ANTIQUE SHOPS AND MARKETS
Join interior designer Margaret Chambers, ASID, and Lea Kellogg Barfield, graduate of the Christie's program, London, for a private buying excursion to the most vibrant antique shops and markets of Europe. You will have the opportunity to purchase a vast array of wholesale antiques and furnishings at prices and quantities unavailable in the American market. Working with your floor plans, we will personally cater to your individual taste. From bustling markets to dealer-access-only warehouses, you will discover not only beautiful antiques and furnishings, but also gain a rich insider's perspective of Europe.
BUY FROM PRIVATE ESTATES
Through our close relationships with a wide network of individuals across Europe, Tour Decor has connections that allow us to buy directly from private residences and estates. You will be able to enjoy intimate, one-on-one buying opportunities where you will be welcomed into private homes and estates, and become acquainted with their owners. Our clients love this unique way of buying high quality antiques and furnishings in their original settings. Through private home buying, you will enjoy a truly dynamic and unforgettable shopping experience.
Tour Decor has the ability to source an enormous range of large-scale architectural elements, including period mantlepieces, paneling, flooring, stonework, antique doors, garden furniture, lighting and more. We can provide complete wholesale access to architectural salvage warehouses across Europe, for both individual and commercial projects. Whether sourcing from old chateaux or decommissioned historical buildings, the character, beauty and history of these salvaged pieces is unmatched. Bring your plans and let us help you find the perfect architectural elements to fit your needs.
HOTELS, PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS & DINING
While searching an array of shops and private homes, you will enjoy an insiders look of Europe. We have compiled a curated list of unique hotels and restaurants, from high-end luxury properties to charming local spots. If you prefer a neighborhood experience, we can provide access to private apartments and flats in the most beautiful residential areas of Europe. We offer specialized services such as private chefs and intimate dinner parties as well as kitchens pre-stocked from local markets. From finding the perfect escape to discovering new cuisines, we will personalize the trip to suit your unique tastes.
Lea Kellogg Barfield
After attending the Christie's School for the Fine and Decorative Arts in London, Ms. Barfield originated several lecture series seminars in Dallas to study the evolution of the European Decorative Arts and the history of antique furnishings. Based upon the Christies model, these seminars featured lecturers from the Christie's School as well as the Wallace Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. In conjunction with the lecture series, Ms. Barfield sponsored educational trips to Virginia, Washington and England to study the influence of the Great Houses of Europe on American decorative style. Utilizing the knowledge she gained from both living and studying abroad, Ms. Barfield has been taking individual clients on private buying trips to England and the European continent for over thirty years.
Follow her on Instagram at @leabarfield.
Margaret Chambers, asid
Ms. Chambers is recognized as one of the top designers in Dallas by D Home for ten years and running. Her work has earned her state and national awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and she has been published in over 20 industry magazines, including Traditional Home, Texas Home & Living, and Better Homes & Gardens. Ms. Chambers’ experience, innate talent, and studies of the classics of Europe enable her to confidently mix different styles, techniques, and cultures. Her residential work has spanned a wide variety of styles – from modern high-rise living to Mediterranean escapes to elegant Country French homes. Sought out by clients for the spirit of collaboration that she brings to each project, Ms. Chambers believes that the best projects come from understanding her clients and sharing in the creative process.
Follow her on Instagram at @chambersinteriors.
EUROPEAN-SOURCED STAGING SERVICES
In addition to our buying trips, we have extended our services to include high-end staging. By utilizing our extensive resources and connections overseas, we have built up a rich collection of period antiques and accessories from across Europe. We seek to fulfill the needs of sellers and their real estate agents who want to showcase their home with fine antique and mid-century pieces which are both timeless and authentic. Please inquire about our special staging services.