28 October 2011

ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT: A TARA SHAW SALE

 

What?  Did I hear that correctly??   A sale at Tara Shaw Antiques?    YES!!!!  Tara Shaw in Houston is hosting a “Once in a Lifetime Event” – a sale!  Why Once in a Lifetime?   Because Tara Shaw NEVER has sales.  Never.  Until now, that is.  Emails went out to all their customers announcing the sale in Houston, starting Tuesday, November 1.  BUT BUT BUT – if you read this, you can go early, before the crowds.  For Cote de Texas readers, the sale starts this Saturday!!!   Why the sale?   The store in Houston will be moving to a new location – to be announced in the future.   So, I suppose this is a cleaning out, the less to move, the better.   The doors open Saurday at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.   AND, the store will be open on Monday.   I can’t wait to see what’s for sale and how much discount there is.   This is your chance, a once in a lifetime chance, to buy an important antique, at a discounted price.  Tara sent over a few pictures of things that are on sale:

 

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The front of the Houston shop.   I love those huge pots for a porch.  Beautiful!

 

 

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A view towards the back of the shop.  Those two mirrors on the left look interesting.   Hmmm.  I see a lot of things I like. 

 

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This bookcase is in the store and on sale.

 

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This is a great piece for an entry, a dining room, or a family room – with a mirror and beautiful lamps. 

 

 

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Beautiful!!!   This piece is also in the Houston shop.

 

 

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Tara Shaw’s star is on the rise.   From the owner of a small antique shop dealing to the trade only, Tara is now a major player in the furniture business.   Just recently, Tara Shaw opened showrooms in the Highpoint, New York and Atlanta markets to sell her line of exceptional reproduction furniture.  When she started her line, Maison, in 2008, she had 46 items.  Today, the line has grown to over 200 items and all wonderful, if you ask my opinion.   Also exciting, Tara was the only non-Californian designer asked to design a room for the Veranda Showcase House designed by Windsor Smith.  The focal point of the bedroom was the iron canopy bed from the Maison line.  The side tables also came from Maison while the rest of the room was furnished with antiques from Tara Shaw.

 

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Tara Shaw – Interior Design Project

A few years ago I first wrote about Tara Shaw’s arrival in Houston when she forced by Katrina to open a shop here because her New Orleans store was unable to accept a shipment.  It was monumental – the first to-the-trade antique shop Houston had seen in ages.  The prices were truly wholesale and very affordable.  At her first shipment, I almost gave myself a heart attack.  Seriously.  I ended up at the cardiologist after I thought I had heart pains brought on by all the gorgeous antiques.   To read that story, go HERE.   While, there was nothing wrong with my heart, it was perfectly understandable why I was hyperventilating.   I had never been exposed to so much for so little.  Whew!   Over the years, the policy changed, and Tara Shaw is now open to the public.   I am thinking this sale will be reminiscent of those earlier to-the-trade only days!  Through the years, at Tara Shaw, I have bought both for clients and myself.  I love to see what’s she has in stock. I’m always perusing their 1st Dibs listing HERE and their web site to see what’s in store in either Houston or New Orleans.  

 

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In my own living room, my antique French chandelier came from Tara Shaw.  I had waited for years to buy one, and finally found exactly what I wanted at Tara’s.

 

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My antique French Buffet a deux came from Tara’s also.  I had saved up money from my business and bought it all by myself. I was so proud!  ha!!  Inside, my collection of Masonware is on vacation for a while.  Instead,  I have a collection of shells and cream covered books, from Tara Shaw, of course!!!

 

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A few weeks ago, I went to Tara’s and bought a small collection of creamware plates – that I put on top of the table.  The antique altar sticks are also from Tara, as are the reproduction sconces that flank the French door.  There are very similar sconces in the Tara Shaw Maison line.

 

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This pair of antique sconces also came from Tara – I would love to have a pair of tabletop lights just like these. 

 

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These four chairs came from Tara Shaw – I bought these at her grand opening when I gave myself a fake heart attack.   Today, these chairs are on vacation in the Ga’Rage – while the kooboo chairs take their place.  For the photoshoot that will be in the Kitchen Renovation magazine, Bonnie Broten styled the breakfast room showing both these chairs and the kooboo chairs together.  It looked really cute, I wish I had enough room to have them both like that all the time!

 

 

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In Elisabeth’s room, I bought this large mirror from the Tara Shaw Maison line – I love it.  It’s a great reproduction and looks like an antique.

There are so many items in her Maison line that I love:

 

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The Swedish day bed is a favorite from the Maison line.   It’s perfect for a living room, a sitting room, even a bedroom.  Love it!

 

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This Swedish chest would be beautiful as an end table in a living room or next to a bed.  It really looks authentic.  Swedish antiques are so expensive – and most reproductions are cheaply made.  Maison really has beautiful pieces that are made so well and look so old.

 

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I am crazy over this new item in the Maison line.   An Italian cabinet – I’m thinking I might need this in my entry hall.  It’s so good looking.  I love the barely blue paint next to the gilt.

 

 

 

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Finally, another new item I am lusting after – these balustrade lamps with a parchment shade.  Beautiful.

 

 

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Don’t forget – doors open Saturday, Oct. 29th,  at 10:00 at Tara Shaw, Houston, for a Once in a Lifetime sale!!!!   Open to the public.   Get there early and good luck – I hope you find something you can’t live without like I do every time I walk in that shop!!!  And remember, the store will also be open on Monday.

 

For more information:

Houston Warehouse

houston@tarashaw.com

1845a W. Alabama

Houston, TX 77098

t. 713-533-9744

f. 713-533-9749

 

 

41 comments:

  1. I'll gas up my private jet and be there first thing, oh wait I don't have a private jet. SH*T SH*T and SH*T why can't I live in Texas?

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  2. Oh, sigh...if only I could join MaryBeth on her private jet.

    Joni, I met Tara at High Point. She is such a darling, and has the most amazing things. I am so thrilled to carry her line of reproduction pieces at FrenchGardenHouse.com. After seeing each and every one of them at High Point, I can only say SPECTACULAR!!

    I am sure you will have FUN there. xo Lidy

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  3. Wish I lived closer! :( Well, then I'd also have to wish for a different house, and a different husband, with a bigger wallet! LOL!
    xo,
    A

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  4. P.S., Loved these peeks into your house! That dining room is gorgeous!

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  5. Your house is breathtakingly beautiful...just beautiful... It's also interesting to see the paint color you picked (was it feathered gray?) looks quite different under different lighting in each room. Some looks creamier than gray. As for the Tara Shaw sale, I wish I lived in Texas! Just had to comment on your beuautiful house.

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  6. People you don't need to live closer you can shop on line and Tara will ship! I know I live in NH and I've purchased several of Tara's items and LOVE THEM! I received my sale notice and can't wait I have my eye on a few things!Whether it's antique or newly made Tara has the best trust me!

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  7. I am a big fan myself, looove her line of both the new procuct and the antiques. Saw them at a trade show last year and drooled over the entire booth, made mental checklist of things I would love for my home as we start to plan out the interior design. How exciting for Houston!!
    So funny about you needing to go to the doctor, thats something that so could happen to me, when you get so excited over something worth getting excited about!! I bet lots of us here in blogland know THAT feeling:) Happy shopping! (PS love your pieces in your own home).

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  8. I love Tara's Maison line, especially the Italianate monogrammed chair. Your house looks wonderful, and I love the choices you have made from her inventory. I wish I lived close enough to attend this sale. I hope you find some things you love, Joni.
    Best...Victoria

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  9. Wishing I was in Texas for the sale!

    BTW,love your kitchen table. What is the top made of? And please do share where to get it. Simply perfect in your home.

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  10. You are so lucky to live so close to Tara's shop!! Amazing!! What a beautiful piece sor sell!! I wish lived closer!!
    It seems as you have bought her most beautiful pieces yet!! Haha!
    Joni, I just love all the pieces you bought from here!! They are one by one gorgeous items!!
    Happy weekend!
    xx
    Greet

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  11. We moved to Oklahoma from Houston last year - although it is great to be back in our home state, I sure do miss places like Tara Shaw!

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  12. In picture number one upper right corner I spy those gorgeously, uber stunning grey, blue bookcase cabinets that I've seen in Veranda magazine and have dreamed of many times. Sigh.......

    What and event!

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  13. Hmmmm...now, I, too, am intrigued by your kitchen table top...just what IS that made of?? Looks lovely! franki

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  14. Joni, your home is looking so beautiful and having access to Tara Shaw certainly helps!Poncie

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  15. Houston has become the NO of Texas. Use to live in Houston, still have clients there so get to shop the wonderful shop in Houston. Go Tara! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  16. Joni, your home is simply to D.I.E. for. So happy you showed us a peek into your world. Can't wait to see the magazine feature. And, am delighted to know of Tara's fab shop. I'm sending this to all my girlfriends. And, I'm sending love to you...

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  17. Joni-- I've always loved the pictures of your home that you've shared with us. Can you share more about the magazine it will appear in? What is the name of the magazine and when will it be featured? I too, am interested in finding out more about your kitchen table. Is it a zinc-top table and did you have it custom-made? If so, who in Houston made it for you? I love in Houston too and would love to know!

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  18. Hi Joni!

    Thank you SO MUCH for letting us know about this fabulous sale!

    I just contacted Tara Shaw to inquire about a 19th century provincial chest I've been lusting after ever since I first saw it. I mentioned that I'd read about the sale on Cote de Texas and the lovely person I spoke to said, "Are you calling from British Columbia, Canada?" When I said, "Yes", she asked, "And you read Cote de Texas?" I said, "Yes, every single day, several times a day." She was absolutely amazed that you had such a widespread following. I told her that you had many Canadian admirers.

    Unfortunately, the chest is beyond my budget even at the sale price. But I'm incredibly impressed with their customer service and will most definitely buy from them in the future when I find something else I want.

    I wanted you to know that they hold you in very high esteem, as do I (and numerous other Canadians).

    Thanks again!

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  19. ugh! ugh! ugh! I just opened your email re Tara Shaw's sale at 4:45 Saturday and I have passed her store TWICE today. Will be there on Monday.

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  20. hi!!! thanks for all the compliments. i need them. seriously.

    ok - the breakfast table - i bought that at joyce horn - it has a steel top of some kind - metal. not sure what. not tin. its pretty thick. i really don't know what it's made of. not zinc.

    the paint color is pratt and lambert feathered gray - which is really like a khaki gray - very warm tones. i needed that to go with things in my house. the blue gray just wouldn't have gone with the yellow curtains - which i ended up changing anyway.

    thanks again!!!
    Joni

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  21. I just love her canopy bed. She had a wonderful presentation at High Point. her line of antique reproduction is merchandised to perfection.

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  22. I can't wait to see what you bought at the sale!

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  23. Wow! I would sell all but my children and dog to start over here! Gorgeous!
    The chandelier in your home is amazing, Joni!
    Have anice Sunday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  24. We get all Stendahl at Tara Shaw too! Darn, after 10 straight days of shopping High Point, we wish we were still shopping in Houston. Tara is always a stand out among the 10 million square feet of showrooms.
    Best,
    Liz

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  25. Looks like it will be a great success! I love how your home looks now Joni~very pretty!

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  26. Two words ~ 'If Only...'

    I hope you bring home something fabulous to add to your already beautiful collection. Monica

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  27. Joni, your house is splendid, thanks to Tara Shaw, yes, but mostly to your good taste. Waiting to see what you'll bring home this time.

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  28. Love the new all-white look in your living room. Simply divine!!! Well, I know you will do your best at the Tara Shaw sale. Buy something in all our honor. Have fun!

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  29. If I was in Dallas I would be blazing down the highway to get there. Instead I am still in school in Alabama. Sigh. Thanks for the pictures, so jealous I can't go!

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  30. Beautiful pictures :) Love your house :)

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  31. What fabulousness. Thanks for sharing this with us, Joni! I adore that iron bed.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  32. What a wonderful post and a beautiful house. As always. Have you ever noticed how so many of us are on the same wavelength? How when you have something on your mind, you seem to notice it everywhere? We just did a post on symmetry in Georgian style, and as I'm reading blogs this morning, it's the first thing I'm picking up on. Adore your blog!

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  33. Hey Joni, can you delete that previous comment? I'm so sorry! For some reason on my computer your site takes a while to load, so thought I was leaving my comment on today's post and it ended up on this one. Although while I'm here.... :) Tara Shaw is amazing isn't she? So are you. Thank you for the great post.

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  34. I just came across this while looking for new Blogs about Texas. Truly beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. The arrangement of those books is excellent!

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