Best of Boston

2001 Best Antiques

Belle Maison

You can thank the Tager family’s sharp eyes and dead-on sense of balance for many of Boston’s most beautiful homes. Principal Sheldon Tager brings to his two New England antique shops in Newton and Nantucket the same originality and knowledge that has made him a nationally acclaimed interior designer. The proof is in the distinctive pieces—from American crafts to French country gems—brought back from regular trips to Europe, antique shows, and auctions. But the true kicker is how the store mixes and presents them: a subtle drama that flat-out nails the art of rustic refinement.

26 Elliot St., Newton, 617-964-6455,