Customer Testimonials

…and in yours?

No surprise that my own home, as written in a recent blog, Chinese Country Antiques in my Maine Country Home, Chinese Antiques are prevalent…due in part to our near decade living in Asia and further encouraged by my love for the genre of furniture I’ve been selling for the last 12 years….and, per the prevalence of Chinese Antiques in Show Houses, shelter magazines, and the portfolios of more than just a handful of designers,  many who I proudly can call my customers, Meg Braff’s work shown on left here. I feel secure in the future of my business…ie, it is not a passing trend. A touch of Chinese works just as well with modern as it does with traditional, or, of course, stands well enough on it’s own.

And below a few examples of that “touch” as seen in the rooms at the Hampton show house.

It was Kat Burki‘s usage of two non matching consoles, purchased from yours truly, that admittedly first drew me to visit the Hampton Designer Showhouse in 2009. So elegantly presented in this powder room, wouldn’t you agree?

That same year Carole Reed used a red lacquer console/desk in the library.

Last year Tilton Fenwick added an accent by way of over sized Chinese porcelain stools.

And this year would be no different with the sitting room as appointed by Old Town Crossing, who used a black lacquer console table and complementary kang coffee table.

I would LOVE to see how you have put a touch of Asian , or more, in YOUR home….and would love to share such. And if inclined to include a quip about what you love about your Chinese infusion, or how you came to love Chinese antiques, please include.


P.S. See how some of my Antiques by Zaar customers have  placed thier Asian infusion in their homes, as they have shared and allowed me to post in my Home Gallery.

ALSO, the Hampton Show House is still open until September 2, if you are inclined to take a visit.


The business model for Antiques by Zaar was built around the notion that people were drawn to do their shopping  online…yes, even for Chinese Antique Furniture. That was in 2000 and happy to say we called it right.  For the  past 11 years we have continued on in this vein, using our website to serve as our only storefront, building  relationships/our business, creating a niche market for our competitively  priced line of quality Chinese Antiques.  Thank you to ALL of you that have taken the plunge and shopped with us online!!!!

Ruth & Jeff after a day of sorting out the warehouse in readiness for Market.

However, even when we had our warehouse in Maine, we always welcomed the customer that desired to come and see for themselves, what was represented online. And the same remains true with our warehouse now located in High Point NC. Yes, with the assistance of my sales associate Jeff Moore, who is based in Greensboro, we are able to entertain appointments for those that still like to “touch and feel” before they purchase.

Babette Glauner of Pinehurst NC, was just one of those that fell in this category. She writes…

“I  found Antiques by Zaar on the internet while searching for Chinese antiques.  Former expat experience, Golden Retriever puppies and obviously family-oriented people...looks like she read our story…. all drew me to the website as well as the wonderful assortment of furniture and Asian accents.  When my husband gave the go-ahead to look for a few new pieces to furnish our retirement home I remembered Ruth in High Point, 1 1/2 hours away.

The piece Babette spotted online was indeed perfect for her, as shown here in her home.

The antiquesbyzaar website is well-organized and depicts the offerings very well, but as long as I was close by, I contacted Ruth to see if I could see my possible choices in person.  She was warm from the start, very accommodating and arranged a time to meet at the warehouse, now the Design Center.  What a treasure trove it is!  It was hard not to want to toss out everything I had and start anew right there!  But sense prevailed and in no time Ruth and I were chatting like old friends and I had selected the piece I had come for plus another whose possibilities jumped out at me once I saw it.  Jeff Moore, Ruth’s cohort, also was very helpful, never pressuring but guiding me to all of the variations of whatever I expressed an interest in.  It’s easy to see that both women really know and enjoy their merchandise.”

Thank you Babette, for this wonderful testimonial. It was a delight to meet you as well, and enjoy staying in touch with you by way of email/newsletters, and the such.

For those that may be interested in visiting our warehouse, please just let me know and we’ll make the arrangements.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are moving next month, even closer to the heart of High Point…for those of you familiar with High Point, it is in the old Drexel Heritage Factory, which is at 741 West Ward. So very excited!

P.S. I also wrote a blog on Babette’s decorating mantra Eclectic= Interesting: Chinese, American and French Antiques….

….in Pinehurst North Carolina… that place where Babette Glauner  found herself setting up the couples “retirement” home following a 5 year stint as expatriates in Japan….and in need of “one more piece”, that being black sideboard shown here,  for her dining room.

Yes, she found the perfect sideboard, with us at Antiques by Zaar, and more…

She expounds so well on why she thinks this works perfectly  in her schema and her general decorating philosophy. ..please read on.

The simple lines of the black buffet across the great room don’t jump out and say “Chinese” but I think it seems to blend with the Japanese screen hung above it and the French armoire not too far away.  The tilt-top table and cherry and walnut side tables in the room are definitely earlier American pieces, but somehow the mix seems to work.

I am using a Tibetan painted cabinet as a large-screen television console, and many of my visitors don’t know anything about its origin but they love it.  The blended colors and pattern really draw the eye down from that big black screen that I had been a little reluctant to have in the room.


      I thought that might conclude my Asian furniture shopping, but some remodeling left a gap in a powder room, a space that needed something special.  For the 2nd time, I made the trek to High Point, to visit my new friends at Antiques by Zaar,  and a 10″ deep, three drawer desk in acid green seemed like it would be perfect, and it was. 

I like to think that my home is a reflection of our interests and experiences, and in that way the Asian pieces fit in very well, but I don’t think you have to have lived or traveled to Asia to appreciate Chinese antiques.

Eclectic to me equates interesting….. I read once that every room needs some black and also that no matter the nationality, if your wood furniture pieces are of a similar hue, they will work together – that’s my decorating credo and I am sticking to it!

THANK YOU Babette, for sharing a philosophy that I tend to agree to myself, AND for the accompanying photos.


P.S. Babette also provided a lovely testimonial for Antiques by Zaar which I look forward to including in a separate post…

.and, the story of a  happy Antiques by Zaar customer/friend .

Katherine Kovins found Antiques by Zaar online in 2006, as she and her husband, Thom Janusz, were working  on furnishing their new Long Island home.  Wanting a Chinese sideboard, to serve as a bureau in their bedroom, was the initial impetus to shop my site.

...looking great in the, main floor, dining room.

She honed in on a beautiful, rich wood toned sideboard which she knew to be perfect in all ways for her boudoir, less the fact that this beauty, gloriously long at 100″, would not manage its way up the stairwell…no way, no how.  Katherine found a solution to her problem…. she would make a place for this piece on the main floor of her new home, in her dining room, and buy a 2nd sideboard to serve her purposes in her 2nd floor bedroom….which worked beautifully, per photos shown here.

...and Katherine looking perfect beside the sideboard that did make it up the stairs to their boudoir.

Katherine continued shopping for accent pieces from Antiques by Zaar, such as the mirror shown here,  to complement the many other Asian pieces of furniture and artifacts that she and her husband had already gathered over the years.

This past February I so very much enjoyed the tour of their home, see some pix here….I simply didn’t take enough photos..think I was in such a state of “awe”   graced as it was, with a delightful infusion of Asian furniture and artifacts throughout…beautifully placed to maximize vantage points. It truly was akin to walking through a museum, and I, the lucky gal that was given a personalized tour by the impassioned purveyors of fine treasure after fine treasure.

In Katherine’s words…”You can say that my husband and I have always loved the Asian decor as it lends peace and tranquillity to the home. We love the beauty and simplicity of Asian art and antiques.”

Thom, a renowned sculptor, showcases Asian sculptures, admist his own creative works...each complementing the other.

Couldn't resist having my pic taken in the elevator, which yes, is accented with Asian themed wallpaper.

Following this delightful visit of their home, which they have obviously poured themselves into, we continued our chat fest at the lovely Mill Pond House in Centerport, NY….where I learned more about the colorful and acclaimed backgrounds of my customers come friends….and left feeling fully infused with a heavy dose of ” peace and tranquility”, wending my way back to Great Neck, smiling from the inside out.

Thank you, Katherine and Thom, for coming into my world, by way of sharing a warmth and love for Asian antiques/artifacts. Thank you for sharing your home and your selves…and treating me to a sumptuous lunch, on that glorious February afternoon.  Thank you for giving me something so great to share with my world.


Maria Hasenecz, the heart and soul of Livable Landscapes, based out of Wyndmoor PA,  first found Antiques by Zaar in 2007, at which time  she bought an unassming but pivotal piece, that being a black lacquered coffee table, for her living room,  which she  readily and enthusiastically shared  photos of such in place…which she also offered me to share  in the Home Gallery on my website.

When she called me earlier this year regarding a 2nd purchase, which requires a blog all of it’s own…now there’s a story! she shared with me her continued affection for her original purchase and how well it transitioned with her room as she slapped a coat of paint on the walls, reupholstered her sofa,  changed her curtains and accessories. Wow!

In Maria’s words… “I love how your Chinese pieces are timeless and will never go out of style. They add a global exotic feel, readily blend with a variety of other antique styles, while adding character to our room. It easily transitioned to our new decorative scheme”……

Maria’s personality, we’ve only “met” on the phone/email, but feel like “kindred Spirits“, is warm and effusive, as is evidenced in the lovely garden settings she creates for her clients…of course, throwing into her schema’s a dash of good “feng shui” as she positions a touch of the Orient in said settings…as they say…a picture is worth a thousand words….

 Be sure to fan Livable Landscapes on facebook AND gush over more photos there as well as on her website!


… no, nobody does this mix better than Gary and Sylvia Muller, propreitors of the Mill House Inn/Graybarn Cottage,   located in pituresque East Hampton.

Their love for this anchor in their decorating schema serves them just as well in their New Hampshire farmhouse (adding Stickley classics and French antiques to the mix) as it does in their Long Island retreat/place of business….which is a place well worth the visit for your next getaway.

I asked Sylvia for a note or two, to share with my world, with regards to their decorating philospophy..the below which she sent to me, in honor of said request. Please enjoy the below…with comments from yours truly in italics.

Antiques by ZAAR has been a cornerstone in our “design family” for almost as long as they have been online for business. Ruth and Mark work with us to find the perfect pieces for our inn and our home and have become part of our family of friends in the process.

At The Mill House Inn, Gary and I have worked hard to create an ambiance of comfortable luxury.  We design everything ourselves, from bathroom tiles and fixtures to the room decor, the amazingly comfortable bedding, and the organic soaps, lotions and fragrances we use in the rooms. The aim is that our guests should feel “at home” from the moment they enter the inn, and never want to leave…and trust me, this is true on both counts…from the feeling like you’re sleeping on a cloud, to the delectable breakfast laid out, to the cookies, coffee, and tea always there for you, to ALL the details they pay attention to…it truly is the getaway of all getaways.

Choosing the right mix of furniture and furnishings is crucial.  Each guest room is designed to evoke a story.  But we never want a room to feel “over decorated” or contrived. By mixing genres we make a room feel like it has evolved over a lifetime.

Our Captains Quarters Suite makes one dream of travels to exotic places in a bygone day… with Asian Antique furniture mixed with comfortable leather sofas, mica lights, maps of the China seas and Harpers Bazaar covers of the early steamship days. Add in a great iron bed, a couple of flat screen tvs, a gas fireplace and woven wood shades and you create a timeless and inviting environment.

Our Graybarn Cottage is an old barn with lots of character of it’s own.  We filled it with Asian pieces from Antiques by Zaar, slipcovered sofas and leather pieces from Mitchell Gold, leather chairs from Palacek, a custom ‘antiqued’ eight foot round table from Fishers in Sag Harbor, Kichler candelabras, Justice Design’s candle lamps, classic white dishes from Fishs Eddie, and my black & white photos of the beach, check out more of Sylvia’s photos on her blog Sylvia Walks,  to create a home that makes people go “wow!” when they walk in the door and never want to leave…

In our own home, Black Dog Farm, we have also used a mix of styles, incorporating our favorite  pieces from Antiques by ZAAR with comfortable leather sofas and chairs, early American pine, Stickley classics and French country antiques.  Click here to see further photos of Black Dog Farm.  It all works together and we never want to leave there either!

Having visited the Mill House Inn, Graybarn Cottage and the Black Dog Farm, I can vouch for the warmness that Gary and Syliva have as people, is reflected in the feeling you get immediately upon stepping into the door of any of these places of living/respite, that their hands have touched….their penchant for quality, great taste and detail, oh my, the details!, is unmatched. …and am so thrilled that they have provided me with this text and accompanying photos to serve as an example of how Chinese Antiques complement the classics.


Click here to read previous posting I did on Mill House Inn.

It would be again that Elle Decor, this time the March 2010 issue,  would serve me well as backdrop for what I was looking for by way of drawing parallels with my beloved Asian antiques.

And in this issue Designers Elaine Griffin, Antiques by Zaar customer since 2005, and Todd Alexander Romano, were called on for input on, you got it, the Top 10 Console Tables.

Of the Preston Console Table, by Jonathan Adler, and which Elaine is perched on in above photo, says Romano  “This is a classic design with a twist. It recalls a traditional Chinese altar table, but being wrapped in mock croc give it a bit of whimsy.”

And Elaine quips on the Murry Console, shown here, by Duane Modern, “Cute!. The rounded leg and lip recall T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, but the chinoiseire apron gives it an Asian flair.”

It is beginning to see that even in “non Asian” pieces, such as these modern consoles, that there remains an influence of Asian…just seems no escaping it.

These tables are lovely in their modernity, but should you enjoy the allure of having an antique in place, then you might want to know you can consider such, rather affordably I might add, at, yes, shamelessly  promoting here, Antiques by Zaar… below customers have done.

Cynthia Mason Interiors,  Happy Antiques by Zaar customer since February 2008,  considers the style used here as “neo traditional” , blending fresh ideas with time-honored elements.

And in the words of Kevin Mac Nair, Antiques by Zaar customer since March 2009…

“ I had been looking for years for the right piece to accent my foyer, and purchased this classic console in 2010 online from Antiques by Zaar….and all I can say is that it is simply perrrrrrfect!

It’s sleek yet sophisticated styling is cheerful and welcoming with a fantastic blend of warm sienna and ochre, with just a hint of orange. Its statement is at once austere yet powerful with its’ appetizingly, massive thick top.

 I’ve  complemented it with a hand-carved,18th century 22 carat, gilt & stippled Florentine mirror in an area where guests may find some extra closet space to hang a coat or sweater, etc. I absolutely LOVE my console!”

Thanks Ruth~~

and thank you Kevin.

Of course we have a delightful selection of Chinese consoles in our collection, available to you for your shopping pleasure. Click here to view all.

P.S. A seperate blog on consoles which feature drawers will be forthcoming…

Click here to read a previous blog posting on Cynthia Mason Interiors, formerly Interiors Decorating Den, and Antiques by Zaar.

Click here to read a previous blog posting re my ongoing relationship with Elaine Griffin.

…and if you google Elaine Griffin, Todd Alexander Romano and Cynthia Mason Interiors you will surely be impressed by the many magazines they’ve been featured in, the accolades given them and the numerous blogs written about them.

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