Sunday's Travel and Shop with Second Shout Out ~ The Antiques Diva Does Scandinavia
When it comes to antiques, Scandinavian 18th and 19th C furniture has long been considered the Holy Grail as dealers, designers and decorators seek Gustavian and Rococo painted furniture as crowning pieces in their collections. Because Swedish antiques are known for demanding top dollar abroad, only the crème de la crème has had access to them in the past, but drum roll baby…. The Antiques Diva® & Co is now offering Scandinavian Tours and travelers are given an exclusive opportunity to buy Swedish antiques at wholesale prices that are half of what’s typically found across the pond. You won’t just get the opportunity to shop where the dealers shop, you’ll get to shop with a top Swedish antiques dealer.
Antiques Diva Guide Daniel Larsson – make that Divo Guide and owner of the eponymously named D. LARSSON Interiör & Antikhandel – has one of the best choreographed antique collections in Sweden in his Helsingborg-based store. And he has the distinction of being our first DIVO GUIDE on The Antiques Diva® team.
As leader of your tour he will share with you insider hints and tips, telling tricks of the trade, sharing the history behind certain pieces, explaining regional differences in Swedish antiques, authenticating purchases and giving advice on what to watch out for in spotting reproductions and fakes. Sometimes the hardest thing about buying antiques abroad is the uncertainty in knowing if the piece you’ve picked is what the dealer claims it to be, but with your Divo on your side, you can shop with confidence, knowing you’re gaining access to the best collection at the best prices on the planet. You don’t pay tourist prices when you shop like a local or a dealer for a day.
Offering 1 to 4 day tours that are guaranteed to take you off the tourist track, Daniel will take you deep into the Southern Swedish countryside to a slew of secret sources that you would never find on your own. Some of these trade sources and trade stores are so hidden they don’t even have names on their doors. Shopping might just be a religious experience when you visit one wholesaler who houses his collection in a former church, and it’s all aboard when you stop off at a former train depot turned by-appointment-only store. Whether you’re trawling a giant warehouse or shopping your way through a rambling private mansion you’re guaranteed to find an assortment of quality Gustavian and Rococo pieces from Swedish chairs to cabinets and chest of drawers. You won’t want to go home without scoring the perfect souvenir. What about a long case clock, gilt candlesticks, sconces or mirrors? There is something for everyone. Some clients seek perfectly packables that can be tucked in their suitcase while others take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to buy abroad like the dealers do.
Whether you’re looking for a consolidated shipment for 1 or 2 perfect pieces or a whole container load, Daniel can liaise you with international freight companies, helping you ship your purchases Home Sweet Home from Sweden. On tour he will not only help you fill out the complicated customs paperwork but secure appropriate export papers and find affordable shipping solutions for bringing Sweden to your door.
Do note this tour includes a fair amount of driving, and you’ll enjoy the back roads and scenic views as we drive from one location to another on the back roads of Southern Sweden.
Let the Shopping Commence!
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Out and About in Chicago
Last week I was in the midwest, Gorgeous Spring weather! One day we went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens.
The gardens really took my breathe away! I was inspired and I hope you will be too!
This area is called Walled Gardens. It overlooked water and had a view of the large bell tower.
Inside the small brick building.
The view looking through the oval brick window!
A cold frame for growing seeds and tips how to restore one.
There were magnificent examples of Espalier fruit trees. This one is a Burford Pear.
Perfectly placed posts for grapes in a small vineyard.
On Sunday we went to a wonderful flea market in Wisconsin. Saw this garden chair made with burlap
pockets and succulent plants tucked into them!
My design tip: Use out of the box thinking, incorporate vintage pieces like the old chair to plant in!
Have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Safe travels!
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Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson
After an exhausting but fun two weeks of moving into my farm house and my new apartment in NYC I'm happily back in the blogosphere, and have lots interesting things, odd things and of course, pretty things to share with you all. Being in the country for just a few weeks now I've discovered so many neat little shops, antique dealers and flea markets. I can't wait to share them all with you, and share photos of my old old house that I am so proud of. For now, here is a great oddity shop and blog in Norway created by Rydeng Kunsthandel that is full of dark and beautiful nostalgia. Have a Happy Weekend!
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Second Shout Out's Stylemaker, Kelley Motschenbacher is featured in June's issue of Country Living. We love Kelley's style, she mixes in the right amount of vintage in her 1950s ranch style home in Ojai, California.
Kelley has a nack for collecting vintage and anqtique items, you can find her collection on Second Shout Out, here. Check out Kelley & Greg's DIY approach to furnishing thie home.
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Metal, metal, metal…
I love metal chairs, of any kind especially if they are vintage metal chairs. They add color, texture, patina and interest to both outside and inside.
Oh, and they don’t have to match!
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She happens to be one of 'our' favorites here at Second Shout Out. Kelley has talent ~ she brings a simple philosophy to her homes.She buys only what she loves she doesn’t follow every trend and she edits for a clean and calm space while focusing on the details.
We love Kelley, plus she has the best brittle recipe in the world... Check out this months "Country Living" her home in Ojai is
featured. Take a look below and see for yourself... You can shop some of Kelley's vintage finds on Second Shout Out.
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Vinatge Lifestyle Destination
I don’t know how many of you follow Abigail Ahern, but I have been following her for a while, I'm not even sure how I came across her blog but I did and I’m glad I did.
Her style is quirky, dark, moody, fun and always the best lighting. Not only does her style rock she has the two cutest dogs who are often in
her blog and photos. She has a new book out “Decorating with Style” all images shot By Graham Atkins Hughes. Her London pad is divine.
Here, look for yourself…really you will find something that will inspire you.
Ciao Francisca at Bee and Mason
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All images sourced from Abigail Ahern Pinterest board.
A nifty farm house in the south of France showcases industrial materials and lots of old wood. I'm really getting into corrugated tin right now, especially when it's patinated like this wall treatment. The juxtaposition of industrial and the wood in this space is fantastic. Simply old world with a spin!
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