Dear Diva Readers,
Today I wanted to explore Paul Bert Serpette and tell you why they are our favorite section of the Paris Flea Market!
First all of you – did you know that Paris Flea Market isn’t just one flea market but rather a series of 15 markets spanning more than 7 miles of antique-filled alleyways? It’s massive and clients can definitely feel confused and intimidated when trying to navigate the market on their own without the aid of an Antiques Diva Tour Guide, asking themselves “Where do we go? How do we find what we’re looking for?!” We know the market like the back of our hand – those little alleyways, those hidden restaurants you’d never actually find off the main road, the vendors whose inventory is half the price of the others… Plus the vendors know us, which helps when getting the best prices on your purchases because when we walk in the stall with a client the vendor knows our client means business. Our job is to take you by the hand and show you an insider’s guide to Paris. So often we receive emails from soon-to-be clients, saying “I went to the Paris Flea Market but when I arrived the Clignancourt Metro I got lost – and the neighborhood was actually sketchy and I never found the flea market! I only found a scary market selling t-shirt, and stolen watches, and suitcases… HELP! I want to see the Paris Flea Market of my dreams!!!”
That’s where Paul Bert Serpette comes in – It’s the Paris Flea Market of your dreams!
When you arrive the Paris Flea Market – the main artery of the market is the Rue de Rosiers – as you walk up this main road you will pass a variety of markets – and while we love all the markets, our favorite finds are near the end of the market on your left. That market is Paul Bert Serpette.
Do you remember the theme song to the TV show Cheers “You want to go where people know, people are all the same. You want to go where everybody knows your name.” For me – that “Cheers” place is Paul Bert Serpette – the friendliest section of the flea market, where all the inventory looks as if it should go onto a magazine cover and where you find the best inventory at the best flea market in the world.
Paul Bert Serpette is truly the flagship of the Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen – and it’s actually the world’s largest antique market – it’s positively chocked full of the most beautiful pieces of furniture, jewelery, design and vintage clothing from Antiquity to the 1990’s!
Competition is fierce when hunting for antiques – Paul Bert Serpette welcomes 5,000 visitors per weekend, drawing passionate collectors and connoisseurs from around the world. Walking through the market you’ll hear snippets of conversations in every language imaginable… but did you know that this market is as popular with the locals as it is tourists and travelers? This is where Parisians go to shop on sunny Sunday afternoons!!!
Because of our close relationships with vendors, we are honored at The Antiques Diva & Co that we have been appointed as the ONLY APPROVED Antiques Tour Guide of Paul Bert Serpette.
We encourage you to stay up to date on news at Paul Bert Serpette by subscribing to their newsletter.
More than that – take some time to poke around their website – did you know you can source antiques at Paul Bert Serpette online?? And if you’re looking for something specific their new website even has a feature that allows you to set an alert, telling them what you’re looking for – and when a vendor at the market gets the item you’re looking for it emails you to notify you of the antique’s availability?! Now that is what I call service!!!!
We are delighted to be co-hosting our Annual Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Party with the team from Paul Bert Serpette!!!
For more information on shopping for antiques in Paris email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Currey & Co called Midnight in Paris with The Antiques Diva & Co! It will take place in the Currey & Co showroom on Saturday October 17th from 3 to 5 PM and is sure to be one of the most fun events at High Point, as everyone knows Currey & Co’s showroom is THE place to be for a good time! The idea of the party came when we had the pleasure of taking the Currey & Co team on an Antiques Diva shopping tour of the Paris Flea Market this year during Maison Objet. Their team came over to Paris for inspiration and boy did they find it! We were able to take them to sections of the market they didn’t even know about. In fact, their PR Maven Bethanne Matari says, “The Currey & Co design team spent a full day with Toma & Dive Guide Danielle at Le Puce de Paris. Having been to the market more than 20 times on our own, they took us to the back side of the flea market where we’d never been before – and it was all NEW to us. We found lots of inspirations and a few concrete ideas on new furniture designs. The best part of the day (other than a superb lunch) was a tour of vintage clothing & fabric shops. We could have spent all day there! Toma and Danielle seemed to know just about every vendor at the flea market and were full of historical information on how Le Puce came to be. All in all, it was a thoroughly entertaining day—oh, and did I mention champagne! Bubbly always makes an excursion more fun.”s I’m gearing up for High Point Market next week, I wanted to invite you all to a party I’m hosting in conjunction with
While Currey & Co is known for their lighting lines which include chandeliers, wall sconces, table and floor lamps, they also manufacture a wide range of home furnishings, garden furniture, and accessories. In fact, they’ve been a purveyor of distinctive garden furnishings since 1988. The essence of Currey & Company is not only the product for which it is known but also the very important people who help to create the product and carefully deliver it into the hands of those other important people, the customers, in a timely fashion. While people are key, the product is also the lifeblood of the company and at Currey & Company they take pride in their original design work , meticulous craftsmanship and careful attention to all details of a product. The effort of their multi-step hand-finishing process manifests itself in the richness and depth of the final finish of many of their products. The appearance of these pieces speaks of the human hands that have touched them as well as of the design skills and craftsmanship that have created them. They have the willingness to do what many other manufacturers regard as too difficult or too time-consuming, and it certainly shows.
Some new products we love that will launch at this market are:
1. 3249 AR 4497 Sinclair Bar Cabinet
50.25″w x18.25″d x54.5″h
Material: Wood/Printed Glass
Finish: Black Lacquer/Emerald Green Lacquer/Malachite
A provocative mix of gloss black lacquer and reverse painted malachite glass panels make you want to see what’s inside this beautiful bar cabinet. Features include a gloss emerald green interior, lit with under-mount lighting, touch on/off, wine bottle storage for up to 13 bottles, a pull out tray and adjustable glass and wood shelves
2. 4217 Odeon Bar Cart
36″w x19.75″d x35.5″h
Material: Wrought Iron/Mirror
Finish: Gold Leaf/Black/Light Roche Antique Mirror
Modern chinoiserie story with geometric patterning and shallow curved detail reminiscent of Chinese architecture
3. 3258 Zhin Cabinet
33″w x23″d x62″h
Material: HDF/Solid Steel
Finish: Snow White/Molten Lava/Contemporary Gold
This Modern Chinoiserie cabinet has crisp lines, bold color and geometric hardware from an Asian motif. The lava red inside adds drama and the hardware is a statement on its own. The cabinet features ample storage with soft close drawers, cubbies with cord management and an adjustable shelf than can be removed to accommodate a small flat screen TV.
4. 6258 Hester Table Lamp
Finish: Gold/Black and White Stripes/Satin Brass
Shade: Off White Shantung
And an exclusive sneak peek only here on The Antiques Diva Blog
5. 3244 Clara Folding Screen
78″w x2″d x74.25″h
Finish: Natural Black Linen/Brass/Bronze
Inspired from a bangle bracelet this screen is full of drama. The black linen texture compliments the hand finished brass cladding that is inlayed into the piece. Each panel is hand wrapped in brass cladding to frame out the design with class.
Cannot wait to see all these new products in person! Be sure to join us at the Midnight in Paris with The Antiques Diva & Co party as you can enter to win a tour of the Paris Flea Markets with the DIVA. Join us for lively conversations about antiques, design, travel and more while sipping a champagne cocktail, listening to live music and viewing new Currey products on the first official day of market. SPECIAL 100 EURO OFF Diva Tour Gift Certificates will be given out at this fete in everyone’s favorite showroom at High Point! See you there!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
am so honored to be part of an exciting project which is being celebrated this month at High Point Market.
I first met Julianne Taylor, founder of Taylor Burke Home last year at High Point Market through the formidable Gretchen Aubuchon of Fashion Decor. Immediately I knew this woman had it going on. A family woman and an entrepreneur, Julianne understands the struggle that many business women face when it comes to maintaining work/life balance. We instantly connected, having a shared past as expats. Julianne’s vision to start her company started when she herself lived overseas in Asia. Her story of the start of her business echoed my own and she inspired me to continue to pursue my dream. We have stayed in touch through various social media outlets, operating our lives in concentric circles—don’t you just love social media?! This month, Julianne has a new book coming out called DesignHER. The book highlights 35 inspiring women who are shaping the interior design world. I am delighted to be included in that list of go-getters and I cannot wait to read the book and gain insights from the lives and careers of the 34 other inspiring ladies!
There will be a special pre-release party on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Wesley Hall Showroom in High Point. I’m thrilled to be able to attend the fete, as I’ll be in High Point for market (stay tuned to see the 5 – yes count them, 5 – events I’ll be taking part in from a panel, to a tour, to a book launch and more.) After this pre-release of 300 numbered and signed, advanced copies, the book will be available for purchase in early February 2016. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for yourself or a friend, as there are bound to be several tips, stories, and advice from women who have started their own businesses and continue to lead the design industry into the 21st century. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy email me and I”ll make sure you’re on the list (toma(at)antiquesdiva.com).
Join me in congratulating Julianne along with all of the women involved in the creation of this book which I believe will inspire modern women all over to live out their dreams. To the women entrepreneurs of today—Bravo!
To the little girls dreaming of changing the world and leaving your mark on it—You can do it!
The Antiques Diva ®
Dear Diva Readers,
Adam Japko magic with Jeremy Parzen pizazz and top of with the effervesce of The Antiques Diva & Co?? You get Design & Wine Italy! A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity for a Luxury Small Group Tour to travel to Italy with the 3 of us (2 Divo’s and a Diva) on an unforgettable journey drinking wine, shopping Italian antiques, touring behind-the-scenes design destinations in Venice and the Veneto with an optional trip to Fruily-Venezia! How divine does that sound?!hat happens when you add equal parts Design and Wine, pour in
Adam Japko is the founder of Esteem Media, the largest network of regional luxury shelter media properties for Network Communications, Inc. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Design Bloggers Conference, Garden Bloggers Conference, Home Design Digital Marketing Summit, WineZag, and New England Home all leverage events, print media, social media, blogs, and digital marketing…but overall, community connection is the catalyst for their constituents’ commercial success. Adam knows a thing or two about design, but also has had much success with his wine blog, WineZag, which led to an idea…why not combine Wine and Design for a fantastic way to connect professionals in both areas?
Jeremy Parzen is a food historian, Italian wine expert, and author of the popular Italian wine and lifestyle blog DoBianchi.com. Jeremy’s writing on Italian wine has appeared in mastheads as diverse as Decanter, La Cucina Italiana, and Men’s Vogue. He’s regularly cited as one of the leading authorities on Italian wine in the U.S. today.
Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in La Jolla, California, Jeremy Parzen is a widely published author and translator. His feature articles on food, wine and food history have appeared in nationally distributed cooking magazines, cookery books and academic journals. He’s lived, traveled, worked, and studied in Italy as a graduate student. For two years he was the chief wine writer for La Cucina Italiana (1998-2000) in New York. His translation of the first modern cookery book by fifteenth-century Italian celebrity chef Maestro Martino was published in January 2005 by the University of California Press.
And then there’s me, The Antiques Diva! Of course I am heavily involved in the design world, both in Europe and the United States, and I also love wine, champagne and cocktails for that matter! Being in Italy frequently, I have had the pleasure of learning about Italian wine and also Italian design. Historic Italian design as well as Italian artisans of today have informed the design world and continue to influence global design. I’m so excited to be a part of this Design & Wine Tour in Venice and the Veneto. Those who want a few more days can add on a side trip with us to Fruili-Venezia at one of my favorite off-the-beaten path places to stay in Italy.
Space is limited. First come, First served so don’t be late or you might miss the Prosecco!!!
And here is a taste of what we’ve got planned:
Six days of dazzling design destinations paired with delectable wine, food, and antiques
- Tour Venice, Asolo, Murano, Burano, Venissa, Verona, and Valpolicella
- Entire tour organized and personally escorted by Adam Japko, Design Bloggers Conference and WineZag founder; Jeremy Parzen, food historian, Italian wine expert; and Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, founder of Europe’s largest antiques touring and sourcing company
- Design point of interests: Liugi Bevilacqua for traditional Venetian fabrics, Antolini for stone craftsmanship, a visit to a family-owned Murano Glass factory, and Antique Shopping in secret sources in private palazzos in Venice and the Veneto countryside.
- Shipping services available on request for all design, wine, and antique acquisitions and purchases (Shipping fees additional)
- Wineries and Vineyards: Bele Casel, Bisol, Sartori, La Biancara (Maule), Barone Pizzini, and Valentina Cubi
- 6 nights double or single occupancy: 3 night’s stay at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa on the private island of Isola de Rose; and 3 nights at the luxurious Villa Quaranta Park Hotel in Verona
- Transport from JW Marriott Venice hotel to other destinations on tour and to airport upon conclusion of the tour
- 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
- Optional 2-day weekend excursion to La Subida, in the quiet pastoral region of Fruili Venezia, one of Italy’s finest hidden Italian/Slovenian gourmet and wine destinations
- Not included: Airfare and meals not listed on your final itinerary
- Reservation Deadline: December 1, 2015
- Price: $3,800 per person/double occupancy
($600 per person/single occupancy surcharge)
- Optional weekend in La Subida:
Additional $300 per person/double occupancy
($50 per person/single occupancy surcharge)
Includes all transfers and occupancy
I hope you can join us on this exciting adventure! For any questions, more information – or to book your seat ASAP – please email me at email@example.com.
See you in Italy!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
hile I now live in Pankow – the far North East of Berlin – I lived in Mitte for 4 years when I first moved to Germany. Just a few steps from my back door was the giant, friendly neighborhood bunker – a remnant left behind of World World II.
By happenstance shortly after I moved into my alt bau I read an article in Elle Decor on Christian Boros – featuring his penthouse apartment at the top of the bunker in my neighborhood. Christian bought the building to house his art collection – and built a chic pad as the jewel in the crown at the top of this building. Evenings walking home from dinner I’d see swank soirees going on in the well-lit top floor and I was always intrigued to see what was inside this building. Rumor had it, it housed a private art collection only available by appointment. Recently with a group of friends from Internations I had the opportunity to break through those fortress doors and tour the property.
Originally used as a war air raid shelter during World War II, the concrete bunker was built in 1942. While it is an imposing structure, lacking in ornamentation, you can’t help but think of it as a haven, sheltering innocent civilians from bullets — markings of which you can still see in the building as it has bullet holes from air attacks. The building, with its two meter thick walls, could hold up to 3,000 people, many of which would come from the nearby Friedrichstrasse railway station.
As with most buildings, its use has been adapted over time. It has been used as a prisoner of war camp, a textile warehouse, a techno club, and finally the residence of art collector Christian Boros and his wife Karen in 2003. At that point in time, the couple hired Berlin-based architect Jens Casper to alter the interiors of the entire building so the collector could display his vast art collection and also live in a penthouse flat.
Today, visitors who book a tour in advance enter a more open concept space, designed to showcase the modern art that makes up the Boros Collection. A series of 80 rooms house art which has been installed by the artists themselves – art which sometimes makes you question – WHAT IS ART? I love when I’m challenged in my thinking. It’s easy to see a canvas on a wall and consider it art. Broken glass on the floor? Gorgeous. Like diamonds shimmering… but is it art? What about a trash can mounted to the wall… I accidentally threw my gum away – only to discover after tossing my Big Red into the bin that I had inadvertently devalued the art. The fact is that there is beauty in the every day – in my own home my boxing gloves lay on a white mink throw which is carelessly scattered across a Louis 15th Chaise Longue. A friend the other day saw this is in my home and commented… “Everything you do in your home is like art.” I’m a firm believer in the beauty of the everyday – and a fan of abstract art in general – and found myself simultaneously challenged and inspired by the Boros Collection.
Groups of work by international artists reside in the bunker, and have been open to the public since 2008. However, if you wish to visit the bunker, you’ll want to make a reservation well in advance. Due to safety regulations, the bunker can only be visited in groups of 12 or less and all tours are led by an in-house guide. The tours are offered Thursday to Sunday and begin on the hour (in German) and on the half hour (in English). If you’re coming to Berlin – and want to get off the tourist path – yet see something truly historical and spectacular I strong encourage a vista.
Whether your interest is in modern art or World War II history, the bunker is certainly a fascinating place to tour, offering a glimpse into historical and modern Berlin. This city never ceases to amaze me with its many juxtapositions and the Boros Collection is certainly no exception!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
eing actively involved in the antiques industry in 8 European countries and having clients from the US, Australia, and Asia means that I keep close tabs on what’s happening in the antique and interior design community. Right now, open any top shelter magazine and you are guaranteed to see Swedish antiques strategically placed in beautifully appointed rooms. Our Swedish Guide Daniel Larsson is one of the leading antique dealers in Sweden with a gorgeous showroom and an international clientele. When Daniel contacted me to tell me that he was getting involved with the organization and promotion of the Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair I knew I needed to do some hands on research – so I booked myself on one of my own tours to shop the fair. And Mamma Mia (hey wait, aren’t these Abba folks Swedish?) was it divine!!! You have all the best of the Swedish dealers in one chic locale.
Naturally when shopping any antiques fair you don’t want to go when the mere mortals shop – you want advance access. So we registered to attend trade day while the vendors are still unpacking their trucks and setting up their stalls. This is not open to the public—which means we get FIRST DIBS on buying! We really got to see inventory at The Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair before it even opened! On day one we got a sneak peek at folk art, Swedish furniture, and decorative pieces that were of the highest quality as Malmo is the third largest antiques fair in Sweden with 80 dealers from all over the country – for those of you who are familiar with the Stockholm fair, rumor has it the Malmo Fair’s opening day revenue surpassed its big brother.
These vendors sell to the international trade and possess a vast knowledge of Swedish antiques. Imagine having access to pieces that you’d be sure to see on the covers of magazines soon! That’s what Sweden’s antiques scene has to offer. The international buyers on scene shopping were actually limited – often I go to a trade fair in the south of France and I feel like the whole of Houston has ended up there on the same day. Not so in Malmo – there were only a handful of foreign buyers – so if you’re looking for exclusivity, here’s your chance to buy before any of your competitors have seen the inventory. And as few of these dealers have websites selling online you get incredible, unheard of access.
The fair was located at Katrinetorp Landeri which is a mansion adjacent to Malmo. Comprised of several buildings dating to the early 1800s, this historic property is the ideal setting for an antiques fair! My UK Diva Agent Gail McLeod is an avid gardener, and since she joined us at Malmo, taking a bus-mans holiday with me, we were also able to explore the house and several gardens which include a gentry garden, utility garden and an orangery all of which are community managed.
Now the Malmo Fair is only once a year – next time you’ve got the chance to shop it is in the last weekend of August in 2016 (it’s held this same weekend every year – so mark your calendars darling). But have no fear…. You DON’T HAVE to SHOP Sweden ONLY during the fair. Did I mention we know all these vendors so you can shop them year round – visiting them in their personal homes and by-appointment-only stores, warehouses and boutiques – year round on one of our Antiques Diva Sweden Tours. If you’d like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Sweden Tour, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to plan the perfect buying trip for you!
As the Swedes say “Adjö”! Until next time,
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
hile my Diva Guides and I love taking clients on antiques buying tours throughout Europe, did you know we also offer buying services? Whether a client doesn’t have time to take a trip to Europe or if they simply want to source a few pieces for a project, we act as the “man—or woman—on the ground” to help find exactly what our client needs. And like most shopaholics, we love a challenge. We recently had a client who is an interior designer in New York email us with a request. He was looking to source an antique Swedish cabinet for a project. His client had seen one she liked on an antiques website, but didn’t want to pay the exorbitant price. What attracted both of them to the cabinet was the patina and style. While they wanted something authentic that would retain its value, they also knew that they’d be utilizing the cabinet and would most likely need to adjust the interior.
As soon as I received this request, I knew that our Swedish Antiques Divo Guide Daniel would be the person to contact. Of course Daniel quickly responded with this email:
“Authentic examples of antique Swedish cupboards like this with original paintwork have become increasingly rare. Much of the Swedish furniture currently available on the “antique” market has been comprehensively rebuilt and restored, often repainted in popular pale colours and sadly some of these created or “style” pieces are sold as period.
But we are in luck! I think i have found the perfect cabinet by reading your requests. I have found a fantastic Gustavian cabinet in excellent condition retaining it’s original paint (gray/blue). This piece has never been over painted and scraped which ads to its desirability, rarity and value. The Gustavian expressions are evident in the small tapered feet, restrained carved details and well-balanced proportions. The price is 1/4 of the cabinet your client first saw. This piece is a very good investment in my opinion as the market prizes original paintwork when talking about Swedish painted furniture.”
While I often say that the power of the internet is amazing and makes our job so efficient, you have to remember that computers are not people. Simply typing in a product that you want may pull up an item on your screen, but how can you be sure that you’re getting the best value or price? That’s where we come in time and time again by acting as our clients’ man on the ground and putting the word out to all our sources. Within no time, in this instance, we were able to find exactly what the client wanted at a quarter of the price (that’s including our commission, by the way). With the right people, the internet can truly be a great tool!
If you are interested in more information on our Antiques Diva Buying Services, email us at email@example.com. We’d love to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Maison et Objet which is a summit for all things design. I was there with Lori Lassen of At Home Berlin who sells high-end real estate for private clients and investors in Berlin often with complete fitouts and interiors. I was also accompanied by Christian Lemke and Justyna Walzcak of Re-Vamp.de which provides interior design solutions working with developers, owners and investors. Before leaving Berlin, I gave them all a few tips on making our arrival at Maison seamless. I think it would be helpful for anyone attending this show for the first time so I thought I’d share my tips on the blog!’ve just finished a fantastic Antiques Diva Tour in Paris! While there, we attended
First things first, be sure to buy your passes for Maison Objet before attending the fair. If you print your badges at home and bring them with you, you can avoid the long lines at the fair! You can find all necessary information at Maison Objet.
Upon landing in Paris, there is a free shuttle that goes to Villepinte (Maison Objet) from all 3 terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport every 30 minutes from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Once you arrive at Maison, you can leave your luggage at the Salon in the cloakroom for about 3 or 4 Euro a piece—well worth it! Then all you need to do is shop shop shop! From Maison Objet there are free buses that run to Porte Maillot Direct. A taxi will cost about 50 Euro so the free shuttle service provided by the fair is a good option.
Try not to be overwhelmed when shopping the fair. “What Disneyland is to kids, Maison Objet is to interior designers,” says Christian Lemke of Re-vamp.de. “Whenever you thought you’ve seen it all, Maison Objet guarantees to prove you wrong. There are always new amazing brands, designs, and ideas to discover,” echoes Justyna Walczak of Re-vamp.de.
After attending day 1 of the fair, Lori says, “I’ve traveled and shopped the world and seen design around the globe, but here at Maison Objet it was as if the world came to me. The frustration of global shopping is ‘how do I get it home?’ but with The Antiques Diva & Co I found the solution.” And in fact, these three have some tips to offer first time attendees.
|TIPS from Lori, Toma, Jusytna and Christian:
Any time you attend a design show or center, it should be fun. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a lot of work! By keeping everything in balance and remembering a few key tips about being prepared, you are on the right path to having a successful shopping trip! See you at Maison Objet this coming January!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Today’s blog is actually a Guest Blog From Catherine who has written with fondness about those days of yore….
So Ta Ta from me… And Hello From Catherine of Hire Catherine!
I recently moved (yes, again: I actually moved 5 times in the last year, don’t ask!) and the movers delivered box after box after box, including some boxes that I had not seen or opened since moving from Europe 10 years ago. So I was more than excited to unpack one long-forgotten box and discover:
Souvenirs… Souvenir (French): memory (English)
In 2004 four Paris friends organized their 1st of many-to-come girls trips. I’d been wanting to visit Île de Ré for several years, and as we were leaving Paris for Copenhagen in a few months, it felt like now or never. Toma was moving to Amsterdam, Tam returning to the US, and Stacey had just returned to Paris from a year in Tokyo. Things were changing, so we decided: Girls Trip!
Île de Ré is an island off the western coast of France, easily reached from Paris by TGV. I’d been reading about Île de Ré for years, and I’d made a list of must-dos:
- Visit the salt fields
- Salted caramel ice cream
- The antique shop Barbotine
- Fresh from the ocean oysters and seafood
- Biking around the island
We scheduled our dates, and off we went for a 4-day visit to the village of Saint-Martin, Île de Ré in the beautiful month of May, before the island is overrun with tourists.
Bien sur: we checked off every item on my checklist, (and couldn’t get enough of the salted caramel ice cream!) and without a doubt my favorite souvenir of our girl’s trip to Île de Ré was our visit to Barbotine.
Roaming the aisles, I finally spotted the perfect souvenir of our Île de Ré trip: an antique pale gray candelabra, dangling with crystals and sparkling with charm. I no longer remember the price, but whatever I paid it was worth it. What I do remember was I was not happy with the cost to ship my new antique candelabra to Paris: so after making the snap decision to buy it, I decided to carry my new fixture home with me on the train. With 3 friends to help, the candelabra made it safely to my apartment on rue de Prony, where I inserted candles and hung it from our living room ceiling.
4 months later, the movers took down the candelabra, packed it up, and we moved to Copenhagen.
Fast-forward 10 years and I was unpacking boxes in Delray Beach, Florida from New York, Chicago, Boynton Beach and many storage units. And there was my beautiful souvenir candelabra, which I’d completely forgotten about over the years. My new 12 foot ceilings were perfect to showcase the candelabra, but I decided to have the fixture rewired, so took it to a local lighting repair store, Quality Lighting in Delray Beach. I left instructions to rewire the chandelier, so I didn’t have to worry about frayed or fragile electrical wires.
3 days later Quality called: the fixture was not wired for electricity! Somewhere between purchasing my antique candelabra and 10 years later hanging it again, I’d forgotten the fixture was never wired. That explained why I used candles 10 years earlier! I gave the go-ahead to wire the candelabra, and $400 later (gulp!) I have a beautiful chandelier in my living room.
Several weeks after hanging my chandelier, I was continuing to unpack boxes and discovered another souvenir of Île de Ré and friendship, which I’d forgotten Toma had given me many years ago.
For readers ready to head to the Île de Ré , remember it’s just a hop skip and a jump from Bordeaux – which makes it perfect for adding on to an Antiques Diva Bordeaux Tour.
The Antiques Diva – with a little help from a friend.
Dear Diva Readers,
Las Vegas Market where I’m delighted to announce I’ll be headlining in Vegas along with a great line-up of interior design-oriented events.n honor of Bastille Day today I’ve got Paris on the mind… While that’s usually Paris, France today it’s the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas! I’m just booking flights today to go to
On Monday, August 3rd you don’t want to miss a dynamic panel discussion that I’ll be taking part in called The Secret Life of Antiques. Have you ever seen beautiful antiques on the covers of shelter magazines and wondered where they came from or how they ended up there? Have you found yourself pining after a stunning antique in a favorite showroom? Our panel is here to uncover the past of these pristine pieces and show you how they’re being reinvented and revitalized for the future. Joining me are fellow panelists Melissa Mittag of Fromental and Justin Shaulis with Heather Viera as moderator. We’ll be divulging secrets of how antiques and vintage items are sourced, how the interior design industry is making them relevant, and how they are ending up in popular design publications.
Join us from 11:30am-12:30pm in Building C, Surya Seminar Room C174 for what’s sure to be a fun and informative panel.
And because a Diva’s work is never done, at 1:00 pm I’ll be leading an Antiques Diva Curated Tour of Discoveries of The Antique Vintage Marketplace, which is housed in Las Vegas Market’s new temporary venue, The Pavilions. I’ll be showing you my favorite one-of-a-kind finds – from national and international exhibitors – jewelry, home décor, furnishings, clothing, pottery, porcelain and more. Many new exhibitors will be showcasing their wares and the inventory changes daily. Lots of surprises and inspiration are in store for this tour! The good news is that items will be available for immediate purchase and we will have an onsite shipping company ready to send your purchases directly home from Market.
These are just 2 of the events I’ll be taking part in – stay tuned for details on the Grand Opening Party & Ceremony for Discoveries – Las Vegas Market’s new antique center!!
Las Vegas Market is always an exciting time filled with parties, showroom specials, product debuts, and informational seminars. For more information on the events of this market, click here. Do let me know if you’ll be attending either of my events. I’d love to see you in Las Vegas!
The Antiques Diva®