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16 Jan

THE VERSATILE VENETIAN: CREATING NEW CLASSICS

THE VERSATILE VENETIAN: CREATING NEW CLASSICS

Antiques represent so much more to me than just a piece of furniture, or a simple part of my designs and business.

Antiques, for me, are the center of my life. There is something indescribable about a piece with history, that has survived the years through expert craftsmanship and remained so effortlessly stylish throughout the test of time. 

Having been in the importing and design business for over 20 years, it’s safe to say that furniture runs through my veins. The artful style of craftsmanship that makes antiques so enchantingly unique is in part what moved me to create my own reproduction line, Tara Shaw Maison, bringing the distinctive elegance of historical beauty to the modern market. Over time, this line has developed and evolved into the custom furniture I now make today, each piece made to order by skilled craftsmen locally in New Orleans. 

My barometer is this: If I would not own it, I do not buy it or make it. This stands true with each and every piece in my contemporary line. It was a natural transition to use this style of craftsmanship to create contemporary classics, mixing both traditional and modern elements into a sleek and elegant line that meld seamlessly into any design.

There may be no truer example of this than with my beloved Iron Venetian Canopy Bed. The Venetian-influenced headboard along with the gentle curves in the canopy point to a minimal gilded crown, alluding to the ornate while maintaining a quiet simplicity. This allows the piece to be a true chameleon of design, used many a time by me and other talented designers in diverse spaces throughout the world.

In fact, I have utilized this piece in my guest bedroom in the cabana, placing two of these sculptural beds side by side. This creates an easy symmetry to balance the space, and their height draws the eye to the skylights in the tall ceilings. The black contrasts brilliantly against the white room, providing an anchor for the space.

I have also used this bed in one of my favorite projects I have been a part of, House of Windsor. Veranda’s first ever concept house, I was chosen as part of a team of designers creating a home to redefine luxury for the modern family. To play up the ornate feel of the piece, I chose a curving fabric to accentuate the lines in the headboard. Paired with a fresh color palette and elegant array of antiques, the bed creates a space that is simultaneously feminine, sophisticated and young.

Melanie Turner uses this piece in her serene bedroom design in the 2013 Atlanta showhouse. Inspired by glamorous gowns worn by Hollywood’s elite, Turner pairs the soaring canopy bed with luxe fabrics and a dripping chandelier in a space that is saturated in elegance.

Designer John Stefanon paired this bed with bold black and white stripes in a modern, minimal guest bedroom in a New England home. Mixing luxury and fun, the bold walls are juxtaposed by the thin iron of the bed.

Truly showing its adaptability in this Kristin Mullen design, the bed is paired with French Colonial and Indo-Chinese influences to create a design that is one of a kind.

I am always so excited to see the fresh and inventive designs that my pieces are used in! The versatile Venetian looks beautiful in contemporary and traditional spaces, as well as everything in between.

– Tara

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25 Oct

WHIPPET WEDNESDAY – LOVE FOR MY DEAREST DOGS

WHIPPET WEDNESDAY - LOVE FOR MY DEAREST DOGS

With the brisk air hitting my face as I stepped outside on this gorgeous sunny morning, I am happy to report that fall is in full force here in New Orleans!

On top of this wonderful news, today is also one of my favorite self-proclaimed days of the week: Whippet Wednesday. As you may know, my dear whippet children have been some of the greatest loves of my life, and I take much enjoyment in spending some time to look back on the joyous moments we’ve shared together.

Pictured is the late Jack Shaw, the first and elder of my sweet and sassy dogs, presiding over the younger Brother Lucca, Brother for short. Named after one of my absolute favorite places on earth, Lucca, Italy not only is home to breath-taking scenery showcasing gorgeous expanses of red-tiled roofs leading to lush and rolling mountains, but has routinely been the place where I have found some of my most prized antique treasures. A treasure in himself, the lively Brother Lucca has lived up to his name. Brother is a very busy pup and is always on the go, routinely accompanying me to my warehouse to provide some moral support for all of the girls at the office, or spending his time at school with his closest dog friends.

Though it may have only been in the upper 50’s when I stepped outside to face the day this morning, that’s considered downright chilly for a New Orleanian like me! I am still left wishing I could dive back under the covers with a warm dog to love on. Pictured taking some much needed rest an recovery in mine and my husband Robby’s guest bedroom, Brother Lucca and Jack Shaw look so cozy snuggled up with each other among my other great love – storied antique European furniture.

This room features pieces I am always on the lookout for on my treasure-hunting excursions, with varied histories and distinctive beauty to match. My design philosophy centers around the mixture of a vast assortment of styles of antiques, tied together with fresh and contemporary elements that give a space a current yet classic edge. Buying for my warehouse as if I were buying for myself has allowed me to put together a cheat-sheet of sorts to achieving this look for yourself! Below I’ve compiled a list of some similar pieces I currently have in my warehouse, each piece a layer in the fabric of timeless antique style:

 

18TH CENTURY EMPIRE STYLE ACAJOUR DAYBED

The use of mahogany, brass accents, and regal column details typify the distinctive Empire style, anchoring the room with an 18th century daybed.

 

 

18TH CENTURY EMPIRE CHANDELIER

Continuing in the Empire style, simple elegance makes a greater statement with a stunning 18th century chandelier.

EARLY 19TH CENTURY NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD CONSOLE

To the back of the room, I placed a gorgeous neoclassical console, similar to this gilded beauty in my warehouse featuring a gorgeous warm marbled top.

 

19TH CENTURY ITALIAN TRUMEAU WITH FAUN RELIEF

PAIR OF 17TH CENTURY SPANISH GILTWOOD PRICKETS

Outfitting the console is a tall detailed trumea paired with metallic patinaed candlesticks. I currently have available a subtle Italian trumeau crowned with a faun relief, as well as a pair of Spanish alter prickets. Alter prickets are distinctive in their gilding, as churches only paid to have the front of candlesticks painted, leaving the unseen back exposed only to the alter bare.

 

18TH CENTURY ITALIAN OIL CHERUB PAINTING

Though any kind of art brings interest to a space, I find that antique paintings possess a certain richness that make them an indispensable element in curating a space filled with classic European style.

19TH CENTURY FRENCH LOUIS XVI CHAISE

Stylish seating is a necessary element in any space, offering not only beauty but comfort. This 19th century toile chaise provides a space to lounge filled with historic elegance.

SWEDISH ROCOCO MARTINI TABLE

A part of my Maison custom line, the Swedish Rococo martini table provides a more contemporary element, though is still seeped in the influence of the late 18th century style. Bringing a contemporary approach to this playful Swedish look creates a piece that is classic and timeless.

ZEBRA HIDE BENCH WITH GILDED LEGS 

Contemporary lines met with classic elegance, my Maison zebra hide bench serves to round out this strongly curated space. Adding a more natural element room really softens the look while retaining the refinement of traditional furniture style through the piece’s carved and gilded legs.

With this chill in the air, I am wishing everyone some warmth and inspiration to curate their own fall looks, creating cozy spaces in which to spend time with their own family, pet children and friends. Don’t forget, our launch sale is still in full effect, so take advantage of our prices to outfit your home in history today!

-Tara

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11 Oct

WELCOME TO THE NEW TARA SHAW!

WELCOME TO THE NEW TARA SHAW

A shift in the seasons comes with an inkling for change, and have we got a change for you!

Here at Tara Shaw, we’ve been working night and day to bring you the re-envisioned TaraShaw.com, complete with new and exciting features to improve your browsing, shopping and design experience! I am just beside myself to introduce you to our gorgeous new site, and want to walk you through some of our newest features.

First and foremost, we’ve completely revamped the Tara Shaw shopping experience! Shop directly through our secure webstore to view and purchase our in-stock inventory! Want to order custom? Through our Maison product pages, you can fill out and specify exactly what you want through our submittable form.

Have a question on any of our antiques? Fill out an enquiry and our staff will directly respond to your questions or requests!

Love a product but you’re not quite ready to buy? Just click on the star or add to wishlist button to save your favorites for later.

All of our antique inventory is on clearance for our clear the floor launch sale! Make a change in your very own home today with slashed prices across the board for all of your furnishing and accessory needs.

Beautiful design at the click of a button… Doesn’t that sound like a dream? I’ve always thought that bespoke design should be accessible to everyone, and here at Tara Shaw, I want to make that a reality! One of the biggest and most exciting changes is the launch of our Design by Distance program, our custom remote design consultation services, done completely online. Work with our design team through pictures, questionnaires and descriptions to to hone in on your style and create a space designed specifically for you. The process begins with you telling us about your vision for the space. What styles and pieces do you love? What is the size and budget of your space? Send us visuals and inspiration, the more the better, to help us achieve your look!

After we have an idea of what you’re looking for, the Tara Shaw team will provide you with a quote and get to work! With Design by Distance, you will receive a customized room plan and layout, complete with suggested purchases and color scheme recommendations. As an added perk, Design by Distance participants are offered special discounts on all Tara Shaw products!

Once you review your initial plan, you’ll be offered a complimentary round of revisions complete with a video chat with our team to ensure that the plan is complete to your satisfaction. Then, you’ll have everything you need to build your space! Share your completed room with us using the hashtag #tsdesignbydistance to show us the final result and for a chance to get featured on our Instagram page! With our newest program, beautiful design is more accessible than ever and we are just so excited to get to work for you.

Designer or retailer? We’d love to connect! Our new site allows you to apply to our Trade Program, letting us connect professionally and keep in touch. Click on through to start shopping and experience all the new features our site has in store.

– Tara

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17 Aug

RAVISHING ROCOCO – TAKING DESIGN CUES FROM THIS CLASSIC 18TH CENTURY STYLE!

RAVISHING ROCOCO - TAKING DESIGN CUES FROM THIS CLASSIC 18TH CENTURY STYLE!

When it comes to the Rococo style of decorating, one phrase jumps to the front of the mind: over the top!

How could you not just fall in love with the extravagant beauty that makes up this historic movement? The light colors, curved organic details… I am simply smitten!

The amazing Hotel Aman Venice

This spirited style is known for its lavish and playful elegance, and comes complete with a rich history to match! The image above is of the Aman Hotel in Venice, and is the quintessential example of the Rococo sensibility. A sub-style of Baroque decor, Rococo stayed in line with the heavy grandeur of its parent movement but sought to make the style more playful by introducing lighter colors and more flowery motifs. Though this is far from what we would consider to be “restrained” today, decorators believed they were dialing back on the heavy ostentatiousness of the Baroque style of decor!

The Rococo style developed in the late 1700’s during the reign of Louis XV. Life during this period can best be described by what paintings of the time depicted… aristocrats at play. The reign of Louis XIV marked a very prosperous time for France, and at the time of his death he had left the country as an international superpower. This marked a time of great wealth for France, and with the new king came a revived interest in arts and culture. Not as focused on military victory as his predecessor, Louis XV was more well known for his taste in the lighter things in life and had a reputation for his penchant for partying. And from this, the exuberant Rococo was born!

Rococo style furniture is known for the organic “S” and “C” shaped carvings that undulate and curve throughout the piece. Gilding was common and slight asymmetry was the rule! Mirrors were popular in spaces as they reflected the light and airiness this movement looked to emulate. These design principles can be seen in this gorgeous mirror that I have in my very own bedroom, where the naturalistic carvings seem to bend in asymmetric ways and the mirror itself takes on a more playful form. I love the way these pieces can be mixed with other decor, adding a whimsical and exaggerated element to what otherwise may seem like a more serious and structured space.

As I mentioned earlier, France had become somewhat of an international superpower, which led the French people to become cultural influencers! Their fashion and style were imitated across Europe, from Italy, to Germany, to Spain… Eventually the Rococo movement made its way to Sweden. Swedish Rococo style is one of my absolute favorite incarnations of this decorative period, and I am in love with the way it pairs the playful lines of Rococo with the lightness and simplicity of gustavian painted furniture. This beautiful drop-leaf table we have in our warehouse is an excellent example of the sophisticated elegance of the Swedish Rococo style.

All this talk about Rococo furniture has me so excited for the reveal of my latest container, bringing some absolutely gorgeous Swedish, French, Italian and more pieces right back to my warehouse! Be sure not to miss this exclusive event offering two days only of wholesale pricing on August 25th and 26th from 9am-5pm! Hope to see you there!

– Tara

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08 Aug

CRAZY FOR CLASSICS – DESIGNING WITH NEOCLASSICAL ANTIQUES

CRAZY FOR CLASSICS - DESIGNING WITH NEOCLASSICAL ANTIQUES

Nothing is better than waking up to a home filled with what you love, and for me that is furniture of the neoclassical style!

Born from the ideas and philosophy of the Enlightenment, furniture makers began to revisit classic Greek and Roman principles in the creation of their designs. I love incorporating these neoclassical principles into my designs, layering their timeless beauty with modern influences to create a truly majestic space! Vastly different than the flowery and romantic Rococo Style, the revival of more simple an dignified pieces became popular as a rejection of the previous extravagant movement.

Empire Style, Directoire Style, and Louis XVI style design all emerge from neoclassical notions, and produced what I consider to be some of the most stunning furniture around! Emblems of ancient Roman, Greek and even Egyptian culture were typical of the Empire Style , taking very literal and illustrative cues from these great empires of the past. Predating the Empire style, Directoire imitated Roman ideals in a more abstract and philosophical sense, where simplistic virtue manifested itself into clean lines and a more restrained use of ornamentation.

The variety of influences that shape Neoclassical pieces make them perfect for mixing and layering within a space. As a purveyor of gorgeous antiques, one of my favorite things to do is styling these fabulous finds within my home. I can’t get enough of creating new combinations of these old-world treasures with luxe textiles and contemporary elements to bring new life to these incredible classics.  This walnut directoire dining table pairs brilliantly with the tone-on-tone decor of my dining room, providing an elegant simplicity that mixes with the opulent crystal chandelier and classic accessories.

Layering this style with other classic pieces and light decor is my favorite way to make a statement with neoclassical antiques. Gilding is emblematic of the neoclassical style, adding a rich element to any design. More is more when it comes to classic details when putting together a traditional space. This directoire style daybed features gorgeous gilded urn carvings along the headboard and footboard, a classical motif which will really stand out when combined with other gilt accents in a space.

Though typically more simple than the Rococo movement, the neoclassical style did not shy away from ornamentation! It often celebrated the decorative accents of classic furniture, but turned away from the playful and bombastic to a look that was a bit more refined. The Neoclassical console pictured below is fully decked out with gilding and intricate carvings, but the acanthus leaf motif, stop-flute legs and majestic straight lines make it more noble than the flowery furniture that came before it.

Teeming with ancient Greek influence, the simple campaign chairs pictured above were created by Otto Parzinger for Maison Jansen, the first true international design firm. Campaign chairs get their classification from the fact that they were, quite simply, used during campaigns. Their simple and foldable designs made them easy to carry on during the march, and have been in use since the times of Julius Caesar.  The bronze finials and noble pawed feet also emphasize the neoclassical style, stunningly regal in spite of their modest design!

Classic design is just that for a reason: it’s timeless! In art, architecture and design we are always looking towards the past to find influence for the future. What better source than history to show us what will withstand the test of time to create a design that truly never goes out of style? I kept these thoughts in mind as I set out on my last buying trip through Europe, hand-curating an incredible collection of timeless treasures to bring back to my warehouse in the states. Join me at 1526 Religious Street on August 25th an 26th to shop for classic pieces at wholesale prices, and fall in love with the everlasting style these gorgeous pieces provide! I am just so elated to be bringing back all this ageless beauty to share, and am even more excited to be offering these exclusive prices to the public! Looking forward to seeing you all at the opening!

-Tara

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01 Aug

GRANDIOSE GARDENS – BRINGING ANTIQUES OUTDOORS

These gorgeous summer days we’ve been having here in New Orleans have me finding myself enjoying some time outside in my garden! There’s nothing quite like lounging around on a warm weekend day, curled up in the shade by the poolside with a good book. All this time spent outside has me thinking about the importance of outdoor decor, and maybe it’s the southern heat talking but I’m ready to share my secrets!

GRANDIOSE GARDENS - BRINGING ANTIQUES OUTDOORS

These gorgeous summer days we’ve been having here in New Orleans have me finding myself enjoying some time outside in my garden!

There’s nothing quite like lounging around on a warm weekend day, curled up in the shade by the poolside with a good book. All this time spent outside has me thinking about the importance of outdoor decor, and maybe it’s the southern heat talking but I’m ready to share my secrets!

When one thinks about decorating with antiques, the immediate thought goes to furniture inside the home. In thinking this, we are forgetting about one of my very favorite characteristics of antiques: their versatility! The weathered and classic look of these relics of the past provide a timeless elegance to any garden, porch or patio space.

My absolute favorite garden accessory would have to be my signature Greek olive jars. Also known as oil jars, these large vessels date back hundreds of years. Jars hailing from Greece — also known as pithari — mainly were used to store a family’s olive oil. Earlier in Minoan culture, these monumental containers housed grains, wine, and other liquids. It has also been said that these jars held water, which when evaporated cooled down a home. They may have been precursors to modern air-conditioning, an innovation I am often grateful for in this Louisiana heat!

Smaller jars found use storing tasty snacks such as olives, pickles and cheese, but larger jars functioned as shipping containers to transport goods around the Mediterranean region. Coincidentally, I hand picked a 40 foot container filled with one of a kind finds and we are fortunate to have over 20 olive jars with old patina at wholesale pricing for our 2 day event, August 25 and 26th at our warehouse! Par for the course with any uncommon artifact, these jars are becoming harder and harder to find. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to infuse your garden with the distinctive character these jars provide.

In an outdoor space, I would recommend grouping jars of varied sizes to accent potted plants or as standalone adornments in a garden. Another creative use for these unique jars would be turning them into a fountain, creating a trickling water feature that would bring tranquil ambiance to any outdoor space. These olive jars also make for handsome planters. Fill them with small citrus trees, herbs or colorful flowers in place of your average terra cotta pots to fill your garden with history! Whether or not you put plants within these jars, it is important to drill holes in the bottom for drainage. If you don’t, the water that collects in the bottom will turn into a breeding ground for mosquitos, the natural antagonist of the southern summer!

Each jar has its own unique personality and is a work of art. It is truly a one-of-a-kind item that sets the stage in a room or garden. These ancient jars are something to add to your collection of treasures and live with forever. Every jar features its own stunningly distinctive patina, with storied layers of paint that appear cracked or uneven. Each chip, crack, and mottled mark is a glimpse into the life of these centuries-old vessels, a line in the tale of their colorful and productive history.

Due to their functionality and characteristic beauty, containers are a common theme in outdoor decor. Other antiques that I use to adorn my own personal patio include traditional garden urns and French jardinieres, both featuring chic details that elevate the space. In antiquity, urns are symbolic of noble simplicity, beauty, and reason — the garden urn is no exception!  A ubiquitous motif for the decorative arts, a garden urn is an effortless way to bring class and elegance to your garden.

Renowned 19th century horticulturist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll said of the jardiniere:

“There are some English words which have no equivalent in French, but then there are a great many more French words for which we have no English. One of these is jardinière. Even in French it does not quite rightly express its meaning, because the obvious meaning of jardinière is female gardener, whereas what we understand by it is a receptacle for holding pot-plants”

We simply do not have a word to describe the feminine and graceful beauty of these French vessels! I like to keep treasures such as these available in my warehouse, check out some of the pieces we have in stock below:

My last suggestion I’ll give you today for a grandiose garden would be to add sculpture! Including art in any space is an ingenious way to create a cultured design in a cinch. Antique statues are steeped in symbology and history, and add an illustrious richness to an outdoor space. Use them as eye-catching focal pieces and let their personality fill the space, or tuck them between plants for a whimsical secret garden vibe. They can also be used to flank a set of doors and create a magnificent entryway!

One of the most intriguing pieces we have in our warehouse is an 18th century French reproduction of a classic Greek sculpture. A modification of the Apollo Sauroktonos by Praxiteles of Athens (mid-4th century BCE), this plaster statue has been altered to indicate a young Dionysus through the symbolic depiction of a draped panther skin, ivy in his hair, and grapes adorning the tree trunk. Arriving soon in our highly-anticipated container is a pair of stunning lion sculptures, a sneak peek of which can be seen alongside Dionysus below!

When it comes to designing with the classic elegance of old world antiques, be sure not to limit yourself to inside the home! The right pieces will bring a timeless charm to your outdoor living space, creating an exquisite environment teeming with one of a kind treasures. Feeling inspired to add to your garden collection? Come fall in love with new and exclusive outdoor adornments at our upcoming container reveal, August 25th and 26th at 1526 Religious Street! With dozens of new garden accents coming into stock, we have something for every patio, yard or terrace! Stock up during our limited two-day event, offering wholesale pricing on all antiques. I am just delighted to be bringing back this stunning myriad of outdoor accessories, and simply cannot wait to share them with you!

– Tara

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28 Jul

THE USEFUL AND UNIQUE – BENEFITS OF DESIGNING WITH CASE PIECES

THE USEFUL AND UNIQUE - BENEFITS OF DESIGNING WITH CASE PIECES

A good case piece is an essential element in any design! Little thought of but incredibly necessary, here is a bit of my knowledge on the history of these pieces and ways to use them in the home.

A particular attribute of case goods that sets them apart in any design is their distinctive marriage of beauty and function, resulting in a practicality that calls for their presence in nearly every space. A general term, the phrase “case goods” covers many different types of furniture, namely pieces not related to seating that utilize some sort of storage component. Unique in their form, function, and stylistic features throughout the eras, the case pieces in our warehouse vary to suit any space’s need or design!

One of my favorite types of case pieces are the forever-loved biblioteques, offering storage, display features, and architectural interest to the spaces they inhabit. Many of the things that I keep in my biblioteques are precious memories to me: books I love, mementos from my travels, objects d’ art. I have created reproductions of these fabulous pieces time and again.

The tremendous size of many case goods add to the aspects that make these pieces unique. Other large case pieces focused on functional storage include armoires, corner cabinets, cupboards and linen presses. Linen-presses were named for their original function, as they were traditionally made to house sheets, napkins, clothing or other textiles. Early linen-presses from the 17th century were relatively plain, but models from the 18th and 19th centuries became more intricate, featuring inlays and veneers that instilled these monumental pieces with great beauty. However, these pieces can be use just as functionally in any modern home, providing extra closet space, kitchen and dining storage, or even as a chic and fabulous way to hide a TV in a living area. The scale and beauty of large case goods allow them to be a stunning focal piece in any design!

Yet another case good that takes its name from language, “commode” is inspired by the French word for convenient. Commodes are certainly that! These pieces provide a decorative aspect that goes above and beyond your standard storage solutions. Dressers are technically identical to commodes in form, yet differ from the pieces in function as their primary purpose is for housing clothing. Regardless of the purpose chosen by the user, intricate dressers and commodes offer sensibility and style to any space in which they are needed. These versatile pieces of furniture vary in style across throughout the ages and will make a stunning addition to both traditional and contemporary styled homes.

We have some fabulous new case pieces coming in that will be available during our latest container reveal! Join us at our warehouse on August 25th and 26th at 1526 Religious Street, New Orleans, LA, to experience firsthand access to wholesale pricing on all European goods!

-Tara

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24 Jul

A VISUAL HISTORY BOOK – THE EMPIRE STYLE!

A VISUAL HISTORY BOOK - THE EMPIRE STYLE!

Filled with distinctive style and pizzaz, the Empire style is one of my favorite periods of furniture to use in my designs. Antiques are like visual history books, and the empire style is no exception!

This style tells the story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule in France, painting an picture through furniture of an idealized time of leadership and victory. These pieces were both dignified and monumental, utilizing symbols and evidence of Napoleon’s conquests to celebrate his rule.

Taking you on a journey through the Napoleonic Empire, these ornate pieces originate in the early 19th century and embody the grandeur of architecture from ancient Egypt and Rome. Napoleon wanted his rule to be associated with regimes he wanted to emulate, and as a result pieces were infused with these Greek and Roman styles. This bow front commode we have in our warehouse showcases architectural details that embody this principle, featuring ebonized corinthian columns and lion-pawed feet, both influences taken from Ancient Greece!

“Ebonizing” was a popular practice during this period, as darker woods and finishes were preferred in the making of this regal furniture. Though mahogany was the wood of choice, walnut and other woods were used to create a similar effect.

Geometry was important in Empire furniture design, featuring flat planes and sharp corners accented with gorgeous symmetrical details. Egyptian motifs were common in the empire style, emblematic of Napoleon’s Egyptian conquests. These types of embellishments can be found in our Italian Noir Empire Banquette, featuring Egyptian style busts and gilded acanthus leaves, symbolizing the “enduring life” Napoleon wanted for his empire!

To experience these pieces is to experience a little bit of history. One of the things I love most about antiques is how they allow you to reach out and touch these stories of the past. Each piece in our warehouse is an exciting window into a unique tale of history. That being said, I am thrilled to be bringing back a container full of new stories with our latest shipment of European antiques! Don’t forget to join me on August 25th and 26th at 1526 Religious Street to gain access wholesale pricing on all current and incoming antiques.

– Tara

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30 Jun

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH TARA SHAW

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH TARA SHAW

After searching all across Europe for antiques to bring back to the states, I am excited to to share this sneak peek of all the exquisite finds my trip had to offer.

I’d like to extend an invitation to all to join me on August 25th and 26th for an exclusive two-day container reveal and experience firsthand access to wholesale pricing on one of a kind European treasures!

Throughout my journey, I scoured the markets and found dazzling pieces of all varieties – from gilded Italian crystal chandeliers down to my signature Greek olive jars, the items I have collected originate not only from all across Europe but from across the centuries.  With the shops and markets overflowing with a bounty of incredible items, I found no shortage of stunning mirrors to bring back to my warehouse. Here we have a sneak peek at some of my favorites, featuring beautiful gilding, carving, and hand-painted finishes. This variety of mirrors is teeming with authentic old-world charm that can only be found in these prizes of the past.

I was particularly excited to bring back some of my Swedish finds, like this amazing Gustavian Commode pictured below. I love the light, comfort and warmth that these Swedish antiques bring to any home.

One of the highlights of my trip was acquiring dozens of my favorite olive jars, brilliant antique white containers from Greece that provide a stunning architectural focal point in both the home and garden. I was lucky to come back with over twenty of these classic pots in my container!

No antique-hunting journey would be complete without some fabulous lighting finds. I couldn’t keep my hands off of this gorgeous pair of gilded six-light chandeliers, and collected a myriad of lighting options adorned in classic bronze, elegant gilding and sparkling crystal to suit any taste.

These gilt jardinières caught my eye as I felt they fully embodied the “old-world chic” mantra on which I based my tour. The elegant metalwork and delicate leaves truly set these pieces apart an will add interest to any modern, eclectic or traditionally styled space.

This sneak peak just begins to scratch the surface of the beauty this container holds, and I am just thrilled to bring these treasures back to the states to share. Come experience the grand reveal of exquisite antiques at wholesale prices, including but not limited to beds, seating, tables, commodes, and a variety of accents for home and garden. Join me for this exciting event for two days only at 1526 Religious Street!

– Tara Shaw

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01 May

DESIGN ADAC 2017 – 30 YEARS OF DESIGN

30 years of design and a whole lot of personality! I was amazingly blessed to be asked to speak on the Veranda Panel for Design ADAC 2017! With Veranda heavy weights around every corner, Editor and Chief Clinton Smith, Co-Founder of Veranda Lisa Newsom and my dear friend Veranda’s Interiors Editor Carolyn Engelfeld, I couldn’t help but be star struck! But of course the highlight of my journey was speaking on Veranda’s panel with Editor and Chief Clinton Smith and design experts John Robshaw and Darryl Carter on 30 years of design, perfectly suited for Veranda’s 30th anniversary.

DESIGN ADAC 2017 – 30 YEARS OF DESIGN

30 years of design and a whole lot of personality!

I was amazingly blessed to be asked to speak on the Veranda Panel for Design ADAC 2017! With Veranda heavy weights around every corner, Editor and Chief Clinton Smith, Co-Founder of Veranda Lisa Newsom and my dear friend Veranda’s Interiors Editor Carolyn Engelfeld, I couldn’t help but be star struck! But of course the highlight of my journey was speaking on Veranda’s panel with Editor and Chief Clinton Smith and design experts John Robshaw and Darryl Carter on 30 years of design, perfectly suited for Veranda’s 30th anniversary.

Design ADAC Atlanta Clinton Smith, John Robshaw, Tara Shaw, and Darryl Carter

Kicking off the week we celebrated Veranda’s 30th Anniversary  with an intimate party hosted by the beautiful Danielle Rollins. It was a night to remember, the chic decor was only matched by the elegant guests of the evening.

Danielle Rollin’s home, Atlanta, GA. Veranda’s 30th Anniversary party 2017.

Left to Right: Tara Shaw, Danielle Rollins and Co-Founder Veranda Lisa Newsom

I was truly grateful to be given the opportunity to speak on my experience of how design has changed in 30 years. What’s more, I was able to speak on the topic with some very talented individuals! (Editor and Chief Clinton Smith, design experts John Robshaw and Darryl Carter). I love how each of us has a unique vision on design but our experiences have strikingly similar themes. From client stories to the changing tides in the industry, we were able to connect as a panel!

30 Years of Design, ADAC Veranda Panel, Clinton Smith, John Robshaw, Tara Shaw and Darryl Carter.

I felt undeniable chemistry with Darryl Carter! I have followed his career for many years and am always in awe over his amazing designs. I was delighted that we were finishing each-others sentences.

Tara Shaw & Darryl Carter

Part of the discussion was speaking on my personal journey in the industry. Of course Istarted my antique importing business by spending 3-5 weeks in France, Italy, Sweden and Belgium looking for one of a kind finds every few months. I’d shipped containers to my warehouse at the Port of New Orleans and sell exclusively to the trade. 

In 1999, contributing editors from Veranda came to see me at my warehouse and they asked to also see my home. We were able to form a relationship from this experience. Veranda and I made our first debut together for May/June cover in 2000.

Veranda Cover May/June 2000

How my business has evolved from the beginning, after my first cover with Veranda, I was approached by Harry Connick Jr. and his wife Jill Goodacre to work on their CT home. They had seen my Veranda article and called to meet with me while they were in New Orleans. They convinced me to expand my business and start taking on other design projects. 

Harry Connick Jr. and wife Jill Goodacre in their home in CT.

The biblioteque pictured is one of my reproduction pieces from my Maison line that launched in 2007. We were considering the 19th Century original for their living room, but I had been entertaining the thought for a reproduction line for quite some time. I kept the original in order to produce the highest quality.

My inspiration for my antique reproduction line: Tara Shaw MAISON.

My MAISON line changed my entire business. I became an antiques dealer, designer and furniture designer! The whirlwind I have experienced from the beginning of my career to now still surprises me, and Veranda has been there with me throughout my journey.

This is my second cover with Veranda for May/June 2005, it features Emeril and Alden Lagasse’s home. This was my second home I designed for them.

Veranda Cover May/June 2005

Again, I was fortunate enough to make the cover of Veranda in 2015 with my personal home, which was photographed by Max Kim-Bee. 

Tara Shaw home for Veranda September/October 2015

This cover is particularly special to me because it features several of my Maison pieces: the Swedish dining table , the smiling chairs, the neoclassical plaster mirror,  and Swedish lion bergere. 

The table top was shot and featured in Clinton Smith’s latest book – Veranda Entertaining. 

Interior Cover of Veranda Entertaining by Clinton Smith

Being able to share my story with everyone at ADAC was a true gift. I hope to return next year with new stories and of course new design!

Here are some of my favorite moments from last week!

The iconic Lisa Newsom.

Tara Shaw and Veranda Co-Founder Lisa Newsom

The always stunning Carolyn Engelfeld.

Tara Shaw & Carolyn Engelfeld, Veranda Interiors Editor

David Netto. He was kind enough to write a beautiful inscription for me!

Tara Shaw and David Netto contributor on the new Francois Catroux Book forward by Diane Von Furstenberg

The new Francois Catroux Book forward by Diane Von Furstenberg text by David Netto

And of course the fabulous panel.

Left to Right: John Robshaw, Tara Shaw, Darryl Carter and Clinton Smith

Thank you all for reading and stay tuned for more adventures!

-Tara Shaw

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