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Mirror Mirror On the Wall

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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,

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What’s Trending in Antiques?

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top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>You’ll recall last week I posted about the Design Trends at Maison Objet in Paris.  This week I want to show you how those same trends are showing up in antique trends as seen at  The Decorative Fair in London. At Maison Objet, gone were the cream tones and pale shades of yesterday and in its place were picturesque pops of color.  This clear move away from the use of neutrals revived itself with vibrant bottled greens, ocean inspired blues, fat fuschias, over the top oranges, yummy yellows as well as navy, blacks and browns. At Battersea Park where The Decorative Fair is held these same colors were trending.

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Color me tickled pink… Color is Back!

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White Ceramics at The Decorative Fair

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top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 50px; line-height: 40px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Last week I wrote a blog sharing the trends in design at Maison Objet – the largest furniture fair in the world.  This week I want to highlight some of the trends in the antiques world as seen last week at the top source for decorative antiques in the world.  If you haven’t been to The Decorative Fair in London then you’re quite simply missing out – it’s the best choreographed collection of decorative antiques in the world!

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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®

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Antiques Diva Maison Objet Trend Report

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top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I‘m writing to you live from Paris where Europe’s largest design exhibition  is underway, giving a glimpse into the future and hinting at the direction interior design will take this year and nextMaison & Objet  is the most important international industry event for interior design and decoration.  Held in the Paris-suburbs in Villepinte at the Exhibition Center near the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, it offers a unique opportunity to gain an overview of the trends in decoration, furniture, home furnishings, etc.

And today on the Antiques Diva blog I’m trend tracking, showing you what trends to expect in home decor! 

I spent today trend tracking home décor in Paris at Maison & Objet.  Bold, dark and dramatic colors still reign in the interior kingdom – in fact, anything dramatic was de rigueur.  Today’s trends says “Give me bling, silver accessories, glass, crystal, and mirrors – the better to see you with my dear!” I found lots of black at the home show with bold use of lighting fixtures and an abundance of antique-inspired chairs.

Things being “out of proportion” is very hip – whether we’re talking over-sized lighting, chairs or headboards. Natural textures are in – let’s talk about petrified woods, shells, corals, minerals and rocks. The look de jour is still very focused on industrial design with metals. I was surprised by the bold use of patterns including a comeback of wall paper in funky variations. Contrast this with blue & white vases paying homage to antique Delft and classical elements mixed into the contemporary decor.

There was a definite focus on the table arts moving more into the living room – pull out the porcelain and hang it on the wall. Bar ware is utterly chic. Black & white photography and large scale prints are in. Gustavian reproductions don’t hold a candle to the original with their current paint finish made to look distressed by age. Natural and limed woods and ebonized woods ruled M&O.

Overall every brand – whether contemporary or country – loved object d’art,  the more the merrier. 70’s lighting has made a comeback as have silk flowers and wicker. Still hot at the moment – anything animal print and anything with crystals. #M&O2013

Enjoy my “Antiques Diva Trend Report” snapshots!

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