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One Minute Diva: Clutter Control in the Bathroom

Dear Diva Readers,

You might have already guessed this about me, but I’m a girly girl. My bathroom is filled with all sorts of potions and perfumes, oodles of accessories and creams for this and that. Needless to say, clutter control is down-right a necessity. And while I’m always searching for antique cupboards, cabinets and commodes for storing things out of the way, there are a few things I need to keep within easy reach but still want organized in a more controlled environment. My Diva-worthy bathroom clutter control solution: a French brocante find now available for $60/47 Euro on “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ is this charming vintage champagne bucket!

When I’m not using this Moët et Chandon heavy-duty champagne bucket to chill bubbly, it’s repurposed year round as a chic catch-all beside my bathtub! Perfect for the inner diva in everyone!

Yours,
The Antiques Diva™

(with artfully arranged bubbles!)

Treasures on Tuesday: Delft Blue Vintage Ginger Jar

Direct from Holland, The Antiques Diva™ has found another great Vintage Delft Blue Ginger Jar with charming bird motif is in excellent condition, marked and dated 1950. Perfect stand alone or as part of a collection of blue & white accessories! Item #102.

Measurements: 28 X 19cm or 11 X 7 1/2 in

$200 (147 Euro) includes international shipping

To purchase this or to browse all the other available items, visit “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva.

Treasures on Tuesdays: The Mantique Collection – Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Dear Diva Readers,

Drum roll please… or perhaps I should have had a bugle call the corps to order, for today I’m rolling out

This collection adds Man + Antique, combining fab finds perfect for Father’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries and Holidays, making shopping for the men in your life easier than ever! A few of our Father’s Day Gift Ideas include:

This French Le Petit Journal Newspaper from October 1897 offers a one-of-a-kind look at French artillery training! A group of soldiers on bicycle form “en carre” with weapons drawn as they straddle their bicycles in a field. Certain to be a conversation starter, it’s ideal for framing in an office or den and is an ideal Father’s Day present for a military buff or cycling fan. Bright turn-of-the-century coloring pops from the page which is charmingly aged with brown edges. The interior of this newspaper offers additional framing opportunities and a plethora of pages with French writing to use in craft projects. $36 (28 Euro) includes international shipping

Quite possibly the perfect Father’s Day gift, this vintage French Antique Shaving Kit includes an adjustable mirror and stand, a bowl to lather the foam and a never-been-used foaming brush. Charmingly engraved Thibaud-Gibbs & Cie Paris with patent # 210, this brush was made in France and we believe this piece dates between 1934 and 1959. The foam bowl is in white porcelain and the stand is made of white metal while the back of the mirror is lined with the original sharkskin. This is the perfect present for the man who enjoys the art of shaving! $130 (97 Euro) includes international shipping

Bring home the taste of Belgium with this vintage Belgian Beer Stein engraved with an interlocking R and A on the pewter lid. Patrons of the local taverns often would leave a glass with their initials hanging on a hook at the local pub so that each time they visited their “local” they could sip from the same mug. This Mantique would make a perfect Father’s Day present for beer aficionados! $50 (39 Euro) including international shipping. (Stay Tuned we have another sensational stein – this time of German origin – to be posted soon!).

This Vintage White Metal Billecart-Salmon Champagne Bucket is for shoppers “in the know”. Listed in the book “1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die”, this prestigious small Champagne house has a reputation for balance, elegance and finesse. Thus, visitors dining chez toi (or alfresco as you picnic in the park) will recognize your ultimate expression of diva style! This bucket has lived a long life, taking center stage at festive occasions and shows a few dings from living la dolce diva! $75 (59 Euro) includes international shipping

Before the Peugeot Brothers became a famous French car manufacturer, they were renowned for their coffee grinders and pepper mills. This Antique Peugeot Frere Coffee Grinder is simply smashing in red and pops perfectly in the kitchen! Though antique, it still works like a charm, allowing you to do just as some French grandmère did ages ago when she poured the beans into the mill, then placed the mill between her knees for leverage to grind the daily brew. This piece is well worn, with perfect patina and is one of my favorite pieces in our collection! Don’t hesitate to buy it, before I change my mind and decide to keep it for myself! $134 (105 Euro) includes international shipping. (Stay tuned – My Buyer on the ground shopping the brocantes of Paris just announced that she’s scored 2 more antique coffee grinders!)

This Vintage Pewter Wine Bottle Stopper with Chain is designed to hang on the neck of your favorite bottle of wine! After you’ve poured yourself some vino, simply recork the bottle, saving the rest of the goodness for later! The stopper with cork measures almost 3inches tall and is designed to fit almost any bottle of wine. The chain is 7 inches long and dangles artfully from the neck of the bottle. $45 (36 Euro) includes international shipping

These are just a few of our treasures to whet your appetite – to order and shop online, visit our entire collection! Each week at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ we post new inventory at our online brocante on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays! Looking for something special for your man on Father’s Day? Email toma@antiquesdiva.com to have my shopper shop for you!

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(Seen Right With my Dad)

USA EDITION: Duxbury Antique Show with Guest Blogger Linda Merrill

Dear Diva Readers,

I am absolutely delighted to introduce you to the Diva of the Day – Ms. Linda Merrill, one of the most popular design bloggers on the net and I’m absolutely honored she agreed to write a guest blog for The Antiques Diva™ site! In addition to being a 1st class blogger, Linda is an expert in the fields of interior design, media communications & marketing. A lifelong passion for creating beautiful – and livable – spaces combined with a savvy business mind has brought her design work and writing to an international audience.

Linda offers her interior design services in person in Massachusetts and “virtually” world wide, which is a great service for budget projects both far and near! Her blog, Surroundings, offers her unique views on architecture, photographic tours, product reviews, design inspirations, special events and even movie set decor!

Serving on the Board of Directors of the IFDA (International Furnishing & Design Association) as VP of Communications, Linda is a sought-after writer and voice in the field of interior design. As if this lady doesn’t sound busy enough, she also produces and moderates my favorite podcast/radio show – the weekly roundtable discussion group, The Skirted Roundtable!

It’s this latter endeavor that first brought me worshiping at the alter of Linda!

Linda, along with Megan from Beach Bungalow 8 and Joni from Cote de Texas discuss blogging and interior design weekly on a radio show/podcast featuring an intimate profile with some of the top names in design including:
Alessandra Branca, Interior Designer
Charlotte Moss, designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist
Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar, designers, entrepreneurs
Grant K. Gibson, Interior Designer

Linda always keeps me informed on who’s who and what’s what in the world of design and today she’ll be sharing with you some fabulous finds she discovered recently while at The Duxbury Antiques Show.

On that note, TaTa from Me and Bonjour from Linda!

The Antiques Diva™

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GUEST BLOG: LINDA MERRILL

I went to the Duxbury Antique Show recently and found several items of interest that I thought your readers would enjoy. Just a little history, Duxbury (my hometown) is a small coastal Massachusetts town that was founded in 1636 as an offshoot of Plymouth Colony. Two of our most famous residents were John and Priscilla Alden – so history is all around us here! This was the 29th Annual Duxbury Antique Show and is mounted by The Duxbury Boosters Club, who raises funds to benefit the high school athletic department. The show is held in the high school gym and I must say it’s much more enjoyable to peruse antiques in that space than play dodge ball! I still have nightmares! But, I digress. The show boasted 50 booths and was quite a bustling scene!

Here are a few items that really caught my eye:

1) Copper Clothes Washer, 1912. $310


This “Easy” washer has recently been re-wired and the folks at Bent Nail Farm Antiques, Marshfield Hills, MA say it works. This would make a pretty fun conversation piece and perhaps make a great ice bucket for a big party!

2) Misc. silver plate serving pieces. $5-$12


This was a lovely little collection of silver plate serving pieces. I wished I’d had more than $13 in my wallet or my check book. While they are only silver plate, the pieces were well-priced. At Roland Morgan, Portsmouth, RI.

3) Decorative Squirrel water spout, $45


I thought this would make a lovely wall-mounted faucet for a vessel sink in a powder room. Obviously, you’d have to build it out a bit since it’s not wide, but it would sure be cute! At Jack Tullish Antiques & Fine Art.

4) Art Nouveau bust of a Medieval Noblewoman. 16-1/2′ high in painted plaster. $350


At Stephen L. Snow Auctioneers & Appraisers. Isn’t she pretty? I thought she’d look so pretty on a library shelf, or in a garden room. There’s just something so serene in her countenance.

5) Botanical prints at The Scrapbook, Essex, MA. $57 each


These are hand-colored wood engravings, originally printed around 1599. What a beautiful addition to a garden room!

6) Purple tinted antique bottles at Camille Buda & Matt King, Marshfield, MA Priced between $12-20 each.


Apparently, these small bottles would have been originally clear glass, circa 1880-1920. Manganese was used at the time to bleach glass to make it clear, but over time, sunrays or UV rays turned the manganese purple. A little research tells me that bottles this deep a purple would have been subjected to artificial UV rays in order to enhance the color. They sure are pretty though!

7) Victorian Candle lamps at Camille Buda Antiques, Marshfield, MA. Price not noted.


The glass globes of these candle lamps are so beautiful! The color just popped and is so fresh today. I was honestly not sure about the base – it looked too “stainless steel” to me and I wondered if they were replacements, but I didn’t have a chance to ask the owners.

8) Set of twelve Limoges oyster plates. $1,350/set.


Duxbury is known for its bay oysters, so these plates seemed right at home. I don’t personally like oysters, but I might change my mind if they were served on these dishes. I also love the idea of rough and gnarly oysters plated on porcelain and gold. At Ciel Glynn Antiques, Cambridge, MA.

9) Pewter and mirrored tile candle sconces. Pair for $425

I just loved these sconces and wish they were in my budget right now! They would produce such a beautiful glow with the candle light dancing in the mirrors. At Bayberry Antiques, Rockland, MA.

The Boosters usually hold this show in early Spring every year. Their website is here: Duxbury Boosters.

I hope you all enjoyed my selection of favorite items from this year’s Duxbury Antique Show!

Guest Blogger,
Linda Merrill

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A Green Christmas

Cue the Little Drummer Boy. My new friend Katie, author of Making this Home blog, has released her very first ebook and, like her, it rocks! Over the last few years, Katie has been consciously changing her holiday habits without wanting to take away from the season’s spirit. If you’ve read her blog, you’ve seen a few of the ways Katie lives green whilst sharing her ideas on how you too can do so. Her ebook follows this line of thinking, offering ideas for you and your family to create a holiday with a lot less consumerism and a whole lot of really fun DIY & green solutions.

Katie promises, “All of it is based on not changing the meaning of your holidays or the things you do. It’s about rethinking and creating even cooler (greener!) solutions to bring your family together.”

What this book will help you with this holiday season:
~ Repurposing & creating beautiful wrapping paper without purchasing brand new materials
~ Sending beautiful, eco-savvy cards and invitations
~ Hosting greener parties (while spending far less!)
~ Designing truly appreciated personal gifts that won’t break the bank or Mother Earth
~ Really, truly appreciating the greenest Christmas tree… and discovering if you’ve already got it
~ Decorating like an eco-diva – from handmade ornaments to updated decor and treasured keepsakes
~ Adding “green” to your yummy with simple tricks to green your baking
~ Wrapping up the holidays – from what to do with used cards to how to send the most beloved (cheap! green!) thank you notes
~ Spending less and embracing more

Purchase A Green Christmas here.

The book is organized by chapter and subchapter for quick and easy reading. Katie’s included pictures from her apartment, including a sneak peek at her solution to a Christmas tree! She also included an entire section of tutorials for crafts and computer tricks to make your holidays greener. The book is 37 pages long. For those of you who haven’t picked up your copy of A Green Christmas, there’s still plenty of time. The 37-page book includes a table of contents, a strong flow of content, and easy to follow instructions – all for $10.95.

Have a Green Christmas,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right Chez Diva with Katie)

Guest Blog: Lady Lotus – Are You Next on the Jewelry Chain?

Dear Antiques Diva,

Dangling from my wrist these days is an amazing bracelet made from Euro coins. The gold and silver match everything and the piece is curious enough to evoke conversation, most of which start out by me proclaiming that the best part of living in an American university town is being surrounded by amazing local artists. One of my favorite designers, Danya Roselle, is the artist who crafted my new favorite piece.

She normally provides the Euros, but in my case I gave her the ones I wanted because my husband and I had great fun picking them out on our recent trip to Paris. In the end, I settled on a 2 Euro France, flanked by 1 Euro Germany and Italy. The silver swirly bits are Danya’s own making and the bracelet was specifically crafted to fit my wrist. And all this for only $81. I normally wear the “back” side up so that I can see the country designs instead of the numbers, but it looks lovely both ways. And I also turn a deaf ear to anyone who mentions that defacing money is probably frowned upon … a benefit of living in the US is that hardly anyone knows what foreign money looks like!

When La Reine saw my bracelet, she immediately ordered one of her own. Are you next on the jewelry chain??

Happy Shopping!

Lady Lotus

Lady Lotus Does Des Moines

THE ANTIQUES DIVA™ TOURS – CLOSED FOR ANNUAL VACATION DURING AUGUST – REOPENS SEPTEMBER While my tour guides are taking a much needed holiday and I’m away for the month of August sipping champagne at sunset on a Mediterranean Cruise (after taking a driving tour of Italy), I haven’t forgotten you, my loyal readers, in my absence. August 2008 you’ll enjoy a multitude of guest blogs, pre-posted light blogs and miscellaneous reader questions. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more great addresses and shopping tips this fall! All email inquiries or posted comments will be responded to come September!

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Dear Antiques Diva,

After living eight years abroad, I was used to my husband whisking me away to Italy, Australia or Japan whenever he had a business trip. So imagine my surprise when two months ago he told me his next business adventure would be a little closer to home. I realize we no longer live in Paris or Tokyo and as we currently reside in the Midwestern part of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa is only five hours away by car, but still I found I missed those international days when a business trip meant someplace tres exotic and foreign. I had to be wooed with talk of room service, steak dinners and great antique shopping.

In all honesty, I think he made up the latter, thinking I’d be interested in joining him for the conference if he told me there was antique shopping to be found. But somehow he got lucky and I felt your readers should be informed that not only is Des Moines a great place to visit but there is also a lovely place in West Des Moines for antique shopping. It’s called Historic Valley Junction.

When I first drove up to the outdoor shopping area, I was a bit hesitant. Although it was positively reviewed in my guidebook and two city newspapers, it looked more like an unloved construction zone with workers ripping up the main artery at the end of the street. But I drove around the mess, parked and started walking behind some ladies chatting about finding the best cake shop ever. Well, there was no way I was going to miss out on such a treasure, so I lurked behind as they entered “Let Them Eat Cake”. This small wedding cake business features personal-sized creations for you to eat there or take for later. I was swooning in butter cream, marzipan and edible wedding flowers!

Since I didn’t want to shop with frosting on my fingers, I took note of the place for later and made my way to the main shopping area along 5th Street. I didn’t walk far before my eye was caught by the gorgeous scrapbooking window displays of Heirlooms by Design. It had been eons since I browsed a dedicated scrapbooking store, so I did some damage to my credit card, then headed back to the car to drop off two groaning bags and check out the cake store again (mmm … still looks divine!)

This time I made it at least two more shops down 5th street before stopping. The Heart of Iowa features souvenirs, funny gifts and gourmet foods. I picked up a little espresso cup ($5) featuring the state logo for my husband, Dr. Mr. T’s travel collection, but left the gorgeous local pottery, John Deere toy tractors and tasty jars of jelly.

The next place I found was Porch Light. This shop specializes in antiques and gifts complete with a cute little outdoor area of flowers and garden items. Chairs were hanging from the ceiling, shelves were laden with glassware and pottery … they even had a huge trunk filled with my favorite things – old glass windows and doors! I couldn’t resist a galvanized metal laundry tub from the 1940s which would be perfect to hold my fireplace tinder back home, so I scooped it up for only $25.

I spent the rest of the afternoon zigzagging across the street and through the many antique shops. The Paris Flea Market had gorgeous groupings of both old and new French items, like their cute, cute, cute wall of tea towels. A-Ok Antiques specialized in fun looking games. I was captivated by the Fortune Teller gumball machine, but at $945 I left it in the shop. And did I need a chandelier? David Meshek’s display in 5th Street Finds must have had over 500 pieces of antique lighting.

In addition to antiques, there are numerous art galleries, clothing stores and specialty boutiques. One of my favorite spots was Sisters by Especially Lace. My eyes feasted on the gorgeous bed coverings and little nothings scattered about, but I especially liked a ribbon-bedecked straw hat. The shopkeeper helped show me how it was “crushable”, so I walked out with this $33 treasure, w
hich helped keep the sun out of my eyes as I meandered back to the car (via the cake shop, of course!) with bags a plenty and a pink champagne cake ($5) for dessert back in the hotel.

Don’t tell my husband, please, but I actually hope his next meeting takes place in Des Moines just so I can visit Historic Valley Junction again- sooner rather than later!

Bonne Shopping Diva Readers!

Lady Lotus

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