SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing With Antiques

If you aspire to create a lovely home layered with interest, provenance, patina and soul, let your heart and mind be led to this exquisite book by Tara Shaw! SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing With Antiques is truly a voyage of visual bliss!

Exquisite with original paint antique Venetian corner cabinet stores white china and silver. Keys with burlap tassels serve as handles to pull open doors and complement worn finishes. #tarashaw #venetian #europeanantiques #antiques #cornercabinet #interiordesign #oldworldstyle #timelessdesign
Exquisite with original paint, this antique Venetian corner cabinet holds white china as well as silver within its blue-grey interior. Keys with burlap tassels serve as handles to pull open doors and also complement worn finishes.

SOUL OF THE HOME: Designing With Antiques

Inspiring images of timeless rooms and richly layered juxtapositions will surely charm both aspiring and seasoned collectors.

Tara Shaw The Soul of a Home book cover. #tarashaw #soulofthehome #designingwithantiques #designbook #interiordesign
Soul of the Home: Designing With Antiques by Tara Shaw (Abrams, 2020)

If ever you considered collecting antiques, you’ll find an excellent style overview to identify characteristics of particular eras and styles.

An eighteenth-century rococo Venetian mirror, contemporary onyx sconces, and gold toned fixtures harmonize in a stunningly elegant and luxurious bathroom design. #tarashaw #bathroom #interiordesign #antiques #oldworldstyle #whitebathroom #luxuriousbathroom
An eighteenth-century rococo Venetian mirror and contemporary onyx sconces as well as gold toned fixtures harmonize in an elegant bathroom design.

But what appeals to me most is the golden thread of experiential, soulful wisdom running through its design lessons.

The Importance of Antiques

Inspirational quote from designer Tara Shaw on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquote

Shaw demystifies the artful process of layering history and mindfully modern sensibilities with sensual heart language her admirers can comprehend.

Stately white painted Victorian home has breathtaking architecture and curb appeal in the lower Garden District of New Orleans. #houseexterior #victorianhouses #beautifulwhitehouse #historichome #curbappeal #frontporch
Victorian home with breathtaking architecture as well as curb appeal in the lower Garden District of New Orleans.

Will your senses awaken and also be primed to address your own interiors? I predict OUI! (And who can place a value on such motivation in the 2020s when we spend copious hours at home?)

Elegant and luxe, this master bathroom vanity was created from an 18th century French painted console. An 18th century mortar became a sink which Shaw paired with an 18th century Swedish barrel-back chair. #tarashaw #oldworldstyle #interiordesign #antiques #swedishantiques #frenchantiques #stonesink
Breathtakingly elegant, this master bathroom vanity was created from an 18th century French painted console. An antique mortar became a sink Shaw paired with a Swedish barrel-back chair.

Cultivate a Home With Heart

Inspirational quote from designer Tara Shaw on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquote

Will you perhaps view antiques at the market through a more refined lens after living with this book?

Tara Shaw designed Old World style kitchen - from her book Soul of the Home. #frenchkitchen #tarashaw

Perhaps.

An 18th century clock secretary in a Tara Shaw designed guest room has breathtaking patina and functions for modern life. #tarashaw #swedishantiques #europeanantiques #swedishsecretary #18thcentury #oldworldstyle #elegantdecor
An 18th century clock secretary in a Tara Shaw designed guest room…certainly lovely indeed! Its patina as well as function impart character to modern life.

I can only imagine the vignettes and spaces to come if we will engage with these pages.

Antique 18th century sandstone garden plinths combine with a 19th century walnut plateau to form a custom console behind the sofa in a living area designed by Tara Shaw. #europeanantiques #oldworldstyle #modernfrench #tarashaw #livingroom #interiordesign
Antique 18th century sandstone garden plinths and a 19th century walnut plateau form a custom console.

Bear in mind, what you see here is a mere morsel from the feast within SOUL OF A HOME!

Two massive 19th century ecclesiastical paintings by Victor Mazies mix with a modern alpaca-covered chair in a living room designed by Tara Shaw. #oldworldstyle #tarashaw #religiousart #europeanantiques #interiordesign #rusticelegance
Two massive 19th century ecclesiastical paintings by Victor Mazies as well as a modern alpaca-covered chair in a living room.

Let Architecture Lead the Way

Inspirational quote from designer Tara Shaw on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquote
Beautiful blue 18th century Swedish secretary and vintage Savonarola chair make a stair landing functional for storage and correspondence. Tara Shaw designed this space. #tarashaw #swedishsecretary #swedishantiques #interiordesign #oldworldstyle #traditionaldecor
An 18th century Swedish secretary and vintage Savonarola chair certainly make a stair landing functional and beautiful.
Tara Shaw deisgned this exquisite master bath with salvaged Louis XV paneling with wonderful patina. #tarashaw #interiordesign #bathroomdesign #luxuriousbathroom #oldworldstyle #antiques #europeanantiques
Tara Shaw designed a particularly exquisite master bath. Salvaged Louis XV paneling certainly charms with wonderful patina.

Believe it or not, the designer’s own kitchen (below) was a generic space before she worked over the top magic.

Designer Tara Shaw upgraded a builder's grade kitchen with antiques such as a 19th century urn, 18th century Italian rococo lanterns, and grand stone mortar. #tarashaw #interiordesign #kitchendesign #oldworldstyle #antiques #europeanantiques #whitekitchen #traditionalkitchen #rusticelegance
Designer Tara Shaw masterfully upgraded a builder’s grade kitchen. Antiques introduced in here include 18th century Italian rococo lanterns as well as a grand stone mortar.

“To combat the somewhat sterile atmosphere imparted by the ordinary surfaces, I needed to introduce pieces that went in the opposite direction.” -Tara Shaw

Tara Shaw's kitchen with Swedish antique table, antique French chandelier, and European treasures. #tarashaw #oldworldstyle

Elevate the Ordinary Creatively

Inspirational quote from designer Tara Shaw on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquote
Gustavian clock secretary has cabinets beneath the desktop doubling as storage. #swedishantiques #tarashaw #interiordesign #secretary #antiques #oldworldstyle
A Gustavian clock secretary’s cabinets beneath the desktop provide storage.

In case you care to elevate the status of your outdoor dining space, Tara Shaw offers advice:

“The only things a small patio or even a city terrace needs to transform it into an enchanted garden are plants potted in jardinières or terra-cotta pots. See how it changes the way you feel about your morning cup of coffee–it makes an ordinary Wednesday feel like a mini vacation.” -Tara Shaw

Embrace Enchantment

This outdoor dining area designed by Tara Shaw is an oasis with wisteria arbor, vintage tables and chairs, iron chandelier and pea gravel. #frenchgarden #frenchcourtyard #outdoordining #oldworldstyle #antiques #outdoooasis #romanticdecor
This outdoor dining area oasis boasts a wisteria arbor and vintage chairs as well as iron chandelier.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Round Farmhouse Table
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Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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10 Comments

  1. Kathie Johnson
    April 13, 2020 / 12:35 am

    Can’t wait to have it in my hands! 🥰
    Peace be with you, Michele.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 10:18 am

      It is exceptionally lovely! Enjoy!

  2. Jan
    April 9, 2021 / 4:05 am

    Nice change of ideas

    • Michele
      Author
      April 9, 2021 / 8:08 am

      So happy you enjoyed – peace to you right where you are.

  3. christine
    April 9, 2021 / 6:54 am

    Wow. That was a lovely post. Thank you.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 9, 2021 / 8:08 am

      Thanks so much for being here – have a lovely day!

  4. deborah Shahda
    April 10, 2021 / 6:18 pm

    Oooh so lovely indeed. Breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 10, 2021 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy weekend.

  5. Amy
    April 3, 2022 / 10:27 pm

    Love all these weathered pieces and the character they add to a home. Especially loved how Tara upgraded her builder grade kitchen & dining area…wow!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 5, 2022 / 5:06 pm

      Don’t you love it when you can see how these lovers of antiques actually live with them in real ways? Because it helps me and gives me permission to do things I wouldn’t normally have the confidence to do. Some friends of mine are friends with Tara, and she is wonderful!

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Trees White Wallpaper Mural
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing