Tara Shaw took a chance.
In 1993, with $14,000 and a plane trip to Europe, Tara invested in French and Italian antiques, which she brought back to New Orleans to sell. She staged all of her finds at the Port of New Orleans and within 15 minutes, every piece had been purchased by designers and antique dealers.
Tara is now a fixture in the interior design world and has graced numerous shelter magazines. In 2004, recognizing that one-of-a-kind European treasures were slowly disappearing, she created her own line of high quality reproductions and called the line Tara Shaw Maison. Many of the pieces, including the iron bed and iron bench are part of her Crescent City Collection – items made in New Orleans.
I felt transported while at her booth at the NYIGF. To be among so many beautiful pieces felt like being wrapped in the softest cashmere blanket. The color palette is smooth and calming. The pieces speak for themselves…so without further adieu, here is Tara Shaw Maison.
The Zhush says
Beautiful. Great story and really loving those silver serving pieces.
Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my mouth. I love that she took a chance and ended up a huge success. What a dream to travel back and forth to Europe looking for magnificent pieces! xo
Acquired Objects says
I love Tara Shaw's antiques and newly made items they truly echo a time past. I see B.Viz is featured too who makes wonderful pillows. I wish I could have gone to this show!
The Buzz Blog says
Reminiscent of our days in Belgium and France – Tara really has an eye for reproductions and her vignettes at the show were just beautiful! Happy weekend, Elizabeth!
The enchanted home says
I too am a fan of Tara Shaw and seeing her booth is always a highlight for me. Her "look" is so beautiful, European and old world without one bit of stuffiness or overt formality. Love the line…..have a wonderful weekend:)
A Flair for Vintage Decor says
Gorgeous…and what a wonderful and inspiring story! Take care, Caroline
Belle on Heels says
Such a neat story. So inspiring and GORGEOUS goods!
Indeed I do love her line. I was especially smitten with the monogrammed dining chair….would it not be amazing at a ladies desk? Loved walking the show with you!
My Notting Hill says
Love your description of being wrapped in a cashmere blanket. The coffee table with the curved metal legs is my favorite. Hope you house renovation is going well!
Taylor Greenwalt says
I love her line. What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing…
Amy Vermillion @ Martineau Vermillion Interior Design says
Hi Elizabeth…Love these pieces..especially the chairs. Thanks for the introduction!
Hope your weekend is great,
allumer * decor says
Her story is as inspiring as her beautiful new line.
I'm a HUGE fan . . . thanks for sharing!
have a great weekend!
Beth Dunn says
Love the book shelf! And all the pillows on the bed
Splendid Sass says
Well she may have taken a chance, but she knocked this one out of the ballpark! Wow, I am swooning over this line!
Thank you for including up in your trip.
Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita says
Great story and lovely pieces too. And who could not love Pretty Pink Tulips?
Sundresses and Smiles says
I love the rustic, yet regal feel of all these pieces!
Susie @ Maddie's Nest says
Yes, I have some of her consoles in my living room inspiration file. That bottom piece is so recognizably hers and I never tire of seeing it!
Diana @ Your Day Simplified says
I do love it as much as you do. It is luscious. I would love to see it in person. Beautiful post!
Is that large painting [art of her line?
I have followed Tara Shaw as well, and love what you wrote…thanks for the inspiration!
Stacy Curran says
I LOVE Tara Shaw! The main reason I'm at Layla Grayce every day 🙂 BEAUTIFUL post!!!
Blooming Rose Musings says
I also love Tara Shaw's pieces. Inspiring story and wonderful post.
Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp says
We sure do love Tara here in New Orleans! Nice to see her spreading her fab New Orleans style to the Yankees 🙂
Yes, huge amazing booth – love the story. There was a little table in particular that intrigued me – have to see if I have the photo!
Aww I love hearing success stories of women! And I love all things French so these are just amazing!
Christel @ Captivated by image says
What a beautiful collection!! I'm deeply in love with the chairs on the fifth image, those are so perfect and refined <3
pretty pink tulips says
Kris (and anyone else who is interested),
I checked with Tara Shaw and yes, that painting is part of their collection. I have the tear sheet on it, so please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like for me to send it to you.