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Spring 2012


Decor * Events * Travel * Trends * Ideas

Issue #10


Guide to Decorative Living


When I decided that the focus this issue would be on Antiques, I could think of no better spot for the cover photo than the gorgeous Trianon Antiques showroom. Owners Scott and Diana Cooper regularly travel to Paris and other European destinations, selecting some of the most gorgeous pieces one can imagine. A chandelier and pair of sconces grace the living room of one of my clients and working with Diana and Scott is always a dream. Their knowledge is first rate and their taste exquisite! Their location in The Boston Design Center gave photographer Michael J. Lee and I the perfect opportunity to mix the rough urban feel of the old factory building with the genteel elegance of a few selected antiques and some lush pillows and a throw provided by The Patterson Group.


Belgian Linen pillows and fringed throw provided by The Patterson Group at The Boston Design Center.


Photographer Michael  J  Lee  se2ng  the  shot.  

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Old Paris Porcelain Coffee Service with Napoleonic emblems - details

Set of 4 Biedermeier Chairs, Austria, 19th Century - details French Highly-Carved Louis XVI Style Sofa, circa 1880 - details

Marble top table with snails - A very charming table with bronze ‘twig” legs and gilt-bronze snails. France, recent. details

Pair of English cast-stone urns, stamped “Doulton”, in the neo-classical style. Circa 1900. Contact Trianon Antiques.

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Spring Greetings!

Design Podcasts

I think it’s quite fitting that I am releasing this Spring edition of my magazine in a week that it’s going to be 80 degrees out. Winter was fairly mild for us in the North East, which was a welcome relief from last winter!

As usual, I’ve been busy working on client projects and have just finished a wonderful project - photos are soon to be released! I have time in my schedule for some new projects, so if you or someone you know is ready to bring some fresh elegance and high-style to the home, please give me a call to discuss your plans. I’d love to chat.

Postcards from the Road

The Antiques Diva® shares her secrets

Design Glossary

Antiques & Vintage terminology defined

Surroundings. Finds. Style This week, I’ll be attending the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC where I’ll be meeting up with many of my design and blogging industry colleagues. In late April, I’m speaking at the IWCE Visions12 Expo in Chicago, which is the largest show for the window treatment industry. I’ll also be attending KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, at the same time. I’m looking forward to learning about all the amazing new home design products that are available in the marketplace. The online world is great, but there is nothing like seeing and touching products, and people!

Curated finds from $50-$5,000

Credits and Contacts Who, What, Where & When

I hope you enjoy this issue of ::Surroundings:: magazine. Since the best interiors are a mix of old and new, I am focusing on antiques and vintage finds.



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Talking Antiques & Vintage Judith Miller, Antiques Expert

Design podcasts

Eddie Ross & Jaithan Kocher, Lifestyle & Vintage living guru’s

In 2009, I partnered with Megan Arquette of the blog Beach Bungalow 8 and Joni Webb of Cote de Texas and created a “radio” podcast chat series that we called “The Skirted Roundtable” (with a little nod towards The Algonquin Roundtable). We fashioned ourselves after “The View” (only nicer) with conversation about design and blogging. Sometimes it’s just the three of us; at other times, we invite other interesting people to join us. Since we began, we’ve been lucky to have hosted some of the biggest names in the design field today. These episodes have become something akin to a “masterclass” in interior design.


Brooke Giannetti, Designer, Vintage & Antiques Shop owner, author Patina Style

http:// www.rege ncyboston

You can also subscribe via iTunes!

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Postcards from the Road

Linda: Tell  us  about  The  Antiques   Diva®  &  Co  European   Tours

Toma: We  offer  tours  in  

We offer  everything  from   one-­‐day,  one-­‐city  tours  to  multi-­‐day,   multi-­‐country  tours.      We  negotiate  on   purchases,  advise  on  what  to  buy  –  or   sometimes,  what  not  to  buy.    We   liaison  with  the  shippers,  helping   clients  transport  their  purchases   across  the  pond.    While  a  fair  number   of  tourists  book  our  tours  to   experience  the  flea  markets  abroad   many  antique  dealers  book  this  tour   to  stock  their  stores  while  interior   designers  love  being  able  to  partner   with  The  Antiques  Diva®  &  Co  to  bring   their  clients  to  Europe  or  shop  in   Europe  on  their  clients  behalf.    We   coordinate  the  details,  allowing  our   design  partners  to  stretch  their  reach   into  Europe  and  giving  their  clients   access  to  a  broader  range  of   inventory.   While  our  standard  tours  run  regularly   in  6  countries  we  also  sometimes  go   beyond  our  borders  to  help  the  clients   6

find what  they’re  looking  for.    Our   asset  is  our  truly  awesome  address   book  with   contacts   worldwide.    Last   year  when  a   client  wanted   17th  C  Spanish   antiques,  we   were  able  to   organize  a  9  day   trip  to  Spain  to   help  them  score   what  they  were   looking  for  even   though  this  tour   wasn’t  on  our  a   la  carte  menu.     Meanwhile   another  client,   who  shopped   with  us  14  days   last  June,  loves   Sweden  and  Denmark,  and  so  this   year  she’s  rebooked  our  services  to   shop  with  her  in  an  exclusive  trip  to   Scandinavia.      The  most  important   thing  a  client  booking  our  tours  can   do  is  to  tell  us  their  dreams…  our  job   is  to  make  them  come  true! photo credit Laila McCubbin

6 countries  -­‐  France,   England,  Italy,  Belgium,   Holland  and  Germany.   As  Chief  Executive  Diva,   not  only  do  I  have  quite   possibly  the  coolest  job   title  in  creation,  but  I   also  work  with  an   amazing  team  of  8   professional  “stylistas”  –   Diva  Guides  -­‐    leading   customized  antique   shopping  excursions.    

A Chat  With  “Antiques  Diva”  Toma  Clark  Haines  About  Her   Adventures  In  International  Antiques  Shopping

Linda: Tell  us  what  a  typical  tour   day  is  like

Toma: There  is  no  such  thing  as   typical.    In  an  average  week  we  have  a   handful  clients  –  my  favorite  week  last   year  went  like  this…    a  couple  from   California  spent  a  million  dollars  in  3   countries  in  9  days,  while  another   client  with  his  own  HGTV  show  filled   half  a  container  in  Paris  in  2  days.     Meanwhile  2  girlfriends  celebrating   retirement  traveled  to  Belgium  from   the  Midwest  with  a  budget  of  $300   each  and  managed  to  fill  3  suitcases   ::Surroundings:: Guide to Decorative Living

with bric-­‐a-­‐brac  and  bargains  to  bring   home  with  them  and  at  the  same  time   we  had  a  single  girl  in  her  20’s  from   Australia  on  the  search  for  costume   jewelry  in  London.    Each  tour  is  as   individual  as  the  client  who  books  it.      

Linda: What is  the  value  of  going   on  a  guided  tour  vs.  just  going   antiquing  on  one's  own?  Toma:  Everyone  loves  French   antiques  –  it  is  as  if  one  of  the  Louis’   put  a  spell  upon  the  treasures  of  la   republique  so  all  future  generations   would  be  drawn  helplessly  to  French   décor!  But  the  Paris  flea  market  is   intimidating  –  first  off,  it  is  located  in  a   scary,  crowded  part  of  town!  Often   clients  tell  us  that  they’ve  tried  to  go   to  the  Paris  flea  market  on  their  own   but  could  never  find  it  –  instead  only   finding  the  tourist  tack  market  that  is   located  before  the  real  puce  de  Paris!     Our  Paris  Flea  Market  tours  take   clients  by  the  hand  past  the  tack   weaving  through  the  13  districts,   2000+  vendors  and  7  miles  of  antique   filled  alleyways  –  we  know  where  to   go  and  we  show  clients  the  ins  &  outs   of  the  market.  We  start  each  tour  by   asking  our  clients  their  shopping   desires  and  then  we  plan  a  route  that   guarantees  they’ll  see  the  vendors   that  are  most  likely  to  have  products   their  interested  in!  And  once  the  client   finds  what  they’re  looking  for  we   negotiate  on  our  clients  behalf  and   help  clients  to  organizing  their   international  shipping  so  they  are  not   limited  by  what  fits  in  their  luggage!

Get to  know  the   glamourous  life  of  Toma  -­‐   The  Antiques®  Diva

! that capture  the  essence  of  their   European  travels.

Linda: What  is  your  favorite  tour  you   offer?

Linda: If one  is  traveling  on  their  own,   Toma: My  favorite  European  An;que   Shopping  Tour  we  offer  is  our  “ To  The   Trade  Tour”  in  Belgium  or  England  –  which   we  are  able  to  make  available  to  the   public!    I  love  being  able  to  offer  clients   access  to  addresses  they  could  never  gain   entry  to  on  their  own,  allowing  them  to   skip  the  middle  man  and  buy  direct  at  the   top  an;que  sources  in  Europe  &  the  UK.

can you  list  some  5ps  to  get  the  best   deals,  or  service?  

Toma: • Always  ask  “Is  that  your  best  price?”     •  Tell  them  if  the  item  you  are  purchasing   is  for  export  so  they  don’t  have  to  charge   tax!   •  Be  friendly.    Express  interest.    People   often  say  “don’t  be  too  interested”,  but   vendors  are  more  motivated  to  sell  if  they   know  you  love  something!

Linda: What style/period/5me  are  you   most  drawn  to  in  your  own  personal   collec5ng?

Toma: Anything Louis  XV  with  exuberant   curves  catches  my  eye  and  I’ve  a  proclivity   for  all  things  French.    My  personal  style  is   an  eclec;c  juxtaposi;on  of  over-­‐the-­‐top   Rococo  pieces  paired  with  modern   elements.  I  find  when  contras;ng   opposing  styles  pieces  pop,  punctua;ng   their  designs.    In  my  office,  for  example,   I’ve  paired  Dutch  Baroque  gilt  thrones   with  a  white  glass  IKEA  conference  table.     IKEA  &  An;ques?    Absolutely.    What   makes  a  house  a  home  is  a  contrast  of   elements,  then  and  now,  highbrow  vs  low,   ma\e  next  to  gloss,  gilt  beside  glass.    I   love  the  evolu;on  of  the  English  country   home  where  each  genera;on  layers  their   ;meline  onto  the  décor.  I  believe  people   should  walk  into  your  home  and  know   where  you’ve  been  and  what  moves  you  –   and  my  business  is  based  upon  helping   clients  find  those  one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind  pieces  

• Don’t  carry  a  back-­‐pack  as  many  of  the   stores  are  small.    Vendors  worry  about   theft  &  accidents. •  Hit  the  flea  markets  early  but  the   antique  shops  late  –  many  vendors  like  to   sleep  in!   •  Don’t  go  antique  shopping  on  a  Monday   unless  that’s  a  market  day!    Thursday  –   Saturday  are  the  best  days  to  go

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With a   shopping   bag   in   one   hand   and  a  champagne  glass  in  the   other,   Toma  Clark   Haines   is  The   Antiques   Diva®  -­‐   Chief   Executive  Diva   of  The   Antiques   Diva®   &   Co   European   Tours.     As   an   American   living   and   working   abroad   for   over   a   decade,   Toma’s   greatest   challenge   is   remembering   whether   to   greet   the   day   with   a   Buongiorno,   Bonjour,   Guten   Tag   or   simply   Good   Day.     In   addition  to  running  a  successful  tour   company   in   France,   Belgium,   E n g l a n d ,   I t a l y,   H o l l a n d   a n d   Germany,  Toma   is  a  freelance  writer,   international  public  speaker,  interior   decorator,   champagne   connoisseur   and  social  media  addict.    

“People should  walk  into  your   home  and  know  who  you  are,   where  you  have  been,  what   you  feel  and  what  moves  you.”  

Contact: Toma  Clarke  Haines The  Antiques  Diva Blog:  http:// Facebook Twitter



•  The  flea  market  in  Tongeren  is   simply  sensational  http://   •  The  flea  market  in   Arezzo  makes  Italian   Antiques  Accessible!   http:// tours/italy/  

try to  shop  in  a  local  boutique!    You   can  obtain  an  international  pin  for   your  credit  card  by  contacting  your   credit  institution.    

Linda: Are  there   good  or  bad  times  of   the  year  to  travel  for   shopping  trips?  

Linda: Name  your  top  5  ci5es  in   Europe  to  go  an5quing

Toma: •  Tourjour  Paris  http://  

Perhaps it’s  easiest  to   say  the  best  months  for   flea  marketing  are  March-­‐ June  and  September-­‐ November.        The  months  to   avoid  for  flea  marketing  are   August  in  France  and  July  &   August  in  Italy.  

•  Around  Bath  England  in  the   Cotswold’s  and  Wiltshire  http://  

Linda: Name some  essential  items  

•  Antwerp  is  one  of  my  favorite   weekend  getaways  http://  

Toma: Bring  a  pin  #  for  your  credit  

travelers should  bring  with  them.

card as  many  places  in  Europe  no   longer  allow  you  to  swipe  your  credit   card  and  sign  but  require  you  to  enter   a  pin  additionally.    This  can  prove   tricky  when  you  go  out  to  dinner  or  

Bring cash  –  or  access  to  it.    Most  flea   markets  require  your  purchases  to  be   made  in  cold  hard  cash!    However,  the   good  news  is  if  you’re  buying  larger   items  and  using  our  liaison  serves  to   ship  internationally  we  can  coordinate   so  you  pay  the  shipper  one  lump   payment  (via  bank  transfer  or  credit   card)  for  all  your  purchases  post  tour.

photo credit Laila McCubbin

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Toma’s photo album


S van Leeuven, The Hague, The Netherlands



Neetje Twiss, The Hague,


The Netherlands

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National Fair at the Flea Market & Ham in Paris - my favorite


House of Porters, Antwerp, Belgium

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Acanthus -­‐   A   an   ornamental  

Chaise vs  Fauteuil   vs   Bergere  -­‐  A  “Chaise”  is   a   side  

Chippendale -­‐   Named   acer   English  

carving of   a   leaf   used   in   classical  

chair (no  arms),  whereas  a  “Fauteuil”  is   an  armchair.  

cabinetmaker Thomas   Chippendale,  

architecture such   as   Corinthian   columns,  or   in   furnishings  such   as  

A “Bergere”   is   a   chair   where   the   low-­‐set   arms   are   filled   in   with   upholstery   and   has   a   separate   loose  

the furniture   style   was   popular   in   both   England   and   the   United   States  

carved wood  or  cast  bronze.    

seat cushion.  

throughout the   middle   part   of   the   18th   Century.   American   furniture   of   the   period   was   more   conserva;ve   in   style;   the   claw-­‐and-­‐ball   foot   was   incorporated   into   the   style;   woods   used   included   mahogany,   walnut,   cherry   and   maple.   Chairs   frequently  

Biedermeier -­‐   Biedermeier   style  


(1815-­‐1830) came   about   acer   the  

had a   yoke   shape   back   splats   with   intricate  piercings.  

end of   the   Napoleonic   wars   in   Germany,  Denmark  and  Austria   as  a   turning   away   from   the   French   inspired   over-­‐the-­‐top   Rococo   style.   There   was   no   Biedermeier;   the   name   came   from   a   combina;on   of   names   that   siced   down   to   mean   Beider   (Plain)   +   Meier   (common   German   name,   think   Smith).  

C o m m o d e -­‐   L i t e r a l l y   m e a n s  


“comfortable” or  “convenient”  and  is  a   term  for   a  chest   of  drawers,  a   type   of   furniture   first   introduced   in   France   in  

Furniture for   every   day   people,   the   bourgeoisie.  

the late  17th  century.    


Chinoiserie -­‐   A   French   term   Cabriole   leg  -­‐   A  double   curved   leg   on   a   table   or   chair.   The   upper   curve   is   convex   (bows   o u t w a r d )   a n d   t h e   lower  is  concave  (bows   inward),   not   unlike   a   curvy  human  leg.  

signifying “in   the   Chinese   t a s t e ”.   I t   d e s c r i b e s   a   European  style  of   decora;ve   ornamenta;on   that   has   been   popular   since   the  17th   century.   Mo;fs   included   Chinese   people   in   elaborate   robes,   intricately   detailed   pagodas,   fretwork,   tassels,   bells   or   various   animals  

Enfilade -­‐     In   architecture,   an   enfilade   is   a   row   of   rooms   formally   aligned   one   acer   the   other.   In   a   piece   of   furniture,   an   enfilade   is   a   buffet   or   sideboard  where  the  doors   o p e n   t o   r e v e a l   c o n n e c t e d   compartments   within.   From   the   French   “enfiler ”   meaning   “to   thread.”

dressed in  costume.  

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Escutcheon -­‐   An   ornamental   shield-­‐

like plate  that  surrounds  a  keyhole,  or   is  behind  a  drawer  pull  or  knob.  

Marquetry -­‐   Ivory,   mother-­‐of-­‐pearl   or  

complementary woods  are  inlaid  piece   by  piece   into   a   wood   surface   in   an   intricate   design   and   veneered   to   another   surface,   especially   furniture  for   decora;on.  Dates  back  to  the  17th   century.  

“Period” vs.   “In   the   Style   Of”   -­‐   Period,   or   “epoque”   pieces   were   made   during   the   period   in   which   the   defining   characteris;cs   of   the   style   were   first   created.   Furniture  with   the   same  a\ributes   but   made  acerwards   are   known   as   “in   the   style   of”.   “Period”   pieces   are   much   rarer   and   therefore  typically  more  expensive.

Fruitwood -­‐   Any   of   various   woods   from   fruit   bearing   trees   used   for  

Marquetry vs.  Parquetry   -­‐   both   are  veneers   to  

furniture making.  Examples  include:         Apple

decorate high-­‐end   pieces   of   furniture,   using   ivory,   mother   of   pearl   or   exo;c   woods  such   as   rosewood,   sa;nwood   or   ebony.   Marquetry   is  

Provincial vs.   Provençale   -­‐   A  


veneers that   make   a   figural   pa\ern,   whereas     Parquetry  creates  a  geometric  pa\ern.  


country, outside  of  Paris.  “Provençale”   pieces   are   provincial,   but   specifically  


“Provincial” pieces   were   made  in   the  

made in   Provence,   in   the   southern   part   of   France.   Provençale   pieces   are   usually  heavily  carved  and   among  the   most  desirable  of  provincial  furniture.  

Hairline or   Ageline   -­‐   Some;mes   small   and   almost   invisible   breaks   in   glass,  po\ery  or   ceramics.   These  can   be   the   result   of   improper   storage  or   dras;c  temperature   fluctua;ons.  It   is   a   good   idea   to   repair   or   stabilize   these   cracks,   even   if   they   seem   minor,   as   they   can   grow   and   eventually  ruin  the  piece.    

Ormolu -­‐   An   18th   century   term   for   applying   finely   ground  high-­‐carat  gold   in   a  mercury  amalgam   to  an   object   of   bronze.   Also   known   as   “gilt-­‐bronze”   or   “bronze  dore”.  The   process   was   outlawed  in   France   in  1830  due  to  the  toxicity  of  mercury  fumes.  

PuPo (PuR)    -­‐  La;n   for  “li\le  boy”,  it   is   a  term  used   in   art   and   an;ques   to   describe   the  babies  or   children,  ocen   winged,  represen;ng   the   disciples   of   Cupid.  A  secular   version  of  angels,  the   a   popular   mo;f   represents   love,   marriage  and  fer;lity.  


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Regency -­‐  The  English  Regency  period  

Rock Crystal   -­‐   Quartz   stone,   originally   added   to  

Trumeau -­‐   A   wall   mirror   originally  

spanned approximately   1790-­‐1820.  

embellish chandelier   frames   prior   to   the   inven;on  

manufactured in   France   in   the   18th  

Regency furniture   has  plain,  slender,   elegant   lines.  The  use   of  carving  and  

of blown   glass   and   then   lead   crystal.   An;que   chandeliers  with   their   original  rock  crystal  pendants  

century. The   mirror   has   a   painted   or   carved  panel   above   or  below  the   glass  

elaborate forms   of   decora;on   and   ornament,   such   as   marquetry,  

are very  rare  today  and  highly-­‐valued.  Many  an;que   chandeliers  seen   with   rock  crystals  have   been   later  

within the  same  frame.  

declines during   the   period.   Woods  

embellished with  new  rock  crystals.  

such as   mahogany,   rosewood   and   zebrawood   were   used   for   their   striking  colors.  There  was  also   a  great   deal  of  brasswork.  

Sabot-­‐ means  “shoe”,   a  protec;ve   and   ornamental   bronze  piece  on  the  feet  of  a  piece  of  furniture.  

Verdegris -­‐   Literally   meaning   “Green  

Restora5on v.  Refinishing  -­‐    

Grey” with   shades   of   teal   and   green  

Restora;on is   a   process   used   to  

highlights. Naturally   occurring  color   of   the   natural   pa;na   on   copper   or  

restore the   original   finish.   This   does   not   devalue   the   piece   by   removing  

bronze, Verdegris   can   also   be   replicated  with  paint.  

the original  finish.   Refinishing   involves   completely   stripping   off   the   old   finish   and   applying   a   new   more   durable   finish   or   perhaps   replacing   a   leg   or   foot.   Though   the  result  may  look  fine,  it  is   likely  to  affect  the  value  of  the  item.  

Tole -­‐    A  type  of  lacquered  or  enameled   metalware   popular  in  the   18th   century.  Today,  it  is  reproduced   for  trays,  lamps  and  decora;ve  accessories.  

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Surroundings. Finds. Style.

Under $5,000

Under $1,000

Under $50

A curated collection of amazing antique & vintage finds


3-Footed Silver Plated Oneida Covered Bowl,

Neo-Classical Bowl, Wedgwood Jasperware

Vintage Fines & Linens on Etsy, $35

Style, 1950‘s Pigtown*Design on Etsy, $20

Large Hammered Bronze/Copper Vase, 1970’s

Vintage Fortuny Fabric pillows,

- Machine Age, Boston. $600

Regency Antiques, varied pricing


Gustavian Period Sofa, 19th Century,

Large Latticework Jardiniers, France,

Sweden, Giannetti Home, $4,550

20th C, Trianon Antiques, $4,875/pr

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Linda received her design education at the acclaimed Boston Architectural College after a long career in public television marketing and product branding. She has decorated homes throughout Greater Boston, the South Shore & Cape Cod and across the globe via her virtual design services. Her love of interiors is but one of her artistic pursuits, and her studies in music and the fine arts continues to influence her design aesthetic. In addition to her blog ::Surroundings::, she has written a regular newsletter to a mailing list of nearly 1,000 (and growing) loyal readers for nearly 8 years, and is a regular writer for She is the founder and moderator of radio/podcast series called “The Skirted Roundtable”, available on iTunes.

Michael received his design training at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and, prior to becoming a professional photographer, worked as a interior designer for award winning designers Richard FitzGerald and Celeste Cooper. His design training has given him a unique perspective as he approaches a photography assignment. He understands a space and knows how to make it shine. His work regularly appears in all the regions’ major publications.

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::Surroundings:: Guide to Decorative Living - Spring 2012  

Linda Merrill's Guide to Decorative Living - Issue #10, Spring 2012