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Battersea Decorative Fair Autumn 2014

Dear Diva Readers,

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The Fair opened on September 30 and we were privileged to get a handful of Press passes which allowed us to enter the fair before the public. Being able to meet with dealers and see the inventory before it flies out the door is always a thrill. And being one of the top antique fairs, there are trays of champagne being passed, which fits perfectly with the Antiques Diva experience! As people line up outside to enter the fair, they are also served glasses of champagne… now that’s the kind of line I wouldn’t mind  waiting in!

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Of course there is so much to see at this fair— styles range from French and English antique furniture to tabletop to mid century modern. And what I love about the Battersea Decorative Fair is that not only is there something for everyone’s taste, there is also a range of price points. If you want serious antiques, you can find them. But you also can find very decorative pieces that won’t cost you a fortune and may even fit in your suitcase!

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However, there are definitely serious shoppers at this renowned fair. Famous actors,  international socialites and philanthropists all frequent Battersea. In fact, just a few days after we were there, Oprah Winfrey dropped by to peruse the stalls. Nothing like bumping elbows with celebrities while sipping champagne and shopping for antiques!!!

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All in all I’d say that this is certainly a “do not miss” event. More than just shopping, The Decorative Fair at Battersea Park is an experience. And my team at The Antiques Diva & Co feels so privileged to count several dealers at the 2014 fair as friends and favorite sources that our clients consistently have access to. Sometimes it’s surreal to think that we have the same sources as celebrities and royalty…but the truth is, we do!

If you’d like information on taking an Antiques Diva & Co Buying Tour in any of our 8 tour countries, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva®

Mirror Mirror On the Wall

Dear Diva Readers,

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If one mirror is good, 9 or 12 is even better!  Our favorite vendors across the board at Battersea Park where the Decorative Fair is held were clustering groups of antique and vintage mirrors for maximum effect.  The result is more that of a work of art when positioned this way than as just a tool to see yourself.

Keep the tones of the frame similar – gold with gold, silver with silver, but be bold in mixing shapes.  While all star bursts look great, don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit by adding an oblong mirror to a wall of circular mirrors.  And remember, sometimes it’s hip to be square.

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Bonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva®

PS:  To book an Antiques Diva England Tour or inquire about our Buying Services so you can source antiques abroad virtually, email to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com

What’s Trending in Antiques?

Dear Diva Readers,

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Color me tickled pink… Color is Back!

The Antiques Diva®

PS:  To book an Antiques Diva England Tour or inquire about our Buying Services so you can source antiques abroad virtually, email to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com

White Ceramics at The Decorative Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

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If you missed it this January, have no fear  – The Decorative Fair is held 3 times a year.  The next dates are:
Spring Fair 2014: 29 April – 4 May 2014
Autumn Fair 2014: 30 September – 5 October 2014

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One of the top deco trends in antiques we noticed at the January fair was the use of white ceramics in display.  With both translucent white porcelain and ironstone represented – this look is here to stay.

ANTIQUE TIP:  How Do You Tell The Difference Between Porcelain & Ironstone?
Ironstone is made from fired clay which contains china stone. It has a similar appearance and hardness to porcelain however unlike porcelain it is opaque not translucent.  Ironstone, named so because it contains the mineral feldspar, was first patented in 1813 by Charles James Mason of Staffordshire, England.

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Stay tuned for more Top Trends in Antiques as seen at our tor.html” target=”_blank”>favorite fair in Britain.

The Antiques Diva®

PS:  To book an Antiques Diva England Tour or inquire about our Buying Services so you can source antiques abroad virtually, email to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com

London’s Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

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On Friday I introduced you to one of my favourite vendors at London’s Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair this weekend I wanted to tell you a bit more about the fair, sharing with you some highlights of the SPRING 2013 fair gearing up for this Fall event 1-6 October 2013.

Whether your decorating style is grand manor style or country cottage, the brilliant thing about The Decorative Fair is that it covers the gamet… putting the most decorative pieces from the continent and British Isle in one chic locale.  Look… while I was standing in line awaiting my entry on opening day last Spring they even served champagne… they must have heard The Antiques Diva & Co was rocking the fair!

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With more than 140 dealers presenting each season, this thrice-annual event IS ONE OF THE TOP TWO MOST IMPORTANT INTERIOR DESIGN EVENTS on this side of the Pond.  You’ve got  Maison Objet in Paris and The Decorative Fair in London as the LEADING SOURCES for setting design trends.  What happens here will follow around the world!

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In January you are in LUCK – Maison Objet Paris will be held January 24 to 28 and London’s Decorative Fair will be JUST BEFORE THAT 21-26 January.  In theory you my dears could do the DOUBLE DIVA and do both fairs back to back!!!!

Want to come along with The Antiques Diva & Co for some MAJOR DESIGN INSPIRATION?  Then TRADE PEOPLE – DEALERS AND DESIGNERS – you’d better join me in January for 2 Tempting Events that will design inspiration into your life!!! Contact to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com so I can custom plan a European antiquing and design itinerary based upon your shopping list and your shopping needs.  Don’t forget to register for access to our to-the-trade/registration ” target=”_blank”>TRADE ONLY website…

Bonne Shopping!
The Antiques Diva & Co

P.S.  Other London Decorative Fairs are held in the Spring – 29 April-4 May 2014 – and  Autumn – 30 September-5 October 2014!

Josephine Ryan at The Decorative Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

I’m positively dreadful… I really shouldn’t do it, but yet… I always do. I can’t help myself. I pick favorites.

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While shopping at The Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair (one of my favorite fairs) last spring with one of my favorite clients (nicknamed P.) I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of my favorite décor book authors and favorite antique vendors.  Josephine Ryan is iconic in the French interiors world – penning a slew of books on topics including The French Home, Essentially French and (un-French) Essentially Irish.  Both my client, P, and I have spent ages pouring through her books and when meeting her recently at the fair we “fan-girled out” literally moving ourselves into her stall, monopolizing her time.

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Josephine is as lovely as in person, as she is a writer, and as her inventory is online.  Simply Swoonworthy.

Her booth at the Decorative Antiques Fair is always amongst the prettiest and her inventory practically flies off the shelf, so when shopping with Josephine buy quickly or the person standing beside you so innocently might just take the lead!

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Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

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While a visit to Josephine’s website is pure armchair antiques travel, you can meet the famous authoress and vendeusse next week at the Autumn Edition of The Decorative Antiques Fair, otherwise known as Battersea!!

When?  1-6 October 2013
Where? Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Why? To shop til you drop, seeing the best in decorative trends in one stop.

Save the Date to Join us at the Spring Fair 29 April-4 May, 2014 or  Autumn Fair 30 September-5 October, 2014

And just like when shopping with Josephine, don’t delay – our multi-day tours during these periods sell out quickly!!  During this period we  not only shop the fair but we criss-cross England from the south coast through the Thames River Valley and all over London!

Email to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com for details.

By the way…while Josephine’s online store is sensational and her stall at Battersea is going to knock your socks off, you have to know that she also has a fabulous shop in London!  If you miss the fair dates above, you simply must pop into her shop and see her – and of course tell her The Antiques Diva & Co sent you!

Josephine Ryan Antiques
17 Langton Street
Chelsea
SW10 0JL

But wait…there’s more!  Not only can you visit Josephine’s shop in London, you can ALSO visit her house in Provence, France!  Ok, visit may not be the right word…  Did you know she allows visitors to RENT HER HOME in Provence?  You can live like Josephine for a week or more, staying in her charming home in France.  See her website for more details or follow her on Twitter!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

How could I forget

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Dear Diva Readers,

How could I forget…. While I was away in Italy at Mercanteinfiera – a gorgeous antiques fair in Parma, Italy – I never rang the opening bell for The National Fair of the Flea Market and Ham in the Parisian suburbs! The tou.sncao-syndicat.com/”>Ham Fairruns until October 7th 2012 – but don’t worry, if you’ve missed this year’s fair it’s back again in the Spring!  Email me toma@antiquesdiva.com for the full on details of our upcoming special Spring tours!

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I’ve got to tell you the best news I’ve heard all year…this fabulous fair just got better.  One of my favorite Swedish and French vendors – Britt Poulsen of Casa Nova Antiques  – is now selling at the Ham Fair.  Discover her booth at 6 Rue Saint Sabin and you are destined to go home with the creme de la creme of the inventory at Chatou!

I first got to know Britt at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair in England via an introduction from my locally based Diva Guide in England, Gail. Immediately upon meeting Britt I explained that we were taking clients on a Scandinavian antiques buying tour in May and the next thing I knew my clients and I had an invitation to her gorgeous home in Copenhagen for lunch! Upon entering her apartment where she sells from her home I swooned in delight – not only were she and her husband among the most gracious antique dealers I had ever met, their inventory was first class! The experience was such that I pitched a home feature chez elle to one of the glossies and will be writing about her for a print publication later this winter. In the meantime I couldn’t wait to spread the word and if you are going to Chatou you must drop in for a quick Bonjour! Britt also is one of the illustrious dealers at The Blanchard Collective in England and so I’ll be enjoying some of her inventory when visiting Blanchard’s booth later this week at The Decorative Fair in London also on concurrently in the UK until October 7.

Happy Shopping wherever your travels take you!
The Antiques Diva®

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You’re Invited To The Decorative Fair London

Dear Diva Readers,

Make sure to print your personal invitation to join antique dealer Becca Gauldie and all the other sensational vendors this September 2 7 to October 2, 2011 at tor.html” target=”_blank”>The Decorative Fair in London’s Battersea Park!  This ticket gives you FREE ENTRANCE to one of my favorite antique fairs in the UK!

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The Decorative Fair is a thrice-yearly specialist event for the discerning decorator looking to source unusual English and European antiques, original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day. From opulent show-stoppers to useful furniture, around 140 exhibitors offer a broad range of both fine quality and affordable pieces for inspired interiors, in the relaxed surroundings of leafy Battersea Park – just over the River Thames from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge. The Fair is fun, fashionable and particularly well-known as an excellent source of painted furniture, Gustavian & Swedish design, 20th century design, lighting, accessories and named-design furniture, and excellent mirrors.  Its worldwide reputation, established over 25 years, entices international trade and retail buyers, interior designers, and private customers seeking unique and unusual furnishings and quirky accessories for decorating schemes.

While we’re discussing The Decorative Fair, you might want to go ahead and MARK YOUR CALENDAR for 2012.  If you’re planning a trip to England next year, why not schedule your trip when The Decorative Fair is going on? 

2012 Decorative Fair Dates

January 24-29, 2012

April 24 – 29, 2012

October 2-7, 2012

As always, remember you can book tours/england/ ” target=”_blank”>an Antiques Diva Tour in England during these fair dates to GAIN SPECIAL ACCESS to behind the scenes events and fetes – or book an Antiques Diva English Tour any time of the year!

Happy Shopping!
The Antiques Diva®

The Decorative Fair – London

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The Fair has all the decorative antiques accessories from the 17th to 21st centuries you can imagine. From unusual show-stoppers to more practical pieces such as affordable period furniture, lighting, mirrors and art – more than 140 exhibitors from the UK & Europe will be at the show, including one of my favorite Scottish antique dealers Becca Gauldie Becca specializes in Scottish Antique Spongeware Pottery, snuff and sewing requisites and probably holds the largest selection of Scottish Antique Mauchline ware in all of Scotland! 

Where?
The Marquee,
 Battersea Park,
London SW11 4NJ.

Catch the Free Renault shuttle from Sloane Square Hotel

When?
January 18-23, 2011
Don’t Miss The Boat!
Missing the boat this time? Have no fear, The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in London is back again this Spring & Fall in London!

Spring Decorative Fair
3 – 8 May 2011

Autumn Decorative Fair
27 September – 2 October 2011

For more information visit www.decorativefair.com

Cheers!

The Antiques Diva®

(seen right with my friend The English Rose at British Parliament)

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