18 August 2009

Tara Shaw Maison

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Last April I wrote about New Orleans and Houston antique dealer Tara Shaw who had just introduced her latest venture – a reproduction line aptly named MAISON.  Visiting Tara Shaw and seeing the newly arrived merchandise was surprising – the pieces were so gorgeous, such faithful reproductions, that I was slightly stunned.  A few items I actually mistook for an antique.  Tara spent years developing her line – getting the finishes perfect and it shows.   MAISON is  a mix of Italian, Swedish and French – her repro chandeliers are my personal favorites and the Swedish pieces are in class of their own.     MAISON is being sold through different retailers around the country  and I wish Tara all the success in the world.  She is such a nice person, so sweet, always greeting everyone with an easy smile and a friendly “hello” – never harried though her sales can be quite chaotic with people rushing to be first at the goods (read the April article to learn how I almost had an heart attack at my first Tara Shaw sale!)    The original offerings from MAISON were very well received and recently Tara debuted 18 new items from the line. You can see the entire line on the web site at www.tarashaw.com.   The antiques are to the trade only, but Tara is happy to pair up retail customers with a designer so that anyone can purchase directly from the web site.  If you don’t have a password – just register and one will be sent to your email.  

 

 

 

 

 

eimage A partial look at the MAISON line – there is something for everyone’s favorite style be it French, Italian or Swedish.

 

 

imageOf the original Swedish MAISON items – the barrel chairs are a personal favorite.  

 

 

imageThe original MAISON line has two sizes of the Italian chandelier – large and larger.    These pieces are so antique looking, you will swear they are!  I love everything in this picture – from the corner cabinet to the chairs to the traditional expanding Swedish table!!!

 

 

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This is the newest style of chandelier that Tara has – I love the curve of the arms.

 

 

 

image A standing Italian styled lamp – love this!  Are you SURE this isn’t an antique??????

 

 

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An Italian carved wood bench – this would be great in a living room or paired, in front of a bed.

 

 

 

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I am a sucker for sconces – these have a large antiqued mirror back.  A pair would be nice flanking a large armoire or bookcase.

 

 

imageHere is another pair of sconces, smaller, these would be nice in a dining room or bedroom. 

 

 

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Louis XVI Mirrored Side Table, small – there are three different sizes of this cute painted table.

 

 

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Wooden fragments – small, medium, and large.  These would be great on a tablescape or in a shelving unit.

 

 

image Louis XVI gilded mirror – I love this style of mirror, simple and elegant.  The antique version of this is quite expensive. 

 

 

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Venetian mirrors – nice to use as a pair, flanking a larger piece.    To see all the pieces in the MAISON line, visit www.tarashaw.com  - To the Trade only – if you aren’t trade, you just need to register to sign in. 

 

 

image Besides the MAISON line- Tara Shaw is of course famous for her fabulous antiques – at even more fabulous prices.   Here, an 18c Louis XIV Large Tuscan Canape – I love this and if I had a large dining room – I would use it there against a wall, or instead of chairs on one side of the table!

 

 

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This 18th century Grande Biblioteque would be so beautiful in a library or living room – love the chicken wire!!!

 

 

 

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19th century Swedish chest – the Swedish craze is still as strong as ever – wouldn’t this be great in a bedroom or an entry hall?

 

 

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I love trumeaus – especially those with carved reliefs  -  18th century trumeau with neoclassical relief.

 

 

 

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19th century blanc font jardineresbringing outside accessories inside is still in vogue.  This pair is just beautiful – especially without a plant!

 

 

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If I was building a kitchen, I would forgo upper cabinets and place this in the space!   19th century French vitrine.

 

 

Be sure to visit www.tarashaw.com – both the MAISON  and the Antiques area.   Remember, Tara will be happy to direct you to a designer to place an order from the web site!!!  

36 comments:

  1. Oh my,my, my! You sure can tell that she paid attention to detail! She has some beautiful reproductions. Thanks for sharing her with us, Joni!
    Karla & Karrie

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  2. I love the clean lines of the Louis XVI Side Table and Mirror. Need to go check out her site!

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  3. The Italian lighting fixture in the dining room photo is beautiful. What a great line.

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  4. Absolutely amazing! I love the chandelier (well, I love all of it, but I'm looking for chandeliers right now).

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  5. How do you find these beautiful finds?!

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  6. Gorgeous...love everything (favorite type of chandelier). Thanks for links. She's on 1stdibs also, isn't she...with her antiques?

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  7. Beautiful! Love the new chandelier with curvy arms and tassels and the little side table with the mirrored drawer is so charming. I'm also really intrigued by the finish on that 19th Cent Swedish chest toward the bottom of the post. It's a fantastic piece... so simple but really interesting.

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  8. I have been drooling over the Pine Boiserie w/4 Doors, Fireplace & Trumeau for weeks... Bam, and I’m done with a wall in my master bedroom!

    www.ArchitecturalAntiqueReview.com

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  9. I need the vitrine... sigh!!!

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  10. I need the vitrine... sigh!!!

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  11. I love the expanding Swedish table. I have been dreaming of it ever since I saw it on Willow Decor!

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  12. She DOES have great stuff, doesn't she? I too, love trumeaus and the one you have featured here is beautiful! (I want it). As far as the Michael Smith thing goes... even the best reporters have to take back their reports sometimes! What you do post about on a regular basis overshadows a little misstep. Shine on!

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  13. Oh Joni....I am droooooooling. So beautiful. I am going to sign up!

    Blessings Girl...

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  14. Tara's Maison pieces are, like Tara herself, gorgeous! And you are right, she is so gracious and wonderful!

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  15. There are some very yummy pieces there. I love her style...but I really came over to make sure you were ok...no heart palpatations or anything. I know how you feel about Tara...

    LOL...Best,
    Michelle

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  16. A gorgeous line from a gorgeous and talented designer!

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  17. um, that corner cabinet -- wow!

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  18. I remember going to her site when you posted it before. I'll have to go back and take another look. That Sweedish table is similar to what I think I'd like to have, but probably at more of a bargain!! I always love seeing her beautiful furniture and drooling all over my computer. laurie

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  19. Joni,
    This is a beautiful post! Thanks for all the images you share with us. The furniture and decorative items of Tara are all stunning!
    My personal favorite is the Tuscan canapé!

    Have a nice day,
    Greet

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  20. Congrats to Tara! I think I've seen her ads in magazines. I have whippets, so do not forget when I see one. Great advertising technique!

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  21. Okay, I'm just sayin'.... it's NOT fair for someone to be that beautiful, that nice and have that fabulous of an eye, and taste!!! Seriously, not fair!!;)

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  22. Oh, what absolutely beautiful furnishings she has created. Love them all, even though they are most likely way out of my price range. We can still drool though! :)

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  23. When I saw the mag. ads, I knew exactly who she was (thanks to you) and went to her website---absolutely amazing! Thanks for all of the wonderful "heads-up" information.

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  24. Love that 'Louis XIV Large Tuscan Canape'. That gorgeous curvy shape would also work great as a custom designed headboard! I was drawn to it immediately, it has a slightly ethnic/moroccan echo too actually.

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  25. I am ga-ga for this weathered French/Swedish gustavian look lately. ANd those Italian wood chandeliers - life altering. My favorite will always be the barrel chairs, as you named. I did not know what they were called. Wisteria has a wicked little reproduction barrel chair that I covet, but the lazy sods won't ship to Canada.

    Lovely post and I would be having a heart attack at her sales too.

    xo T.

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  26. Yes thank you for sharing Tara's website with us Joni. The images of her reproductions are stunning. I wish her much success & I think that will be an understatement. Love her dog..have to throw that in!

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  27. Absolutely stunning!! I can totally see Brooke from Velvet & Linen swooning over Tara's pieces ~ they're just her style!! Heck... I'm swooning!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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  28. Hi Joni,
    Another great post. Really enjoy seeing all the lovely furniture and chandeliers (sigh). I think my favourite things are the wooden chanderliers and the biblioteque with the chicken wire in the doors. All lovely. Was trying to just write a couple of lines, but it never happens, does it???

    Have a wonderful day

    Take Care

    Love Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  29. Julie is right! I met Tara at a party in NOLA this summer. She is a great as her Maison pieces!!

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  30. That Louis XVI Side Table and Mirror is fantastic!

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  31. Everything is so pretty! Great collection! ~Tracy

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  32. I can't imagine abt all such beautifull antiques.....I wonder how they have been carved out from the Ivory.......

    Debera


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  33. oh my gosh just so gorgeous!!!!!! i want everything, especially the chicken wire biblioteque!!!!

    beautiful!!!!!!
    xoox

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