I’m not the only one excited about Tara Shaw, designer and importer of antiques, and her eponymous furniture line, Tara Shaw Maison. (www.tarashaw.com). On a recent trip to High Point, NC, not only did I get to meet Tara, I also had the opportunity to inspect what I have heard so much about- her amazing reproductions of original 18th and 19th century French, Swedish, and Italian antique furniture. The verdict- unbelievable even to this trained eye. And the prices- don’t even get me started. For example, an antique French 19th century bench, which would go for $6,000 dollars, reproduced to a T for $800 dollars. I am serious!
Her serendipitous story goes like this: Tara started out in the fashion business, just like so many of us interior designers and decorators; our love of fashion is not exclusive to the home. In 1999, she took her life savings and headed to Europe and filled a container of authentic European antiques. Upon returning to New Orleans, she notified everyone she knew in the interior design business and sold everything in a day. So began the start of her five year thriving European antiques business in New Orleans.
In 2005,Tara was again filling containers in Italy to be shipped back to New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. At the very last minute, not only did the shipment get derailed, but the company found space to relocate to Houston, where amazingly, in perfect timing, Houstonians greeted her with open arms and deep pockets. Tara had meant the Houston shop to be temporary, while her store in New Orleans was being renovated from Katrina damage.
True to the adage that everything happens for a reason, Tara founded a successful business in Houston. Currently Tara Shaw Antiques and Tara Shaw Maison are both available in New Orleans and Houston; however, it is only available to the trade.
Jacki Mallick Designs LLC is now partnering here in Palm Beach with Tara Shaw. Contact us here.
For the past ten years, I have passionately purchased, what I consider, statement costume jewelry. Much like my interior design work, I am attracted to Hollywood Glamour and the Art Deco Era, and anything indigenous to the Floridian lifestyle. Unintentionally, but almost by accident, I have accumulated many pieces from Kenneth Jay Lane. Like him, I LOVE designs that are timeless and last forever. I apply this concept to all of my interior design projects, but I am always up for freshening a look, whether it be fashion or interiors, with updated pieces and colors.
This past weekend I finally got over to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach to see the exhibit Fabulous Fakes, The Jewelry of Kenneth Jay Lane. The exhibit started on February 3rd and ends May 1st. Nothing like the last minute. This was my first visit to the museum-shame on me. Again I seem to have a problem with stopping to smell the roses or missing things in my own back yard. I immediately became a member of the Norton Museum right there on the spot not to miss out on upcoming events and exhibits.
Kenneth Jay Lane, now eighty-one, originally started out designing shoes after studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. He soon moved on to designing couture costume jewelry. In the 1960’s, he became the favorite designer to the social elite, including many Hollywood stars. During this time he was focused on reproducing many gorgeous statement strands of pearls with elaborate fasteners for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, as well as, Nancy Reagan and Jackie Kennedy. Barbara Bush famously wore a pearl necklace creation by Kenneth to her husband’s Inaugural Ball. Kenneth is extremely famous for his spitting-image imitations of couture jewelers such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Vedura.
When I look at a certain collection be it Indian, Egyptian, French Art Deco inspired from Kenneth, I could do an entire room from the colors, textures and shapes. These are the inspirations in everyday life that we look to in creating current and timeless interiors.
TIPS OF CARING FOR COSTUME JEWLERY
– Keep them clean with cotton buds or a soft toothbrush with a little distilled water; however, make sure you dry well as they do not like moisture.
– Avoid lotions and potions
– Avoid direct sunlight
– Avoid keeping them in the same storage container as they get tangled, scratched and stones can disappear
Avoid hairspray and perfume
Most of all, when you purchase faux jewelry, make sure you adore it, that it has a great weight, that the colors are realistic and the stones are great quality. You may now or one day have quite a collection on your hands that can be passed down and be very valuable. This is also true when you collect things in your home, be it a book collection, some kind of glass or ceramic collection, even lunchboxes. Make it fun!
Pieces From My Own Collection
Pictures from the Exhibit at Norton Museum
Pictures from the Exhibit at Norton Museum
Pictures from the Exhibit at Norton Museum
With today’s design dictating light, airy surroundings, while bringing the outdoors in, the use of mirrors is almost a decorating necessity. Positioning a large wall mirror or a floor mirror leaning on a wall opposite a window, enhances the streaming light and reflects it throughout the space. In addition, the view from the window can also be enjoyed from various points in the room.
Mirrors have a long history of use both as household and decorative objects. From the late 17th century, mirrors and their frames played an increasingly important part in the décor of the room. Craftsmen such as Grindling Gibbons (1648-1721) often produced elaborately carved mirror frames to match a complete decorative ensemble.
Jacki Mallick Designs partners with an array of mirror companies. While on my trip to High Point, Uttermost and Friedman Brothers are two companies that stood out. In the prefabricated mirror category, Uttermost mirrors are decorative and very affordable. A find is Friedman Brothers making prefabricated pieces, but also making wonderful custom pieces. The company is based here in Miami, which eliminates shipping costs, as they deliver or our design firm can pick up for our clients. What a great find!!!
A highlight of my trip to High Point Market was meeting Bernard Singer, president and owner of Friedman Brothers. While spending time “talking mirrors,” Mr. Singer showed me their line of sconces, brackets, console tables, window treatments, and coffee tables. Friedman Brothers does custom design, finishes, sizes, and mirror options. A lot of their pieces are historical reproduction. Their quality and authenticity are outstanding.
Below is an example of their work which is shown in silver leaf. I captured Mr. Singer in the mirror—-how apropos!
Available as shown in silver leaf or gold leaf in any size.
One of the exhibitors that I am especially drawn to is OLY. Located in a brick building apart from the hustle and bustle of the larger, endless buildings, the OLY permanent showroom space is highlighted by amazingly large windows which serve to direct sunlight everywhere. The wonderful light really showcases the light and airy feeling of the line. I find it absolutely perfect for my Florida projects because OLY is glamorous yet captures that “beachy” feeling. OLY’s line consists of dining and occasional chairs and tables, beds and case goods, mirrors and sconces, chandeliers and ceramics, silk pillows and quilts, plus a large selection of home decor objects, as well as some lovely whimsical juvenile pieces.
OLY, headquartered in Berkley, Ca. opened in 1999. Designers Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger, want to provide good design, with clean lines and antique motifs, at affordable prices.
Jacki Mallick Designs now partners with OLY. We are able to provide you information on pricing, fabrics, finishes, and delivery timing. OLY products are sold through Jacki Mallick Designs or through their flagship retail store in New York.
WEST PALM BEACH ARTISAN CHRISTA OF CHRISTA’S SOUTH SEASHELLS & GARDEN, has an amazing space located on famous antique row. You just have to see it to believe it. The shop is managed by Pam. Christa has been in business for 17 years and ships her products all over the world. In addition to her existing hand fabricated pieces she can do anything your heart desires in a custom piece, I mean anything. I stopped by last week and lucky for me Pam was able to give me some time as well as a VIP tour of the “workshop” photos above. This is an amazing little operation, behind the shop there is a gated secret garden with an organic vegetable area that leads to the workshop, on this day the workers were out at a job site, as you can see the shop has shelves full of shells its just like the the candy at Willy Wonka’s… To set up an appointment to view this amazing operation or design a custom piece please call us (561) 531-3100 or visit Christa’s website CSSeashell.com
Soho Bar Pull with Rock Crystal in Polished Nickel
Showroom located in the DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL. Visit the DCOTA with us and let us help you navigate this sprawling design center, most importantly take advantage of our “trade” relationships.
The Barbara Barry Collection – Upholstered Bed
You will see in my website photo gallery the use of this bed as well as other Barbara Barry pieces. I started using this bed 13 years ago in client’s homes and as you can see it is still relevant to the collection. Barbara Barry is one of my favorite things…the collection is inspired by French Neo-classic with a reference to 1930’s Hollywood and has modern sensibility standing the test of time.
Maya Romanoff Mother of Pearl Collection
“Refresh Your Room with Decorative Paint”
High Point Market 2011
JMD, LLC will be there finding new and amazing sources and bringing it home to you!
Designer Kelly Wearstler entertains friends with an accomplished eye on style
Antiques shows are where dealers unveil the A-list treasures that collectors have been waiting for, but they’re also major events on the social calendar.
Small Twig Chandelier
We are located in West Palm Beach, steps away from famous Antique Row on Dixie Highway. Let us escort you for a day and take advantage of our expertise in navigating the shops as well as our relationships with the owners of the shops.