best of the Web Award

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I was delighted Friday afternoon to discover that The Antiques Diva blog, alongside French Garden Antiques and Design Commotion, was given this award by The Decorating Diva:

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The Decorating Diva was founded by Carmen Natschke, the award-winning designer and co-founder of Room In A Kit LLC. In 2002 the parent company decided to spin off a sister company of Room In A Kit LLC by launching The Decorating Divas workshops where students learned everything from how to faux paint to how to accessorize like a professional decorator. At each workshop, dozens of students asked about online decorating and buying resources and The Decorating Diva online magazine was born from those requests!

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Want to read what The Decorating Diva had to say about The Antiques Diva™?

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“The Antiques Diva is written by the fabulous Toma Haines, an American expat living in Berlin, Germany with an extraordinary eye for luxe European antiques, vintage jewelry, and art. Toma has taken her love of antiques shopping and made it a career – lucky for antiques lovers (and travel lovers, too) the world over! Toma offers European antiques and decor shopping tours in Paris, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Antwerp and Berlin. To keep up with Toma’s latest antique finds, follow The Antiques Diva on Twitter.”

Thanks Decorating Diva – Though we both know you’re a diva every day, we’re giving you “The Diva of the Day” award here at The Antiques Diva™ site as a small way to say Merci Beaucoup!

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The Antiques Diva™