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Personal Inventory: Mari Ann Maher

Managing Director, The Antique & Artisan Center

Where are you from?

Lafayette, New Jersey.

What were you doing before this?

I spent 27 years working for my family business John Rosselli Antiques, selling, designing and manufacturing.

Who are designers you admire?

Jacque Grange, Sig Bergamin, Bunny Williams.

What is your favorite piece in your shop right now?

Onassis Chair by Karl Springer, re-upholstered in white Ostrich.

What is your favorite piece in your home?

A nine-drawer mercury mirrored dressing table with quilted baby blue lined drawers.  It once belonged to Rose Cummings.

What passions do you have outside of design?

Gardening, Law & Order reruns, and watching my children play soccer.

Describe your style in three words.

Direct, confident and precise.

What was the first piece you ever bought?

Victorian strip pine Chester drawers (couldn’t pay me to buy one now).

What are you reading right now?

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

What can’t you live without?

My children, hairdresser and a good trucker.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Raquel Welch.

What is your most prized possession?

My Paloma Picasso Lucite and silver, purple and orange interlocking link necklace.

What was your first car?

Datsun 210.

Name three things that are always in style.

Blue and white porcelain, large-scale furniture, and a good piece of brown furniture.

Favorite iPhone app?


Who is the most stylish person you know?

My uncle John Rosselli. Those red socks get me every time.

What is your favorite book?

Madame Bovary.

What is your favorite restaurant in Connecticut?

Polpo Restaurant in Greenwich.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Jaipur, India.

What is your motto?

When I am happy, we are all happy.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

My children, T. Griffin Maher, age 15 and Lucas William Maher, age 12.

Favorite indulgence?

My special mixed gardenia perfume.

What are three things we don’t know about you?

I raise singing canaries, I take a bath every day, and I can lift a good piece of “brown” furniture.