Coffee Tables

…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.


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!


and, btw,  Designer Laura Kirar to present in High Point, at the High Point Design Center’s Unity in Design Event…details below.
In the May 2010 edition of  Elle Decor you will find Elle Decor’s Guide to the “Top 10 Cocktail Tables” , page 106, with designers Laura Kirar of Tru Design,  and Ernest de la Torre, of De La Torre Design Studio, commenting on the magazines selection.

Not sure how many people realize that although long low tables have been found in Asian homes literally for centuries,  that  it wasn’t until the early 20th Century that such became a living room essential in the West. That room where  casual seating/entertaining  became more formalized and  a place for drinks, flowers, books and even casual dining required, what has now become the cocktail table.

I love the fact that the origin for our staple hails from the Far East, with this particular design, of the scroll table, being mimicked, as depicted above, (doesn’t Laura grace that table beautifully?) with the very modern white lacquer piece, as available at  Shine by S.H.O.

Commonly known as a “musician’s table” these tables, which hail from the Shan Dong province implement the characteristic Chinese dovetail joinery to create the smooth “bend” in the wood.  Typically  found in black or red lacquer, or a honey tone.

Here,  Antiques by Zaar customer, Shaunda Warren has used her red scroll in her Feng Shui room… a place she calls her own, to reflect and meditate, and in her words…

 “I entirely LOVE the red scroll table! It is an incredibly perfect fit, in the spot in my reading room–just as I suspected it would be!  (…amazingly modern feeling, but in a classic way)  It has sort of a quiet, artsy edge to it, that feels wonderfully “meditative” in my space! 
Love it-Love it-Love it!
Shaunda in TX

Click here to view other aspects of Shaunda’s personal retreat in her home. We should ALL have such a place in our homes… Thanks for sharing Shaunda!

Should you be interested in locating such a piece for your home, please check out our coffee table  section on our site.

On another note, should you want some good feng shui advise, be sure to follow my dear friend Katy Allgeyer’s  blog called Feng Shui by Fish Girl. You also want to check out Katy’s website…aside from being an expert in Feng Shui she is also  a very talented artist.


 Save the Date

February 9-11, 2011!

High Point Design Center is planning thier next Unity in Design Event…and guess who is one of the designers slated for the Keynote Panel?  None other than Laura Kirar, the designer who contributed to this Elle Decor article I just referred to above.

If interested in meeting Laura, I know I am,  and hearing her speak, please join us in February in High Point NC. Online registration is available by clicking here.

Or for more details on agenda, speakers, or the organization itself, visit

I personally look forward to participating in this event as a member of the High Point Design Center. This will be my 3rd year wending my way to NC in Feb for UNITY,  and simply an event I look forward to every year…benefitting my self and my business.


P.S. Welcome all designer bloggers to spread the word!

Meg Braff, of Meg Braff Interiors

Meg Braff, the heart, soul, and name behind New York based Meg Braff InteriorsAND happy Antiques by Zaar customer since October 2007, has recently had her work featured in the December 2010 issue of Coastal Living…a project where she did what she loves to do…infuse a bit of Asian into the schema.

In her own words 

 ” I love using Asian pieces in my projects. They add warmth and style to the space. They also mix well with English and European furniture and give a wonderful sophisticated and eclectic look. “

Thrilled that Meg has established a relationship with Antiques by Zaar, and that as such, two of our bamboo pieces, namely a bamboo altar table, and bamboo coffee table, were poised to be part of her Bermuda Villa project, as is beautifully depicted here.

Below please enjoy further examples of  Meg accenting her rooms with a touch of Asian, followed by links to where you can find similar pieces on the Antiques by Zaar website.

Some great bookcases can be found here.

Click here to view what we have for consoles, and here for Chinese Antique Altar Tables.  

Click here to view Chinese Antique Sideboards available at Antiques by Zaar.

Click here to see what we have to offer in Chinese Antique Coffee Tables.

Click here to view our collection of Chinese Antique Chairs.

Thank you Meg…..

for allowing me to share these photos with my audience of readers and look forward to  working with you further on your projects, as a source for your touch of Asian.


P.S. If you want to read more on Meg’s Bermuda makeover, you should check out the wonderful and warm Manner of Style blog, dated 12/3.

….as a coffee table you ask?  Can’t say that that application would’ve rolled off my tongue, but per photo below, it does work so very well.

Chinese Kang Chest used as a coffee table in front porch of model home on Kiawah Island, SC.

   Per Judi Embresica, of TGE Design Group, (and Antiques by Zaar customer since October 2005), who purchased the Kang table for the model porch, the piece got “rave reviews”, and should you be interested in enjoying additional photos of this beautifully appointed model home in the new Cottoges of Cypress Point, located on Kiawah Island, SC, click here.

……and should you be interested in a similar piece, either to use as a coffee table, or perhaps as more commonly used, under your flat screen TV, feel free to visit our Low Sideboard Section (not everybody understands “Kang”) where you can see full array of offerings on such pieces, including the below, and more….

BP 77 Black Decorated Kang Chest

CB 34 Solid Black Kang seen in June Better Homes and Gardens

Kang Chest used as chest in a bedroom, by designer Elaine Griffin.

Also have a couple of Mongolian pieces such as this, BB 74

...and then there are Tibetan infused pieces, such as BP 76 (and more on next shipment.)

 ….and if you have an interesting application for a Kang Chest, do let me know…and sharing a photo or two would be even better.




Barbara has used this chinosiere armoire to house her TV et al.

“It’s too bad there are only 3 attributes we can select from when making a recommendation – I’d heartily select ALL for Ruth.  My experience with her started when I was looking for a coffee table for my home, many years ago…. January 2001 to be exact. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ruth professionally and also living with the beautiful and unique pieces I’ve purchased from her over the years. I’ve also had great reports from  clients to whom I have suggested see Ruth about furnishings. Quality, Style, Service – in a nutshell.” November 3, 2008


Just over a year ago I set up my LinkedIn profile and who would not only find me there, but also contribute the above unsolicited recommendation?! Thank you so much Barbara!

Chinese reed mat coffee tables "do the trick" here.

Am so pleased to have Barbara Jacobs not only as advocate for Antiques by Zaar, but also as a friend.  Our friendship started as we went about the business of selling/buying some Asian pieces for her home, which entailed her travelling north to visit our Maine warehouse and following, my husband and I travelling south to deliver a coffee table she decided on.  It was furthered as I “bit” and joined IFDA New England, where she happened to be membership chair at the time. Little did she know that by doing so she would end up with a house guest as I worked to  attend the Boston based events, trekking the 2 plus hours from my Maine home…to join events such as the bus trip to the Kips Bay Showhouse, networking dinners (where my donations to the silent auction were always a hit!)  and more.

So, here and now I would like to introduce you to Barbara’s business.  Well,  actually her two businesses.

Her passion for color is stage front for all she does and is and thus the name of her parent company, Barbara Jacobs Color and Design is most àpropos. She has sequayed this passion to a business where she applies said passion to the designing of a very special line of hand-knotted Tibetan carpets.

She has recently revamped her website, where you can visit to check out Barbara Jacobs Color and Design and her carpet business, Silk Road Weaves.

You can also sign up for her enewsletter, where, word is, she has offered a New Year discount  for a color consult AND paint!

And, now she is also doing a blog. Go Barbara!

We actually managed to get together for lunch last Fall, first time we’d seen each other in a blue moon. But in the interim we keep tabs on each other on LinkedIn, Facebook and through our online missives. Feel free to join her in reading my Newsletter.  Yes, we are yet another example of a business relationship that started online and the following friendship continues to be fostered online. What a great gift in this venue of doing business/making friends!

If you are looking for someone to guide you through some color revamping in your home, you needn’t look further than to Barbara Jacobs.

Become a Barbara Jacobs, and/or Antiques by Zaar Facebook fan! We both welcome you.


No matter the purpose, a red chinosiere armoire offers punch.

P.S. Although the trend has moved from housing TVs in armoires, we do carry a selection of such, should that be of interest to you. Click here to visit our armoire section.

Beautiful wood grain on this scroll coffee table

…and with new inventory arriving next week we have added a fresh infusion to our coffee table section…that and so much more. Click here to check out our coffee tables and here to see all the new goodies.