Hi everyone! I’m back from my Design Hounds London trip. If you have been considering going on a Design Hound trip I would urge you to jump at the next chance. Veronika Miller and her team gave our group the experience of a lifetime. I have so much to share about all the cool things I saw during London Design Week at the shows and showrooms as well as lessons learned from my iPhone only trip (no DSLR for the first time ever).

Today I want to share my iphone photos from antiquing with the gracious team from the Antiques Diva. In case you are unfamiliar, Toma Clark Haines, AKA the Antiques Diva, is Europe’s largest antique touring company. Our group of design hounds traveled to Lewes to spend the morning at the shop of  Martin D. Johnson Antiquesand Fountaindecorative.com. I knew we were in for a treat when we arrived and were greeted with champagne and this gloriously set table. Antique blue and white china, silver coffee pots filled with hydrangea, cloth napkins with silver rings, all set upon a zinc topped table. Even though the Diva herself was not there we felt her presence.

Luncheon table from The Antique Diva

Linda Holt Photo

Besides the picture perfect table, our hosts put out a beautiful spread of food along with more champagne.

Luncheon while Antiquing with in Lewes with team from The Antique Diva

Luncheon while Antiquing with in Lewes with team from The Antique Diva

Here is our London Design Hounds group (less a few who stayed behind sightseeing) and fabulous hosts.

The Antique Diva luncheon

The Antique Diva luncheon

iPhone Photo Note* This is a lighting situation that is almost impossible to get right. The image was so heavily backlit that even with editing this was the best image I could get. Supplemental flash was what the situation called for but since I only had my iPhone and this was just a quick candid shot, obviously that wasn’t possible.

The best part of the day for me besides the lunch (and champagne) were the photo opportunities in the shop. I didn’t touch or style anything yet everywhere I turned was beauty and another great photo to be taken.

The Antique Diva

Linda Holt Photo

As a photographer I am always looking for interesting arrangements, color combinations or pretty vignettes. This shop had plenty of all. Just look at the patina and colors in this photo below.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

These mustard yellow confit pots caught my eye against the deep gray blue background of the cabinet.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I  love every single thing in the photo below.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

This bust is wonderful too. Don’t you love her swagged top?

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

What could be a better photo opp than a curated arrangement of chairs and stools?

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

How about angel wings?

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

These well weathered garden hares were calling my name and as tempting as it was to buy them, I will always have a photo remembrance. After all, isn’t that one of the best things about photography.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I also want to share that besides the abundance of great decorative antiques, the prices were less than half (at least) of what they would have sold for in the states. If you have a project that calls for antiques it is well worth antiquing with the The Antiques Diva. The savings will pay for your trip and then some! Plus, the Antiques Diva associates could not be nicer.

A huge thank you to The Antiques Diva and our hosts for the day, Gail, Martin, Paul, Kiel, and Stuart.

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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