No one – not your mother, your clients or the vendors you’re working with – wants to tell you “No” when you ask for something; most people want to find a way to tell you “Yes”. My “aha” moment was when I realized this and started asking for what I wanted in life.”Forbes Magazine
During the unique and collaborative online Asian Antiques course Angela Somwaiya and Toma Clark Haines, ‘The Antiques Diva™, take you on a journey through South East Asian antiques using on location video lectures filmed at Paul’s Antiques and other exclusive locations in Bangkok. The video and tour is led by The Antiques Diva herself and subjects are then discussed and debated in the online classroom, with weekly assignments marked by Angela. Subjects covered include colonial era furniture, Burmese teak, lacquerware, hilltribe furniture, hilltribe baskets, temple relics, architectural items and Buddha statues.
Toma Clark Haines is known as the global master of antiques tours. She’s the go-to person for knowledge on sourcing the best antiques across Europe and Asia. Toma is the founder and CEO of The Antiques Diva® & Co - Europe and Asia’s largest antiques touring and sourcing company.
Toma is widely recognized for her antiques sourcing expertise by design experts including Newell Turner former editor of House Beautiful and current Editorial Director of Hearst Design Group, Michael Boodro Editor in Chief of Elle Décor and Dominique Corlett deputy editor of the English publication Homes & Antiques magazines (the official magazine of The Antiques Roadshow). Toma has been endorsed by Adam Jabko, CEO of Esteem Media and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Editor in Chief Elizabeth Ralls.
An authority on how to buy antiques in Europe and Asia and ship them to the buyer’s home country, Toma is an in-demand speaker at international conferences, trade shows and events for interior and architectural designers, design bloggers, and antique resellers. Her intimate knowledge of the European and Asian antiques markets make Clark Haines a sought-after speaker and “cool hunter” to forecast interior design trends. She speaks often on the subject of mixing antiques with modern furnishings, the history of European furniture and the business of antiques.
Toma Clark Haines has been featured in the following books, and runs one of the most well trafficked antiques blogs on the web.
• Design HER by Julianne Taylor (October 2015) – Inspiring female entrepreneurs shaping the home décor industry
• STERLING & SLOANE by Malena Lott (December 2013) – Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, is a fictional character in this novel
• CRAVE Amsterdam – Celebrating Stylish Women Entrepreneurs (2013) – top 150 female entrepreneurs in Amsterdam
• The Expat Focus Guide to Moving Abroad (2008) – tips for Americans moving abroad