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The end of lockdown - time to move on

17 July 2020

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The end of lockdown - time to move on

As I contemplate the 30 hour journey back home to the U.K. from New Zealand.  I need to plan and prepare for the inevitable jet lag and how I will adapt to the "new normal" There will be so much to do to get Maxine Whittaker Antiques up and running again having left behind lots of projects unfinished. Whist I've been away I also recognise the…

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An Antique Dealers Home

11 May 2020

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An Antique Dealers Home

I have often wondered what an antique dealer has in their own home.  If they are anything like me it's an eclectic mix of what they like. I have a small antique business so I do not bulk buy instead  I buy from my group of reputable dealers, I visit Antique Fairs and less often now when I visit Brocante's in France.  I have always enjoyed buying…

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Trawling Newark International Antique Fair (Before Covid19)

16 April 2020

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Trawling Newark International Antique Fair (Before Covid19)

How life has changed?  Strolling round the antique fairs in early spring seems forever away as does my next visit to France to the Brocantes I love so much and calling on my favourite dealers for a cup of coffee and a chat. Looking back I have probably taken for granted the opportunities I have had to buy quality antiques. Newark International…

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Before and After

6 April 2020

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Before and After

I have found the most satisfying part of my job is spotting chairs, sofa, or stools in need of renovation and reupholstering. I bought these lovey period chairs, French 18thC Directoire Fauteuil in very poor condition but the frames were very strong and secure.  …   … The original fabric …   …   … The original paint work … Fabric removed to show…

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How does the Big and Bold trend for Interiors sit with Antiques?

28 March 2020

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How does the Big and Bold trend for Interiors sit with Antiques?

How does Antique Furniture fit into the big and bold trend for colour and texture in wallpaper, fabrics, rugs and upholstery? It was predicted that the trend for neutral, white and shabby chic would pass and as history has shown us we move to opposites. Whether it's so the Interior Designers have a job re vamping the interiors of their wealthy…

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Self Isolation - 8 days in. How many to go? Who knows?

25 March 2020

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Self Isolation - 8 days in. How many to go? Who knows?

This must seem a strange diary page after 4 years of not writing my diary.  Unprecedented times everyone keeps saying so I thought it was ok to write a less than normal page.  I guess I have, in the past, written about antiques and their effect on my life. Well I can certainly say nothing has had a greater effect on my life than COVD19.  It has…

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A new start

22 February 2019

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A new start

A new start can refer to so much of what the antiques trade is all about- upcycle, reclaim, and salvage. And also refer to my website which has not had the attention it should have had BUT I’m back with new stock, a revamped website and a lovely venue to view antiques and decorative items I have for sale. I will be based just outside Lincoln on…

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Memories of Summer

15 August 2016

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Memories of Summer

I know we are in the throws of an Indian Summer but I am looking back at my visit to France earlier in the year when I was able to "live the life" with good friends doing what I love best which is visiting some of my Antique Dealer friends and browsing round the local Brocante's. I never loose the excitement and anticipation for what I might find…

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Whats new for 2015?

27 December 2014

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Whats new for 2015?

As we say goodbye to 2014 I look forward to thoughts of what is new for 2015.  The home style magazines favour the mix of contemporary and antiques with french style very much to the fore. Reproduction french furniture and decorative items have become popular and provide 'the look' on a budget.  However an antique piece with its beautiful patina…

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Back Home

4 October 2014

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Back Home

It has been a wonderful Autumn both here and in France. We were treated to clear blue skies and a very comfortable temperature in France allowing us to enjoy eating lunch outside. Cahors was its magnificent self. The medieval buildings never cease to amaze me.   … We visited Bordeaux for the first time and found it to be a fabulouse city. There…

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Where am I??

17 September 2014

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Where am I??

Autumn in the wine growing regions of France is truely magnificent, be it Cahors where we normally stay or the Bordeaux region where we are presently staying. The grapes are due to be harvested and the vines are begining to change to a wonderful mottled orange and red. Bordeaux is a magnificent city. Grande archetecture mixed with the hustle and…

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Sunday in France

14 September 2014

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Sunday in France

A beautiful autumnal morning in France.  There is something very special about harvest time.  The sunflowers, so stunning during our visit in June, are now a dark crumpled brown with their heads that were once upright facing the sun, drooping down towards the ground as the Combine Harvester works its way throught the fields.  The vines are…

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A New Idea

6 September 2014

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A New Idea

A new idea!! I have decided to offer a small range of our french chairs un-upholstered to give our clients the choice of fabric. Whilst neutral colours are a safe option for me, lovely antique linen for example, I have a pair of green original painted chairs that would look lovely as bedroom chairs in perhaps a vintage floral fabric or as hall…

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New Website Design

24 August 2014

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New Website Design

I hope regular visitors to my website like the new design and to those that are visiting for the first time I hope you find it easy to navigate and enjoy looking at our stock. Thank you Russ for coming up with a great design and and something easy for me to manage. So I guess the delay in writing the diary has been due to spending much of my time…

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Puces de St- Ouen Paris

19 June 2013

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Puces de St- Ouen Paris

Its been quite sometime since my last diary entry. Life runs at a pace since returning from down under. The family have now returned to England and life feels normal again. Our travels enabled us to spend valuable time in Southern California seeking out like minds in French Antiques, visiting customers and discussing sourcing items from France.

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5 January 2013

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our diary readers. We are looking forward to our next buying trip to France early in February. If you have a particular item that you are looking for get in touch. We may be able to find it on our travels through France. I must just tell you that my favourite mirror of all time sold to the USA. That is the downside of…

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