May I Flush In Peace

Dear Diva Readers,

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I’m usually very good at fulfilling my commitments. I’m nothing if not loyal.  However, life got in the way after I attended #BlogTourNola and I didn’t get all the sponsors written about at the time.  I was in the middle of a move, I was in the middle of taxes, and oh by the way, my company was growing by leaps and bounds and I was struggling to manage it all.   Yes, I’m making excuses.   And I have been for over a year.  But since then I’ve felt quite guilty that I never wrote about one of our fabulous sponsors – totousa.com/Welcome.aspx” target=”_blank”>Toto.

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In fact, Toto has been haunting me.  I was staying at my friend’s apartment in Chicago and went to flush the loo… and who did I see? Toto Toilets!  I was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta speaking at the Design Bloggers Conferrence and again? Who did I see?  Toto Toilets! In fact, at least once a month – always in a high-end luxury accommodation – I would bump into my friend Toto in the restroom.  They were everywhere.  And Toto doesn’t just do toilets.  In fact, they also do bathroom fixture (gorgeous sleek towel racks and paper holders) as well as bath tubs and faucets, even showers.  Toto is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer with a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals. For over 90 years, they have been producing their products.  I was certain I’d never have a moment’s peace in the bathroom again unless I cleared my conscious – so wanted to write today to tell you about this top brand.  I really like luxury living – whether in hotels on the road or at home – and  I knew without catching up on my BlogTourNOLA obligations I’d never flush peacefully again – because I’m telling you I can’t turn around without bumping into a bathroom product by Toto.  They’re everywhere because quite simply – they’re the best.

Ta Ta for Now,
The Antiques Diva®

(Seen below on BlogTourNOLA with blogger Linda Merrill of Surroundings)

Toma Clark Haines and Linda Merrill, BlogTourNOLA

Blog Tour New Orleans: Day 4

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Dear Diva Readers,

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We’ll start the day with a media event at Wilsonart – one of America’s leading brands for countertops before meeting Danny Seo who will be talking about eco-friendly home remodeling.

Through his best-selling books, television programs, products, magazine columns and his how-to lifestyle lectures, Danny Seo continues to share the creative ideas that have made him America’s leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living.

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Next up we get more time with toneusa.com/” target=”_blank”>Silestone after spending yesterday afternoon with their reps as we toured houses in the Make It Right foundation where Silestone is a key sponsor in donating materials for these incredible innovative rebuilds.  It is incredibly moving to see how this company gives back – truly investing in the future of New Orleans as they help residents rebuild their homes.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Silestone, they are the world leader in natural quartz surfaces for kitchens and  baths.

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For this next media tour with Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet I’m praying they will be giving samples….  Kalamazoo is bringing the pizzeria home with their Artisan Fire Pizza Oven. Then we’ll be heading over to Toto… TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer. They offer a complete line of commercial and decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, accessories, shower and flush valves, as well as lavatories, toilets, Air Baths and urinals

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After all this media buzz at KBIS we’ll have worked up an appetite.    But have no fear because our sponsors Poggenpohl/Blanco/Silestone are having us to their showroom for a special private dinner!!!

Today is going to be a day devoted to learning more about some of the key brands in the kitchen and bath industry.  While I personally don’t work in Kitchens & Baths, I love the opportunity to better understand the house as a whole so that I can learn how the whole house functions together in great design.

Warm Regards,
The Antiques Diva®

Blog Tour New Orleans: Day One

Dear Diva Readers,

You’ll remember last March 2012 I had the incredible opportunity to attend #BlogTourNYC as part of a design initiative created by Veronika Miller, the brainchild behind the world’s best interior design resource catalog and networking platform Modenus.

Well, drum roll please… no wait… let’s pull out the full on orchestra!

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In fact, I SHOULD sayI’m in NOLA” as I came to town a few days EARLY to warm up the crowds and get the party started early for the rest of the BlogTour crew!  When my editors at a UK publication heard I was going to be on this side of the pond, they sent me on assignment a little early so I’ve been doing a little antiquing, New  Orleans style, scouring the south to see whats chic for an upcoming print feature.

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The Blog Tour New Orleans Crew –  tour-nola-meet-bloggers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Dec-a-porter+%28Dec-a-Porter%29″ target=”_blank”>Meet the Bloggers

Today – Tuesday, April 16 – I will meet up  with the Rest of the #BlogTourNola gang as they arrive in town to join me with Modenus for a full on 4 days of fun and festivities meeting sensational sponsors and expanding my design repertoire!  Together with the entire #BlogTourNola Team I will be covering NOLA’s design scene, antebellum architecture in the Garden District, Creole architecture in the French Quarter and a selection of very modernist developments in the parts of town that were most heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

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Shockingly, 8 years after Hurricane Katrina ,many of these areas are still not rebuilt and families were never able to return home. Hopefully the coverage from BlogTour will spark renewed interest into this situation – in fact, many people are simply unaware the problem remains and that the newly funded development could also mean jobs for many in the area.   Your support in helping #BlogTourNOLA share the message by retweeting and sharing the message on Facebook would be greatly appreciated for our initiative.

Last year, NYC was a crash course in interior design as we met some of the top movers and shakers in the Big Apple at the Architectural Digest Design Show.  This year in Crescent City we will be beating a different drum – we will be spending 2 days at KBISthe Kitchen and Bath Industry Show at the New Orleans Convention Centre.

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This is the main event for the Kitchen & Bath industry and it is an inspiring, interactive showcase of everything new in the field, where the brightest and best designers and brands assemble to spot trends, experience product introductions and find the practical solutions and valuable connections that will take them into the future.  As you know for my antique buying tours in Europe we work with both tourist and the trade – antique dealers, interior designers and architects.  For my trade clients, this is one of the biggest shows they attend each year and I’m delighted I’ll be able to join several of my top clients this year in person at the show as we discuss how the trends impact their design needs.

Now…   you know me.  I LOVE FOOD and I’ve got to tell you New Orleans is a fabulous place to host a Kitchen show… because this is a serious Foodie town!  From poboys, jambalaya and gumbo to beignets and chicory coffee… this diva has some serious eating to do while she’s in the house.

We’ll kick off our #BlogTourNola events with a dip into our hotel bar tonight before walking through the French Quarter to Sobu Nola – a restaurant that Esquire Magazine voted one of the Best New Restaurants in America.

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In addition to KBIS serving as a wonderful sponsor, our other sponsors for this week’s fabulous festivities include:

Blanco – For three generations, BLANCO has quietly and passionately elevated the standards for luxury sinks, faucets and decorative accessories.

Du Verre – Du Verre Cabinet Hardware and Bath Accessories, Du Verre has begun transforming its manufacturing process to reflect global concerns about sustainability

Mr. Steam – Mr.Steam® makes the world’s most luxurious steam showers and steam baths for the home and for the spa  – not mention diva worthy towel warmers!

NKBA – The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is an international non-profit trade association for kitchen and bath professionals. They provide resources for consumers and industry professionals and promotes professionalism and ethical business practices.

Poggenpohl –  Poggenpohl  is a time-honoured kitchen brand and one of the world’s best-known. The design and production of these exclusive kitchens is carried out in Herford, Germany with distribution to all continents. Complete kitchen solutions are sold to end-consumers through about 35 Group-owned stores in major cities, to independent kitchen stores and to business customers in the project market.

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This week as I report you LIVE from NEW ORLEANS  these SPONSORS will be key players in all we do!!!

Stay tuned for more #BlogTourNola coverage!!

Laissez les bonne temps roulez,

The Antiques Diva®

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